Restoring Self-Image and Confidence

Dr. Shuster finds the process of restoring form and function for patients extraordinary. With 20+ years of surgical experience, he is able to rejuvenate and revitalize multiple areas of the body through a single transformative procedure: the mommy makeover. During your consultation, he will spend time to fully understand your anatomy and personal aesthetic wishes so that he can design the most appropriate treatment approach to help you reach your goals. There are times patients describe their results as looking even better than they did before getting pregnant.

Why Choose a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover produces dramatic results for women who have experienced lasting effects on their bodies after childbirth, which can often leave women with sagging breasts, loose skin and weakened, separated protruding abdominal muscles, and localized fat deposits. A mommy makeover can address all of these concerns at once, achieving a flatter stomach, fuller breasts, and better body contour. 

Sometimes liposuction is done as well. The most important aspect for Dr. Shuster is safety. For this reason, all of his mommy makeovers in Fort Lauderdale & Hollywood, FL are done in the hospital with a team that has worked with him for years. His patients have the option to spend a night recovering in the hospital for their convenience.

What’s Involved in a Mommy Makeover?

The mommy makeover combines multiple surgical procedures designed to target areas of the body typically affected by pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and weight loss. Dr. Shuster will work together with you to find the best combination of treatments to achieve your goals. He has spent years helping women regain their figures.

The actual procedures involved will vary, depending on a woman’s needs and goals; however, the most common procedures included in a mommy makeover in Hollywood, FL are:

  • Tummy tuck: A tummy tuck allows Dr. Shuster to flatten the stomach, remove excess sagging skin, and tighten loose abdominal muscles.
  • Breast augmentation: This procedure utilizes breast implants to improve the size and shape of the breasts. If your breasts have deflated and lost volume after breastfeeding or weight loss, breast augmentation may be a good choice for you. Dr. Shuster specializes in transaxillary breast augmentation, which avoids a visible scar.
  • Breast lift: A breast lift addresses sagging breasts. If your breasts have started to droop or your nipples have started to move downward, you may benefit from this procedure.
  • Liposuction: Liposuction removes small areas of excess unwanted fat. After having children or losing weight, many women end up with areas of fat that they can’t seem to get rid of even with diet and exercise. Liposuction can help sculpt, contour, and refine these areas.

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Dr. Shuster and all his staff are wonderful, so warming and welcoming. They truly make you feel great from the first day to the day of surgery even after surgery. Dr. Shuster is the best plastic surgeon.

Gabriella M.

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Dr. Shuster’s Approach

Dr. Shuster takes a very well-thought-out approach to the comprehensive improvement of the postpartum body. As no two bodies are the same, he considers each patient’s framework and specifically how the pregnancy or weight loss affected them. He then determines how to restore their body.

In addition, Dr. Shuster uses a drainless technique for the tummy tuck and a minimal scar approach to the breasts. He also uses long-lasting local anesthetics to help with post-operative comfort.

Further, Dr. Shuster emphasizes a natural appearance to the belly button for his tummy tuck patients. This is very important to him and rare to find. He feels a natural belly button distinguishes a great result.

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Case Study from an Actual Mommy Makeover Patient

Extended Tummy Tuck, Breast Lift and Hernia Repair January 2020

“I am a 43 year old mother of 3 (a single birth in 2013 and twins in 2014) and I am having the first round of my procedures on January 23, 2020. My first round will be an extended tummy tuck, hernia repair, and breast lift. I am beyond excited and nervous for my surgeries.

“I interviewed 4 surgeons in my area, spoke to countless people online and in person to gather any and all information I could on doctors and outcomes and joined a few plastic surgery support groups on FB to make sure I was a informed as possible when choosing my surgeon. Dr. Shuster was the 3rd in line for me to meet with and after meeting with him, and Nicole, his coordinator, I knew in my gut that he was who I was going to choose to go with. I still met with the 4th doctor to make my comparisons but Shuster and his team set the bar so high that there really wasn't a comparison to be made.

“Dr. Shuster is so down to earth, funny, caring, professional, and extremely brilliant at what he does. He made me feel so comfortable in our consult, answered all my million questions and was very honest about what to expect result wise and what I could do in the meantime to help us as a team reach the best results possible. 

"Nicole was super warm and friendly. Dr. Shuster was a tad bit more expensive than the other doctors I interviewed but I didn't really let that affect my decision.

"I had to trust my instincts on who I felt was going to truly listen to me, guide me in the right direction and take the best care of me post op. Hands down I knew it would it be Shuster and his team. For my hernia repair we needed a general surgeon to come on board and when the first GS I went to told me he was too busy at his home hospital to travel to the hospital that Shuster works out of for the hernia repair, I immediately called Nicole and she took care of finding me a new GS to go see. She didn't just give me a name and phone #, she took the time to call the GS office personally and confirm their privileges at the hospital, confirm that this new GS's operating schedule lined up with Shusters schedule and of course that they took my insurance. When it was my time to call the GS, his staff already knew who I was and what I was calling for. 

