We meet many women who ask our surgeons how they can again feel confident in their bodies after having children. At Houston Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we call it a mommy makeover: a customized set of procedures designed to address the specific aesthetic concerns you have. For most patients, that includes cosmetic breast surgery and body contouring to restore your pre-pregnancy body.
Women considering a mommy makeover can meet with one of our surgeons in Webster, Pearland, or Houston to discuss how best to meet their cosmetic goals. Request a consultation using the online form, or call our practice at (281) 282-9555 to schedule an appointment.
Not all the physical changes from pregnancy and childbirth can be reversed through diet and exercise alone. Abdominal skin can be stretched by pregnancy, and in many cases, breasts can lose volume and begin to sag.
Those are the kinds of changes you can't correct on your own. A mommy makeover — surgically, nonsurgically, or both — helps restore your confidence in your body. You may choose any procedure as part of yours; most patients decide on 2 or more of the following:
A tummy tuck creates a smoother, flatter tummy by removing excess skin and repairing the abdominal wall that becomes stretched during pregnancy. In our practice, some patients may be candidates for the drainless tummy tuck option — a special surgical approach that uses progressive tension sutures to eliminate the need for drains after surgery.
Our surgeons usually combine tummy tuck surgery with liposuction to remove excess fat from the midsection. Liposuction is much more versatile, too: It can improve the contours of the lower back, buttocks, thighs, and other areas of the body.
If your breasts have lost volume but still retain most of their perkiness, breast augmentation is likely the right option for you. Many women who were satisfied with the size of their breasts before having children simply want to get breast implants to restore their breasts' pre-pregnancy volume.
If you're happy with the size of your breasts but notice that they've begun to sag, a breast lift can restore a more youthful appearance. In many mommy makeover procedures, women decide to combine a breast lift with augmentation to create the results they want.
Having children can also create changes to the labia minora (inner vaginal lips) and, less frequently, labia majora (outer lips). These changes can affect your comfort and enjoyment during sex and can make some forms of exercise similarly uncomfortable. Labiaplasty remedies these concerns by removing stretched vaginal tissue.
ThermiVa is an innovative, nonsurgical treatment that can tighten vaginal tissues using carefully controlled heat. ThermiVa is approved by the FDA to restore tone and tightness to the vaginal area and enhance satisfaction during intercourse.
As Dr. Moliver wrote on our blog, some women considering mommy makeovers may not yet be ready for cosmetic surgery. In some cases, our physicians may recommend pursuing exercise and diet to tighten the abdominal area. That may help a patient either be better prepared for a tummy tuck — or, in some cases, avoid the procedure altogether.
The ideal mommy makeover candidates are women who already work out regularly and follow a healthy diet, but who remain self-conscious about their bodies. During the consultation, your surgeon completes a thorough physical exam and discusses the specific concerns you have about your body. Based on your physical characteristics and cosmetic goals, the surgeon can create a surgical plan designed to accomplish those goals.
At Houston Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we want you to feel confident that your surgeon uses proven, leading-edge techniques. We're pleased to offer a drainless tummy tuck option for qualified patients. This technique uses progressive tension sutures to close the "open space" left behind after surgery. When the open space is closed, fluid cannot build up, and drains are no longer necessary. Moms appreciate the many advantages of a drainless procedure:
Because the procedure is customized, it's only possible to quote a specific price of your mommy makeover after the consultation. Combining a tummy tuck, liposuction, and a breast lift with implants likely will cost between $10,000 and $15,000.
Financially speaking, a mommy makeover is smart because it saves you money by combining multiple procedures into a single surgery, eliminating repetitive costs such as anesthesia fees and fees for use of a surgical facility.
It's also important to remember that the experience and training of your plastic surgeon should have more of an influence on your ultimate choice than the disparities in cost from surgeon to surgeon.
After consulting with this active 34-year-old mother of 3 children, Dr. Moliver recommended a breast augmentation combined with a breast lift, as well as abdominoplasty to to repair diastases recti (i.e., separation of the abdominal wall). She returned for a 3-month follow-up appointment saying how happy she was with the results. Visit our photo gallery for additional photos of our mommy makeover patients.
The average mommy makeover patient should expect to take 7 to 10 days off from a job that's not physically strenuous. Recovery times vary from patient to patient, depending on the extent of the surgery and each person's natural ability to heal.
If you have children younger than 3, plan to have someone help with child care until you are cleared by your surgeon to lift things weighing more than 5 pounds (including your children). It's also helpful to have someone who can run errands, clean the house, or prepare meals during the initial phases of your recovery.
Our surgeons provide detailed postoperative instructions to each patient; following them minimizes discomfort during the recovery and simplifies the healing process.
With Dr. Clayton Moliver, Dr. Fred Aguilar, Dr. Soumo Banerji, and Dr. Virginia Pittman, our practice is the proud home of four of the top plastic surgeons in the Houston area. Their combined expertise has brought beautiful results to thousands of patients — all with a genuine, 1-on-1 approach.Meet Dr. Clayton Moliver Meet Dr. Fred Aguilar Meet Dr. Soumo Banerji Meet Dr. Virginia Pittman