Mommy Makeover Fort Lauderdale

Mommy Makeover Surgery in Fort Lauderdale

A Mommy Makeover in Fort Lauderdale consists of a combination of procedures that are specifically designed for mothers who want a tighter, firmer body following pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.

A Mommy Makeover is tailored to meet the needs of each patient; therefore, the combination of procedures that Dr. John Michael Thomassen recommends to a patient at his Fort Lauderdale office are based solely on the areas of the body that the patient would like addressed.

Essentially, a Mommy Makeover brings together several of the most popular plastic surgery procedures available in Fort Lauderdale.

Procedures commonly performed as part of a Mommy Makeover include:

  • An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
  • A breast lift without implants (mastopexy)
  • A breast lift with implants (mastopexy with Augmentation)
  • Liposuction (lipoplasty)
  • A Breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty)


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Mommy Makeover Fort Lauderdale

Mommy Makeover Fort Lauderdale

Mommy Makeover Fort Lauderdale

Mommy Makeover Fort Lauderdale


Mommy Makeover Procedures in Fort Lauderdale – Explained


During this procedure, Dr. Thomassen removes any excess fat and skin; furthermore, in the majority of cases, he can restore separated or weakened muscles to create a firmer, smoother abdominal profile.

What to Expect During an Abdominoplasty in Fort Lauderdale – The Procedure

1. Anesthesia

During the surgical procedure, patients receive medication to ensure they remain comfortable.

2. The Incisions

Dr. Thomassen will create a horizontally-oriented (side-to-side) incision in the area located between the navel and pubic hairline. The length and shape of the incision created depends on the degree of correction that is necessary.

3. Removal of Excess Tissue, Fat and Skin

Dr. Thomassen removes excess tissue, fat and skin: He also uses this incision to repair and suture weakened abdominal muscles. If excess skin needs to be removed from the upper abdomen, he may need to make a second incision around the navel.

4. Closing the Incisions

Once the surgical procedure is complete, Dr. Thomassen closes the incisions using skin adhesives, sutures, clips and/or surgical tape.


An abdominoplasty provides patients with a firmer, flatter abdominal contour that is proportionate to the patient’s body type and weight; however, final results are not visible immediately as they are obscured due to swelling. In addition, patients are unable to stand fully upright until their internal incisions heal. The internal healing process usually takes a week or two, at which time the results attained during the abdominoplasty will be evident.

Liposuction (Lipoplasty)

Lipoplasty slims and reshapes particular areas of the body. Liposuction accomplishes this by removing excess fat deposits; thus, improving the contours and proportions of the body.

Liposuction Surgery During a Mommy Makeover in Fort Lauderdale – The Procedure

1. Anesthesia

During the surgical procedure, patients receive medication to ensure they remain comfortable throughout the procedure.

2. The Incisions

Small, inconspicuous incisions are created through which Dr. Thomassen places a cannula (hollow tube) to perform the liposuction procedure.

3. Sterile Liquid is Infused

To reduce the incidence of bleeding and trauma, a sterile liquid solution is infused into the areas being treated via a cannula.

Dr. Thomassen uses a controlled back and forth motion to loosen the excess fat. Then, this dislodged fat is suctioned out of the body. The fat may be suctioned using a syringe that is attached to the cannula or with a surgical vacuum.


Once the swelling and fluid retention dissipate, patients can see their improved body contour. As long as a patient practices a lifestyle that includes regular exercise in conjunction with a healthy diet, the excess fatty tissue should never return; however, if a patient does not maintain a healthy lifestyle weight gain is possible.

Augmentation Mammaplasty with Dr. Thomassen in Fort Lauderdale (Breast Augmentation)

This procedure involves the placement of breast implants to increase the fullness of the breasts and improve their symmetry. The implants Dr. Thomassen uses will consist of silicone or saline.

Breast Augmentation Surgery as Part of a Mommy Makeover in Fort Lauderdale – The Procedure

1. Anesthesia

Patients receive medication to ensure they remain asleep and comfortable throughout their procedure.

