Mommy Makeover

Pregnancy and childbirth are among life’s most memorable events for many women. They are also among the most physically demanding events, changing the body in ways that can’t be reversed even through a healthy diet and exercise. Women often consider plastic surgery procedures, such as breast augmentation, a tummy tuck, or liposuction, to help get back their pre-pregnancy bodies. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Fady Sinno understands that combining these procedures into a single surgery, called a mommy makeover, makes sense for many busy Baltimore and Columbia mothers.

About Mommy Makeover Surgery

For many moms, especially those who are finished having children, it’s important for their self-esteem to regain the trim, attractive figure they once enjoyed. Weakened abdominal muscles, sagging and deflated breasts, and stubborn pockets of fat are often the physical legacy of pregnancy and childbirth. Combining breast and body contouring procedures to address all these concerns is beneficial because it can be more cost-efficient and involves only one recovery period.

At our practices near Baltimore and Columbia, each mommy makeover is a custom combination of procedures to fit the patient’s different cosmetic goals. Women typically choose a combination of the following procedures:

Your procedure could also include other options, such as facial treatments. Dr. Sinno can guide you on what options can be safely combined in a surgery that addresses all your goals.

Dr. Fady Sinno

Meet Dr. Fady Sinno

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Fady Sinno provides individual attention and personal care to each of his patients. His warm, personal approach and exceptional results make him a top choice for Baltimore, MD, area men and women who want to look and feel their best.

Meet Dr. Sinno
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What to Expect

Dr. Sinno performs mommy makeover procedures using general anesthesia, and you may need to stay overnight at the hospital. Because you are combining procedures, the time for the operation is longer than most individual cosmetic surgeries. A combined tummy tuck and breast augmentation, for instance, takes from 4 1/2 to 6 hours. Liposuction done as part of a tummy tuck doesn’t add significant time.

Your Consultation

During your consultation with Dr. Sinno, he takes a detailed health history and performs a thorough examination to ensure you are a good candidate for a mommy makeover. Patient safety is Dr. Sinno’s top priority, and he honestly evaluates your readiness to undergo surgery. He also explains the details of each component, such as where the incisions will go. The consultation is also a time for you to explain your cosmetic goals. Together, you and Dr. Sinno decide on specific details of your procedures, such as the type and size of breast implants or whether you should get a standard or mini tummy tuck.

Mommy Makeover Recovery

Every patient recovers at her own pace, but there are guidelines that can help you heal and make your recovery as comfortable as possible. There are specific instructions for the different procedures:

Tummy tuck: Most patients return home with 2 drains to empty fluid from the surgical area. Dr. Sinno wraps your abdomen in an elastic compression garment to minimize swelling. A pain pump that delivers local anesthetic in the days after surgery will help you remain comfortable. It’s important to move around within 1 day of surgery, although you won’t be able to stand up straight for at least 5 days.

Breast augmentation or lift: Your recovery is aided by wearing a surgical bra during the first 2 weeks after surgery. It should be worn throughout the day and night, except when bathing, to provide added support to your breasts. Breasts sometimes heal at different rates, so you may notice reduced swelling in one breast and not the other.

Dr. Sinno provides more details during a consultation, but most mommy makeover patients should plan to take about 10 to 14 days to recuperate.

Women who require a combination of more extensive procedures such as breast lift, augmentation, abdominoplasty, and liposuction will be advised to stage them into 2 operations that can be done within 1 or 2 weeks from each other. This will result in shorter, safer anesthesia times, easier recovery as outpatient surgery, and still keeping a short total downtime.


  • “I am incredibly happy with the results of my mammoplasty! The results have far exceeded my expectations. Dr. Sinno was very knowledgeable, professional, and transparent with me about the procedure. Dr. Sinno and his staff are incredible and are always a pleasure to work with! They provide excellent personalized care and I was very impressed with the surgery center.”

    – Patient Review on Vitals

  • “Dr. Sinno, is caring, intuitive, and extremely skilled. He is more interested in producing an artistic, natural, and beautiful result than in simply making money. I consider him to be one of the most ethical and professional plastic surgeons in the region. I highly, highly recommend.”

    – TriciaLeanne

  • “I have been going to Dr Sinno for more than 15 yrs, I had 3 surgeries, He has the best bedside manner & his professionalism is beyond anyone I met! I Love my results. He is truly an artist. I can’t say enough about him, I HIGHLY recommend him.”

