Last fact-checked: 31 January 2023
Busy moms can get their pre-pregnancy bodies back in just one session of surgery with a Mommy Makeover abroad, with top medical-holiday destinations including Turkey, Mexico, Thailand, Bali, Costa Rica and many quality, well-established locations.
Typically combining a tummy tuck, breast lift and liposuction, this flexible, tailor-made treatment package can transform specific areas of the body at the same time—with the biggest advantage being that patients need only endure one recovery period.
Discover what this increasingly popular surgical option entails, as well as how much you can save at one of Medical Departures' quality-checked mommy makeover clinics or hospitals around the world.
This depends on which surgical components you and your specialist select for your mommy makeover package, as well as which destination you choose for your treatment. As an example:
A Mommy Makeover in the United States will often cost upwards of $15,000 - $20,000. This is compared to an average of $7,500 in Mexico.
Combined surgeries in Australia will generally cost between AUD $20,000 - $30,000, while a mommy makeover in Bangkok, Thailand is around AUD $12,000.
On average, mommy makeover prices in the UK range from GBP 15,000 - 20,000; in comparison, mommy makeover packages in Turkey average between GBP 5,000 - 8,500 (EUR 6,000 - 10,000).
As you can see, most of our clients are able to save at least 50%—which equates to thousands of dollars (either US or Aussie) wherever you go.
Composed of several surgeries performed simultaneously or concurrently, a mommy makeover is designed to address the effects that pregnancy can have on tummies, breasts, legs, and other areas that aren't as firm or perky as they once were.
The great thing about this increasingly popular cosmetic concept is that patients only need to go through one (albeit longer) session of surgery and subsequent recovery time, which can be completed while relaxing abroad.
The alternative for those seeking work on their boobs, bums and tums would be to undergo one individual session surgery, wait up to six months until fully recovered, and then repeat. Depending on the number of surgeries a patient is set to undergo, this whole process could take years.
The significantly lower prices abroad are often the main selling point, with the chance to save up to 70% at one of Medical Departures’ verified clinics.
Many of our partners also offer special discounted packages for certain surgical combinations—you can ask Medical Departures to give you the best rates online—guaranteed—in your desired destination.
Is It Safe To Get A Mommy Makeover Abroad?
Getting a mommy makeover abroad is just as safe as undergoing the same treatment back home– so long as you select a reputable facility and experienced, fully-certified surgeon who you can trust.
While this may seem easier said than done, Medical Departures makes the entire process easier–listing only clinics and hospitals that have passed a number of strict background checks and verification steps (as outlined below).
Note: Potential mommy makeover risks and adverse side effects include, but are not limited to, infection, poor healing, unfavorable scarring, seroma, loss of nipple sensation, bleeding, inability to breastfeed, asymmetry, implant leak, capsular contracture, looseness of skin, fat necrosis, deep venous thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, persistent pain and anesthesia risks.
Find out more about the risks associated with mommy makeover surgeries here.
Finding High-Quality Care Abroad with Meddical Departures
The doctors we work with who perform surgery on international clientele (or medical tourists as they are sometimes known) all have memberships with professional boards, such as the International Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, as well full licenses, specialized training (alongside their doctor's degrees) and proven track records with respect to carrying out combined surgeries as part of a mommy makeover.
They are accustomed to treating patients from abroad, and most are well aware that if they provide substandard services, word would soon get around and patients would stop coming. It is therefore in their best interests to provide high-quality services and customer satisfaction.
We advise everyone to research their prospective clinic or surgeon, as we do at Medical Departures. As well as posting authentic Mommy Makeover reviews from former patients, we prescreen doctors and clinics, verifying professional accreditation and conducting criminal and legal checks.
Modern Technology at Global Clinics and Hospitals
In general, healthcare services in popular medical tourism destinations like Thailand, Turkey, Mexico, Costa Rica and Indonesia rank highly in terms of good quality and state-of-the-art technology. Not all facilities are the same though–which is why our team inspects clinics and hospitals before making any recommendations; this includes gathering photos of treatment rooms, equipment and some of the modern medical technology that helps skilled surgeons carry out all kinds of plastic surgery safely and effectively.
We also partner with a good number of Joint Commission International accredited facilities across the globe, which is the gold standard when it comes to demonstrating excellent healthcare standards and exceptional patient safety.
Combining Plastic Surgery with a Vacation
Another big advantage of traveling abroad for a mommy makeover is that you’ll have the chance to fit in a well-earned vacation before surgery–with many of our clients opting to take a quick sightseeing tour, get some retail therapy or head to the beach.
