Patient Questions & Answers

Mommy Makeover Q&A

Mommy Makeover Q&A

Mommy Makeover Q&A


Moms know that having children can have a real impact on their bodies. Sagging breasts, weight gain, and loose skin can all be just some of the aftereffects of giving birth. Dr. Joseph J. Castellano’s fully customizable mommy makeovers can help restore your body to its shapeliest, most confident self. Below, Dr. Castellano answers some of the most common (and not-so-common) questions women ask when considering their own mommy makeover.

If your mommy makeover question isn’t answered below, contact us online today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Castellano is a skilled cosmetic surgeon who adopts a personalized approach that ensures that you have a positive experience with us from consultation through recovery.


  • I love the idea of a mommy makeover! How soon after giving birth can I sign up?

    In general, I recommend waiting at least 6 months after giving birth before undergoing any surgery, but it really depends on a lot of factors and I can give you more specifics in a consultation. Your body needs a chance to recover from the rigorous process of creating life! Waiting a few months gives your body time to heal and you time to see what areas you most want to target. Some women’s bodies spring back to their original shape with just diet and exercise, while others could use a little extra help. You can always consider starting with some skin rejuvenation procedures, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic or laser resurfacing, that can help reduce wrinkles in your face and help you look as young and vibrant as you feel before moving on to body contouring.


  • I’d love to get a breast augmentation to get me back to their perky, pre-breastfeeding state, but I may be planning on having another child in the future. Will breast implants affect my ability to breastfeed?

    Breastfeeding is one of the most common concerns women have when it comes to  breast augmentation. The good news is that breastfeeding is certainly possible with implants. During augmentation surgery, I take the utmost care to avoid damaging nerves and milk ducts that could make breastfeeding difficult in the future. Placing the implants underneath the chest muscle can decrease damage to breast tissue, which can also help make breastfeeding easier for you in the future. Keep in mind that there are no guarantees: some women will find difficulty in breastfeeding even without undergoing augmentation, so be sure to discuss your breastfeeding intentions with me before any surgery.


  • Even though I’ve lost most of the baby weight after giving birth, I can’t seem to get rid of the flabbiness around my stomach. Could liposuction or a tummy tuck help with my muffin top?

    Absolutely! Liposuction and tummy tucks can be great solutions for dealing with stubborn areas of fat like your muffin top. With liposuction, specific areas of fat are targeted and removed to create a leaner silhouette. A tummy tuck tightens stretched abdominal muscles as well as removing excess fat and skin from the area to give moms back their trim pre-baby waistlines.

    Tummy tucks can actually be ideal for women who have had C-sections. During a tummy tuck, an incision is made in the lower abdomen and the muscles are surgically tightened. The belly button may be relocated and excess fat and tissue removed. This procedure can actually help minimize the visible scarring from your C-section, as the skin removal process can help lower your scar to below your bikini line, resulting in a smoother, more toned belly. You might also want to consider liposuction for stubborn deposits of fat around your midsection.


  • I have some scarring on my belly after my C-section. I’m interested in a tummy tuck, but I’m afraid it will only increase the amount of scar tissue. What are my options?

    Tummy tucks can actually be ideal for women who have had C-sections. During a tummy tuck, an incision is made in the lower abdomen and the muscles are surgically tightened. The belly button may be relocated and excess fat and tissue removed. This procedure can actually help minimize the visible scarring from your C-section, as the skin removal process can help lower your scar to below your bikini line, resulting in a smoother, more toned belly. You might also want to consider liposuction for stubborn deposits of fat around your midsection.


  • I want to fix the sagginess in my breasts, but I’m afraid of making them any bigger. Can I get a boob job without increasing my cup size?

    The phrase “boob job” is a vague one, because there are in fact several different surgical options for enhancing breasts, including breast augmentations and breast lifts. Breast lifts are different from augmentation in that they do not include implants to increase breast size. With a breast lift, an incision is made though which I can lift and reshape the breast and adjust nipple placement to bring the breasts front and center. While a breast augmentation can certainly fill out your breasts, I would recommend sticking with a breast lift if retaining your cup size is important to you.

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