Bringing a child into the world is a wonderful and joyous experience. Unfortunately, new mothers often get discouraged about the effects of pregnancy and nursing on their bodies. When frequent diet and exercise cannot address these issues, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales can perform a procedure known as a mommy makeover for patients in Houston, TX. Dr. Morales and his staff take pride in the remarkable results from a mommy makeover as well as other cosmetic procedures in addition to outstanding patient care. Learn what cosmetic procedures are included in a mommy makeover by scheduling a consultation at Morales Plastic Surgery.
What happens during a mommy makeover consultation?
During the initial mommy makeover consultation, Dr. Morales takes a full medical history and conducts an examination to determine if a patient is healthy enough for mommy makeover surgery. Together, he and his patients can discuss the likely outcomes of the procedure as well as any potential risks or complications. If you have any concerns about the process, including the cost of a mommy makeover, Dr. Morales or his team will be happy to answer them.
Based on the unique cosmetic goals of the patient, mommy makeovers can include a combination of body contouring procedures, such as breast augmentation with breast implants, tummy tuck surgery, and liposuction. The goal is to create a younger, vibrant appearance so individuals can look and feel their best once more. Since each patient has been affected by pregnancy in different ways, we can suggest any combination of these surgeries.
Below, Dr. Morales details some of the different procedures that are typically performed as part of a mommy makeover for patients in Houston, TX.
Breast augmentation and lift
Most breasts naturally drop due to natural aging and gravity. When you add pregnancy and nursing to the mix, this takes the process into high gear. The breasts not only sag, but lose much of their overall volume and firmness. As part of your mommy makeover, Dr. Morales may suggest a breast lift procedure. A breast lift can trim away excess skin and reshape and lift the breasts into a more youthful look. Dr. Morales may also recommend breast implants as part of an augmentation procedure for patients who would like to enhance breast size and shape.
For mothers who want to reclaim their pre-baby bodies, tummy tucks are a popular choice. As the abdomen grows to accommodate a pregnancy, the skin and underlying muscles become stretched out. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a body contouring procedure that addresses excess stomach skin and in some cases, separated abdominal muscles, also known as diastasis recti. At our Morales Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, tummy tucks often result in a flatter belly that is more proportionate with a patient’s body type and frame.
While some lucky women can lose the extra pregnancy pounds, the reality is that most areas of stubborn fat can’t be addressed with diet and exercise alone. Fortunately, liposuction is a minimally invasive body contouring procedure that can eliminate fat deposits from areas such as the abdomen, hips, love handles, back, arms, and thighs. Morales Plastic Surgery offers liposuction to sculpt the body back to a slimmer, more desirable shape. With liposuction, patients can minimize the areas of fat caused by pregnancy and enhance their natural curves.
Those undergoing liposuction may also benefit from an additional procedure called a fat transfer. This means patients can have their fatty deposits transferred to another area lacking in volume. For example, Dr. Morales can move fat from the abdomen to the buttocks or breasts for a natural enhancement. The fat is washed and purified before it is carefully reinjected into the areas that need augmentation. It may be required to repeat the procedure a few times to achieve the desired result.
Body contouring with Dr. Morales
Mommy makeover surgery is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. Individuals who receive all three procedures should expect the entire procedure to last approximately six hours. The good news is that combining everything into one surgery means that individuals only have to undergo one anesthesia and recovery period. More than that, patients can save on the overall mommy makeover cost.
Patients can expect some discomfort and bruising following surgery, which is to be expected. To speed up the recovery process and encourage healthy circulation, try to get up and move around several times throughout the day. Generally, patients can return to their daily activities 2 – 4 weeks after their mommy makeover. Until you have been cleared by Dr. Morales at the 6-week mark, we ask that you avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting. Once the swelling has gone down, patients should be able to see their renewed, refreshed results from their mommy makeover.
Contact our team for your mommy makeover
Dr. Rolando Morales and his skilled staff are thrilled to offer mommy makeover surgeries to women in the Houston, TX area. With our many years of experience and advanced technology, we are confident that we can achieve the aesthetic results you desire. Not only that, Morales Plastic Surgery is a leader in patient care and education. If you have questions about breast implants, liposuction, or mommy makeover cost, reach out to a friendly member of our team. We encourage you to schedule your mommy makeover consultation at our practice today.