While the advantages will always exceed the costs, having children often has a way of leaving a noticeable mark on mothers in the form of sagging breasts, weakened abdominal muscles, and exercise-resistant tummy pouches. Mommy makeover surgery is a fantastic response to these postpartum changes. This procedure usually combines breast surgery with a tummy tuck and liposuction to return your body to its pre-pregnancy form. These surgeries deliver long-lasting results if what’s necessary to keep them is done. Once your recovery is complete, the decision to look sleek and sexy is up to you. The good news is that maintaining your new slim figure is easier than you think. 

Keep Your Weight Stable

Gaining weight is a common reason for the changes in your cosmetic results. Although liposuction removes pockets of fat weight gain and weight fluctuations are still possible. Following a consistent exercise routine with a healthy diet, it will keep your figure svelte as well as the benefit of good health. 

Wait Until Your Last Child is Born

Although it may be a temptation to have a mommy makeover the moment you see the effect that pregnancy can have on your body, we recommend waiting until your childbearing days are done. Although the procedure will not affect your ability to have more children, pregnancy can reverse the results. When to have the surgery is totally up to you.

If You Smoke – Stop

While refraining from smoking is critical before and after surgery to reduce complications and risk, avoiding the habit after recovery will help your overall health and aesthetics. Smoking affects every part of your body, including the areas of your surgery. 

Avoid the Sun Early On

After surgery, your incision will need to heal. We will provide exceptional care and instructions to ensure proper healing and minimal scarring. One of our guidelines will be to keep these incisions out of the sun. Exposing them to sunlight before they have entirely healed will cause them to darken and become more noticeable. Also, once you can bare your body to the sun, make sure you wear a medical-grade sunscreen. 

Make the Right Choices

So far, we’ve been talking about decisions and lifestyle choices you make after surgery to ensure long-lasting results. Now we will talk about what you can do before surgery. When you are looking for who will perform the procedure, only look for surgeons who are board-certified in plastic surgery. General surgeons and cosmetic surgeons do not require the same extensive training. Plastic surgeons are highly educated and trained in plastic, and reconstructive surgery and surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery will require continual education, are held to the highest ethical standards, and must be recertified every ten years. After your research, schedule a consultation to make sure you and your surgeon are the right fit. 

Learn More

If you would like to reverse the effects that pregnancy has had on your body and are considering a mommy makeover, contact board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Dreyfuss today. 

Schedule a consultation or call 815-806-9400

 Are you considering a mommy makeover to get your body back to pre-baby shape? It’s a lot to think about, but if you are – you’re on the right track.  A mommy makeover can help correct the physical changes that result after pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding — changes which a fitness routine can’t improve, like stretch marks, excess skin, and overstretched abdominal muscles.

After determining which procedures you’d like included in your treatment plan, it’s important to maintain the results you’ve invested in. There are three key practices you can implement to ensure your treatment outcomes last for many years to come. They are:

1. Establishing and Maintaining Great Physical Health & Fitness

Regular exercise enhances heart health, increases the immune system, and prepares your body to react positively to surgical stress. A healthy diet, rich in proteins, fresh vegetables and fruits will ensure your body receives the nutrients necessary to promote quick and proper healing. It will also help control tissue inflammation.

Patients who are in good physical shape recover faster and are happier with their results than patients who are not. While it’s necessary to go to extremes, such as preparing to run a marathon, make it a goal to get close to your normal or goal body weight before surgery. The benefits are well worth the effort. They include:

Lower Risk of Complications

When you’re in optimal health, incisions heal promptly, there is minimal chance of excess bleeding because blood pressure is at optimal levels, and chances of infection are minimized.

Recovery is as Speedy as Possible

Your healing capacity is at an optimal level when you’re in good physical shape. You have more energy before and after surgery, you will be able to move around quicker and decrease the risk of clotting, and the natural healing mechanisms will be working at peak performance. With a shorter recovery period, you will be able to return to your daily life without too much delay.

Improved Treatment Planning

When you are at your ideal weight, your surgeon will be able to understand your body contours with more clarity. This knowledge will allow them to create and execute a surgical plan which has a high degree of success. Your results will be natural-looking and rewarding.

2. Sustain a Healthy Lifestyle After Surgery

Preparing for surgery is important to achieve the goals you set for the procedure. Just as important, however, is maintaining a healthy lifestyle after the surgical and recovery processes.

Maintaining proper diet and continued exercise will keep your body lean and healthy. You should avoid smoking (if you were a smoker before surgery) and drinking during recovery. Any form of nicotine will upset the after-surgery healing process, and alcohol is a depressant which may impede the positive frame of mind necessary for a successful recovery.

3. Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

It’s critical to understand your doctor’s training before committing to a treatment plan. The best way to do this is to determine if they are board-certified, how many patients they have treated, and what previous patients had to say in online testimonials. Many who label themselves as plastic or cosmetic surgeons are trained in dermatology, family practice, or internal medicine and not trained as plastic surgeons.

With insurance reimbursements declining, many physicians are attempting to break into the cosmetic surgical field. Some take a simple weekend course to start their surgical practice.

With the intricacies and nuances of each procedure commonly used as part of a mommy makeover, the job requires the skill and experience of a qualified surgeon. Board certification by The American Board of Plastic Surgery identifies the surgeon as a highly trained and skilled surgeon in Plastic Surgery.

It also guarantees the surgeon is current on all procedures and techniques available to ensure your safety and a successful outcome.

Why Choose Dr. Dreyfuss?

