Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover in Northern Virginia With Dr. Erica Anderson

Pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, or even significant weight loss can impact your body in ways that are difficult to correct through diet and exercise.

A custom combination of post-pregnancy body contouring procedures, called a mommy makeover, can reverse issues like sagging breasts, unsightly fat, or weakened abdominal muscles to rejuvenate your body and help you reclaim your confidence and self-image.

While her association with McLean Plastic Surgery is new, Dr. Erica Anderson is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. Specializing in body contouring procedures, Dr. Anderson has helped many women transform their silhouettes and achieve their aesthetic goals. As her practice evolves, Dr. Anderson has created a welcoming setting where she can continue helping patients grow into their best selves.

Are you interested in learning what a mommy makeover can do for you? Contact us at (703) 893-1111 or complete our online form to schedule your mommy makeover consultation today! We are in McLean, VA, and proudly serve patients from Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

What Is a Mommy Makeover?

“Mommy makeover” is an umbrella term for any combination of cosmetic procedures designed to target women’s aesthetic concerns. Since each patient is unique, mommy makeovers are highly versatile to address your needs and aesthetic goals. Mommy makeover benefits include:

  • Reducing stubborn fat and redundant skin
  • Repairing weakened or injured abdominal muscles
  • Creating a firmer, flatter abdomen
  • Addressing C-section scars and stretch marks
  • Rejuvenating breast appearance by correcting sagging or lost volume
  • Restoring sleeker and more contoured figure

Mommy makeover body contouring procedures enhance your overall shape, but do not help you shed a significant amount of weight. As such, Dr. Anderson recommends candidates should be close to their ideal, stable weight before surgery.

Choosing Dr. Anderson as Your Virginia Mommy Makeover Provider

Dr. Anderson is a knowledgeable, board-certified female plastic surgeon who specializes in breast and body surgeries. Over the last 20 years, she’s worked in academic and private settings, providing outstanding results and exemplary care for her many satisfied patients. By opening her office at McLean Plastic Surgery, Dr. Anderson wants to use her expertise and experience in a more personalized, welcoming setting where she can offer unparalleled care. 

Dr. Anderson enjoys getting to know her patients, listening to their concerns and desires, and providing results they will love for years. As a mother and expert on body contouring procedures, she can empathize with your needs, making her your choice as one of the best mommy makeover surgeons in Northern Virginia.

Dr. Anderson is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. She and her spouse, a cardiac surgeon, have four children and a Vizsla. She enjoys staying active with CrossFit.

Am I an Ideal Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

Good candidates for Virginia mommy makeovers want to improve the appearance and tone of their bodies by addressing the impact of pregnancy, significant weight loss, or aging, enhancing their self-image and confidence. 

To give your body ample time to heal from childbearing and nursing, please wait a year after your final pregnancy and six months after completing breastfeeding before considering a mommy makeover.

If you are interested in a mommy makeover, you should: 

  • Maintain a healthy, stable body weight for six months
  • Be physically and mentally fit, living a healthy lifestyle
  • Be a non-smoker or be willing to quit at least six weeks before and after surgery
  • No longer be childbearing or breastfeeding
  • Not have any medical conditions that impair healing
  • Have a positive outlook and realistic goals
  • Understand the risks and benefits

Mommy Makeover Procedures in McLean, VA

Your mommy makeover will be as unique as you are. Dr. Anderson offers many procedures to tailor your results to your anatomy and preferences.

Your Mommy Makeover Consultation With Dr. Anderson

As one of the few female plastic surgeons in Northern Virginia, Dr. Anderson offers many mommy makeover options to help you achieve your long-term aesthetic goals. In a small, intimate office setting, Dr. Anderson will ask questions to tailor a procedural plan, including recommending the appropriate procedures for your anatomy and lifestyle.

Come to your consultation prepared to discuss your complete medical history and current medications, including any surgeries you have had. Dr. Anderson will perform a physical examination and review your options to ensure you have realistic expectations.

Dr. Anderson welcomes questions and believes educating patients about their procedures empowers them to make informed choices, making her your choice as Northern Virginia’s best mommy makeover surgeon.

Meet McLean's Breast and Body Specialist

Explore your transformative cosmetic surgery options available from board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Erica Anderson. As a breast and body contouring specialist, Dr. Anderson combines extensive knowledge of anatomy with her unparalleled passion for patient care. Schedule your consultation with one of the best plastic surgeons in Northern Virginia today.

Preparing for a Washington DC Mommy Makeover

You must be in good overall health before your mommy makeover. Here’s general information to help you prepare.

