Mommy Makeover surgery is a combination of surgical procedures our surgeons perform to restore a pre-pregnancy appearance to a woman’s body after she’s experienced childbirth and the subsequent physical changes it commonly leaves behind: loose abdominal skin, breasts that appear smaller and less shapely, and excess fat accumulations in the waist, hips, and thighs. Many of our Mommy Makeover patients report that their bodies look even better than they did prior to pregnancy! While the procedure combination varies depending upon a woman’s goals, it typically includes a tummy tuck to restore a flat, firm look to the abdomen, breast augmentation with saline or silicone implants to add structure and fullness to the breasts, and liposuction to sculpt more ideal waist and/or lower body contours through the removal of stubborn fat.
During pregnancy, both the abdominal skin and muscles stretch to accommodate the growing baby. After childbirth, many women are left with loose skin, weakened abdominal muscles, and sagging breasts that no amount of exercise or dieting can reverse. Because the abdominal muscles serve as a type of anatomical compression garment that help to hold the abdomen in, this loss of muscle tone often leads to a tummy bulge that requires surgical repair to flatten and firm its appearance.
Depending upon what procedures are performed, most women need to plan to take about 10 to 14 days off from work and other daily activities. The first two weeks typically are the toughest; you’re swollen, sore, and things don’t look perfect yet. If you have small children, you will need to have help. Many patients have their spouse or a family member assist them during this time. We try to make this period as smooth and comfortable as possible for our patients by providing them with post-surgical therapeutic massage to speed the healing process and a visit to their home or hotel accommodations a day or two after surgery from one of our healthcare professionals who monitors a patient’s recovery, changes her bandages, and provides the surgeon with an update on the patient’s recovery. Within 2-3 months, most of our patients look and feel fabulous.
“One of the most common concerns I see is expressed by patients who have small children and/or those who exercise a lot. They feel a lot of guilt because they can’t tend to their babies right away, and they get a little weepy for the first couple of weeks. I tell them, ‘This is going to pass. Within a couple of weeks, it’s going to be fine.’ I tell them that I went through the same thing and that it gets better. You owe it to yourself to take the time to recover and not feel badly about it. After a couple of weeks, patients don’t need as much help, and their whole perspective changes.” – Christine, ACPS Medical Assistant
If you are interested in learning more about mommy makeover surgery and if it’s right for you, please contact our Houston, TX office to schedule a consultation with one of our award-winning plastic surgeons.
Depending on the specific procedures chosen, a Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgery typically takes 1-2 hours to perform. However, the overall time commitment will depend on the combination of procedures involved and the extent of the surgery.
*Pricing varies among our doctors. Please be aware that prices listed below are estimates only. Call us at 713.799.9999 for a specific doctors price estimates for procedures. A customized price quote can only be given to you during your consultation with your surgeon.