    – Rbsbeauty

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Your medical team will give you instructions for incision care to help your scars heal and fade quickly. Dr. Sinno is able to place tummy tuck incisions so that they are hidden when wearing a bathing suit. Most breast augmentation patients have implants inserted through an inframammary incision, which is where the bottom of the breast connects to the chest — a very discreet location.

Women who undergo mommy makeovers generally feel more confident after seeing a flatter, smoother abdomen and enhanced breasts. Your results will continue to improve over the course of a few months as swelling fades, revealing your new sleek body contours.

Mommy Makeover FAQ

I’ve never been pregnant. Can I still have a mommy makeover?

Absolutely! The popular surgery is simply called a “mommy makeover” because many of the treatments involved address concerns caused by pregnancy and childbirth. However, the surgery is by no means exclusively for mothers. In fact, a mommy makeover is also popular with people who have lost a significant amount of weight, because it can remove excess skin and restore a more youthful, “lifted” appearance to the body. A mommy makeover is also highly customizable, which means you can choose the combination of procedures that works best for your body.

What can I expect at my consultation?

Your mommy makeover consultation is an important opportunity to meet with Dr. Sinno and discuss your potential mommy makeover. During this private appointment, Dr. Sinno encourages you to ask questions and express your concerns. He also performs a thorough physical evaluation to examine the areas of concern and help you understand which procedures may be best for you. If you’re considering breast augmentation as part of your surgery, you may try on implant sizers to help you visualize your final result. Dr. Sinno will discuss the advantages and limitations of the available implants, including the newer shaped (or form-stable) silicone gel implants. You’ll also be offered a written estimate that reflects the series of procedures you’ve chosen.

How many procedures may I undergo at once?

To maintain your comfort and safety, Dr. Sinno doesn’t recommend combining procedures that would exceed 6 hours in surgery time. For reference, a combined breast augmentation and tummy tuck can last anywhere from 4½ to 6 hours for most people. The duration of your selected procedures depends on the severity of your symptoms and the techniques Dr. Sinno uses. During your consultation, Dr. Sinno will evaluate your body and talk to you about your goals to help you understand which combination of procedures is safe for you.

What are the benefits of combining procedures?

Dr. Sinno’s patients have found the combination surgery approach advantageous for a number of reasons, which often include:

  • There is only one recovery period, which is more convenient for taking time off work and other activities.
  • It saves some money compared with having procedures done separately, because patients have to pay certain fees only once, such as anesthesiology and operating facility fees.
  • Having several treatments done at once brings emotional benefits as patients complete a full transformation, restoring their bodies to a more youthful state in one fell swoop.

Patient safety being the most important factor, Dr. Sinno will recommend staging the procedures in multiple surgeries if they are expected to require extended anesthesia time.

What can I do to prepare for my mommy makeover?

There are several ways you can prepare yourself for surgery and recovery. Although Dr. Sinno will give you detailed instructions to help you get ready, here are a few tips to make your procedure and recuperation easier:

  • Be close to your desired weight before the surgery. Tummy tuck and liposuction are not weight-loss procedures.
  • Exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet.
  • Stop taking certain medications, such as anti-inflammatory pain relievers and other common medications. Our team will provide you with a list and details on how soon to stop before surgery.
  • If you smoke, quit at least a month before your surgery to reduce the risk of complications during recovery.
  • Have your prescriptions filled a few days before surgery so they’ll be at the ready when you arrive home.
  • Ensure that you have a friend or family member willing to help with chores, errands, and childcare while you heal, because you’ll have activity restrictions that prevent you from doing many of your regular activities.
  • Ensure your kitchen is stocked with ready-to-eat or easy-to-prepare meals and snacks that are healthful and low in salt. Although you won’t have any dietary restrictions, pain medications may affect your appetite. It’s important to make every calorie count while your body heals.
  • Be sure you have enough comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to wear while you heal. If you undergo a breast procedure, you’ll also need button-down shirts that don’t require you to lift your arms over your head.

How long will my results last?

Your results can last for many years by living a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a stable weight is one of the best ways to ensure your results last. Eating right, exercising regularly, and avoiding smoking can preserve your results and help you look your best for decades.

Next Steps

Are you ready to find out more about mommy makeover surgery in the Baltimore or Columbia area? Request your consultation online with Dr. Fady Sinno or call us at  (410) 884-4200 (Ellicott City) or  (410) 751-2348 (Westminster). His offices are conveniently located near Catonsville, Randallstown, and Reistertown.


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