Plus Size Mommy Makeover

Is it possible?

A decade ago, any plastic surgeon would tell you that a plus-size mommy makeover surgery is a risky procedure. After all, a high BMI for mommy makeover heightens the surgical risks, leading to potential complications and less than satisfactory results.

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What is Plus-Size Mommy Makeover Surgery?

During pregnancy, almost every part of your body increases in size — your boobs, tummy, arms, hips, and legs. It’s very easy to gain weight during this time because of your hormones, storage of fatty deposits, and the rapidly growing baby inside you.

But once you go through childbirth and deliver your baby, you start losing all the weight you gained. While this may be a good thing, it can lead to stretch marks, loose muscles and ligaments, and dropping skin.

A mommy makeover solves these problems and restores your body as close to its pre-pregnancy state as possible. It does so with a combination of the following procedures, depending on your needs:

Breast Surgery

Pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause the breasts to sag. Thus, breast surgery is a fundamental component of the mommy makeover. 

It may include breast augmentation and breast lift to fight off sagging and achieve youthful and perky-looking breasts.

Tummy Tuck

The tummy tuck removes loose skin and stubborn areas of fat in the abdomen, improving its appearance. 

Buttock Enhancement

Childbirth changes a lot of things for mommies. These changes include the shape of a mother’s body, particularly her buttocks. 

Having a buttock enhancement procedure can improve the shape and size of the buttocks. This surgery may use buttock implants or fat grafting via the Brazilian butt lift. 

Most plus-sized mommies wanting to fit in their old jeans opt to have this procedure. 

Thigh and Arm Lift

Pregnancy can cause additional weight on the arms and thighs. 

The thigh and arm lift removes saggy skin and excess fat on the said areas, making the upper arms and thighs more toned, firm, and younger-looking.

A mommy makeover for obese and overweight women also consists of the same procedures. The only difference is that it’s done on women deemed overweight or obese based on their body mass index or BMI.

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How Much Do You Have to Weigh to Get a Mommy Makeover?

Now that you already have an idea of which procedures are commonly done during mommy makeovers, your next question might be, “How much do I have to weigh to get a mommy makeover?”

There is no definite answer on how much you have to weigh. But in general, you have to be at a healthy weight that’s as close to your ideal weight as possible.

But what if you register as obese or overweight on the weighing scale and BMI charts? Does that mean you can’t get a mommy makeover anymore?

Is It Okay to Have a Plus-Size Mommy Makeover with High BMI?

Short answer: Yes, as long as you’re physically and mentally healthy.

There are misconceptions about weight and BMI affecting your chance of getting a plus-size mommy makeover. But the truth is, it is possible to get the procedure even if you have a high BMI as long as you have no underlying health conditions that may affect the results of your surgery.

Excess weight by itself does not increase your risk for complications. It’s the medical conditions that come with it, such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

If you don’t have any of these conditions, a mommy makeover for obese women is an option for you. There is no max BMI for mommy makeover, but Dr. Masri has successfully operated on a woman with a BMI as high as 45!

If the benefits of the surgery outweigh the risks, you’re eligible to get the procedure–regardless of the max BMI for mommy makeover.

Plus, it has been proven that tummy tuck has real benefits for patients with increased BMI. It does not only enhance appearance but also improves the quality of life. 

Recovery Tips After Your Plus-Size Mommy Makeover Surgery

After getting your plus-size mommy makeover, you have to allow some downtime for healing and recovery. Here are some tips to get back in the saddle faster.

  • Have someone assist you right after your surgery. Take it easy for a few weeks after your surgery. It will take at least two weeks to get back to your daily routine and around six weeks to resume your more strenuous tasks. Give yourself time to recover before you jump back into mommyhood. Get help from friends or family members, and don’t strain your post-surgical body.
  • Make sure you get plenty of rest and drink lots of water. Now that you have your pre-mommy body back, make sure to take care of it. Hydrate your body as often as you can, and rest every chance you get.
  • Take your pain medications as prescribed by your doctor. Swelling and moderate pain is expected during this period. Follow your doctor’s prescription for a smoother and faster recovery.
  • Take care of your surgical sites. Be sure to wash and change your dressings as instructed. You don’t want them to get infected while you’re recovering.
  • Follow your plastic surgeon’s post-op instructions. Your doctor will give you detailed instructions on your recovery. Be sure to adhere to them and don’t miss your follow-up appointments.

Nick Masri MD, one of Miami's top board-certified plastic surgeons.

With over 20 years of experience operating on post-bariatric and massive weight loss patients, Dr. Masri can offer cosmetic surgery to those who may have been turned down by other surgeons due to their high BMI – giving them a chance to achieve their dream body.
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The plus-size mommy makeover is a procedure that can help moms in the overweight and obese category to reclaim their natural body contours, but it does come with some risks. 

Prepare yourself physically and mentally, and get the services of an experienced double board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Nick Masri, who puts a premium on patient safety and specializes in patients with max BMI for mommy makeover. He will thoroughly assess you first to make sure that you’re safe for surgery.


I do not use BMI as a sole criterion in determining one's candidacy for surgery.

As all patients have individualized goals and surgical nuances, a high BMI should not prevent one from achieving your plastic surgery goals.
Nick Masri MD

Nick Masri MD

Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Consult Dr. Nick Masri to learn more about high BMI plastic surgery for plus size patients.