What Are the Top Benefits of Choosing a Mommy Makeover?

Are you wondering: “How can a Mommy Makeover be beneficial for you?” Our Palm Springs-based team at Cosmetic Surgery Institute believes that this surgery can be highly rewarding for a good number of patients (and not just moms).

Motherhood is a beautiful and fulfilling journey, but it can also take a toll on a woman's body. Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can bring about significant changes, leaving many mothers feeling self-conscious about their appearance. Thanks to modern advancements in cosmetic surgery, there is a solution known as the "Mommy Makeover" that can help women restore their pre-pregnancy bodies and regain their confidence. It can also help patients who have multiple areas of their body they would like to address with contouring surgeries.

In this post, we’ll discuss some of the main benefits of a Mommy Makeover.

More Dramatic and Comprehensive Results

Many of the procedures that are combined for a Mommy Makeover complement each other. By having multiple procedures done at the same time, you can achieve a more dramatic and comprehensive outcome.

Enhancing the Breasts

One of the primary concerns for many women after childbirth is changes in the breasts, which may sag or lose volume. A Mommy Makeover can include breast augmentation to enhance the size and shape of the breasts using implants. Alternatively, a breast lift may be performed to raise and reshape sagging breasts, giving them a more youthful appearance. In some cases, both procedures are combined to achieve the desired results.

Improving the Abdominal Area

The abdomen is another area that undergoes significant changes during pregnancy. Stretching of the abdominal muscles and skin can lead to a loose and sagging look, as can separation of the abdominal muscles—a problem commonly known as diastasis recti. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can be part of a Mommy Makeover to tighten the abdominal muscles and remove excess skin and fat, resulting in a flatter and more toned midsection.

Renewed Confidence

The benefits of a Mommy Makeover extend beyond physical transformation. Many women report a significant boost in self-confidence and self-esteem following the procedure. This newfound confidence can positively impact various aspects of their lives.

Less Recovery Time

Since you are combining multiple procedures in a single, surgical session, you’ll only need to plan for one recovery period.

How can a Mommy Makeover be beneficial for you? Our Palm Springs-area Cosmetic Surgery Institute team can tell you more about how this procedure works if you’re interested. Call us at (760) 837-0364 or submit a contact form to request a consultation.

How Can a Tummy Tuck Make Workouts Easier?

Is it easier to work out after a tummy tuck? Our Palm Springs-area team at Cosmetic Surgery Institute says the answer is complicated—as in: it depends—but the surgery can provide some benefits when it comes to working out.

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area. While the primary goal of a tummy tuck is to create a more toned and flat appearance of the abdomen, it can also have additional benefits. Although you won’t be able to get back into exercising right away, once you’ve recovered fully, it will be perfectly fine—and even encouraged—to get back into a workout routine again. Some patients can improve their results even more with a healthy diet and exercise routine.

With that in mind, let’s explore how a tummy tuck can make exercise easier.

Removal of Excess Skin

After significant weight loss, aging, or pregnancy, the skin around the abdominal area may become stretched out and loose. This excess skin can make it difficult to see the muscles underneath and can make workouts uncomfortable. A tummy tuck removes this excess skin, making it easier to see the muscles in the abdominal area and improve posture and form during workouts.

Tightening of Muscles

A tummy tuck can involve the surgeon tightening separated abdominal muscles. This can help improve core strength, making it easier to perform exercises such as planks, sit-ups, and crunches. A strong core is essential for proper form during workouts and can help prevent injuries.

Increased Confidence

One of the most significant benefits of a tummy tuck is the increased confidence it can provide. After the surgery, patients often feel more comfortable in their own skin, which can help motivate them to exercise more frequently and effectively. Improved self-confidence can also lead to a more positive mindset, which can help make workouts easier and more enjoyable.

Better Fitting Clothes

After a tummy tuck, patients often find that their clothes fit better, which can make workouts more comfortable. Tight-fitting clothing can restrict movement and cause discomfort during exercise, while loose-fitting clothing can get in the way and hinder movement. With a flatter and more toned abdomen, patients can wear more comfortable clothing that allows for easier movement during workouts.

Learn more about tummy tuck surgery from our Palm Springs-area Cosmetic Surgery Institute team. Call us at (760) 837-0364 or submit a contact form to request a consultation.

When Would Be the Best Time to Get a Mommy Makeover?

If you’ve recently had a baby and are wondering “How long should I wait to have a Mommy Makeover?” our Palm Desert-based Cosmetic Surgery Institute team can talk to you more about your goals and help you decide when the right time may be for you.

Although bringing a new life into the world can be a rewarding experience, you may not be so happy about the related changes to your body, such as flatter breasts, weakened core muscles, looser skin, and resistant pockets of fat in certain areas. Even exercise and a healthy diet may not be enough to address these issues, which can add to the desire to work on them as soon as possible.

While a Mommy Makeover can boost self-esteem and confidence by enhancing the appearance of the breasts, abdomen, and any other areas you may want to improve, and the customizable procedure includes treatments designed to target post-pregnancy concerns, there are timing issues to consider.

