What Is the Difference Between Liposuction and Mommy Makeover?

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There is no doubt about it. Pregnancy and childbirth can leave a lasting mark on your body. Although some mothers can rapidly bounce back to how they appeared before pregnancy, they are usually the exception. Far too often, moms learn how difficult it is to lose weight gained during pregnancy, even with strenuous exercise programs and a good diet.

So it’s no surprise that many moms visit Queen City Plastic Surgery for a solution. As you narrow down your cosmetic procedure options, you may find that it comes down to a liposuction or mommy makeover. Before making such an important decision about your health and appearance, it helps to get grounded with some solid information to guide your treatment choice.


Is your main issue localized fat deposits? If so, liposuction is ideal. It is much less invasive than the mommy makeover, which consists of several procedures that involve general anesthesia, scarring, and long recovery times.

Liposuction is perfect for those who have good overall skin and muscle tone. Liposuction can enhance the contours of your abdomen to help you look better both in and out of clothes. 

In understanding what liposuction can do for you, it is equally important to understand what it can’t do. The procedure cannot eliminate loose abdominal muscles, stretch marks, and extra skin.

Mommy Makeover

As mentioned earlier, the mommy makeover is not one singular procedure; it is a customized basket of procedures designed to address the unique needs of each individual mother. You would meet with us in a consultation and decide upon what parts of your body you want to target. 

We can then recommend the specific procedures required to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. When it comes to a mommy makeover, timing is also important, so we’ll also be discussing that with you.

Some areas that can be addressed by a mommy makeover include:

Breast Size and Shape

Your breast tissue can change during pregnancy, even if you choose not to breastfeed, leading to undesirable changes in size and shape. Moms also commonly experience nipple changes, breast tissue changes and skin laxity.

Abdominal Laxity

During pregnancy, your skin and abdominal muscles will be stretched to accommodate your growing child. Unfortunately, all that stretched skin does not always snap back when you lose weight. A mommy makeover can definitely help here.

Body Contouring

After pregnancy, it can be notoriously difficult to return to your target weight, even if you vigorously exercise and diet appropriately. You can undergo a body contouring procedure to target stubborn fat deposits and regain your beautiful shape.

Other areas that can be addressed by a mommy makeover include:

  • Thigh and buttocks 
  • Stretch marks and scars
  • Texture concerns and skin tone

The Bottom Line

A mommy makeover is best for correcting problems like excess skin and loose muscles. Liposuction procedures remove isolated fat deposits that are unresponsive to exercise and diet. A mommy makeover is a more invasive set of procedures that requires general anesthesia and a significant recovery period. On the other hand, liposuction can be performed under twilight anesthesia and involves much less downtime.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you’re getting closer to deciding between a liposuction and mommy makeover, but still have a few questions, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule a convenient consultation with Queen City Plastic Surgery of Charlotte.

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