When Is the Right Time to Get a Mommy Makeover?

A Mommy Makeover is a popular surgical solution for women who want to rejuvenate their body’s appearance after childbirth or upon losing a lot of weight. At Murphy Plastic Surgery in Englewood, CO, we offer Mommy Makeover packages tailored to the needs of each woman. Read on to find out if this makeover is for you and how to determine the right time to get it.

About Murphy Plastic Surgery

Dr. Murphy, previous Chief of Plastic Surgery at Swedish Medical Center, has over 25 years of experience in the field: a track-record our patients find comforting. In this time, Dr. Murphy has refined his skills to create natural results that women trust.

We offer a commitment to our patients by employing long-term staff, so you’ll always see a familiar face when you visit our offices. We pride ourselves in personalized care and want to support you in this journey of positive transformation. Our centrally located Denver offices make reaching us easy from anywhere. We also offer our out-of-state clients discounted rates for select hotels and a ride and care service for a fee.

What’s a Mommy Makeover?

A Mommy Makeover is a combination of cosmetic surgeries that help women reclaim the shape, tone, and body appearance that is sometimes lost after giving birth. A woman’s torso experiences many changes during pregnancy that might not return to form after childbirth, even with a nutritious diet and exercise.

Over the years, Dr. Murphy has heard countless women in the Denver area voice the same concerns about getting their pre-pregnancy bodies back. Women want to know what they can do about loose abdominal skin and breast volume loss.

For this reason, Murphy Plastic Surgery offers the combined surgical procedures called the Mommy Makeover–a surgical solution for women who’ve tried everything else to get their bodies back. The procedure combination transforms the body into a more youthful appearance. Combining the procedures helps reduce costs–something every mother can appreciate.

What’s Included in a Mommy Makeover?

After childbirth, many women face the same issues with their bodies. It always takes some time to lose pregnancy weight, but weight loss is often not enough. Murphy’s Plastic Surgery understands this and includes the two most popular body-reclaiming surgical procedures in the makeover for mothers: a tummy tuck and breast augmentation.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to remove unwanted fat and skin from the abdominal region. The abdominal area goes through the most significant changes during pregnancy, and after giving birth, it rarely looks the same as it once did.

Many women find that no matter how much effort they put into reclaiming their pre-pregnancy figure, nothing seems to work. When diet and exercise aren’t enough, a tummy tuck is an excellent option.

What to Know

Before the tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Murphy looks at the layers of muscle, fat, and skin in the abdomen to determine how to proceed. Fat is manageable through diet and exercise, but excess skin and stretched muscles require surgery to correct.

Dr. Murphy specializes in the art of the tummy tuck, and his expertise is most evident in the forms he creates. Understanding the natural curvature of the female form, Dr. Murphy uses the tummy tuck procedure to create subtle angles and curves found naturally in the pre-pregnancy body.

Scaring is a common concern among women who seek cosmetic procedures, but Dr. Murphy has perfected a technique that dramatically reduces the chances of scarring around the navel. Most women are delighted with the natural-looking, scarless body sculpting results Dr. Murphy creates. After the tummy tuck procedure, most women experience a tightening of the abdominal muscles and an overall improvement of the tone and shape of the torso.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

A tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure that happens under epidural anesthesia. The process consists of an incision made in the lower abdomen and often a tiny incision made near the navel. Although most patients are free to leave the facility after the procedure, Murphy Plastic Surgery transfers those wishing to rest overnight to a private room in Swedish Hospital.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Getting back to your routine after having a tummy tuck takes about ten days, but you’ll start feeling better much soon than this. During the first few days, you’ll have access to a pump that feeds long-acting local anesthetic into the surgical site to mitigate discomfort.

We also supply you with a supportive surgical garment to reduce swelling while promoting normal activity for the first month. We recommend that patients abstain from heavy lifting and vigorous activity for six weeks after the operation.

Breast Augmentation

Pregnancy and breastfeeding can dramatically alter the shape and size of breasts, and only surgical intervention can renew them to their former size and shape. Many women have concerns about the appearance of their breasts after becoming a mother.

Dr. Murphy is one of the most experienced breast augmentation surgeons in the Denver area, and he performs these procedures more than any other. His experience includes augmentation, breast lifts, and breast implants. We offer a breast augmentation procedure in the Mommy Makeover package. During a consultation, Dr. Murphy addresses each patient’s needs to find the best-suited breast augmentation solution.

