what is the mommy makeover

What is the “Mommy Makeover?”

Giving birth to a child and being a mother are the most sacred roles in a woman’s life. At Aristocrat Plastic Surgery, we understand that children’s smiles warm a mother’s heart and that nothing else matters. However, we also know that happiness is complete when mothers are feeling comfortable, youthful, and beautiful in their bodies.

In reality, the effects of pregnancy are fairly obvious and can trigger nervousness, lack of confidence, and even some sadness. That’s why many women today are opting for a Mommy Makeover.

A Mommy Makeover addresses the negative physical effects of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. After pregnancy, many women experience long-lasting aesthetic issues, such as stretching of the abdominal skin, breast sagging, and excess fat in the hip and buttock areas.

With our expertise, skills, and modern techniques, mothers can restore a positive self-image.

That said, each woman is unique. This is why our Mommy Makeovers in our Manhattan and Long Island cosmetic surgery offices are always personalized and aligned with each patient’s specific goals and needs. The Mommy Makeover is a combination of several possible body procedures, all of which are explained below. It’s important, though, to meet with your plastic surgeon and discuss all of the options and figure out which are right for you.

Breast Augmentation

After pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts lose their shape, firmness, and fullness. To recreate the volume and shape that moms had before pregnancy, we recommend breast augmentation. It is a safe procedure that gives the breasts their original natural and youthful shape.

Dr. Kevin Tehrani is renowned for his breast augmentation procedures.

Breast Lift

The breast lift is a procedure that raises and reshapes sagging breasts, and rejuvenates the figure with a breast profile that is youthful and uplifted. It can be performed simultaneously with a breast augmentation, if desired, to both lift the breasts and increase their size.

Tummy Tuck

The abdomen can change quite a bit after pregnancy, and it’s frustrating when no diet or exercise works. With the help of Dr. Tehrani and the team of experts at Aristocrat Plastic Surgery & MedAesthetics, women are able to get back to their pre-pregnancy figure. A tummy tuck is one of the most popular body procedures, in which excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen are removed. There are several types of tummy tucks available at Aristocrat Plastic Surgery, all with long-lasting results.

Dr. Tehrani has received special training from the late Dr. Ted E. Lockwood in lateral tension abdominoplasty, an improved tummy tuck technique that restores the abdominal muscles and tissue to their original youthful place after having been stretched by pregnancy.

Visit our Tummy Tuck section to learn more about the procedure and to take a look at our “Wall of Abs” gallery to see how Dr. Tehrani does wonders with this body contouring procedure.


After pregnancy, it’s quite normal to gain weight, followed by layers of fat cells. We understand that reducing the fat enemy can be quite a challenge. So, we offer liposuction, the best solution for removal of the fat cells from the targeted area.

Liposuction is a procedure used to improve the body’s contour by removing fat deposits that lie between the skin and muscle. The most affected body areas are the hips, thighs, and abdomen. We perform Laser-Assisted Liposuction, widely known as SmartLipo, as well as traditional power-assisted liposuction.

Our liposuction section offers you more details, including the positive physical and psychological changes that liposuction creates for you.

Lymphatic Massage

Some patients experience post-surgery accumulation of liquid or tissues beneath the skin that can harden. The resulting fibrosis can cause bruising or soreness. Lymphatic massage is a type of gentle massage that encourages blood flow and lymph drainage to help relieve this fibrosis. Once the lymph is drained, the reabsorption process begins. The waste tissue will be carried back toward the heart and, ultimately, naturally removed from the body. Lymphatic massage is a very safe and effective way to speed the healing process and improve comfort post-surgery. Your immune system will also benefit from these massages, which is crucial during a post-operative time of healing.

Vaginal Rejuvenation

The natural aging process, pregnancy, and childbirth can have drastic effects on women’s bodies. Of those changes, the ones that impact a woman’s femininity and intimate life can have some of the most far-reaching consequences. ThermiVa is an aesthetic device that reverses the effects of aging and childbirth on the vagina and vulva. By offering women a chance to improve their intimate life and their femininity, ThermiVa does more than rejuvenate the body; it helps women restore their sense of well-being and quality of life. The ThermiVa procedure is a gentle and painless way to address issues like incontinence, vulvovaginal laxity, overactive bladder, orgasmic dysfunction and atrophy. The FDA-approved ThermiVa uses temperature controlled radiofrequency to rebuild collagen in the vulva and the vaginal tissues. ThermiVa is a great option for women who want to reclaim their bodies without surgery or a long recovery.