Dr. David Dreyfuss is a highly trained plastic surgeon. He is a graduate of the renowned Emory University School of Medicine, completed his residency in General Surgery at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, and completed a fellowship at the University of Chicago Hospitals.

He is Board Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Illinois Plastic Surgery Society and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons.

He has thousands of satisfied patients from the Chicago area and beyond.

To learn more about the mommy makeover procedure and how to ensure the results last, call Dr. Dreyfuss at 815-806-9400 or schedule a consultation today





Dr. Dreyfuss has performed countless Mommy Makeover procedures and has helped many women regain their pre-baby bodies and confidence. Recently, Dr. Dreyfuss shared his expertise with eHealth Radio!

Tune into the interview with host Eric Michaels & Dr. David Dreyfuss to learn the answers to these questions:

  1. What is a Mommy Makeover?
  2. What are the most popular procedures?
  3. Can all the procedures be performed together or is it better to have them done individually?
  4. What makes a person a good candidate for mommy makeover surgery? Should women wait until they are done having children to have a mommy makeover?
  5. What is the recovery process like? Are there side effects or potential complications?

Every woman’s experience with motherhood is unique, and mothers’ bodies respond in different ways to pregnancy and childbirth. Post pregnancy, women may have different motivations and aesthetic goals for their procedures, which is why we’re focused on personalizing each Mommy Makeover procedure. We’ll fully customize your Mommy Makeover by giving you the perfect combination of procedures for the breast, body, and face. To help you decide, let’s take a look at some of the most common procedures used in the Mommy Makeover:

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation can restore precious volume lost from pregnancy and breast feeding. A breast augmentation can:

  • Enhance fullness in the breasts.
  • Enhance the cleavage.
  • Be highly customized.

Breast Lift

Thanks to lactation and breast feeding, many women experience a loss of volume and sagging breasts. A breast lift can:

  • Reshape the breasts into a perkier form.
  • Lift the breasts to a higher position on the chest wall.
  • Resize and reshape the nipples.
  • Be combined with breast augmentation for maximum breast rejuvenation.

Tummy Tuck

Pregnancy will stretch the abdominal muscles to make room for the child; however, even after childbirth, these muscles are impossible to restore to their original condition. A tummy tuck is perfect for:

  • Tightening an abdomen loosened by pregnancy.
  • Tightening loose skin on the abdomen.
  • Narrowing the waist.


The hormonal changes and stresses of motherhood can often lead to the development of pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. With liposuction, woman can target these pockets of fat and give themselves the figure they’ve always dreamed of. Liposuction can:

  • Remove stubborn pockets of fat that develop thanks to hormonal changes.
  • Sculpt the body into a more toned, athletic form.


Aging, stress, and weight fluctuations can cause accelerated aging in the face. A facelift is perfect for combating difficult-to-treat signs of aging like sagging skin because it can remove excess skin, sculpt the fat pads of the face, and lift the skin for a smoother look. A facelift can:

  • Lift sagging skin on the middle and lower face.
  • Lift sagging skin on the neck.
  • Reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles.
  • Make you look decades younger.


Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery is passionate about helping women achieve the body of their dreams by personalizing their procedures. For a chance to have a custom Mommy Makeover procedure, contact Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery now, for a consultation.

Moms have significant roles in our lives; they’re the light of our homes and they’ve brought us up to face the world. As if childbearing isn’t enough, mothers spend almost their entire time attending to family needs. Being a mom is a full-time job. A mom’s work is endless—and this endless work can take a toll on their appearance.

Due to aging, pregnancy, and childbirth, the woman’s body undergoes changes. Most of these changes are irreversible unless they’re treated. At Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery, we’re grateful for what moms do. That’s why we offer a procedure to help them bring back their glow. The Mommy Makeover is a series of treatments designed to revive the youthful look of mothers.

What Is a Mommy Makeover?

The Mommy Makeover is a combination of cosmetic procedures performed with the goal of overall rejuvenation and returning the woman back to her youthful prime. It’s completely customizable and can be tailored after the mother’s concerns, aesthetic goals, and natural body.

Due to pregnancy and breastfeeding, women may develop pockets of body fat on their body and their breasts and buttocks may begin to droop. These happen to be the most typical concerns for mothers. That’s why for an average Mommy Makeover procedure, the most commonly included procedures are breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction. Dr. Dreyfuss knows that all women are unique and will have different needs and changes. Thus, for each Mommy Makeover procedure he develops a detailed treatment plan to target specific concerns.

The Mommy Makeover can be completed in a series of separate stages of surgery or combined to consolidate recovery time.

Who’s Qualified for a Mommy Makeover?

Though most patients who undergo the Mommy Makeover treatment are mothers, any woman can be a candidate for this procedure. If any of these conditions apply to you, then you are a candidate for the Mommy Makeover:

  • Have you completely recovered from pregnancy and childbirth?
  • Are you generally in good health?
  • Are you sure you’re done having children?
  • Can you reserve two weeks for your recovery?

Why Undergo a Mommy Makeover?

After years of bodily changes and stress, the time has finally arrived to achieve your new look — the new you. Feel confident and happy about yourself again. Look fresh and rejuvenated – because every mother deserves a mommy makeover!

Learn More About the Mommy Makeover

Dr. Dreyfuss will be glad to walk you through everything you need to know about Mommy Makeover. Share your concerns with him, and let him assess your case so that you can find out if this is the treatment for you. Begin with your transformation, reach out to Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery today!