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How To Know If You're A Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Each woman has their own reasons for choosing cosmetic surgery, some of which are very personal. Many of our clients at Morales Plastic Surgery say they haven’t felt or looked the same since they had children. Stretched abdominal muscles leave behind a stubborn belly pooch, while breastfeeding causes the breasts to lose elasticity and volume. Unfortunately, weight loss after pregnancy won’t do much to restore these areas.

If you are frustrated with your post-pregnancy body, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales can help by suggesting a mommy makeover in Houston, TX. A mommy makeover combines procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction to re-contour the body for a more youthful appearance. During a consultation with Dr. Morales, we can discuss the surgery and see whether you are a candidate for mommy makeover surgery.

Why should I get a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover is specially designed to restore the body back to its pre-pregnancy shape. For example, pregnancy and nursing can leave breasts looking flat and deflated. Breast augmentation can enhance the appearance of the breasts through the use of saline or silicone implants. Women may also experience the separation of the abdominal muscles during pregnancy. Tummy tuck surgery tightens the muscles and removes loose skin for a flatter appearance. Morales Plastic Surgery tailors each mommy makeover based on the needs of the individual patient so that they can enjoy a slimmer appearance and a boost of self-confidence.

What happens during the consultation?

If weight loss after pregnancy has not worked out for you, it’s time to schedule a mommy makeover consultation at our office in Houston, TX. Dr. Morales begins each appointment with a health assessment and a review of the problem areas. We will then listen carefully to your cosmetic goals so we can create the perfect surgical plan. An ideal candidate for mommy makeover surgery doesn’t expect to have more children since future pregnancies could compromise the results. Patients should also stop breastfeeding for at least six months and wait until no longer producing milk.

Together, we can review before-and-after photos so you can understand what can and can’t be accomplished with a mommy makeover. Although body makeovers can offer wonderful results for women, it is important to have realistic expectations about the outcomes. We may discuss options such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck surgery, and liposuction to help achieve the desired outcome. Keep in mind that prospective patients should be non-smokers who are able to undergo general anesthesia. This means we may conduct a few tests to see whether you are healthy enough for surgery.

The mommy makeover procedure

When you are ready to restore your body with a mommy makeover, Dr. Morales can schedule a convenient date for surgery. We will offer instructions and advice about what to do beforehand, such as adjusting certain medications. Again, we may ask that you stop breastfeeding for a certain amount of time prior to the mommy makeover. Surgery may last several hours based on the procedures chosen at the beginning of the process. Dr. Morales can address areas such as the breasts and abdomen for a more contoured appearance. We will also do our best to hide incisions in natural creases, so any scarring is easily hidden.

Afterward, patients are taken to a comfortable recovery room for monitoring before being discharged to a responsible caretaker or family member. Patients need to follow any detailed post-operative instructions closely and take all medications as prescribed, including pain relievers and antibiotics to prevent infection. Some discomfort and swelling are normal, but the staff at Morales Plastic Surgery can offer a compression garment or surgical bra to ensure proper healing and support the body. Exercise and strenuous activity will need to be postponed for 4 – 6 weeks, or once you have been cleared by Dr. Morales.

Schedule your mommy makeover

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales is a skilled cosmetic and plastic surgeon dedicated to enhancing each patient’s natural beauty and contours. He is a specialist in procedures such as breast augmentation and tummy tuck surgery to give women the shape they have always wanted. His clinic, Morales Plastic Surgery, is also known for excellent patient care and service. If weight loss after pregnancy is not working out for you, call our office to schedule a consultation and learn whether you are a candidate for mommy makeover surgery. Our Houston, TX clinic will be happy to help you through the process.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.