2. The Incisions

Dr. Thomassen makes the incisions he uses to place an implant in inconspicuous areas so as to minimize the occurrence of visible scarring. The type of incision necessary depends on the implants’ size, the type of implant being used, the patient’s particular anatomy as well as the patient’s/surgeon’s preference.

3. Implant Insertion and Placement

The breast implant can be placed submuscularly or subglandularly/submammary. A subglandular/submammary placement involves placing the implant over the pectoral muscle, directly behind the breast tissue; whereas, submuscular placement refers to inserting the implant into a pocket under the pectoral muscle. The insertion and positioning method Dr. Thomassen uses depends on the degree of enlargement a patient desires, the type of implant being placed and the patient’s particular body type.

4. Closing the Incisions

Dr. Thomassen uses layered sutures to close the breast tissue. He uses a skin adhesive, surgical tape and/or sutures to close the skin. As time passes, the incision lines become less visible.


Patients will notice a difference in the size of their breasts directly following their Mommy Makeover procedure.

A Mastopexy (Breast Lift) in Fort Lauderdale

During this procedure, Dr. Thomassen removes excess skin and tightens the surrounding tissue to raise and firm the breasts. He reshapes the breasts to support their new contour. During a Mommy Makeover, many patients choose to have a breast lift and augmentation simultaneously.

1. Anesthesia

Patients receive medication to ensure they remain asleep and comfortable throughout their procedure.

2. The Incisions

Two common incision patterns that are used during a breast lift procedure include the anchor incision and the lollipop incision. The type of incision necessary depends on the results desired.

The anchor incision is used when dramatic reshaping is required due to extensive sagging. An incision is made around the areola, another incision runs straight down to the breast crease and the final incision runs horizontally along the breast crease.

The lollipop incision is used when the breast needs to be reshaped and there is just moderate sagging. An incision is made around the areola. Another incision is created that runs vertically down toward the breast crease.

3. Reshaping the Breasts

Once Dr. Thomassen creates the incisions, he can:

  • Lift and then shape the underlying breast tissue.
  • Remove excess skin on the breast.
  • Reduce the size of enlarged areolas by excising excess skin from their perimeters
  • Reposition the nipple and areola.
  1. Closing the Incisions

    Once the reshaping of the breast and removal of excess skin is complete, Dr. Thomassen tightens the remaining skin and closes the incisions. Incision lines are permanent; however, they usually fade significantly with time.

    He layers sutures within the tissues of the breast to ensure the newly shaped breasts have plenty of support.

    To close the skin, Dr. Thomassen may use surgical tape, sutures and/or skin adhesives.


    The results of a breast lift are visible immediately.

    A Breast Reduction with Dr. Thomassen in Fort Lauderdale

    Some mother’s breasts remain larger than she would like them to be or look out of proportion with the rest of her body. A breast reduction as part of a Mommy Makeover with Dr. Thomassen can provide a mother with smaller, lighter breasts. In addition, her breasts will be more proportional to her body.

    The Procedure

    1. Anesthesia

    Patients receive medication to ensure they remain asleep and comfortable throughout their procedure.

    2. The Incision

    A breast reduction requires the use of the anchor incision: An incision is made around the areola, another incision runs straight down to the breast crease and the final incision runs horizontally along the breast crease.

    3. Removal of Excess Tissue

    Dr. Thomassen removes the excess tissue and fat by combining liposuction and manual removal techniques.

    4. Nipple and Areola Relocation

    Dr. Thomassen will relocate the nipple and areola to a higher location on the breast. In the majority of cases, he can keep the tissues attached so that the underlying nerves remain unaffected.

    If you are considering a Mommy Makeover,



    Dr. Thomassen’s office to schedule your free consultation today. We look forward to meeting you!


