If you plan to undergo liposuction to lose weight, you should first know that liposuction is no alternative to regular exercising and healthy eating. Moreover, it does not remove cellulite
Houston Makeovers for Moms®
By Houston, Texas Plastic Surgeon & Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Mark Schusterman
The Effects of Pregnancy on the Female Body
Pregnancy Effects on the Abdomen
As the fetus grows inside the uterus, it stretches the uterus and eventually the abdominal wall. The uterus presses on the inside of the muscle wall of the abdomen. The resulting pressure on the two vertical “Rectus” muscles (the “six-pack” muscles) pulls them apart, and can actually cause separation as the fascia elongates. Once separation happens, only surgery can bring the muscles back together. Since there is no muscle in the midline for you to exercise, exercise will not restore muscles to their pre-pregnancy condition.
Pregnancy can also cause extra collections of fat to form and persist in the abdominal area.
Pregnancy Effects on the Skin
The growth of the baby also stretches the skin, particularly in the center of the abdomen, near the belly button. As the body grows, you may also develop stretch marks in various other areas. Then, after labor, the skin collapses, leaving you with loose, hanging skin. Combine this with stretched underlying abdominal muscles, and you get a bulge in the lower abdomen, visible especially when you stand up.
Pregnancy Effects on the Breasts
Responding to hormonal changes during pregnancy, the breasts begin growing and peak in growth just before labor. After delivery, breast-feeding causes the breasts to stretch repeatedly. Once breast-feeding is complete, the breasts typically decrease in size, often to a size smaller than their pre-pregnancy size. Again, you may experience stretch marks and loose skin, and the breast tissue loses its resiliency and start to droop.
The Makeover for Moms® Procedures
For the Abdomen – The Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty
With a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, Dr. Mark Schusterman tightens the abdominal muscle from the ribcage down to the pubic bone. This permits tightening of the skin covering both the upper and lower abdomen. A mini tummy tuck or mini-abdominoplasty is similar, but only tightens the muscle and skin of the lower abdomen from the belly button down. Although both procedures will result in a scar running along the lower abdomen, the scar can be easily hidden under a swimsuit.
If there is excess fat of the abdomen, we may be able to address that as well with liposuction.
For the Breasts – Breast Implants and/or Breast Lifts
For improving the breasts, the procedure choice depends on the degree of tissue loss, the amount of drooping, and the patient’s desire to replace lost volume and fullness.
For Fat Removal – Liposuction
Liposuction reduces the localized fat deposits that can develop during a pregnancy by permanently removing fat. Liposuction can be done during surgery to hips, thighs, and knees.
We can add other procedures during surgery such as thigh or arm lifts.
Combining Multiple Surgical Procedures in One Operation can be Accomplished because of Several Medical Developments
If you are an active, healthy woman, these lengthy procedures are reasonable and will allow you to achieve all or most of your goals with a single operation and recovery period.
Makeovers for Moms® often include a Tummy Tuck and some areas of liposuction. How much will my surgery cost? An example: I need a tummy tuck (starts at $5,500) and liposuction on the flanks/hips (starts at $1800) and torso/back (starts at $1,800).