After giving birth and breastfeeding, many women find that their bodies have changed in ways that make them feel unhappy with how they look. Although a healthy diet and regular exercise can help new moms lose their baby weight, it’s not uncommon for stubborn pregnancy fat and loose skin to persist. In cases where diet and exercise fail to produce results, a Mommy Makeover can be a safe and effective method for a woman to restore her pre-baby body.
At Houston’s Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Paul Vitenas brings together 30 years of surgical experience with an artist’s eye to perform his Mommy Makeover. His deep understanding of a woman’s silhouette allows Dr. Vitenas to consistently create natural-looking and proportionate results. Performing this surgical procedure decades longer than many of his peers, Dr. Vitenas is considered one of Houston’s Mommy Makeover experts.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is a custom combination of multiple plastic surgery techniques, performed together to restore a woman’s body as close to its pre-pregnancy shape as possible. The typical Mommy Makeover consists of a combination of procedures which may include liposuction, a tummy tuck, breast augmentation and vaginal rejuvenation. However, as Dr. Vitenas will custom tailor each Mommy Makeover procedure around the patient’s desired goals, this can vary from woman to woman.
Benefits of Mommy Makeover
The Mommy Makeover will help reduce unwanted fat and skin across the stomach, offering a slimmer body that comfortably fits into jeans, swimwear, and tight clothing. A flat tummy and perky breasts can restore a sense of confidence and femininity. A Mommy Makeover can also be combined with a brachioplasty to slim the upper arms, a thigh lift, a butt augmentation or vaginal rejuvenation.
What to Expect During a Mommy Makeover Consultation
If you are thinking a Mommy Makeover may be for you, the first step is to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Vitenas. This initial appointment is intended to help Dr. Vitenas determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure and better understand your desired results. The consultation will begin with a physical and a review of your medical history and medications. Next, Dr. Vitenas will discuss your reason for a Mommy Makeover, as well as your upcoming goals and plans for more children.
Dr. Vitenas has one of the largest libraries of Mommy Makeover Before and After photographs available online. We also suggest looking through Dr. Vitenas’ many Mommy Makeover testimonials. Dr. Vitenas’ many positive reviews are a clear display of his skill, talent and experience.
Good Candidates for the Mommy Makeover
The ideal candidate for a Mommy Makeover will be in generally good health and a nonsmoker. While the procedure will not interfere with future pregnancy or childbirth, it is recommended that she be finished having children as this can undo the benefits of surgery. A new mom needs to wait at least six months after giving birth, or six months after she finishes breastfeeding, before moving forward with the procedure. Dr. Vitenas will help each patient understand the Mommy Makeover procedure and set realistic expectations for your surgical experience and final results.
A Mommy Makeover may not be right for every mother. Women should wait six months after giving birth or stopping breastfeeding. Dr. Vitenas does not recommend the procedure for women who are considering more children in the future.
Procedures Involved in a Mommy Makeover
Each Mommy Makeover is performed in one of Dr. Vitenas’ private surgical suites at the Houston Surgery Center. General anesthesia will be provided by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The surgery will take from two to four hours, depending on the procedures included.
The most common procedure included in a Mommy Makeover is breast augmentation. During pregnancy, the breasts enlarge and then deflate. Breastfeeding only makes this change more pronounced. Breast augmentation uses breast implants to restore volume, add size, and shape to the chest. A woman has the option to go larger or stay the same size, simply improving the overall shape. Dr. Vitenas is among the most experienced plastic surgeons in Houston, Texas and performs over 500 breast augmentations per year.
Breast Lift With or Without Augmentation
A common issue after childbirth and breastfeeding is sagging breasts. A breast lift or mastopexy can be performed to lift and tighten stretched and sagging breasts and restore their youthful shape. The procedure involves removing excess skin then tightening the surrounding breast tissue, lifting the breast and creating a perky chest. When combined with a breast augmentation, these two techniques will add additional volume and lift the chest.