Mommy Makeovers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Becoming a mother is one of life’s greatest joys. The downside is that childbirth can significantly change a woman’s body. Sagging breasts, excess abdominal skin and unsightly fat deposits can be distressing. Many women long for their pre-pregnancy body and the ability to wear the form-fitting clothing that’s popular in Southern Florida.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

A Mommy Makeover is a series of surgical procedures that can restore (or improve on) your pre-pregnancy body. Most commonly a Mommy Makeover will focus on your breasts and abdomen, since these are the areas most dramatically affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Dr. John Michael Thomassen believes that your Mommy Makeover should be as individual as you are. He will discuss your vision for your post-partum body. The goal is make you look and feel fabulous!

Mommy Makeovers are very popular because they combine multiple procedures into a single surgery. This is very appealing to busy moms. Not only is combining procedures safer and less expensive than multiple surgeries – this approach only requires one recovery period.

Do I need a Mommy Makeover?

A Mommy Makeover is completely elective surgery. A Mommy Makeover will help restore your body to its pre-pregnancy contours by addressing excess, sagging skin and lax muscles that cannot be improved through diet and exercise.

Women living in Southern Florida enjoy an active lifestyle that includes wearing a bathing suit and other form-fitting clothing. A Mommy Makeover can improve your self-confidence and expand your wardrobe choices.

Am I a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

Good candidates must be at least six months post-partum to give your body time to recover from childbirth. You should also be over 18-years-old and in good health. Dr. Thomassen recommends that patients exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet. You must also refrain from using nicotine for at least six weeks prior to surgery and throughout the healing process.

Patients must be willing to travel to our Fort Lauderdale office.
It is also mandatory that you have household help during the first few weeks of your recovery. Dr. Thomassen will describe what to expect during your recovery period so that you can arrange the necessary support. If you have a tummy tuck, for example, you will not be able to lift your children until six weeks following the surgery.

Am I too old for a Mommy Makeover?

No! We perform Mommy Makeovers on women into their 70’s. It is never too late to get the body you desire!

What happens during my consultation?

Your Mommy Makeover consultation will occur in our Fort Lauderdale office. Dr. Thomassen will begin by asking about the results you’d like from your Mommy Makeover. Although Mommy Makeovers typically focus on your breasts and abdomen, this is an opportunity to address issues with your face, neck, arms, buttocks and thighs.

Dr. Thomassen will need a complete medical history. This information includes your allergies, prescription medications, vitamins and supplements, medical conditions, and previous surgeries. You must also talk about personal habits, including your use of alcohol, drugs and nicotine.

After discussing your history and goals, Dr. Thomassen will conduct a physical examination.

Following the physical examination, Dr. Thomassen will recommend surgical procedures that will create the look you desire. If you are having breast augmentation, Dr. Thomassen will recommend the size, shape and style of implants that will enhance your body.

Many patients are concerned about scarring. You will have scars at the location of your incisions. Dr. Thomassen is an expert at minimizing scarring and you’ll be given instructions about how to care for your incisions. As much as possible, sutures are hidden in the natural folds of your body and beneath the bikini line. Scars will fade over time.

By the end of the consultation, you will understand your surgical plan, as well how to prepare for your surgery.

What procedures are included in a Mommy Makeover?

Dr. Thomassen’s goal is to help you regain (or improve on) your pre-pregnancy body. The procedures you choose are based on your goals and how you want your body to look. Procedures that can be part of a Mommy Makeover include:


Your abdominal muscles and skin stretch to make room for your growing baby. In some women, this laxity cannot be improved through diet and exercise. A tummy tuck creates a smaller, tighter abdomen by suturing your abdominal muscle walls together and removing excess abdominal skin. Because skin is being removed, this is also an opportunity to remove visible scarring and stretch marks.

Buttock Lift and Augmentation

A buttock lift (known as a belt lipectomy) removes saggy, excess skin from your buttocks and thighs. This creates a more youthful looking, smooth and lifted buttock. Some women choose a buttock augmentation to create a curvier, more feminine contour.

Breast Lift

This procedure (known as a mastopexy) will remove excess breast tissue and reshape your breasts. Your breasts will be “perkier” and you’ll have a more youthful contour.

