What is a Mommy Makeover?
There is no doubt that being a mother gives a woman numerous gifts she would not want to trade for anything. At the same time, the physical changes that occur as a result of pregnancy and childbirth can stand between a woman and her greatest sense of self-esteem. Patients of Dr. David Altamira in Houston have the option of restoring body contours with a Mommy Makeover designed to address their unique concerns.
Who is a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
As a general guideline, patients considering an elective surgical procedure should be in good health. If body-sculpting such as liposuction or abdominoplasty is desired, it is advantageous to be near your ideal weight prior to surgery. Some medical conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, present a risk for complications. Prior to body-enhancing procedures, a full consultation and physical is performed. Aside from general wellness, the primary factor involved in determining if you are a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover is timing.
If I still plan to have children, should I consider a Mommy Makeover now?
Plans for future pregnancy does not mean that you are not a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover. It does mean, however, that the changes that your body undergoes during that pregnancy are likely to affect your overall physique. There is no way of knowing exactly how the body will change during pregnancy; the extent of weight gain or abdominal growth, the measure of growth in breast tissue. Because of this, it is important to give ample consideration to the timing of a Mommy Makeover.
How long after having my last baby should I wait to have a Mommy Makeover?
Our top priority in providing patient care is that each procedure is conducted in the safest manner possible. Secondary to that, we want our patients to obtain the results that they envision; a natural appearance that enhances the curvature of the body as a whole. To achieve this, we typically recommend that patients schedule their Mommy Makeover no sooner than six months after childbirth.
The body undergoes a substantial change after childbirth, just as it does during pregnancy. It is possible that, during this time, a healthy diet and exercise routine may do a lot to improve appearance. Hormonal changes during this time, as well, may dictate various physical characteristics, such as skin laxity and breast size. If a breast procedure such as lift or augmentation is a desired aspect of the Mommy Makeover, it is best to wait a few months after breastfeeding has ended.
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What procedures are included in a Mommy Makeover?
The beauty of a Mommy Makeover is that the process of reinstating contours is designed around individual goals. There are several procedures that may be involved. These include:
- Liposuction to remove stubborn fat from the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, or other areas.
- Fat injections may take the purest components of removed fat to enhance contours in another area. For instance, fat extracted from the abdomen may be introduced into the breasts to fill in areas of deflation.
- Abdominoplasty may be planned to tighten lax muscle tissue across the abdominal wall. This procedure may focus on the lower abdomen or a wider area, including the flanks.
- Breast implants restore fullness and shape and may be combined with breast lift surgery.
- A breast lift may be performed with or without implants to address sagging.
What is the recovery period for a Mommy Makeover?
The recovery process typically requires additional home care for a period of two to three weeks. Most women who undergo a combination of procedures will feel fatigued for several days, and discomfort should be expected. Pain management is typically inclusive of over-the-counter or prescription medication and is sufficient for a pleasant recovery.
Why is it best to have these procedures at one time instead of individually?
Some procedures can be performed together, such as liposuction and abdominoplasty, or these two procedure and breast lift or augmentation. Combining procedures allows a woman to maximize her investment of time into surgery and recovery.