If you’re like most women, you have paid for the blessing of children with varying degrees of breast, tummy, and other issues. Typically, much of this will resolve with time and through diet and exercise. However, excess skin on the breasts and abdomen can leave some Houston women with a body they don’t recognize and don’t want. That’s where our mommy makeover surgeons can help.
A mommy makeover is a combination of plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures that are designed to contour a woman’s body and remove the physical changes that she’s still dealing with after she’s had children.
There are three basic procedures that are performed at the same surgical setting in Houston, TX. They are:
- Breast augmentation, breast reduction, and/or breast lift
- Tummy tuck that removes the excess and/or stretch-marked skin of the abdomen
- Liposuction of areas that are resistant to fat burning no matter what you do
The Procedures Included in a Mommy Makeover
Dr. Yarish and Dr. Bartlett are two of the best mommy makeover surgeons in Houston. They use a personalised combination of procedures to address the problem areas. Below is a summary of what each of those procedures involves.
A breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure used to increase the size of a woman’s breasts to a more flattering size. For most women in Houston, the effects of aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight fluctuations often leave the breasts not quite as full as they once were. Our doctors use breast implants to restore the patient’s silhouette to a more youthful one.
In many cases, our doctors also perform a breast lift as part of our Houston mommy makeover. Medically known as a mastopexy, this procedure is used to remove the excess skin on the breasts. It is often performed in combination with a breast augmentation due to the loss of fullness that most postpartum women develop, particularly in the upper portion of the breast.
Besides lifting and tightening the breast, mastopexy also raises the nipples to a more youthful level and can also reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin around the nipple).
Our plastic surgeons can perform a tummy tuck on women with excess skin and stretch marks after having children or experiencing extreme weight loss. Medically known as an abdominoplasty, this tummy tuck can also be part of your mommy makeover.
This procedure not only removes excess skin, but it also eliminates most or all stretch marks. Moreover, since much of the postpartum ‘bulge’ is due to the stretching or separating of the abdominal muscles, those weakened muscles are repaired during a tummy tuck as well. The navel can ALSO suffer irreparable distortion during pregnancy. So of course, as the top mom makeover surgeons in Houston, TX, we’ll also recreate the original navel to the greatest extent possible.
Many women also choose to include liposuction as part of their mommy makeover plastic surgery. Liposuction is used to recontour the chest and abdominal area, and frequently the legs and arms. Of course, the amount and location of liposuction will vary according to the particular issues and interests of the patient at the time.
It is rare for our doctors to perform a tummy tuck without at least some liposuction to get the most pleasing, naturally sculptured results. Patients should remember that liposuction is not a weight loss surgery and only removes up to 4 pounds of fat per session. While it is best to be at or near your ideal goal weight prior to having a mommy makeover, it is not always possible with diet and exercise alone. Our doctors work with each individual to give them the results they desire.
While most women suffer from breasts that are deflated, sagging, and smaller than they were before pregnancy, some women find themselves with breasts that are too large.
For Houston women who suffer from daily pain in their backs and necks, frequent headaches, and nerve pain associated with the excess weight of their breasts, incorporating a breast reduction into their mommy makeover can get them back to a life that’s free from that pain and discomfort.
Learn more about this procedure by watching the video below:
Candidates for A Mommy Makeover
As long as you are healthy and do not plan to have more children, then you are likely to be a great candidate for a mommy makeover. Just keep in mind that if you plan on having more children, your results might not be permanent, as the body will once again stretch during pregnancy.
To be considered for mommy makeover surgery, our doctors require patients to be in good general health and to pass a pre- operative check with their general practitioner prior to surgery. They should also be in good psychological health and have realistic expectations of the results.
The overall health and wellbeing of each patient is our top priority, so we must ensure that you are healthy enough to have elective surgery safely.
What to Expect The Day of The Surgery?
As you read this, you may be thinking that this is a lot of surgery for one setting. However, our mommy makeover plastic surgery is nearly always an outpatient procedure, with Houston patients going home with their caretaker on the same day. That’s just like any other surgeries performed in our facility under general anesthesia.
The time required for a mommy makeover is generally less than 5 hours. However, that will depend on the specific needs of the patient and the amount of liposuction that we perform.
Recovering from Mommy Makeover
Interestingly enough, the recovery from the complete mommy makeover is essentially the same as it would be for the tummy tuck procedure itself. Most patients seen at Yarish Plastic Surgery are able to drive within 7-14 days, return to ‘sit down’ jobs in 14 days or less, and full activity (including returning to your regular exercise routine) within six weeks.
Again, recovery varies from patient to patient. Some recovery periods are less, and some may be slightly more; however, there are things you can do to make your recovery process more comfortable and progress more quickly.
When our doctors release you to a friend or family member after your mommy makeover surgery, they will provide you with details on what to do and what not to do during your recovery. Generally, these post-op instructions will include recommendations such as:
- Stand up flexed at the hip and sleep with legs elevated
- Avoid lifting anything weighing more than 10 pounds
- Do not lift your arms over your head for the first few days
- Take your pain medication as prescribed and on the recommended schedule
- Do not submerge your incisions in water until we clear you to do so
- Maintain a healthy diet with high protein and drink plenty of water
Because every woman is different, and every mommy makeover is tailored to the specific needs of each woman, your recovery will be unique. There is also a chance that our doctors will make changes to your post-op instructions based on your specific needs.