Breast Augmentation

During pregnancy and breastfeeding, many women come to enjoy having voluptuous breasts. They are unhappy with post-partum breasts that appear smaller and deflated. Breast augmentation can increase the size and shape of your breasts. Dr. Thomassen will help you select the size, type and placement of implants that will create the look you’re seeking.

Breast Reduction

If your large breasts are causing discomfort, a Mommy Makeover is a great opportunity for a reduction mammoplasty. Dr. Thomassen can reduce your breasts so they decrease the stress on your back and appear more proportional to your body.


Some stubborn fat deposits do not respond to diet or exercise. In this case, Dr. Thomassen can use liposuction to permanently remove the excess fat.

Vaginal Rejuvenation

Women suffering from vaginal sagging or urinary incontinence can benefit from vaginal rejuvenation surgery. This surgery is also an option if you’re seeking a more refined contour for your labia and vulva.

Can I get pregnant after a Mommy Makeover?

You must let Dr. Thomassen know if you’re planning on future pregnancies.

Having breast augmentation should not affect your ability to get pregnant. Most women with augmentation can breastfeed without difficulty, especially if the incision is not placed around the areola. However your breasts may deflate following another pregnancy, so you may feel you need larger implants after the birth of another child.

If you are seeking a tummy tuck or other abdominal surgery, Dr. Thomassen will advise you to wait until after your final pregnancy.

Where will my Mommy Makeover be performed?

Dr. Thomassen is affiliated with several hospitals and outpatient clinics in the Fort Lauderdale area.

What is recovery like after a Mommy Makeover?

Before you have surgery, the staff in our Fort Lauderdale office will provide specific instructions about your recovery. Instructions include filling prescriptions, making sure that you have assistance at home, and details about restrictions on your activities.

When you wake up after surgery, you will have surgical dressings over your incisions. You will likely be wearing compression garments to reduce swelling. You may also have surgical drains. Dr. Thomassen will provide prescription pain medication to keep you comfortable.

Before you are discharged, you will receive written instructions about how to care for your incisions, the length of time you’ll need to wear the compression garment(s), and restrictions on your activity. You must have someone drive you home.

A Mommy Makeover is major surgery and you will need to rest for a few days. You will have follow-up appointments with Dr. Thomassen in our Fort Lauderdale office. Bandages and drains are generally removed within seven days. Stitches are generally removed within ten days. You may need to wear compression garments for a few weeks.

Dr. Thomassen will let you know when you can lift more than five pounds, as well as when you can resume regular activities. Depending on your procedure(s), you may experience soreness and swelling for several weeks.

Choosing Dr. John Michael Thomassen for your Mommy Makeover in Fort Lauderdale

Dr. John Michael Thomassen is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving the South Florida region. He concentrates his practice on cosmetic plastic surgery of the face, breast and body, including reconstructive plastic surgery of the breast. Dr. Thomassen is dedicated to the highest patient care with procedures that are safe and individualized. His gentle nature, honesty, and highly skilled techniques have allowed him to build trusting and lasting relationships with his patients.

Dr. Thomassen honed his analytic skills as an engineering graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology. From there he pursued his childhood ambition to become a physician in his home town of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Excelling in medical school, including a year of research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, Dr. Thomassen continued his medical training at Georgetown University with a six year integrated plastic surgery residency and fellowship.

With more than eight years of practice in the South Florida community, Dr. Thomassen is a trusted and respected plastic surgeon, who receives referrals from doctors throughout the medical community. His expertise in complex reconstructions has led to excellence in cosmetic treatments. Dr. Thomassen remains active in the research arenas, working to advance the practice of plastic surgery.

Please call our Fort Lauderdale office at (954) 771-0200 to schedule a consultation.



Mommy Makeover Fort Lauderdale

Mommy Makeover Fort Lauderdale

Mommy Makeover Fort Lauderdale

Mommy Makeover Fort Lauderdale

Mommy Makeover Fort Lauderdale

Mommy Makeover Fort Lauderdale

Mommy Makeover Fort Lauderdale

Mommy Makeover Fort Lauderdale