If you’re wondering how to determine whether the timing is right for you, here’s what you should know:

It goes without saying that childbirth is a highly taxing event for your body since your body undergoes numerous physical changes and your energy is depleted as the baby grows. Considering all of this, the body needs time to heal after you have a child, so you should wait until your body is fully healed and you are close to an ideal, stable weight before having a Mommy Makeover.

Know that you will get better results if you are closer to your goal weight, so it is better to try to lose some weight naturally before having the surgery—if you gained weight throughout your pregnancy. It’s commonly recommended that you wait for at least six months to one year after you have your child, though every person is unique.

Since an additional pregnancy could undo the results from a Mommy Makeover, it’s also advisable that you wait until you’ve decided not to have any more children. A new baby will do everything the prior baby did, including stretching out abdominal skin, causing the breasts to get larger to support milk production, and more.

Finally, keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need to have a Mommy Makeover when your children are still young. You don’t even have to have children at all! Any patient who wants to address multiple breast and body issues at once can talk to Dr. Mo Zakhireh about their options.

Contact the Cosmetic Surgery Institute by calling (760) 837-0364 or reaching out via a contact form online to discuss surgical options to restore your body to a pre-baby appearance.

Who Are the Best Candidates for Liposuction?


How do you know if you’re a good candidate for liposuction?” Our Palm Desert-based team hears this question from patients who are considering body contouring treatments. While there is no single way to determine whether surgical fat reduction is ideal for a person, there are a few criteria to consider when considering the procedure.

When body fat doesn’t respond to diet and exercise, the persistent pockets and bulges can make you frustrated and prompt you to want to look for other options, such as liposuction—a life-changing procedure that involves reducing excess subcutaneous fat from specific areas of the body to create slimmer, better-defined contours.

Ideal candidates for liposuction include patients who:

  • Are within 30 percent of their ideal body weight
  • Are happy with their overall body size and maintain a stable weight
  • Are unhappy with the appearance of fat deposits on some area of the body, which is diminishing their quality of life
  • Have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
  • Maintain a positive outlook and realistic expectations
  • Are non-smokers
  • Are unable to reduce stubborn fat deposits with traditional, non-surgical methods like exercise and dietary changes

Patients who are bothered by cellulite or stretch marks, are overweight or obese, have a severe illness or infection that could impair healing, or have poor skin elasticity may not be eligible for liposuction—but can talk to our team about other options and strategies.

Also, remember that liposuction can only remove up to 10 pounds of fat or so.

If you have recently given birth or lost a significant amount of weight, you may have some loose, stretched-out skin—and removing more fat could make the lax skin even looser. Skin can also lose some of its elasticity as you get older. Patients with sagging skin can still choose liposuction, but may also want to consider a tuck or lift to remove the excess tissue.

The first step in any case is to have a consultation, tell us about your goals, and ask us about the cost, risks, and benefits of this surgery. Before committing to the procedure, ask us if it is the best option for achieving your goals.

Ready to get started? Our Cosmetic Surgery Institute team is available to help. Call us at (760) 837-0364 or submit a contact form to request a consultation if you want to discuss surgical options to reduce stubborn fat for more streamlined contours.

What Strategies Can Maximize Liposuction Results?

Is a more sculpted physique one of your resolutions? Sometimes diet and exercise can only take you so far, so patients will turn to surgical fat reduction as a way of finally reducing the volume of excess fat on isolated parts of their body. Liposuction isn’t a weight loss technique, but it’s ideal for the patient who has reached their goal weight and just has a few areas they wish were a bit slimmer. Along with enhanced body contours, liposuction patients also often report having better self-esteem and feeling more confident. Once unwanted bulk has been removed via surgical fat reduction from our Palm Desert-based team, the fat can’t regenerate, so patients enjoy lasting slimmer contours.

That doesn’t mean, however, that patients can return to unhealthy habits after the surgery. One or two extra pounds might not make much of a difference, but remember that if you don’t maintain a healthy lifestyle and you do gain a significant amount of weight in the future, the remaining fat cells in the treatment area could become enlarged. Fat cells in other parts of the body may also grow in size, leading to new bulges in unexpected areas.

If you’re considering liposuction to enhance your body shape, we have some tips to help you boost the outcome from this procedure.

Exercise Regularly

Although you won’t be able to engage in any intense exercise while you’re recovering, going for walks is important after surgery to prevent blood clots and help you to heal at a faster rate. Once you’ve recovered and your surgeon has given you approval to do so, return to your normal exercise routine as soon as you can.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Even if you’re exercising frequently, you might not notice the slimming and contouring effects of liposuction if you have unhealthy eating habits. Avoid processed foods, refined sugars, and simple carbohydrates as much as possible.

Wear Your Compression Garments

The ultimate results from liposuction may not be noticeable until post-surgical swelling goes down. Compression garments keep this side effect under control and improve contours in the treatment area.

Thinking about having liposuction to reduce stubborn deposits of fat? For more advice on surgical body contouring, contact our Palm Desert-based Cosmetic Surgery Institute. For more information, give us a call at (760) 837-0364 or submit a contact form to request a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.