Mommy Makeover Surgery in Chicago

What is a Mommy Makeover?

Being a mom can be one of the most rewarding experiences in a woman’s life, yet pregnancy certainly can wreak havoc on the body. Pregnancy can lead to separated abdominal muscles, stretch marks, sagging skin, stubborn fat, and deflated, drooping breasts that cannot necessarily be reversed with strict dieting and frequent exercising. With Dr. Schlechter a Mommy Makeover is a combination of surgical procedures that can restore a woman’s youthful body contours after she has gone through pregnancy and childbirth. Your Mommy Makeover will be uniquely customized to combine the specific procedures you need to achieve the beautiful, youthful figure you desire.

The Benefits of a Mommy Makeover

  • Produces full, perky breasts
  • Achieves a flat, firm abdomen
  • Leads to tighter skin
  • Reduces the amount of stretch marks
  • Creates smoother, more attractive body contours
  • Can include any procedure you need
  • Yields dramatic results

Achieved With a Mommy Makeover

Youthful Breasts

A woman’s breasts may become deflated and saggy after pregnancy and nursing. The swelling and stretching of the skin during pregnancy and breastfeeding can leave the breasts looking elongated, droopy, and shapeless. A Mommy Makeover may include breast surgeries such as breast augmentation and/or breast lift surgery to rejuvenate the breasts. The inclusion of breast surgery in the Mommy Makeover can restore a woman’s soft, full, perky, and alluring feminine curves.

Flat Abdomen

During pregnancy, your abdominal muscles stretch to accommodate your growing bundle of joy. Increased pressure stretches the abdominal skin and muscles, often leaving stretch marks and sometimes causing the abdominal muscles to separate. No matter how many crunches you do to flatten your abdomen, these effects of pregnancy are irreparable without surgery. A Mommy Makeover may include either a full or mini tummy tuck to flatten and tighten your abdomen. This procedure redefines the abdominal contours and restores a youthful tone to a woman’s waistline.

Fat Removal

Weight gain during pregnancy is not only common but should be expected and may even be recommended for many women. However, pregnancy cravings can easily cause things to spiral out of control and may lead a woman to consume large quantities of unhealthy foods and gain far more weight than she ever intended. The resulting extra body fat can become a bane and may stubbornly persist despite stringent dieting and consistent exercising after pregnancy. A Mommy Makeover may include liposuction to remove this extraneous fatty tissue and improve a woman’s body contours.

Rejuvenated Appearance

While you may beam with pride over your beautiful children, the woman you see in the mirror when you step out of the shower could be a far cry from the woman you used to see. The combination of procedures included in a Mommy Makeover gives you the opportunity to reclaim that youthful body once again. In addition to breast surgery, tummy tuck surgery, and liposuction, uniquely selected procedures such as labiaplasty and facelift surgery can transform your body into the youthful, feminine figure you once enjoyed and can now take pleasure in again.

Your Mommy Makeover

A Mommy Makeover packages together several procedures that are specifically selected for your needs. With the right combination of procedures, your Mommy Makeover can expertly restore your body contours and help you feel like an attractive woman again. While any number of procedures may be included in your Mommy Makeover, the following procedures are those most commonly requested for Mommy Makeover surgery.

Breast Augmentation

Recommended for:
  • Deflated breasts
  • Naturally small breasts
  • Shapeless breasts
The Procedure:
  • Inserts an implant into a pocket within each breast
  • Implants are inserted either above or beneath the pectoral muscle
  • Patients choose between silicone and saline implants
  • Inframammary, periareolar, or transaxillary incision types may be used

Breast Lift

Recommended for:
  • Sagging breasts
  • Shapeless breasts
  • Stretched, low-hanging nipples
The Procedure:
  • Removes overstretched, lax breast skin
  • Can resize and/or relocate the nipple-areolar complexes
  • Technique varies according to the degree of sagging and whether combined with breast augmentation
  • Anchor, lollipop, periareolar, or crescent lift techniques may be used

Tummy Tuck

Recommended for:
  • Diastasis recti (separated abdominal muscles) and poor abdominal tone
  • Sagging abdominal skin
  • Stretch marks in the lower abdomen
  • Women who have had multiple pregnancies
The Procedure:
  • Mini or full tummy tuck
  • Flattens and tightens the abdomen
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Removes excess skin
  • Eliminates stretch marks on the removed skin
  • Relocates and/or reshapes the belly button
  • Recontours the abdomen