Our State-of-The-Art Facility
At Yarish Plastic Surgery, we also offer a full service overnight stay facility with continuous care for mommy makeover patients in Houston who want that extra level of care and attention.
This may simply be a matter of personal comfort or it may be advised by our doctors due to previously existing medical issues, the length of surgery, medications, or lack of personal caretakers. Whether the overnight stay option is chosen or not, our nursing staff will assist you with a shower and dressing change the morning after surgery. This may be the single, most amazing feel-good part of the entire process, next to the results themselves.
The Follow Up
Postoperative care at Yarish Plastic Surgery begins immediately. The assisted shower and dressing change we mentioned above is just the beginning. All of our surgery patients head to our ReNew You MD Medical Spa, where they are treated to adjunctive sessions of lymphatic drainage massage of all surgical areas.
Additionally, all incisions are treated with a combination of our proprietary scar cream, silicone taping, and/or laser therapy in order to give the best overall appearance. It is this level of aftercare that makes us the best mommy makeover surgeons in Houston.
Visit our photo gallery to find the results you are looking for. As you can tell from our photos, results vary with the size, shape, and amount of physical change that has been caused by childbearing or weight fluctuations throughout the years. It’s often hard to believe so much can be done within one surgical setting!
Frequently Asked Questions About the Mommy Makeover
Can I get a Mommy Makeover if I’ve had a C-Section?
Yes, you can get a Mommy Makeover if you’ve had a C-section! In fact, the sagging skin that hangs over the C-section scar is one of the main reasons that many Houston women come to us for help. The tummy part of the procedure removes the entire C-section scar if there is one as well as the stretch marks in the lower tummy. It also tightens the abdominal muscles that have been stretched or separated.
What About My Breasts? How Is That Procedure Done?
Although your breasts enlarge during pregnancy, most women end up losing a significant amount of volume, which at the same time creates sagging. If you are happy with the size of your breasts after childbearing, then no increase or decrease in size is required. Sagging and laxity nearly always occurs however, and lifting and tightening your breasts are integral parts of our mommy makeover plastic surgery, regardless of whether you reduce or increase the size.
Is Liposuction Necessary?
It’s often the case during pregnancy that areas of fat grow where you’ve never had them before. These areas are resistant to weight loss and exercise, so at least some suction is usually necessary to recontour those unwanted and stubborn areas.
Are There Any Risks for Houston Women When Having A Mommy Makeover?
All surgeries, including mommy makeovers, come with risks. Luckily, these complications are rare due to our doctors’ expertise, skill, and experience (we have performed hundreds of mommy makeover procedures).
Will I Need Help Taking Care Of My Family After The Procedure?
We get it — you’re a mommy first and foremost, so taking yourself out of action for a bit can sound daunting. Everyone’s recovery period is a little different, but like most surgeries, after your mommy makeover, you’ll be limited in what you can do for a period of time. So depending upon the ages of your children, you will need some extra help around the house. You should be able to drive within 7-14 days and most women return to work in two weeks, depending upon the physical demands of their occupation.
Will A Mommy Makeover Give Me Scars?
Scarring from any type of surgery is inevitable. That being said, as the best mommy makeover surgeons in Houston, we can help you minimize scars as much as possible using topical creams, laser lightening, and other measures we’ve developed to limit scarring. These treatments are included in your surgical package in order to promote rapid healing and minimally visible incision sites.
What Can I Expect In my Consultation?
To begin with, our doctors will take a look at your medical history to see if you’re a good candidate for mommy makeover surgery. They will then perform a physical exam to take a look at your troublesome areas and see what we can do to help. Of course, your input is essential here as well. We’ll ask you what you’d like to achieve with this procedure. With this information, we’ll devise a strategy to improve your confidence and help you look even better than before you gave birth.
It’s okay if you don’t know exactly what you want during your initial consultation. Our doctors love talking things over with our Houston patients, so you can get a better idea of what is possible with the mommy makeover procedure.
Can I Have A Mommy Makeover If I've Never Had Children?
Of course! There are plenty of reasons why women experience sagging and a loss of skin elasticity throughout their bodies. The simple fact of aging and even extreme weight fluctuations can leave behind less than desirable and problematic areas. If you are interested in having a combination surgery, call our doctors today to schedule a consultation. We will explain how the mommy makeover procedure can address your specific needs.
Do I Have To Have Breast Implants Placed During My Mommy Makeover?
Absolutely not. If your main concern is having your breasts repositioned to a more natural position, our doctors can perform a breast lift and not a breast augmentation. However, it is important to point out that not using breast implants in combination with your breast lift may mean that your breasts won’t have the fullness you desire. When deflated and sagging breasts are lifted and repositioned without breast implants, they may appear to be smaller than they were in years past. It’s all about your personal preference and unique desires. Our mommy makeover plastic surgeons are most concerned with providing every patient with a natural look that they’ll be happy with for years to come, so your wish is our command!
Where Will My Mommy Makeover Be Performed?
Dr. Yarish has created a state-of-the-art facility conveniently located in Houston, TX. This surgical facility is a fully staffed AAAA facility and was built for the private patients of Yarish Plastic Surgery. Each team member has been handpicked by Dr. Yarish, so you can rest assured that everyone you encounter will be a highly trained and exemplary professional.
If this is something that interests you, our doctors and patient coordinator will be happy to discuss the mommy makeover further and determine if you are a candidate for this life-changing procedure.