Out of all the related Mommy Makeover procedures, vaginal rejuvenation is often the least understood. We’ve compiled some information below for you to take to your doctor during your consultation to better understand your options and discuss your possibilities.

Thermiva Patients Have Reported:

  • Improved Urinary Control
  • Greater enjoyment of intercourse
  • Alleviation of vaginal dryness and painful intercourse
  • Aesthetic improvement
  • Comfort exercising or wearing tight fitting clothes
  • Renewed Confidence
  • Reduced Pelvic Pain
  • Alleviated Constant Itch in the Vulva (hyperplastic dystrophy)

How Does ThermiVa Work?

By delivering radiofrequency energy to the tissues, ThermiVa can tighten and repair the tissues in the labia and vaginal canal. That energy stimulates production of collagen in the tissues, leading to a tightening and lifting effect. The radiofrequency energy can also do wonders for reducing dryness in the vaginal canal and labia, improving lubrication, reducing irritation, and enhancing sensation by affecting the nerves of the vaginal and labial tissues.

ThermiVa Benefits

Patients find that they are able to engage in athletic activities with much more ease and have a more comfortable experience with intercourse. More importantly, patients also report an improved sex life thanks to an enhanced sensitivity and a tighter vaginal canal. Because it’s completely nonsurgical and non-ablative (doesn’t destroy any tissue), ThermiVa is also unbelievably safe, requiring only minimal downtime. ThermiVa uses a temperature controlled device that delivers a safe amount of energy to the tissues at all times.

Who’s a Candidate for Thermiva?

Women who have these conditions are excellent candidates for ThermiVa:

  • Dryness and irritation in the vagina or labia
  • Sexual dysfunction and difficulties with orgasm
  • Overly-large labia that prevents women from wearing certain clothing
  • Looseness or laxity in the vaginal canal

Patients who are suffering from a vaginal or bladder infection, have severe pain, have severe pelvic floor spasms, or suffer from vaginismus should not be receiving the ThermiVa treatment.

How are the vagina and labia affected over time?

Childbirth can do more than stretch the vaginal canal, it can also loosen the labia, causing it to droop and sag. Aging can also affect the labia, since aging causes a decrease in the production of collagen, which then leads to a labia that starts to loosen and sag. Aging and menopause can lead to hormonal changes that lead to dryness and a loss of sensation in the vagina and labia. Oftentimes, these changes are more than aesthetic, and they can affect a woman’s self-esteem and overall wellness.

Can I use Thermiva with an IUD?

Patients who have an IUD can get the ThermiVa treatment with no problem. IUDs are placed in the uterine cavity, and is separated from the vaginal cavity by a thick cervix, so there’s no risk of the IUDs being affected with ThermiVa.

Should patients get a pap smear first?

It’s recommended that women who get ThermiVa have completed a Pap smear within two years of the treatment.

I just had a baby. When can I start Thermiva?

Women who have just given birth can start their ThermiVa treatments as soon as six weeks after delivery. Some patients have reported that ThermiVa can actually help patients recover from childbirth faster than without it.

Does Thermiva hurt?

While ThermiVa does use radiofrequency technology to heat the tissues, ThermiVa is non-ablative, so it doesn’t destroy the tissue. Women do report feeling a warm sensation during the treatment, but overall, ThermiVa is a painless procedure, so patients don’t need any anesthetics.

What’s the recommended age for treatment for Thermiva?

Depending on what they’re treating, any woman that’s 18 years old and up can be treated with ThermiVa safely.

How long do the effects last?

While some patients are satisfied after one or two treatments, most patients get a series of three treatments spread out over a year, and ThermiVa results have been shown to last for up to a year. After the initial series of treatments, patients will be able to get the treatment once or twice a year.

What if I had a Hysterectomy or had vaginal prolapse?

Patients who have had a hysterectomy or have had a prolapse like enterocele can still safely use ThermiVa.


Different than ThermiVa, though similar in ways, a labiaplasty, also known as labial reduction, is a cosmetic procedure for the female genitalia that reduces the size or changes the shape of the small lips on the outside of the vagina (the labia minora) or the outer lips of the vagina (the labia majora).