Recommended for:
  • Stubborn fat deposits
  • Patients who live a healthy lifestyle but have trouble areas
The Procedure:
  • Uses a laser and suction device to extract excess fat from the body
  • Usable almost anywhere on the body
  • Offers targeted, customizable body contouring
  • Permanently removes fat
  • Rejuvenates the appearance
  • May be performed after a woman has healed from other Mommy Makeover procedures


The main advantage of the Mommy Makeover is that it is typically packaged together and done all in one day, depending on the number of procedures needed. This reduces the costs and the number of times you will be placed under anesthesia. It also saves you from having to wait for delayed results due to undergoing multiple procedures. After your recovery from Mommy Makeover surgery, you will be able to appreciate and enjoy your results all at once.
If you long for your pre-pregnancy body shape, your breasts are sagging or seemingly non-existent, your stomach has pooching skin and loose muscles, and stubborn fat and stretch marks prevent you from feeling comfortable with your body, you could be an excellent candidate for a Mommy Makeover. Candidates may have a C-section scar they’d rather not see and stubborn pregnancy fat they can’t get rid of with diet and exercise. Mothers who do so much for their children and often little for themselves can choose to undergo this procedure to help themselves feel better about the way they look. All candidates should have realistic expectations, a full understanding of the procedure and recovery, and no smoking habits (or a willingness to quit smoking). Newer mothers must finish breastfeeding and have childcare assistance during the surgical recovery. Finally, if you are considering having more babies, it is best to postpone your Mommy Makeover so that another pregnancy does not take its toll on your newly improved body contours.
Not everyone seeking a Mommy Makeover will need all of the procedures discussed above, and some will need all of the above procedures and more. Dr. Schlechter will help you determine which procedures are necessary to accomplish your goals. Due to the complexities of individual cases, it may not be possible to perform all of the required procedures at once. We will work with you to make sure you have the best Mommy Makeover experience possible.
A Mommy Makeover is completely customizable, meaning you can include virtually any procedure for which you are a qualifying candidate. Besides breast augmentation, breast lift surgery, abdominoplasty, and liposuction, other popular Mommy Makeover procedures are breast reduction surgery, facelift surgery, labiaplasty, and fat transfer.
The Mommy Makeover is performed under IV sedation. During the tummy tuck portion, most patients elect to have a time-released pain medication called EXPAREL® injected into the abdominal tissues. EXPAREL® administers a local anesthetic that reduces discomfort for up to 72 hours and helps patients be far more comfortable after their procedure than they would have been otherwise.
The Mommy Makeover is performed in our accredited in-office surgical suite to allow for maximum privacy.
While the length of a Mommy Makeover can vary significantly from patient to patient, a typical Mommy Makeover surgery will last approximately three to four hours. All surgeries will be performed at our state of the art Chicago Office.
Any scarring will depend on the selected procedures, techniques, and individual healing responses. Dr. Schlechter uses strategic techniques and incision locations to minimize scarring as much as possible. In many cases, he can reduce scarring by incorporating or removing an existing C-section scar. With proper scar management and some time, most scars heal well and fade to become barely noticeable. If scars do spread, we have options for scar revision to help minimize their appearance as much as possible.
A tummy tuck will remove many stretch marks in the lower abdomen, but the upper abdomen may still have visible stretch marks. Every woman is different, but the doctor’s goal is to remove as many of the stretch marks and loose skin as possible. The result of the tummy tuck portion of the Mommy Makeover is a flatter, smoother stomach with a marked reduction in the amount of stretch marks.
The recovery after your Mommy Makeover will depend on the procedures performed. Drainage tubes may be placed under your skin, and compression garments will be given to you to support your body as it heals. Your post-operative instructions along with our cosmetic coordinators and frequent visits with the surgeon will guide you through the days and weeks ahead. EXPAREL® and oral pain medications significantly reduce the level of discomfort for patients during recovery. A friend or family member should stay with you for the first few days of recovery. It is essential that you do not overexert yourself after your surgery, but at the same time, be sure to get up and walk around frequently during those first few days to encourage circulation. Most Mommy Makeover patients return to normal activities after two weeks and can return to physical exercise within six weeks (pending approval from Dr. Schlechter).
You will be able to have children after your Mommy Makeover, but it is not recommended. Going through Mommy Makeover surgery only to have another pregnancy take its toll on your restored body is likely to lead to discouragement and regret. It is best to be sure that you are finished having children before you undergo your Mommy Makeover.

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