As a mom, you give it your all. You adore your kids. You couldn’t live without them. And yet, pregnancy, delivery, nursing, and childcare have all taken their tolls on your body.

Maybe you’re avoiding the mirror because you don’t like what you see. Even if you’ve had time to get back to your pre-baby diet and exercise routine, and have lost all of the baby weight, you may be left with drooping breasts and a loose, fatty abdomen.

If you find yourself looking for a tummy tuck expert in las vegas every time you’re on the internet, or Googling “best breast lift,” it may be time to seriously consider getting back to your pre-baby physique so you can feel like yourself again.

However, not everyone can afford the time and expense of getting both a tummy tuck and a breast lift in a full “Mommy Makeover.” If you need to choose between a tummy tuck or a breast lift, how do you know which will benefit you most?

A Breast Lift Will Perk You Up

If you think back to your adolescence, you probably remember the excitement that you and your girlfriends felt when you first began to develop breasts. More than any other physical sign, budding breasts are the most obvious manifestation of your transition from girlhood to womanhood.

Maybe before your baby was born, you enjoyed wearing outfits that showed off your beautiful cleavage. Or you just enjoyed how curvy and perky you looked in your clothing.

Now your breasts have lost volume, projection and lift. Even with a good bra, your chest sags, aging your figure.

Luckily, these problems can be corrected with a breast lift, otherwise known as mastoplexy. A breast lift can be so rejuvenating that it’s now twice as popular as breast augmentation. In fact, Dr. Julio Garcia — a top Las Vegas plastic surgeon — always recommends that patients who want both a breast lift and an augmentation have the breast lift first. In most cases, they are so pleased with their rejuvenation, that they decide not to move forward with implants after all.

A breast lift will:

  • Remove excess skin
  • Tighten the underlying breast muscles, if necessary
  • Place breasts in a higher, more youthful position
  • Tighten the skin to match the rejuvenated contours
  • Reposition the areola and nipple to a higher position
  • Decrease the area of the areola, if desired
  • Make your breasts look more youthful and perkier

How to Know If a Breast Lift Is What You Need Most

If you’re wondering if this is the best procedure for you, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you distressed by the way your clothes fit?
  • Do you feel that even a good bra can’t improve the look of your breasts?
  • Are you embarrassed by the way you look without clothing?
  • Do your breasts feel uncomfortable?
  • Are your breasts asymmetrical in volume or placement?
  • Is your weight stable?
  • Are you a nonsmoker, or can you quit smoking now?
  • Do you have realistic expectations about what you can achieve with a breast lift?

If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, a breast lift may be the best procedure for you.

Tummy Tuck Gives You “Your Body” Back

A tight abdomen is one of the ultimate signs of fitness and youth. Before your baby, you may have prided yourself on your tight abs. Maybe you even showed them off with peek-a-boo dresses or skim tops. But now — no matter how many crunches you do at the gym — your tummy looks, fat, flabby and old.

Luckily, a tummy tuck, also called abominoplasty, not only makes your abdomen look better, it actually tightens the muscles, which helps to strengthen your core.

A tummy tuck will:

  • Remove excess fat with liposuction
  • Tighten the underlying abdominal muscles
  • Remove excess skin
  • Tighten the remaining skin
  • Make your tummy look and feel sleek, tight and youthful

How to Know If a Tummy Tuck Is What You Need Most


If you’re not sure if a tummy tuck is your best choice, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does the look of your abdomen distress you?
  • Do you feel embarrassed to wear a bathing suit or be seen nude?
  • Do you have a fatty abdominal bulge that doesn’t resolve through diet or exercise?
  • Do you have loose, flabby abdominal skin?
  • Has the excess skin and fat affected your posture?
  • Are you healthy?
  • Is your weight stable?
  • Are you a nonsmoker, or can you quit smoking now?
  • Do you have realistic expectations about what you can achieve with a tummy tuck?

Answering “yes” to a majority of the above questions could indicate that a tummy tuck is your best choice.

Are You Ready for It to Be “All About You”?

One of the reasons that you are ready to treat yourself by rejuvenating your figure is because you recognize that you need to take care of yourself and feel happy and confident if you’re going to manage all of your daily responsibilities and stressors.

But if you get a tummy tuck or a breast augmentation, you’ll need to be selfish for awhile.

As much as you pride yourself on being able to get things done, and as fit and strong and organized as you may be, these procedures are major surgeries. And major surgery requires a long recovery period in which you can do… basically nothing. In fact, after a tummy tuck or breast lift, your only responsibility should be to let your body rest and heal. And that means turning over all of your daily tasks to somebody else.

Do You Have Someone to Help You?

As you well know, it does take a village to raise a child. But if you’re recovering from a tummy tuck or breast lift, you may need to call in an extra village or two. Parents, in-laws, friends, and hired help may all be needed to help you manage your life while you recover.

If you can answer Yes to all of the following questions, then you probably have the resources necessary to treat yourself to a tummy tuck or breast lift:

  • Can you arrange to take off at least 2 weeks from work?
  • Can you lighten your work load for up to 4 weeks after that?
  • Do you have someone who can take care of your children for 24/7 for 2 weeks, and during the day for the next 4 weeks?
  • Do you have someone who can do all of your housework for 2 weeks, and most of it for up to 6 weeks?
  • Do you have someone to cook and clean for you for 2 weeks?
  • Can you arrange for easy meals and clean up for the last 4 weeks of your recovery?
  • Do you have someone to drive you home from the hospital?

If you answered yes to all of the above, then you probably have all the resources you need to get a tummy tuck or breast lift.

Treat Yourself to a Full Mommy Makeover


The good news is, if you qualify for rejuvenating surgery and have all the things you need to give yourself an adequate recovery period, you may not need to choose between a tummy tuck and a breast lift after all. During your consultation with Dr. Garcia, you can discuss pricing and financing options that may allow you to do both at once. Ultimately this can save you both time and money. A full Mommy Makeover is less costly than doing two surgeries separately. And instead of two recovery periods, which may not only result in lost income but also added expenses and bodily stress, you’ll only have one.

If you’re ready to go back to your pre-baby physique, the first step is to call Dr. Garcia for a consultation. In addition to being a top Las Vegas plastic surgeon, he also has a degree in Art History. Dr. Garcia will bring his artist’s eye to your post-baby figure to help you decide which procedures are best for you right now, and help you come up with a plan to reach your ultimate goal of a youthful, fit physique.

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