  • Avoid weight fluctuations by sticking to a consistent exercise regimen and well-rounded diet. Eat balanced, nutritious meals with plenty of protein for an optimal recovery.
  • Remain well-hydrated before and after surgery.
  • Ensure you’re medically fit for surgery by seeing your primary physician for a full examination and appropriate testing, such as a mammogram, bloodwork, or an EKG.
  • Avoid medications, supplements, or vitamins that increase bleeding or bruising risks for at least two weeks before and after surgery.
  • If you currently smoke, vape, or use nicotine products, you should quit. Smoking is detrimental to your recovery, so Dr. Anderson requires patients to stop smoking at least six weeks before and after surgery.
  • Prepare for your recovery. Take at least one full week off work, purchase necessary supplies, fill pain medication prescriptions, freeze meals for easy preparation, and create a clean, comfortable place to rest.
  • Ask a trusted friend or family member to drive you home after your procedure. 
  • Arrange for assistance with household management or child care.

Mommy Makeover Procedure Overview

On the day of your procedure, you’ll arrive at a fully accredited surgery center approximately an hour before your scheduled surgery. You will meet Dr. Anderson and your anesthesia provider to review your surgical plan and ask any final questions you may have.

During your consultation, Dr. Anderson will outline how she will proceed with your mommy makeover procedures. The order of your procedures will depend on your anatomy and unique goals. 

While Dr. Anderson may recommend combining some mommy makeover procedures into a single surgery, she will perform them separately if your planned surgeries will take longer than four hours. Extensive, complex procedures require time and meticulous attention to detail for your safety and optimal results.

Northern Virginia Mommy Makeover Recovery

Mommy makeover procedures are typically outpatient surgeries, which means you can go home the same day with a responsible adult to drive you. After your mommy makeover, we’ll fit you with a compression garment or support bra to minimize swelling and support your new contours. You will need to wear these specialty items for several weeks.

Your surgical sites may feel tender, uncomfortable, or numb and may be swollen and bruised for up to three weeks. Dr. Anderson will prescribe pain medications to alleviate your discomfort. The length of your mommy makeover recovery depends on your unique surgical plan. Typically, patients should take one to two weeks off work for the initial recovery. You may also need help around the house, especially with caregiving tasks. 

While Dr. Anderson believes resuming your typical routine is crucial to the healing process, she also suggests getting plenty of rest and avoiding strenuous activities, such as exercise or heavy lifting, for at least three to four weeks. You can resume light exercises like gentle walks within a week, slowly building back up to more intense workouts.

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How Soon Will I See My Mommy Makeover Results?

Though some mommy makeover patients notice an immediate improvement, everyone heals at a different rate. It may take three to six months for residual swelling to subside, revealing your full aesthetic results.

Scarring will be most pronounced in the first few months. Dr. Anderson will recommend scar management to improve their appearance. However, scars may take a year or more to mature. Thoroughly following all post-operative instructions and maintaining your healthy diet and exercise routine will help you experience long-lasting results from your Northern Virginia mommy makeover.

How Much Does a Mommy Makeover Cost?

Northern Virginia mommy makeover costs will vary by patient, depending on your specific needs and goals, the included procedures, and the number of surgeries required. During your consultation, Dr. Anderson will determine the scope of your procedure and estimate your mommy makeover cost. 

While insurance does not cover elective procedures like mommy makeovers, Dr. Anderson will gladly discuss available financing options during your consultation.

Transform Your Silhouette With a Mommy Makeover

As a body specialist, female plastic surgeon Dr. Anderson aims to help you achieve your desired mommy makeover results to enhance your appearance, increase your confidence, and boost your self-image. Learn more about mommy makeover in Northern Virginia by calling (703) 893-1111 or completing our online form to schedule your consultation today!

Mommy Makeover FAQs in Mclean, VA

A “Mommy Makeover” typically involves breast surgery combined with abdominal surgery. An example would be a breast augmentation coupled with a tummy tuck.

The recovery from the combined procedure is similar to that from a tummy tuck alone. The worst pain and discomfort are in the first week or two, but they improve thereafter.

It is ideal for you to maintain a weight you can maintain after surgery. If you are overweight, I do recommend weight loss before you have surgery. A tummy tuck is not a way to lose weight.

Depending on the combined surgical procedures, the surgery can take 4 to 6 hours.

Resuming exercise will depend on the procedures and how you are recovering. Walking is always encouraged. Resuming weight training or more rigorous exercise may not be recommended for 3-4 weeks.

It is safe to combine procedures, but I typically guide you to only do procedures that require 5-6 hours of surgical time.

You will be placed in a bra and abdominal garment immediately after surgery. Loose and comfortable clothing with elastics and a zipper closure are recommended.

Sleeping can be difficult. For the first week after surgery, we recommend sleeping on your back. Extra pillows for under your head and under your knees can be helpful.

Having your family complete before proceeding with mommy makeover surgery is ideal. You can get pregnant after surgery, but your results will likely be affected, and revisions may be recommended.

 Recovering from pregnancy is a complex process. I recommend waiting at least a year or longer before proceeding with any surgery.

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