How Much Should You Weigh Before Having Mommy Makeover Surgery?

By: Dr. Angelo Cuzalina


When you think about mommy makeovers, several procedures might come to mind — from breast lifts to tummy tucks. These transformations, often sought after childbirth, aim to restore a woman's pre-pregnancy figure. At Tulsa Surgical Arts, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Angelo Cuzalina specializes in helping women regain their confidence with various treatments. Each mommy makeover is personalized to a woman's needs and may include a breast lift (mastopexy) with or without implants, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction, and even vaginal tightening or buttock enhancement. For those considering a mommy makeover in Tulsa, OK, an important question is: how much should you weigh before undergoing the procedure?

Why is your weight significant before a mommy makeover?

Your weight plays a pivotal role in determining the success and safety of any surgical procedure. With mommy makeovers, being resonably close to your ideal weight results in optimal fat removal and skin tightening. Why? These procedures, such as liposuction or tummy tucks, are not primarily weight loss treatments but contouring ones. Dr. Cuzalina advises his patients to be within a specific weight range to achieve the best possible results and to ensure the body can heal adequately post-surgery.  The BMI (body mass index) is commonly used to assess your general weight status.  Dr. Cuzalina believes that the procedure is safest for patients with a BMI less than 30.  However, the surgery can be performed on some patients with a BMI in the 30-35 range as long as they are very healthy otherwise and they do not carry a very disproportionate amount of fat inside their abdomen (visceral fat) which is not healthy and can complicate the surgery as well as limit the results.  Special circumstances are rare where elective cosmetic surgery is performed on someone with a BMI >35-40 since it can dramatically increase the risk of complications.

What procedures are included in a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover doesn't follow a one-size-fits-all approach. Depending on your goals and physical needs, it can encompass a combination of procedures. Common ones include breast lift or breast augmentation, which address sagging or deflated breasts. Then there's the tummy tuck, which tackles excess skin and tightens the abdominal muscles. Liposuction is another popular choice for those looking to remove stubborn fat pockets that don't respond to diet and exercise. And surgery to decrease the size of the labia or vagina can also be performed.  At Tulsa Surgical Arts and Bella Roma Med Spa we offer both surgical vaginal rejuvenation as well as non surgical options to tighten the vaginal area and improve sensitivity. Knowing the necessary procedures will also guide discussions about your ideal weight pre-surgery.

How can you prepare for the procedure?

Apart from reaching an optimal weight, how else can you get ready for a mommy makeover? First, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cuzalina to ensure you clearly understand what the surgery entails, the expected outcomes, and any potential risks. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial — eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding smoking. This gets you closer to your desired weight and preps your body for a smoother recovery.  Being 'too skinny' can also be an issue.  The bottom line is that you should have a fairly normal medical history with no major illnesses and at a healthy weight.  Dr. Cuzalina would prefer someone 10-20 lbs. heavier than the ideal or 'perfect' weight vs. someone who is extremely thin and well below the ideal weight for their height.  At TSA we also offer the state-of-the-art body analyzer to give you a true BMI as well as pages of detailed health information such as muscle mass %, water distribution, fat body %, and your comparison vs others with your same gender and height.  The date is sent to you privately via text or email after the quick and painless testing.

What are the benefits of a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover isn't just about aesthetics; it's a comprehensive set of procedures tailored to rejuvenate a mother's body post-pregnancy. Here's a glimpse into the advantages of a mommy makeover:

Restored body contour:

  • Tighten sagging skin, especially around the abdomen and breasts
  • Remove excess fat, enhancing the body's natural silhouette into a more hourglass shape

Boosted self-esteem:

  • Feel more confident in your skin and clothing
  • Experience a rejuvenated sense of self and increased body positivity

Correction of physical discomforts:

  • Alleviate back pain from sagging breasts with breast lifts especially if breast are too large
  • Strengthen weakened abdominal muscles post-pregnancy

Enhanced symmetry and proportions:

  • Achieve a balanced figure by addressing asymmetry in breasts or other areas
  • Harmonize the body's proportions for a more youthful appearance

Are you ready for a mommy makeover in Tulsa, OK?

What comes next once you've taken the step to transform your body? Post-procedure, patients can expect some downtime, varying based on their treatments. The results include a more toned body, perkier breasts, and a redefined silhouette. If you're contemplating a mommy makeover and want to confirm you're making the best possible decisions for your body, trust in the expertise of Dr. Angelo Cuzalina or any one of our other 4 excellent surgeons at Tulsa Surgical Arts in Tulsa, OK. Schedule your consultation today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.