Our Mission with Mommy Makeovers By Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Mark Schusterman
Having a baby is one of the most rewarding, fulfilling experiences a woman can have in her lifetime. However, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can take a considerable toll on a woman’s body, which can lead to feelings of low self-esteem. At the Texas Center for Breast and Body in Houston, TX, we want to help moms feel good about themselves again! Our Mommy Makeover procedure can help restore your body to its pre-baby condition, leaving you feeling and looking like the amazing, beautiful woman you are. Our team of caring and talented medical professionals understand the emotional and physical toll pregnancy and childbirth can take on women, and we make it our mission to help restore your self-confidence and be proud of your body, so you can be ready for anything your journey through motherhood has in store for you! It all starts with a single phone call to the Texas Center for Breast and Body plastic surgery clinic to speak with our board-certified Mommy Makeover surgeon in Houston.
What Is the Mommy Makeover?
The Mommy Makeover is an all-in-one plastic cosmetic procedure designed with moms in mind. Mommy Makeover is defined by Google as a specialized combination of body contouring procedures, performed with the goal to improve the physical changes that linger long after pregnancy. Since pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can all play a significant role in causing your body to undergo big changes, we use state-of-the-art plastic surgery techniques to help reverse some of the most common postpartum body concerns shared by mothers in Houston and beyond.
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 a tummy tuck, breast lift and/or breast augmentation, and liposuction in Houston.
The Mommy Makeover for Moms® Procedures
Stretch marks and loose skin around the abdomen is a common concern among women who have given birth. During pregnancy, your abdominal skin is designed to stretch and expand in order to accommodate your growing baby; however, this can frequently cause stretch marks on your belly and sides from the relatively rapid expansion your abdominal skin must undergo. While stretch marks can be somewhat mitigated with specially formulated lotions and creams applied during pregnancy, it is nearly impossible to avoid them altogether; in addition, some women are genetically predisposed to have deeper, more noticeable stretch marks that cause embarrassment and low-self esteem.
A number of women also experience the appearance of loose folds of skin after giving birth and losing the weight they put on during pregnancy. This loose skin hangs in flaps around the belly button and can make a woman self-conscious about her appearance. The Mommy Makeover includes a tummy tuck, which helps eliminate the appearance of abdominal stretch marks and loose skin by stretching the abdominal skin taut, removing excess skin, and tightening the abdominal wall for a sleek, smooth appearance moms love!
This procedure tightens the abdominal muscle from the rib cage down to the pubic bone and tightens 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.
Breast Implants and Breast Lifts for Moms
One of the most frequent complaints we hear from women who have had babies is the toll that nursing has taken on their breasts. Breastfeeding can cause your breasts to sag, decrease in size, and sometimes even change in shape. Our Mommy Makeovers include a breast lift and/or breast implants to enhance and restore the natural shape of your breasts prior to pregnancy and childbirth. The Mommy Makeover can help get your breasts back to their original beautiful size and shape, leaving you looking and feeling years younger. Talk about an uplifting experience!
When building your custom mommy makeover surgery plan the following breast correction procedures are options that should be discussed:
- Breast implants without a breast lift can provide an 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 for your mommy makeover breast augmentation.
- Breast lift surgery without implants lift the nipples to a higher 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 lifts the nipples to a higher position and also provides additional fullness to the upper and lower breast areas during your mommy makeover breast augmentation.
Fat Removal After Child Birth
When pregnant, fat cells collect in several areas on the body including the abdomen, thighs, and arms. In the final portion of the Mommy Makeover, liposuction focuses on the removal of those fat cells on the abdomen and thighs while an arm lift is required to remove excess fat and skin from the upper and lower arms. These cells can be next to impossible to eliminate through diet and exercise alone. The liposuction procedure included in the Mommy Makeover targets these common problem areas, leaving you with the smooth, sleek thighs and abdomen you remember from your pre-baby body.
When building your custom cosmetic surgery plan the following fat removal procedures are options that should be discussed:
- Liposuction reduces 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.
- Arm Lift (Optional). An arm lift reduces excess fat and skin from the upper and lower arm. Dr. Schusterman will make an incision on the underside of the arm to suction out fat deposits. Excess skin will be removed and the incision site stitched shut.
Call the Texas Center for Breast & Body today to meet with our Mommy Makeover doctor for a consultation, and get ready to welcome back your younger-looking, beautiful self!
Recovery for Mommy Makeover
A mommy makeover involves several major procedures so patients should be prepared for a significant recovery period after surgery. Certain patients may need to stay overnight at the facility. Swelling, bruising, and pain are to be expected, but they can be controlled with compression bandages and medication. Patients should spend the first few days after surgery resting and recovering and avoid strenuous activities for at least six weeks.
When can I exercise after my Mommy Makeover?
Depending on the type of procedures the expected recovery window is around 6-8 weeks. We advise doing walks, light amount of cardio, after this window.
When looking to do more core-centric exercises like crunches, planks. We advise patients to wait up to 6 months or more to begin targeting these muscle groups.
Call Today to Book Your Mommy Makeover Consultation
Having children is one of the greatest joys in life, but that doesn’t mean you have to bid a permanent farewell to your pre-baby body. The Texas Center for Breast & Body wants to make you feel good about yourself again so you can enjoy every moment of motherhood without the feelings of low self-confidence or embarrassment. Imagine running on the beach with your kids without having to worry about how you look in your bathing suit. Picture yourself looking beautiful, young, and fit in every family portrait you take. Your key to empowerment, higher self-esteem, and positivity is here, and it all starts contacting the Texas Center for Breast & Body. Call our Houston cosmetic surgery practice today at 713-794-0368 to speak with a friendly, caring medical professional about scheduling your Mommy Makeover consultation—and prepare to rediscover the body you once had, recapture your radiance, and reinvent yourself with a younger-looking, more vibrant you.
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Mark A. Schusterman, MD, FACS
Although his research and development of microsurgical reconstruction techniques established his reputation, his knowledge and understanding of the human body and the challenges associated with aiding patients suffering with head and neck injuries as well as breast cancer patients has made Dr. Schusterman an award-winning plastic surgeon.
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