Mommy Makeover: the spouse’s role



Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton performs many Mommy Makeovers — which can include breast augmentation, liposuction, a tummy tuck, injectable treatments such as Botox® or Juvéderm® and more.

Ultimately, the procedures included in a Mommy Makeover are determined by the goals of each mother, and how pregnancy specifically impacted their body.

One often-overlooked factor in the success of a Mommy Makeover, however, is the role of the partner. While cosmetic surgery is something the patient needs to do for their own reasons, rather than trying to influence those around them, having a supportive partner can make a big difference.

Sometimes, partners even are so impressed with the changes after a Mommy Makeover that they’ll consider a procedure of their own.

Here are three things Dr. Lawton recommends for partners of Mommy Makeover patients:

  1. If asked, attend the consultation. This depends on what the patient wants — and about 25% of them have a partner with them for initial meetings with Dr. Lawton. While this is not a requirement, it often can be helpful, particularly when the partner is going to be the primary caregiver after the surgery.
  2. Provide emotional support. Partners should never pressure someone to have a procedure done. The best approach is to remind the patient that this is their decision, that they are loved and supported as they are now — and that they will be after the makeover, too. As one patient said: “After surgery, hearing him say, ‘I see how this changed you and why you did it’ was great. That was the emotional support I needed.”
  3. Don’t forget physical and practical support. After the procedure, it’s not only important for the partner to help care for the patient — it’s also vital to handle everyday life tasks as well. Taking care of things such as household duties, child care and even grocery shopping can help the patient focus fully on their recovery.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon in Orange County, Dr. Lawton has helped thousands of patients improve their self-image and regain their confidence. Whether you’re considering a Mommy Makeover or another procedure, contact us for a consultation to talk about your goals.


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