Mommy Makeover in Santa Ana

Most people notice changes in their bodies after pregnancy, including in their abdomen, waist, buttocks, and breasts, and they may not feel like themselves anymore. When you want to change parts of your figure that do not respond to diet and exercise, a mommy makeover in Santa Ana could be the solution.

This combination of body sculpting procedures, performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Josh Waltzman, could help restore the shape and contour of your body after pregnancy or a massive weight loss. It is customizable to your needs and desires, so you can focus on the parts of your body you most want to improve.

What Procedures Are in a Mommy Makeover?

After pregnancy or achieving a significant weight loss, your body can appear deflated, with stretched skin and muscles and sagging areas that no amount of diet and exercise can change.

Pregnancy and excess weight can weaken the abdominal wall, which means you may look pregnant and feel uncomfortable with your appearance long after the baby is born. Any of the procedures in the list below can be combined during a mommy makeover in Santa Ana.

Tummy Tuck

During this procedure, Dr. Waltzman removes excess skin and fat. He may also repair diastasis recti, the separation of abdominal muscles on either side of the belly button that can occur during pregnancy. This belly pooch cannot be corrected with exercise. During a tummy tuck procedure, the belly button may also be moved to a better anatomical position.

Breast Surgery

After significant weight loss, childbirth, or breastfeeding, your breasts can shrink or enlarge. With age, they may also have started to sag. These changes can be disheartening, but cosmetic breast surgeries could help lift breast tissue into the correct anatomical position, remove excess tissue, or add volume and shape.


This minimally invasive surgical procedure helps remove fatty deposits resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction may be done independently or may be used to harvest fat from your body that can then be reinjected into breast tissue or buttocks for an autologous fat augmentation procedure.

Liposuction is commonly requested to remove small fatty deposits in the upper arm, abdomen, waist, thighs, hips, and back. Liposuction does not help you lose weight. While it does remove small stubborn areas of fat, it is only used after you have achieved your goal weight.

Buttock Lift or Augmentation

This can be called a gluteoplasty or gluteal augmentation and is used to improve the contour, shape, or size of the buttocks. The procedure may use autologous fat grafting from fat taken from another area of your body.

Butt lifts and butt augmentations help improve the balance of your figure and the shape and tone of the underlying tissue to achieve a smoother, rounder contour and natural-looking silhouette.

Arm and Thigh Lift

These two procedures are more commonly used after substantial weight loss because they help reduce the excess sagging that occurs in the upper thighs and upper arms, causing the skin to droop. An arm lift, or brachioplasty, can help reduce localized pockets of fat and tighten and smooth the underlying supportive tissue that defines the upper arm. Thigh lift surgery may be used when skin has lost elasticity and may droop after liposuction. The surgery helps skin conform to your body contour and create a smoother skin surface.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

To be considered for a mommy makeover, you should have achieved your goal weight and maintained it for at least six months. Significant weight gain or loss after these procedures can alter the results.

A good candidate is also healthy and free from underlying medical conditions that could increase the risk of anesthesia or surgery and impair healing. These include problems with blood supply and the respiratory system. People with Type 2 diabetes or heart disease who have their health conditions under control may be good candidates.

The ideal candidate is a non-smoker since nicotine increases the risk of anesthesia and complications following surgery, including infection. If you do smoke, you should stop smoking four weeks before and after surgery to reduce the risks associated with nicotine.

The length of your recovery depends on the most invasive surgery included in your mommy makeover. For example, when you have liposuction and a tummy tuck, you can expect to take off work for approximately one month and will have lifting restrictions for roughly three months. However, when you only have liposuction, your downtime is significantly shorter, and you will be able to lift your children relatively quickly.

Call Today to Schedule Your Consultation for a Mommy Makeover in Santa Ana

Your mommy makeover is designed to address your cosmetic concerns, so the surgeries you have may not be the same as your best friend’s. At The Waltzman Institute, you will receive personalized care and one-on-one service that could help you achieve your goals.

Call today to schedule a consultation for a mommy makeover in Santa Ana and discover how quickly you can repair and restore your body.