As women and moms, you may wonder (as you catch glimpses of your reflection in the mirror) if the gift of motherhood is worth the toll that your body goes through during pregnancy and childbirth. Of course, you love your children, but it is common for you to wonder if there are safe and effective ways for you to return your body to its pre-baby physique.
While you can eat as healthy as possible and work out every day, many of the changes that pregnancy and childbirth have on your body cannot go away naturally.
Instead, plastic surgery is often the only way to bring your body back to what it once was. Mommy Makeover is one of the most trusted and transformative procedures available for women. This procedure has been around for decades, and one of the best parts about Mommy Makeover surgery is that the dramatic physical changes can often be achieved in just one visit.
The term “Mommy Makeover” is an innovative way to describe several cosmetic procedures happening at one time. A Mommy Makeover is a customizable combination of different procedures that target the various places on your body most directly affected by pregnancy or significant weight loss.
A Mommy Makeover generally consists of the following procedures:
These procedures are all performed at our Houston clinic. At your consultation, Dr. Schusterman will discuss the procedures and options that are right for your body type.
Regardless of the amount of dieting and exercise you are doing, nothing can be done to the stubborn “mommy pooch” that develops in the abdomen after childbirth or the sagging breasts common after breastfeeding. Because of this, the abdomen and the breasts are the two areas most commonly addressed during a Mommy Makeover.
Women who choose to undergo a Mommy Makeover often identify with one or more of the following:
Learn more about the benefits of a Mommy Makeover.
Candidates for Mommy Makeover surgery are women who have finished having children and want to get themselves closer to their pre-pregnancy body. Ideal candidates are non-smoking women who are in good general health and have realistic expectations for their results.
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One of the best aspects of a Mommy Makeover is that it is uniquely tailored to you. Our goal is to deliver the very best Mommy Makeover Houston has to offer. Below is a general description of how each procedure is performed.
After your procedures are completed, you will awaken from sedation in a comfortable recovery room with Dr. Schusterman’s caring and expertly trained staff to attend to you. Overnight observation may be necessary in some cases.
You will experience swelling, bruising, and pain as your body begins to heal. You will be given specific post-op instructions to follow, which will help maximize your results and get you recovered as quickly as possible.
Pain is controlled with prescribed or over-the-counter medication. A surgical bra will be worn for breast surgery and compression garments will be wrapped around the abdomen.
It is important that you refrain from any physical or strenuous activities for six to eight weeks after your surgery. It is also advisable to have help to assist you in your recovery for the first two weeks, as you will be limited in bending, lifting, and other everyday activities.
Once Dr. Schusterman clears you for normal activity, you will be able to enjoy the stunning results of your Mommy Makeover.
You can learn more about what to expect by reviewing our Mommy Makeover recovery guide.
Because the procedures are performed under anesthesia, you will not feel any pain or discomfort during your actual procedures. However, soreness and tightness in the surgical areas are expected after your Mommy Makeover. These side effects should dissipate after a week or two.
If pain persists or increases, make sure to contact Dr. Schusterman immediately.
Since the surgical procedures that make up a Mommy Makeover are invasive, you will have some scarring. However, Dr. Schusterman will diligently place the incisions in easy-to-conceal locations. Additionally, the scars will fade over time.
While the downtime of surgery is an inconvenience, the Mommy Makeover results are well worth it. As you continue to heal, your results will continue to improve.
Your overall appearance will be rejuvenated and you will have more self-confidence and comfort in the way you look. Smile, Mommy, you’ve earned it!
After your Mommy Makeover, you can expect to see:
Small weight fluctuations are normal and not likely to show in your tummy tuck area. It's vital to exercise (post-recovery) and maintain healthy eating habits. Significant weight gain could cause stretch marks or stretch out the skin, causing the need for another tummy tuck in the future.
The cost of your Mommy Makeover will vary significantly depending on the procedures performed during your surgery. Additional cost factors include external fees like anesthesia costs, facility costs, and surgeon’s fees.
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While you can get the Mommy Makeover combination of procedures anytime, it is important to understand that pregnancy and childbirth may erase many of the benefits achieved from your Mommy Makeover. That’s why it is strongly suggested that women have a Mommy Makeover when they are finished with childbearing.
It is important to have a natural-looking belly button after surgery, which is why Dr. Schusterman won't necessarily need to make any changes to your belly button. In most cases, incisions are made around it to reposition the skin and tighten muscles. All surgical procedures are discussed in your consultation, so you will be fully informed if any anatomical changes need to happen.
It is rare to have major complications from a Mommy Makeover, but invasive cosmetic surgical procedures do carry certain risks and complications, and they include:
However, double-board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Schusterman will guide you through this process while making sure that you are safe and comfortable.
Pain tolerance in each patient is different. However, some patients have mentioned that their tummy tuck was more manageable than their C-section. During a C-section, the doctor cuts through the lower abdominal muscles and uterus to deliver the baby. Afterward, the new mom is still expected to care for a newborn while recovering from major surgery.
With a tummy tuck, Dr. Schusterman is simply repairing the muscles and tightening the area. Additionally, your sleeping schedule and recovery should be smoother since you no longer care for an infant. Each tummy tuck caters to each patient, so a woman who has had multiple pregnancies or hernias may need more work, resulting in more pain post-surgery.
Dr. Schusterman has been performing cosmetic surgeries for over 30 years and has helped hundreds of women achieve their cosmetic goals. The good news for Houston Mommy Makeover patients is that the procedure, as delivered by Dr. Schusterman, is exceptionally safe and effective. You will be in a good and comfortable environment with expertly trained staff and an experienced, double board-certified plastic surgeon.
Deciding on a plastic surgeon to perform your Mommy Makeover surgery is an important decision. However, you can count on Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Schusterman to give you the quality results and care that you deserve. Dr. Schusterman is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who cares about achieving the results his patients desire.
Call Dr. Schusterman for more information about having Mommy Makeover surgery in Houston.
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