"This kind of customer service and feeling taken care of was exactly what I was looking for and needing. Shuster's office continues to go above and beyond in calming my nerves and cheering me on along this journey.

“I will be staying 2 nights in the hospital for my aftercare due to the ages of my children and I am actually relieved to do so. I will be sure to come back on and post an update after I come home and feel up to sitting and typing for a while.

“See you all on the flip side! LOL”

Updated on 7 Feb 2020:

“Dr. Shuster and his staff are truly, truly amazing! I had an extended tummy tuck with hernia repair and a breast lift on 01/23/2020. I knew from the minute I met Dr. Shuster that he was the surgeon I was going to use--and I had met with 4 really great and highly recommended surgeons. He made me feel at ease, confident in what my results would be, taken care of and heard when I asked literally a million questions. I am currently 2 weeks post op and could not be happier with my results so far. At each of my follow up appointments we talk about what to expect and he happily answers all of my follow up questions. I cannot wait to have my arms and back done with him next year. I would not go anywhere else! He is a kind, caring, genius with his hands!”

Good Candidates for a Mommy Makeover

Dr. Shuster serves the Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami, FL areas and regions all across South Florida. 

It is typical to wait at least 6-12 months after childbirth before considering a mommy makeover. 

Those who make good candidates for this procedure are women who:

  • Want to restore a slimmer, shapelier body after having children or losing weight
  • Are finished having children
  • Have already lost most of their baby weight and are at, or near, a healthy, stable weight
  • Are done breastfeeding and do not plan to breastfeed again

Mommy Makeover Surgery Details

A mommy makeover, while routine for Dr. Shuster, is an involved procedure. For safety reasons, Dr. Shuster performs this procedure in the hospital with a team who has worked with him for many years. General anesthesia is used, and the procedure typically takes anywhere from 4-6 hours to perform. 

A mommy makeover is a surgery, so there will be a scar. The extent of the scar will depend on the specific procedures you have done. For instance, a breast lift requires a longer incision than a breast augmentation alone.

Dr. Shuster has over 20 experience performing mommy makeovers, and he uses advanced techniques that help ensure favorable healing. He always places incisions as inconspicuously as possible, and most patients end up with scars that are both faint and well-hidden.

Many patients choose to spend a night or two in the hospital for their ease and convenience to ensure the best care.

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Recovery After a Mommy Makeover

Recovery from a mommy makeover is gradual and requires a good amount of downtime. Full recovery can take 4-6 weeks.

Dr. Shuster tells his patients to take it easy and be “a diva” for the first week — allowing their caregivers to take care of everything around the house while they rest and heal — and a little less of a diva the second week. During recovery, they should make sure that they have help and assistance with childcare. They should rest, relax, and limit their activity levels.

Walking around is good, but patients should not perform any strenuous activities or do any heavy lifting (including lifting a small child). At week two, they can go for longer walks, and after the third week can resume non-exertional activities. Light exercise can resume after 4-6 weeks.

We encourage our patients to call us anytime if they have any questions or concerns during recovery. We’re here to help, and we’d rather receive a call than have a patient develop a problem.

FAQ

Can I have children in the future if I undergo a mommy makeover?

How can I maintain my results from a mommy makeover?

Can I have children in the future if I undergo a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover does not interfere with your ability to have children or breastfeed. If you are planning to have more children, we will recommend that you consider waiting before having your mommy makeover since future pregnancies may result in similar changes to your body that are being corrected by your procedure.

How can I maintain my results from a mommy makeover?

Having a mommy makeover is an investment in yourself, and we encourage you to treat it as such. You can maintain your results by:

  • Leading a healthy lifestyle that includes a good diet and regular exercise
  • Finding an exercise routine that you enjoy doing (you’ll be more likely to keep it up if you don’t hate your routine)

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Why Choose Dr. Shuster?

Dr. Bernard A. Shuster, MD, PA, is a board-certified, award-winning aesthetic plastic surgeon of the face, breast, and body in Hollywood, Florida, who has been in practice for 25 years. With the mommy makeover as a primary procedure, Dr. Shuster is well known for achieving exceptionally natural results. He caters specifically to discerning women who are seeking a more subtle, elegant outcome. Named Best Plastic Surgeon by Newsweek for 2021, Dr. Shuster provides total honesty, a warm personality, and consistently exceptional results. He and his team will take attentive care of you before, during, and after your surgery. We are proud to serve the Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami areas and beyond. If you think Dr. Shuster is the right surgeon for you, we encourage you to research his techniques and visit us for a consultation.

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