For many women who have gone through pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, a mommy makeover can be a lifechanging surgery. This combination of breast and body procedures can reverse the physical changes brought on by childbearing and restore confidence and pride in yourself and your body.
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
Mommy makeover is a catchall term for a number of procedures that can improve the appearance of your body after having children.
Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can result in an array of undesirably physical changes — from sagging abdominal skin and stretch marks, to drooping breasts that have lost their volume.
The mommy makeover procedure aims to fix these problems, effectively restoring each patient’s pre-baby body and perhaps even improving upon it. In fact, many women are happier with their post-mommy makeover bodies than they were with their pre-baby bodies.
To make your mommy makeover your own, so that it suits your unique needs and meets your particular expectations, patients can choose from a number of procedures. In other words, there are no set procedures involved when it comes to a mommy makeover. Most procedures include some combination of a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast enhancement. The latter includes surgeries such as a breast lift, breast augmentation, or a combination of the two. In some cases, certain women may also opt for breast reduction surgery. This is a good choice if large breasts are causing negative side effects like back, shoulder, or neck pain
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
Quality candidates for mommy makeovers are in good overall physical and mental health. Patients should be non-smokers and at a healthy weight (BMI below 25). Although mommy makeovers can help you reduce unwanted fat in certain areas, liposuction and tummy tucks, as part of the mommy makeover procedure, are not weight loss solutions. Instead, they will help sculpt and contour the body for optimal proportions and fat distribution. The closer a patient is to their ideal body weight, the better the aesthetic outcome of surgery.
Additionally, remember that while a mommy makeover can certainly boost your confidence and improve your appearance, having realistic expectations about the procedure is important.
Pregnancy takes a toll on the body. Restore your pre-baby shape and appearance with a mommy makeover.
Pregnancy takes a toll on the body. Restore your pre-baby shape and appearance with a mommy makeover.
What Does a Mommy Makeover Include?
The following procedures can be included in your mommy makeover:
Liposuction: This procedure can reduce pockets of unwanted fat in areas like the abdomen, flanks (“love handles”), thighs, calves, and arms. It involves small incisions made in the target areas, followed by the insertion of a thin metal tube called a cannula. The cannula is agitated within the pockets of fat, dislodging the fat, and removing it through aspiration.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty): For excess, sagging skin on the abdomen, a tummy tuck is recommended. After an incision is made, the skin is pulled down over the tummy while the underlying muscles are tightened, and the belly button is repositioned to its original location. Finally, the excess skin is cut off at the bottom, and the incision is closed.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy): For women who find their nipple position lower than the crease beneath their breasts and/or for those who have nipples pointing down instead of out and up, a breast lift is generally recommended. A breast lift (also known as mastopexy) will lift the nipple, tighten the tissue, and remove excess skin, resulting in a more youthful and elevated appearance.
Breast Augmentation: For flat breasts that lack volume and fullness, implants are a good option. Choose from saline or silicone implants in your desired size and shape, or opt for fat transfer augmentation, which can be a more natural and subtle solution.
Breast Augmentation with Mastopexy: In some cases, women may benefit from both a lift and volume enhancement, which means undergoing a combination breast augmentation mastopexy surgery.
Breast Reduction: Women with large breasts may choose to have breast reduction surgery with their mommy makeovers. This procedure involves several incisions and the removal of excess skin, tissue, and fat.
What to Expect at Your Consultation
Thinking about a mommy makeover? Book a consultation appointment as your first step.
It’s important to get the full picture of what a mommy makeover entails and to take adequate time and consideration when deciding if this procedure is right for you.
Your consultation appointment is your chance to speak one-on-one with Dr. Steinberg and a Patient Care Coordinator. Together, you can discuss the pros and cons of this procedure and decide if it’s a good idea for you. The appointment will also provide you with an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and to discuss your ultimate goals. Many women bring pictures of themselves before pregnancy or pictures of celebrities whose bodies they admire. While it’s important to have realistic expectations about your surgery, these ideas can help Dr. Steinberg get a better idea of what you’re looking to achieve with your mommy makeover.
During any consultation appointment for major plastic surgery, Dr. Steinberg will perform a physical examination and listen to a detailed history of your medical past. Be sure to provide a thorough medical history and disclose any medications, therapies, herbs or dietary supplements you are currently taking.
