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.
Effects of Pregnancy
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before & After Photos
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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.