Mommy Makeover

Dr. Kunkel offers mommy makeover surgery to mothers from Fort Worth, Keller, Southlake, Flower Mound, Arlington, and across North Texas.   Fort Worth physicians have recognized Dr. Kunkel’s outstanding care of patients and have voted him a TopDoc 19 times!

What is a Mommy Makeover?

Mommy makeover surgery is not one specific operation.  It is a combination of procedures, typically involving the breasts and the abdomen, performed to help reclaim body shape and tone that changed after pregnancy.  Dr. Kunkel listens carefully to you as you discuss the concerns you have and the types of changes you hope to accomplish.  He develops a treatment plan that is customized to your unique physical attributes and desires.

Mommy makeover breast surgery options

A woman whose breasts lost volume (“deflated”) may decide she wants more fullness.  For her, a breast augmentation may work best.  Some women develop looseness of the breast skin.  Maybe the breasts have a bottom-heavy appearance.  The nipples might point down. Women with these types of changes may benefit from a breast lift.  This can be combined with placement of breast implants at the same time.  On the other end of the spectrum, some women have large, heavy breasts.  Breast reduction  surgery may work best for them.

options for the abdomen in mommy makeover surgery

The abdomen, of course, also changes as a result of pregnancy.  Some women have amazingly few long-term changes.  Many women develop a muffin top, or maybe a pooch of skin in the lower abdomen hangs over a cesarean section scar.  Stretch marks are common. Skin around the belly button is loose.  Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery may work wonders for women with these types of findings.  Liposuction of the flanks may be performed at the same time to enhance her contours.  Fat that is removed by liposuction may also be injected (fat grafting) into the buttocks or breasts to add shape to those areas.  If loose skin extends all the way around to the back, a procedure like a lower body lift may provide the best result.

What to expect during your first visit

Most women are surprised at how much time they spend directly with Dr. Kunkel during their initial visit.  Women who have visited with other surgeons often comment that the surgeon spent about 10 minutes with them.  In contrast, the first mommy makeover visit in Dr. Kunkel’s Fort Worth office takes about two hours.  A lot of information is provided.

Vectra 3-D Imaging SoftwareRotating 3-d image of breast augmentation

Vectra 3-dimensional imaging is used.  Six cameras take photographs of your breasts, abdomen, and back. The Vectra software combines this information into three dimensional images.  Dr. Kunkel reviews the images with you, highlighting particular physical features and options.  He may draw directly on you during your visit while having you stand in front of a full length mirror.  By doing this he makes sure that you understand how different options will affect the specific areas you want to change.

The Vectra software includes information about almost every breast implant available in the United States. If you are considering breast augmentation, it is possible for the software to show what you might look like with specific breast implants.  Dr. Kunkel uses the 3-d imaging system in his Fort Worth office to help guide you while tailoring a procedure specifically to you.

Patient Testimonial:

“I researched doctors in the Fort Worth area and chose Dr. Kunkel. Great choice! He is Board Certified, which is an absolute requirement for me, but not all doctors are certified in their area of expertise. Dr. Kunkel and his staff are wonderful. Dr. Kunkel explains in detail what to expect. Follow-up is fabulous. Everyone is the office is helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend you consult with Dr. Kunkel before making your decision on the doctor you choose.” -Inez F.

How long does a mommy makeover take?

Dr. Kunkel performs mommy makeover surgery in a Fort Worth hospital or surgery center.   These procedures take place under general anesthesia, meaning you are asleep for the entire surgery.  The procedure may take between 3 and 6 hours and women usually spend the night in the surgical facility.  Hospitals and surgery centers that Dr. Kunkel uses for mommy makeover surgery include:

Photograph of a woman waking up in recovery after surgery

What is recovery like after mommy makeover surgery?

Rather than having a lot of pain, Dr. Kunkel’s patients often feel tired and “drained” for about five days. They may walk in a “bent-over” position during that time. Women start to have a little more energy and begin walking upright after 5 or 6 days.  Most women take two or three weeks off from work.  If you have young children you will need to make arrangements for someone else to drive them to school and other activities for the first week after surgery.  Compression garments are worn for two or three months.

When Can I resume physical activity?

Strenuous activities like running, bicycling, working out, and swimming should be put on hold for about six weeks.  Dr. Kunkel encourages his patients to be walking as much as possible right after surgery.  Swimming is allowed once healing is assured, but most women cannot be in a pool for about a month.

Do you have ‘before and after’ photos for me to see?

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What are the risks of mommy makeover surgery?

Every surgical procedure includes some risks. All operations, from cesarean sections to tubal ligations to tummy tucks and breast surgery include risks of infection, bleeding, blood clots, and poor healing.  Issues that are more unique to tummy tuck surgery include the possibility that the belly button could end up slightly higher or lower than it had been and it may have a different shape, the scar on one side of the abdomen could be longer or higher than the scar on the other side of the abdomen, and it is possible to have long-term numbness in the lower abdomen or even the upper thigh.

Risks that are more specific to breast implant surgery include capsular contracture (firmness developing around the breast implant), a change in nipple sensation, and leakage of the implant (implant rupture) over time. For breast lift and breast reduction surgery, it is possible that one nipple could end up a little higher or lower than the other, and loss of sensation in the nipples or some of the breast skin may occur. Loss of a nipple is possible but is also uncommon.

How much does mommy makeover surgery cost in fort worth?

The cost of mommy makeover surgery varies depending on the combinations of surgery chosen.   The prices listed below include Dr. Kunkel’s fee, the surgical facility fee, the anesthesia fee, and the cost of the breast implants (when breast implants are used). Prescription medications cost extra. Insurance may pay the majority of the costs of these but that varies by insurance company.

  • Tummy tuck alone, no liposuction:   about $9,000 (this includes the overnight stay in the facility).
  • Tummy tuck with liposuction of the flanks:  about $12,500  (this includes the overnight stay in the facility).
  • Breast augmentation:  $4,800 – $6,300 depending on which breast implants are chosen
  • Breast lift without breast implants:   about $6,100.
  • Breast augmentation AND breast lift:  $8,400 – $10,000 depending on which breast implants are chosen
  • Breast augmentation WITH breast lift AND tummy tuck:  $17,000 – $20,000 depending on which breast implants are chosen.  This includes the overnight stay in the facility.
  • Breast reduction:   about $9,000.


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