The important thing to note here is that a “vacation” should be the last thing on your mind after a mommy makeover; as a series of procedures performed concurrently, this is a serious undertaking–and so patients should expect to be bed-bound for several days afterward. Light walking outside can be gradually introduced as you begin to feel better (following your doctor’s advice).
This type of plastic surgery will also entail follow-up visits with your surgeon to make sure you are healing properly and that there are no signs of infection. Still, recovering in a foreign country does have its advantages–such as being away from the pressure of work and prying eyes back home.
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For patients based in the UK or other Western European nations where elective plastic surgery can be prohibitively expensive, flying to Turkey for plastic surgery can make the most sense thanks to the relatively short flight times, simple entry requirements and affordable accommodation for postoperative recovery.
It's also one of the cheapest places to get a mommy makeover, with prices (combined breast surgery, tummy tuck and liposuction) ranging from GBP 5,000 - 8,500 (EUR 6,000 - 10,000).
The top destination for Americans and Canadians seeking plastic surgery abroad is Mexico–and Medical Departures has partnered with dozens of first-class clinics and hospitals in places like Cancun, Tijuana, Guadalajara and the capital, Mexico City.
For a mommy makeover package consisting of three combined surgeries, patients can expect to pay in the region of $6,500 - $9,000 in Mexico.
New and not-so-new moms based in Australia or New Zealand are also faced with increasingly expensive prices for elective plastic surgery–which, just like the rest of the world, is not covered by insurance or government healthcare systems.
The good news is that several Southeast Asian countries, particularly Thailand and the Indonesian island of Bali, offer the chance to save up to 70% on mommy makeovers while still offering the same standards of care back home.
Mommy makeovers in Bangkok, Thailand cost around AUD $12,000 - $15,000.
Get started now with Medical Departures by browsing through our background-checked clinics in these top medical tourism destinations:
Take a look at our most popular global destinations for mommy makeovers below with a selection of our top-rated, fully verified clinics in each one:
Hospital de la Familia (Mexicali)
Age Less Clinic (Playa del Carmen)
Yanhee Hospital Health & Beauty (Bangkok)
Bangkok Plastic Surgery (Bangkok)
Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital (Bangkok)
A mommy makeover (or "mummy makeover" for those using British English) can typically include:
Breast augmentation (implants)
However, depending on your cosmetic goals, overall health and the expertise of the individual surgeon(s), a mommy makeover doesn't need to stop there. It may also include:
Rhinoplasty (nose job)
Butt lift (gluteal lift)
A mommy makeover is very flexible and can include two, three or even four procedures. A board-certified surgeon will have the final say as to whether your desired combination of procedures can be performed safely.
Some surgical combinations will be advised against due to the increased risk of complications. An example of this would be combining a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) with work on other parts of the body due to the potential complications associated with fat grafting.
> More Information on Mommy Makeover Procedures: For further information, visit our information sections on each of the specific procedures, including: liposuction, tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast lift and breast reduction.
Am I a Good Candidate?
If you are fed-up with stretch marks, a sagging tummy and pockets of fat on your abdomen, waist, thighs or arms that do not improve with diet and exercise, or the shape and size of your breasts have changed for the worse, then a Mommy Makeover could be a good option.
You are likely to be a successful candidate for the procedure if you are:
In good general health
Have maintained a relatively stable weight for at least six months
Are not recovering from any other surgery
Have no underlying medical conditions that would add risk to being under general anesthetic
Have realistic expectations along with a positive attitude
Have a BMI of under 30
Avoid smoking for at least one month before surgery
What Can I Do Before and After Surgery to Improve Recovery?
You will need to follow pre- and post-Mommy Makeover surgery advice from your surgeon as the surgery will take several hours and place heavy demands on your body for healing. This normally includes:
Reaching a target weight, making sure you do it at least a month before surgery (if you are overweight)
Maintaining a healthy diet as the nutrients will help with recovery
Quitting smoking at least one month before surgery (as this may cause complications and slow down the healing process).
Refraining from aspirin or other drugs/medicines that may thin the blood
After Mommy Makeover surgery, you will need to arrange a support system essential to your recovery. Driving, lifting, cleaning and laundry will all be out of the question for several weeks, as well as any strenuous activity in the gym. If you have young children, you will need assistance as you recover.
What's Involved with the Mommy Makeover Treatment Process?
The process for booking treatment with Medical Departures and getting your mummy makeover abroad is summarized below:
Step 1. Choose a reputable global clinic and board-certified surgeon in your chosen location by browsing through Medical Departures' listings, which contain nearly 100 options around the world.
Step 2. Book your free appointment via our site or get in touch with our Customer Care Team via phone, email or online chat. We can provide you with a no-obligation quote and help you set up your appointment abroad—with no upfront charges.
