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Mommy Makeover in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Best Plastic Surgeon 2021 - Grand Rapids Magazine Castle Connolly Top Doctor Realself Top 100 New Beauty
Best Plastic Surgeon 2021 - Grand Rapids Magazine Castle Connolly Top Doctor Realself Top 100 New Beauty Best Plastic Surgeon 2021 - Grand Rapids Magazine Castle Connolly Top Doctor Realself Top 100 New Beauty

Grand Rapids Moms! Get Your Pre-Baby Body Back

Having a baby is one of life's most miraculous journeys, but it's also one that can radically change your body in ways you don't like. Your skin can stretch, fat can accumulate, and your breasts can change size and shape during pregnancy—and not everything goes back to the way it was after the baby arrives! In other words, that bouncing bundle of joy can cause lead to unwanted jiggling and sagging on Mom.

You may have heard of a procedure to address a post-pregnancy body, but you might not know that a Mommy Makeover at Grand Rapids' Bengtson Center is not one procedure, but many surgeries, treatments, and techniques rolled into one customized plan with the pre-baby you in mind.

As board-certified plastic surgeons with a particular focus on the female form, Dr. Bengtson and Dr. Alfonso are familiar with each element of a Mommy Makeover to help you tighten up what's now too loose, lift what's sagging, and reduce what’s bulging. No two women have the same body, of course, but this is especially true after pregnancy and nursing, so no two Mommy Makeovers will be the same. The point is that you can take back control of your own body and return to the shape (and clothes) you remember from the days before the baby with a Mommy Makeover.

Experience Matters

Meet Our Surgeons

When you are ready to make a transformation, you deserve partners on your journey who you trust deeply to deliver the results you want.

The highly experienced team at The Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery is led by board-certified surgeons Dr. Brad Bengtson and Dr. David Alfonso. Our surgeons are regularly recognized by patients and colleagues alike for their commitment to innovation, compassionate patient care, and top-quality outcomes. Their work is supported by the thoughtful and passionate collaboration of the entire Bengtson team.

Dr. Bengtson - Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon

Brad Bengtson MD, FACS, Founder

Has consistently been named one of the Best Doctors in America® since 1996 and recognized as Best Plastic Surgeon in Grand Rapids by Grand Rapids Magazine for the last 12 years.

With over two decades of experience, he is respected for his cutting-edge techniques and compassionate patient care. In addition to his work with patients, Dr. Bengtson travels globally to share his knowledge and innovative approaches with fellow plastic surgeons. He is passionate about delivering harmonious, natural-looking results that elevate rather than alter each patient’s unique aesthetic.

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Dr. Alfonso - Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon

David AlfonsoMD, FACS

Has extensive experience performing a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures, with a particular passion for body contouring and facial rejuvenation.

A careful listener and passionate practitioner, he has received numerous accolades, including recognition as a RealSelf Top Doctor since 2015. He also contributes to advancing techniques in the plastic surgery community through regular publications and lectures. Dr. Alfonso is a fluent Spanish speaker, which helps him provide exceptional communication and care to a broader range of patients. 

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What Goes Into a Mommy Makeover?

When talking about the changes that happen to a body during and after pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing, women typically focus on two areas: the belly and the breasts.

These are the main regions targeted for a Mommy Makeover—and for good reason! The toll that pregnancy takes on a body is most evident where anyone and everyone can see it: right there in front, where it's hard to miss parts that stick out or droop down. Here are the main stars of the Mommy Makeover:

Mommy Makeover client holding a child

Mommy Makeoverthe Breast

As milk ducts kick into gear throughout the pregnancy, breasts will swell and change, with more changes to come if the baby nurses for any length of time. The most common breast-related surgeries in a Mommy Makeover are breast lifts to address sagging and breast reduction to bring their size back down to manageable levels.

In some cases, women can lose up to a full bra cup size off their original breasts in their post-pregnancy and post-nursing days. Some women may also find that after pregnancy and/or nursing, their breasts are now different sizes or shapes. A breast augmentation can balance the two, keeping them in proportion with each other, and can restore lost volume. During a Mommy Makeover Grand Rapids plastic surgeon, Dr. Bengtson may insert breast implants into one or both breasts. Dr. Bengtson is particularly sought out as a plastic surgeon not just for Mommy Makeovers, but for his overall work on breasts, due to his experience, reputation, and talent. He served as the lead investigator for the successful U.S. FDA trials for the Natrelle Style 410 Highly Cohesive Gel Implants, approved in 2013, and was the first plastic surgeon in the Midwest to use the round Natrelle INSPIRA Cohesive implants. Whether working on a complex Mommy Makeover or providing breast augmentation alone, he's committed to providing the best results possible.

Mommy Makeoverthe Tummy

Grand Rapids Mommy Makeover client doing yoga pose holding a baby

Weight gain is common in pregnancy, but not all of that accumulated fat leaves after the baby does — even if you try diet and exercise. Is there anything more frustrating than nibbling away at a restrictive menu and pouring sweat out in a spin class each week, only to see nothing change?