After your physical examination, Dr. Steinberg will offer her best recommendations moving forward, always aiming to help you achieve your personal goals and desired outcomes.
What to Expect During Mommy Makeover Surgery
On the day of your surgery, you will be welcomed and signed in by staff who will help you prepare for surgery. Before your procedure, you will have a chance to meet with Dr. Steinberg who can answer any remaining questions you may have. She will make markings on your skin, which will guide her during surgery.
From there, you will be taken to the operating room where anesthesia will be administered for your comfort. The duration of your mommy makeover surgery will depend on which procedures you have chosen, but most surgeries take between three and six hours.
What to Expect During Recovery
During recovery from a mommy makeover, it’s important to closely follow the care instructions given to you by Dr. Steinberg. To smooth any symptoms and allow for optimal results, be sure you do not smoke, make healthy meal choices, and pay attention to your body.
Many patients are eager to return to their normal routine and exercise program, but remember that healing takes time. Be careful and slow with your body. As you gain strength and mobility, Dr. Steinberg will allow you to gradually return to your regular activities. Though, keep in mind full recovery may take anywhere from three to six months, depending on what procedures you chose to undergo.
Finally, listen to your body. If you have questions about the way your body is healing or have any recovery concerns whatsoever, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Steinberg.
A mommy makeover lifts, tightens, and improves those areas of the body that are most affected by pregnancy.
What Are the Possible Risks and Complications of a Mommy Makeover?
Dr. Steinberg is trained to reduce the potential for risks and complications during and after mommy makeover surgery. Still, as with all major surgeries, certain risks and complications are possible. These may include adverse reactions to anesthesia, implant rippling or rupture, persistent numbness, the potential for infection, and bleeding. Some skin discoloration and/or scarring may occur.
Dr. Steinberg will go over all of the associated risks and complications of the mommy makeover surgery during your consultation appointment and in the appointments leading up to your final surgery. You can greatly reduce your chances of complication by providing your entire medical history during these appointments. It is also important to carefully follow the pre- and post-operative care instructions provided to you by Dr. Steinberg and her staff.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mommy Makeovers
How much is a mommy makeover in Houston?
The overall cost of a mommy makeover in Houston will vary greatly as there are many potentials for variations of this procedure. Patients may choose to undergo any combination of breast surgeries, liposuction, and/or tummy tuck surgery. As a result, it can be difficult to estimate the cost of a mommy makeover, but you might plan on a range of anywhere from $12,000 to $25,000.
Will my insurance pay for a mommy makeover?
Except in cases where mommy makeover procedures may be required for health reasons, most mommy makeovers are not covered by insurance.
When is the best time to get a mommy makeover?
Mommy makeovers should be performed on women who are at a stable weight and who are done having children and done breastfeeding. While it’s not impossible to get pregnant after the procedure, your results may be reversed due to pregnancy.
It’s also important that you are able to have a long, uninterrupted period after your surgery, during which you can recover in full. This is one of the biggest factors to consider when deciding when to get your mommy makeover.
What are the most common procedures chosen for mommy makeovers?
Mommy makeovers usually include liposuction, a tummy tuck, and some form of breast enhancement. The latter may include a breast lift, a breast augmentation, or a combination of these two procedures.
How long until I see results from my mommy makeover?
Mommy makeovers involve more than one serious surgery. As a result, the recovery period is often longer than with individual procedures. Total recovery and the ability to completely return to normal activity generally will not occur for 6-8 weeks, with final results not truly seen util one year after surgery. During this time, you’ll meet regularly with Dr. Steinberg to assess your body’s recovery and ensure the progression of your healing.
Is recovery from a mommy makeover painful?
Some level of pain and discomfort is to be expected during the recovery period. However, the extent of the discomfort will depend upon several factors — most importantly, what procedures were performed.
To help with discomfort, bruising, and swelling, Dr. Steinberg will prescribe pain medications and recovery care instructions. Ice and wearing your compression garments 24/7 will help greatly to reduce symptoms and increase mobility.
Schedule Your Mommy Makeover Consultation With Dr. Steinberg
If you’re interested in finding out whether you’d be a good candidate for a mommy makeover, please contact us today to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Steinberg.
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