Mommy Makeover | Dr. Karen Leong

Mommy Makeover is a big topic. I think people often get a little confused about what a mommy makeover really is. A mom is someone that we all love and treasure. Someone who shapes us and cares for us and nurtures us. A lot of times they get pushed to the side. Their needs and their desires are secondary to their children.

So when I have a patient who comes in a says, "I've had three kids, you know, I just feel like I'm neglecting myself and I just want to feel the way I did before them." They don't want to forget that they had children, absolutely not. They love their children. But kids wreck havoc, let's be honest. They stretch out your belly, they make your breasts deflate and sag. They give you double chins, they give you bags under your eyes. They make your vaginas floppy and loose. Yeah, that sucks, excuse my language.

But, you know, there are options. So, when a woman comes and says, "I'm ready for a mommy makeover." It may be a whole list of things. We can work on those one at a time. The most common combination of mommy makeover, and I think this is what you see in media, are breasts and belly. So this could be breast augmentation, it could be a breast lift, it could be paired with tummy tuck or liposuction. These days more and more women are feeling comfortable and like they have an option for a vaginal rejuvenation.

I think one of the things I love about being a female surgeon is that I can approach this topic. I can go to a woman and say, "Hey, you know, we've talked about your belly, but what I'm seeing is that you're pretty full down below too. How do you feel about that? Or, how is your function? Are you leaking urine? Are you feeling dry? How is sex?" Those are all important parts. It's even more important than how we look on the outside. It's how you feel because your relationships are such a big part of your rejuvenation.

So, that's Mommy Makeover. It's a big topic like I said. But you and I, we can sit down and figure it out.