Breast Size and Shape

Dr. Murphy works with women to find the right shape and size for breast augmentation. Never using a one-size-fits-all approach, he is skilled in finding the most natural forms to flow with the curvature of any individual woman’s body.

Breast Implant Types

There are more options than ever for increasing cup size. We at Murphy Plastic Surgery help educate you on the silicone, gel, lifts, and other implant options we have available. Together we select the best treatment method for delivering the most beautiful results.

Breast Augmentation Procedure and Recover

Dr. Murphy performs breast augmentation in a private surgical suite in Denver, Colorado. After the outpatient procedure that takes approximately one hour, patients are free to return home for recovery.

You can expect to resume normal activities a few days after a breast augmentation procedure. Full recovery from the procedure takes between four and six weeks on average, and you must avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting during this time.

Who Should Consider a Mommy Makeover?

Although this makeover is particularly suited for mothers, you need not have ever given birth to reap the benefits. Some women choose this combination of treatments after significant weight loss. No matter your situation, a makeover for mothers could be the right choice for you if you:

  • Are dissatisfied with the shape or size of your breasts
  • Have abdominal muscle separation (diastasis)
  • Have loose abdominal skin
  • Have stubborn fat deposits in the abdomen

What the Makeover Is (and What It’s Not)

Pregnancy can make women feel self-conscious about their bodies, but our makeover for mothers is a way to celebrate motherhood and all you’ve been through in motherhood. Dr. Murphy works with mothers to create custom makeover experiences unlike any other. These motherhood procedures are life changing and can dramatically improve self-confidence, self-esteem, and overall well-being for mothers of all ages.

Our makeover for mothers isn’t a quick fix. Usually, mothers turn to this option as a last resort after plateauing with their workout goals. Even after receiving the tummy tuck and breast augmentation procedures, it takes time for the swelling to subside, so prepare to wait several weeks before seeing the changes to your body most clearly.

The Right Time to Get a Mommy Makeover

Timing is everything for scheduling your tummy tuck and breast augmentation procedures. As a mother, you must decide when the best time is for you. Below we look at the top considerations to make before scheduling your procedures with Murphy Plastic Surgery.

Healing From Childbirth

Some people mistakenly think a makeover of this type is available immediately after childbirth. You must be fully recovered from giving birth before Dr. Murphy can perform the makeover procedures. Recovery usually takes around six months and includes breastfeeding cessation. Allowing the body to return to its natural form and shape takes time but is a crucial step to getting the best results from the makeover.

Healthy Living

This makeover is best suited for mothers who take a proactive approach to their health rather than for those who are looking for a quick way to lose weight after pregnancy. Adopting a healthy diet and engaging in regular exercise is the first step to take before getting makeover procedures.

We encourage mothers to develop a healthy routine before the procedure because it’s vital for maintaining procedure results. By sticking to a healthy diet and exercise routine before and after your makeover procedures, you can ensure that your results last.


Because smoking affects circulation and delays healing times, we don’t perform makeover procedures on smokers. To qualify for a makeover for mothers, we recommend that you quit smoking at least four weeks before the procedure.


As a mother, considering the recovery period for the makeover procedures is an essential factor. You won’t be able to take care of yourself fully in the first few days after the procedure, so taking care of your child or children also won’t be possible.

The full recovery period can last up to six weeks, and in this time, you aren’t to engage in strenuous activity or heavy lifting. In this context, heavy lifting refers to any weight over ten pounds–a weight that most children and strollers exceed. You must have support during the recovery period. Finding a trusted family member or friend to help during this time is crucial for your recovery. You might need help with household chores, errands, or childcare.

No Driving

You won’t be able to drive during recovery. After your procedures, we will prescribe you medication to help manage any discomfort, and as long as you take it, driving is out of the question.

Final Pregnancy

Although you need not be finished with having children, many women prefer to get the makeover for mothers after they’ve given birth for the last time. The reason women prefer to wait is that each pregnancy changes the body.

Getting pregnant and giving birth after the makeover procedures might impact the results. Breastfeeding is still possible with implants, but it could affect the natural lactation flow. You might even need another makeover if you get pregnant again, so many women opt to schedule their makeover only after they are finished having children.


Finding the right time to get a Mommy Makeover denver requires personal and professional considerations. You must do your part to ensure that you have the necessary support at home, and Dr. Murphy can help you plan the rest. Contact us for further information or to book a consultation at Murphy Plastic Surgery in Englewood, CO.

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