Step 3. Once booked, our team can help you arrange all aspects of your mommy makeover holiday; we can also arrange for you to speak to your chosen surgeon as part of an online, virtual consultation. This gives you a chance to discuss your cosmetic goals, what the surgeries will entail and ask any questions on your mind before you fly.
Step 4. Head to your chosen destination—this usually involves a short flight, while for US citizens seeking treatment across the border in Mexico, it may even be possible to drive. We recommend arriving at least a few days before your appointment to get settled; or, to enjoy a longer pre-surgery holiday, you could even travel a week or two beforehand, depending on your schedule.
Step 5. Attend a consultation/pre-surgical appointment: During your initial consultation, your doctor will review the various options, techniques, and potential risks. You will undergo evaluations and a full medical to confirm your suitability, as well as discuss your cosmetic goals.
An array of variables will be considered as part of a mommy makeover; for instance, if you are having breast implants, you and your surgeon will both need to agree on an appropriate cup size; for abdominoplasty, you'll need to decide between a full or partial tummy tuck; with liposuction, the volume of fat being removed will need to be estimated. Concerns like this will be confirmed during this initial appointment.
Step 6. Surgery may take place on the same day, a day later or several days following your consultation. Normally carried out on an outpatient basis, the medical team will help you prepare once you have arrived at the clinic or hospital. An anesthesiologist will also be responsible for developing your anesthetic plan, ensuring you remain safely unconscious for the duration of the surgery.
Depending on your combination of procedures, they may be performed simultaneously by two or more surgeons or successively with a smaller team.
Step 7. Once the surgery is over, you may be permitted to head back to your hotel on the same day, or you may be advised to stay overnight for monitoring. The remainder of the time in your chosen location should be spent resting and recovering in the comfort of your lodging. After returning to see the doctor several days later for a post-surgery appointment, you will be given the green light for returning home.
When you will be able to fly (or drive) home will depend on the extent of your mommy makeover, the duration of the flight, how well your initial recovery is going and, ultimately, your doctor's recommendation. While you will be able to get an estimated timeline before traveling, we always recommend booking flight tickets with the option of changing the return date, just in case.
What's the Recovery Time for a Mommy Makeover?
The benefit of undergoing the procedures all at once is that you need only endure one recovery period. Adversely, you have multiple operations to recover from: the first week will be the most uncomfortable and you will still not be up to doing much even two or three weeks post-op. After around a month, you should be much more mobile.
Please also note:
You should be prepared to feel very sore immediately after the surgery for several days, and your movement will be limited to your hotel room and nearby facilities.
You may be given one or more compression garments to wear; these help with swelling and speed up recovery.
Pain medication will be administered so that you can get over the worst, which you can continue once back home.
Once the swelling and bruising have begun to subside, your movement will increase, with gentle walking encouraged in order to promote blood flow.
It may be several weeks before you can resume most of your everyday activities.
Full recovery usually takes around 6-12 weeks, which means you won’t be able to do any heavy lifting (even picking up children) until then.
Always consult your surgeon as to when you will be able to travel home after any surgery. Different factors may affect your return trip schedule, such as flight duration and how quickly you are recovering.
Q. What exactly is a mommy makeover?
A. A mommy makeover typically combines a tummy tuck with breast surgery (such as a lift, implants or lift and augmentation) to address areas of the body affected by childbirth and breastfeeding.
Q. Am I a good candidate for a mommy makeover?
A. Good candidates should typically be in good overall health, have maintained a relatively stable weight for at least six months, and have no underlying medical conditions that would add risk to being under general anesthetic.
Q. What should I expect after a mommy makeover?
A. Patients should expect bruising to last several weeks; swelling should be gone after one or two months. You will feel stiff and sore following surgery but medication can help ease discomfort.
Q. What is the ideal weight for a mommy makeover?
A. In general, patients should have a BMI of under 30 before undergoing long plastic surgery procedures.
Q. How many sizes do you lose with a mommy makeover?
A. Some women may drop one or two dress sizes–although this will depend on whether liposuction is included, and if so, the volume of fat being removed. It is important to note that liposuction or mommy makeover packages should not be considered weight loss surgery.
Post-pregnancy changes are normally most apparent around the tummy and breasts, and a Mommy Makeover is a great way to take care of these problems with one operation and, importantly, only one recovery time.
The next step is to browse Medical Departures' full list of Mommy Makeover Hospitals and Clinics here.
Book directly or through our Customer Care Team to guarantee the best prices online and 24-hour assistance, or if you are ready to book your appointment, you can do so right here any time of the day or night, at no charge to you.
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