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.
Candidates for a Mommy Makeover
As a general guideline, patients considering an elective surgical procedure should be in good health. It is advantageous to be near your ideal weight prior to surgery if you desire body-sculpting procedures such as liposuction or tummy tuck. Some medical conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, present a risk for complications. Prior to body-enhancing procedures, Dr. Altamira performs a full consultation and physical. Aside from general wellness, the primary factor involved in determining if you are a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover is timing.
Should I Consider a Mommy Makeover If I Plan to Have More Children?
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 as safe as 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 patient desires a breast procedure such as lift or augmentation, it is best to wait a few months after breastfeeding.
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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. Some procedures can be performed together, while others can be performed over a series of appointments. Combining procedures allows a woman to maximize her investment of time into surgery and recovery. Procedures involved in a mommy makeover include the following:
Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses a thin and hollow tube, a cannula, to remove localized areas of body fat. These areas of the body include the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, and 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 (tummy tuck) helps flatten and improve the shape of the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin, as well as tightening the stomach muscles. This helps to tighten lax muscle tissue across the abdominal wall. A tummy tuck is able to focus on the lower abdomen or a wider area, including the flanks.<
Breast augmentation also referred to as breast enhancement, involves using breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of your breasts. Breast implants restore fullness and shape by either improving breast size or improving breast size asymmetry. This procedure can be combined with breast lift surgery as well.
A breast lift may be performed with or without implants to address sagging. Dr. Altamira trims excess skin and tightens supporting tissue, to allow the breasts to sit higher on the chest and be firmer to the touch.
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Recovery after Mommy Makeover Surgery
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 experience fatigue for several days as well as discomfort. Pain management is typically inclusive of over-the-counter or prescription medication and is sufficient for a pleasant recovery.
When Can I Return to Work After a Mommy Makeover?
Due to the fact that the procedures performed may vary form patient to patient, the recovery process may vary between patients. On average, our patients are able to go back to work about 2-3 weeks after the procedure.
When Can I Resume Exercise After a Mommy Makeover?
You should avoid all forms of heavy lifting or strenuous exercising for up to 4-8 weeks post operation. You will be experiencing post-operative swelling from the tummy tuck, which typically persists for a couple of months. Your abdominal walls require adequate time to allow muscles to tighten. It is best to be fully healed from your Mommy Makeover before exercising to prevent any strain on the body.
How do I prepare for a Mommy Makeover?
A few simple steps before surgery can maximize your Mommy Makeover experience and reduce surgical risks. Suggestions include:
- Ask lots of questions. If you think of questions after your initial consultation, write them down or contact our office right away. The more informed you are about your procedure and what to expect afterward, the more confident and comfortable you can feel come surgery day.
- Get physically fit. By “fit,” we don’t mean that you slim down and tone up, we mean that you prepare your body for optimal healing. While it is beneficial to have reached your ideal and stable weight before scheduling a Mommy Makeover, we’re mainly concerned about your nutrition and healing capacity. Before surgery, focus on eating whole, fresh foods like lean protein and fresh fruits and vegetables. It may also be beneficial to take a multivitamin.
- Stop smoking. It is imperative that patients avoid tobacco and cigarettes for at least two weeks before their Mommy Makeover. The sooner one can quit smoking before surgery, the better.
- Inform your doctor. During your consultation, it is necessary to provide your surgeon with a list of all medications you are taking. This includes prescription medications as well as over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, vitamins, and supplements. In some cases, it is necessary to alter substances to reduce surgical risks and side effects.
- Get mentally prepared. A Mommy Makeover is a big deal. Your body will look quite different after your procedures and, while this is the goal, it can be overwhelming. Spend time before surgery envisioning your new look, as well as what you might look like during recovery. The more mentally prepared you are for your recovery, the more easily you can navigate the temporary highs and lows of this period.
Is a Mommy Makeover painful?
Mommy Makeover procedures are performed under general anesthesia. Patients do not feel any sensations during their surgery and are in a sleep state. Minor discomfort such as soreness or tightness may be noticed during recovery after the anesthesia wears off. The doctor prescribes pain medication to manage comfort. This should be taken as directed to stay ahead of any pain.
What is recovery like?
The bulk of the side effects from a Mommy Makeover are most noticeable in the first week after surgery. Liposuction and tummy tucks carry the most intense side effects, which include bruising, swelling, and discomfort. Patients are often most concerned about post-surgical pain from their tummy tuck. The sensation can be likened to a very intense abdominal workout, with persistent soreness and tightness. These are manageable with the pain medication that is prescribed. Areas of liposuction, as well as breast surgeries, tend to feel sore and tender around the incisions. By week two of recovery, most patients have transitioned from prescription pain medication to an over-the-counter product like acetaminophen. Some residual soreness and tenderness may remain, and there may still be a need to rest often due to fatigue. This is simply a sign of healing.
Patients may be ready to resume sedentary work after two weeks of rest, but this can vary. Some patients continue to feel fatigued and sore into week three of their post-op period. This is normal and patients should prepare themselves mentally because slow healing can feel frustrating at that point. Patients should also understand that, well into their third and fourth week of recovery, they may tire quickly and will still need help around the house. Full recovery typically takes six to eight weeks, with each week bringing a little more comfort and energy.
What can I expect from my results of a Mommy Makeover?
Patients are usually very happy with their decision to have a Mommy Makeover. The results of combined surgeries are expected to last many years, if not indefinitely, provided the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle. Some of the improvements achieved via surgery are immediately noticeable. However, cosmetic appearance improves as swelling subsides. After about four weeks, most patients begin to really enjoy their new and improved appearance.
How long does the procedure take?
The duration of a Mommy Makeover can vary depending on the procedures the surgeon performs. In general, we expect surgery to last 4 to 6 hours. Patients can expect to spend the majority of their day at the surgical center preparing for surgery, having surgery, and recovering until they are released to a loved one.
What are the risks of a Mommy Makeover?
Surgical risks are inherent to every procedure. A Mommy Makeover rarely results in serious complications, though there are risks for bleeding, infection, reaction to anesthesia, fluid or blood accumulation, prolonged pain due to nerve disruption, and poor aesthetic outcome. During the consultation visit, Dr. Altamira spends a good deal of time with each patient discussing the details, risks, and expectations for surgery.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like to learn more about our Mommy Makeover procedures, call (713) 271-9000 to schedule a consultation with Dr. David Altamira. Our practice serves Houston, Sugar Land, Cypress, and surrounding areas in Texas.