Liposuction is a standard method of surgical fat removal, ensuring that the unwanted fat cells don't just shrink and wait for a new opportunity to grow large again, but that they leave the body and never return. Many of our Grand Rapids Mommy Makeover patients include liposuction in their procedure. Pregnancy is about more than weight gain, though. A growing baby needs room to move and expand, which is why a pregnant woman's abdomen swells with each passing day of her pregnancy. Unfortunately, not every woman's skin and abdominal tissues are pliant enough to stretch along with the baby, then tighten back into place on their own. Another Mommy Makeover component, a tummy tuck, removes lax skin that hangs down like an apron, and can also include some fat removal, too. Internally, a tummy tuck (also known as an abdominoplasty) may involve the surgical tightening of abdominal muscles that have spread apart, making it an important part of the Mommy Makeover.

Know The Mommy MakeoverBasics

1. Surgical and nonsurgical treatments are available, giving a range of options to women with a variety of needs.

3. A Mommy Makeover is customizable, so you and Dr. Bengtson or Dr. Alfonso work to decide your personal goals, whether it's simply lifting sagging breasts or tightening and tucking anything that needs attention from the top down!

2. Common Mommy Makeover elements include skin tightening, breast surgery (augmentation, lift, or reduction), liposuction, tummy tuck, and vaginal rejuvenation.

4. Dr. Brad Bengtson is internationally recognized for his innovations and advancements in Plastic Surgery for Breast Augmentation and other procedures that focus on women. He's a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who emphasizes an individualized approach, safety, beautiful and natural results, all built on honest communication.

More Procedures

The Skin

The surgical elements of a Mommy Makeover are ideal for changing body contours, but do not address cosmetic changes to the skin, such as stretch marks.

Microneedling can stimulate the skin’s own healing ability to reduce the appearance of such telltale marks. Melasma, a skin condition known as "the mask of pregnancy," is common for many women. Dark patches can appear on your forehead and cheeks during gestation, and can remain for long after the baby arrives. If spots fail to fade on their own, women can choose chemical peels and other options to even out their pigmentation again. Talk to the Bengtson Center team about skin treatments available to complement a Mommy Makeover.

Mommy Makeover client riding a bicycle

The Fat

Pretty much any woman who's had a baby will tell you that the belly and the boobs aren't the only parts that get bigger. Stubborn pockets of fat can hold on like a stubborn toddler, refusing to let go of your thighs, butt, and sides.

Another common place to find an unwanted bulge is at the neck, creating the dreaded double chin. These areas can all be reduced with surgical solutions such as body contouring and liposuctionpart of many Mommy Makeovers — but there are also nonsurgical options available for women who want to custom tailor their fat removal options while avoiding incisions. CoolSculpting cools down fat cells — and only fat cells — to a destructive temperature, killing them off and sending them packing out of the body. Coupled with the fat-disrupting Z Wave technology, which maximizes the results, this treatment offers gradual results with no down time or recuperation to speak of. If a double chin is your main focus, consider Kybella, an injectable approved for use in the submental area, where it destroys the fat cells it encounters, causing the area to slim down.

Real Patients.
Real Stories.

“I would highly recommend Dr. Bengtson for plastic surgery. I am absolutely thrilled with my results from my tummy tuck and breast reduction. It has changed my life!”

Grand Rapids Mommy Makeover client wearing a bikini

Vaginal Rejuvenation

Lower down on the body, some women may notice that their vaginal area looks and feels different than it did before childbirth, with problems ranging from ill-fitting underwear and swimsuits to discomfort during intercourse.

Talk to the Bengtson Center Grand Rapids Mommy Makeover team to learn whether a labiaplasty could help with the problems you are experiencing. Physical changes to the area can cause labia to appear more pronounced. The birthing process can also weaken muscles on the pelvic floor, a structure that provides critical bladder support. Without that support, women may find it difficult to prevent leakage, especially when jogging, laughing, sneezing, jumping rope — in other words, living life day to day. A nonsurgical treatment known as THERMIva uses heat energy to stimulate new collagen growth in the area and build up the pelvic floor, as well as thicken vaginal walls and increase moisture. These improvements can get your vaginal area looking and feeling great again, allowing for a return to enjoyable activities (including the sort that got you a baby in the first place!). At the Bengtson Center, every labiaplasty — part of a Mommy Makeover or not — comes with a THERMIva treatment, so women who want to fix up down there get the best benefits of both. You may choose only one or two of the Mommy Makeover elements noted above, or you may want them all. The point is that you get to make the decision, with help from a board-certified plastic surgeon and our team, ready provide expert care and answers to your questions.

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Are you ready to take the next step to a more beautiful you? Plastic Surgeons Dr. Bengtson and Dr. Alfonso, along with the team at The Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, provide advanced plastic surgery and cosmetic treatment for patients from Grand Rapids, Birmingham, Detroit, and Kalamazoo, Michigan. We specialize in breast augmentation, breast implants, and tummy tuck surgery, as well as laser hair removal, Micro-Needling, BOTOX Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM, and other dermal fillers. Results may vary from person to person.