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. 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.
Contact Dr. David Altamira to discover how injectable treatments like Botox and dermal fillers can boost your facial aesthetic, and your self-confidence, while you wait for your surgical body makeover.
Mommy Makeover Procedures
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.
Mommy Makeover Recovery
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 Go Back to Work?
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.
How Soon Can I Start Working Out?
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.
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.