Irregularity of the labia is not a rare condition among women. Many women are born with it, but most common reasons for its development are multiple childbirths or the aging process.

Reasons to have Labiaplasty

Women mostly decide to undergo a labiaplasty for cosmetic reasons. The irregular labia can create a great amount of discomfort or irritation while exercising, wearing slightly tighter clothes, or when being intimate with a partner. This irritation and discomfort are the medical reasons for labiaplasty.

In some patients, besides feeling uncomfortable, the labia irregularity can even result in embarrassment and loss of self-esteem. These women usually feel insecure about themselves and they just feel like their intimate body part needs to look prettier. This is related to the aesthetic part of the labiaplasty surgery.

Labiaplasty is often paired with ThermiVa, a noninvasive procedure that addresses issues like incontinence, vulvovaginal laxticity, overactive bladder, orgasmic dysfunction and atrophy to achieve vaginal rejuvenation.

The Labiaplasty procedure

The labial reduction procedure is a quick and painless cosmetic surgery. The usual length of the procedure is 1 or 2 hours. It is always performed under anesthesia

After the surgery, your recovery period will begin. It is very normal for the first few days to feel small discomfort at the surgical area, but it will decrease within a few days. The complete recovery may go up to 4-6 weeks, depending on the patient’s health stability and overall strength.

After a labiaplasty, women can go back to work and some light day-to-day activities 2-4 days after the surgery. After a month more, vigorous activities can be included in the daily routine.

Labiaplasty benefits

The greatest benefit of the labiaplasty for women is feeling satisfied and happy with themselves. Additional benefits include:

  • Improved appearance of the labia
  • Reduced pain or discomfort experienced when wearing fitted clothing or riding a bicycle
  • Reduced embarrassment and low self-esteem
  • Enhanced sexual interaction
  • Repaired damage due to childbirth or the aging process

The decision to have a labial reduction procedure is a very intimate one. That’s why a consultation with a highly skilled board-certified plastic surgeon is simply a must. You need all the information and support you can get to make the decision that could be life changing.

Mommy Makeover recovery

All of these procedures make up the options you have when exploring a Mommy Makeover. Due to the choices you have, there is no standard recovery time. That said, the first couple of days you may experience some discomfort and swelling round the treated areas, maybe even some slight pain. The combination of procedures you choose will influence the length of your recovery period, which may be up to 6 weeks or more. But with the utmost care from our patient care coordinators and Dr. Tehrani himself, you will be ready to get back to all of your day-to-day activities in no time, looking and feeling your best.

Speedy Recovery With Exparel

At Aristocrat Plastic Surgery & MedAesthetics, we are always striving to provide our patients the best experience possible. Whether you refer to this technique as “rapid” or “flash” recovery, it is gaining popularity for a number of reasons. Utilizing the speedy recovery injectable “EXPAREL” allows patients to significantly reduce the amount of pain they experience during the first 72 hours after surgery, when pain is at its peak.

EXPAREL is a slow-release, non-opioid pain medicine that is injected into the surgical site during the operation to ensure a speedy recovery post-surgery. In the past, patients were restricted for up to 6 weeks after surgery. Speedy recovery EXPAREL injections allow for a seemingly painless transition between invasive surgery and full recovery, with minimal discomfort and downtime.

While extreme pain is reduced, many patients can do without strong, addictive narcotics, and instead opt for a combination of over-the-counter Ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatories. Since patients have better mobility immediately following surgery, they are capable of performing stretching exercises which helps to decrease muscle spasms in the chest wall, therefore reducing pain and the chance of blood clots. This allows patients to return back to their normal routine much quicker compared to the standard, multi-week recovery with prescribed pain medicine.

We understand that it isn’t easy to make a decision that will change your body and your life. We are here to help you, guide you, and support you throughout the whole process.

At Aristocrat Plastic Surgery and MedAesthetics, your comfort is our top priority. ThermiVa should only be performed by an extensive trained medical practitioner, so your treatment will be performed by our physician assistant, Trish Ashmore.. For more information on ThermiVa, please contact us in Manhattan or Long Island.

»Call us today for a Mommy Makeover consultation in Manhattan or Long Island.

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