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Although our children are our greatest gifts, there is no doubt that pregnancy takes a toll on a woman’s body. This is especially for true for mothers of two or more children. Makeovers for Moms® is a custom cosmetic surgery plan that combines multiple surgical procedures into one operation performed in a single visit. The most common procedures performed during a mommy makeover are tummy tuck, breast lift and/or augmentation, and liposuction. Patients will regain their body’s pre-pregnancy shape, helping them to look and feel their best.

The Effects of Pregnancy on the Body

The Abdomen

As pregnancy progresses, the growing fetus stretches the uterus, eventually causing it to press against 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. Since there is no muscle in the midline, exercise will not restore the abdomen to its pre-pregnancy condition. Once separation occurs, only surgery can reattach the muscles.

The Skin

The growing baby also stretches the skin, particularly in the center of the abdomen near the belly button. After labor, the skin collapses, leaving behind loose, hanging skin. Combined with stretched out underlying abdominal muscles, this causes bulging in the lower abdomen which is especially visible while standing.

The Breasts

Responding to hormonal changes during pregnancy, the breasts begin to grow and peak in growth just before labor. After delivery, breastfeeding causes the skin to stretch repeatedly. Once breastfeeding is complete, the breasts typically decrease in size, often to a size smaller than their pre-pregnancy size. Women may experience stretch marks and loose skin, and the breast tissue loses its resiliency and starts to droop.

The Mommy Makeover for Moms® Procedures

For the Abdomen

The Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty

This procedure tightens the abdominal muscle from the ribcage down to the pubic bone, tightening the skin covering both the upper and lower abdomen. A mini tummy tuck or mini-abdominoplasty is a similar procedure, but only tightens the muscle and skin of the lower abdomen from the belly button down. Although both procedures will result in a scar along the lower abdomen, the scar can be easily hidden under a swimsuit.

Excess fat of the abdomen can be treated with liposuction.

For the Breasts

Breast Implant and/or Breast Lift Surgery

The procedure chosen depends on the degree of tissue loss, the amount of drooping and the patient’s desire to replace lost volume and fullness.

  • Breast implants without a breast lift can provide improvement in cases of mild drooping. If the nipple is not too low, the skin and breast tissue is not too soft, and the patient is willing to accept some increase in breast size, this can be a good choice.
  • Breast lift surgery without implants returns the nipples to their original position while tightening the skin under the breasts. However, breast lift surgery alone does not address the loss of fullness, especially in the upper breast area, which occurs following pregnancy.
  • Breast lift surgery with breast implants not only returns the nipples back to their original position, but also provides additional fullness and improved shape.

Fat Removal

Liposuction

Liposuction permanently removes the localized abdominal fat deposits that can develop during pregnancy. Liposuction can also be used to treat fat deposits in the hips, thighs, and knees. If desired, the patient can add other surgical procedures to their mommy makeover, such as thigh or arm lifts.

If you are an active, healthy woman, combining these procedures is reasonable and will allow you to achieve all or most of your goals with a single operation and recovery period.

Combining Multiple Surgical Procedures in One Operation can be Accomplished because of Several Medical Developments

Anesthesia has improved significantly in the past several years, improving both safety and comfort.

State-of-the-art monitoring devices and better medications have combined to make longer procedures safer.

Surgeries are performed at the accredited and well-equipped Museum District Aesthetic Surgery Center.

Overnight stays are in a luxurious Park View Suite at the Park Plaza Hospital with a highly qualified nursing staff.

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.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Unlike other cosmetic procedures, Makeover for Moms ® in Houston is fully customizable to fit the needs and desires of each woman. Maybe you are solely focused on restoring the shape and volume of your breasts. Or, you may wish to flatten and tone your stomach or remove fat from other areas of the body. During your consultation, Dr. Schusterman will discuss your expectations for the surgery, as well as what treatments are offered. He will then design a custom treatment plan and go over the specifics of pre- and post-operative care so you are prepared to take this important step in getting your body back to its original shape.

If you are interested in Makeovers for Moms® and you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact Dr. Schusterman’s office at 713-794-0368 or email us today.

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I underwent a tummy tuck and breast augmentation. I had such a wonderful and exciting experience. I had loose skin on my abdomen and felt I could not wear bathing suits or anything that showed that “bump.” I can now wear anything with a confidence that borders on vanity.

- L. Snider Read more patient testimonials

The Effects of Pregnancy on the Female Body

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 mommy makeover 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.

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.

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 Mommy 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.

  • Breast implants without a breast lift can provide improvement in cases of mild droopiness. If the nipple is not too low, the skin and breast tissue is not too soft, and the patient is willing to accept some increase in breast size, this can be a good choice of procedure.
  • Breast lifts without implants bring the nipples back up, generally along with tightening of the skin under the breasts. However, breast lifts alone will not fix the loss of fullness of the breasts, especially the upper breast area, which occurs following pregnancy.
  • Breast lifts with breast implants will not only bring the nipples back up but provide additional fullness and improved shape, particularly in the upper breast even when relatively small implants are used.

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

  • Anesthesia has improved significantly in the past several years, improving both safety and comfort.
  • State-of-the-art monitoring devices and better medications have combined to make longer procedures safer.
  • Surgeries are performed at the accredited and well-equipped Museum District Aesthetic Surgery Center.
  • Overnight stays are in a luxurious Park View Suite at the Park Plaza Hospital with a highly qualified nursing staff.

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.