After pregnancy, a woman may develop large breasts that ultimately lead to issues such as back pain, neck pain, bra strap irritation, breathing challenges, and skin irritation. A breast lift can be added to the Mommy Makeover to achieve an improved breast contour, reduce the size of the nipple, and create breasts more proportionate to the body.
A ‘muffin top’ and stomach pooch can be problematic for women who have had one or more children. Childbirth can leave women with excess skin, stubborn fatty tissue, and stretched or separated abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck is designed to flatten and smooth the abdomen, creating an attractive silhouette.
Pregnancy can leave deposits of fat in many places, including a woman’s hips, thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. Even with a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine, these fatty deposits can be difficult to address. Liposuction will sculpt the figure, eliminating these fat deposits. Dr. Vitenas recommends liposuction for women who are at a normal weight and have good skin tone so the tissues can bounce back into shape.
Recovering From a Mommy Makeover
Recovery from a Mommy Makeover will take about two weeks. Women can expect swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort. Drains may be necessary to keep swelling to a minimum. These will be taken out at the first follow-up appointment. A compression garment will be put in place once the surgery is finished. This will need to be worn for several weeks, helping to reduce swelling and assist in appropriate healing.
It is recommended that you have assistance during the first week at home, including help picking up children, driving, and with household chores. The majority of women are able to return to work in two weeks or less. A routine exercise schedule can be resumed in four to six weeks.
*Client testimonials are based on personal experience. Individual results may vary.
Why Choose Dr. Vitenas for Your Mommy Makeover
Dr. Vitenas is a highly skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon, with more than 30 years of Mommy Makeover experience. Over the years, he has performed hundreds of Mommy Makeover procedures on women from all walks of life. He has developed a keen sense of a woman’s shape and her desired results. His goal is always to achieve a natural-looking, proportionate body that helps each woman’s confidence and makes her happy to look in the mirror each day.
Schedule a Mommy Makeover Consultation at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery Today
To see if you are a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover, schedule a private consultation with Dr. Vitenas today. Call Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery at 281-484-0088 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We will be happy to answer your questions and arrange for your initial appointment.
Mommy Makeover Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Mommy Makeover?
The term Mommy Makeover refers to a combination of procedures designed to restore a woman’s youthful figure following childbirth. While most Mommy Makeovers consist of a breast augmentation, liposuction, and a tummy tuck, the procedures can be customized to the individual needs of each woman.
Can I undergo a Mommy Makeover if I have not had children?
If you have not had children, you may still be a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover. Additionally, men can even undergo their own type of ‘Daddy Do Over’ by combining a set of procedures tailored to a man’s needs.
Am I a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
Anyone looking to restore their youthful figure may be a good candidate for the Mommy Makeover procedure. The ideal candidate will be in overall good health and a nonsmoker. Women should be at least six months out from childbirth or six months have passed since they finished breastfeeding.
What will happen at my Mommy Makeover consultation?
Your initial Mommy Makeover appointment gives you time to learn more about the procedure and ask any questions that you have. Dr. Vitenas will look over your medical history and list of current medications. Next, he will carefully explain the procedure, showing Before and After photographs of his recent Mommy Makeover patients. Finally, if you are a good candidate for the Mommy Makeover, the Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery Patient Coordinator will discuss the exact cost and explain your payment options.
Where will my Mommy Makeover take place?
At Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery, all Mommy Makeover procedures are performed at the Houston Surgery Center. This outpatient surgical center is located at 4208 Richmond Avenue, in the same location as Dr. Vitenas’ office.
What anesthesia is used during the Mommy Makeover?
The Mommy Makeover is performed under general anesthesia. The Houston Surgery Center will use a board-certified anesthesiologist to administer your anesthesia. Keep in mind, you must have someone to drive you home when you are released and be with you the day of surgery at your home.
How long is the Mommy Makeover procedure?
The surgical time for the Mommy Makeover is approximately four to seven hours. This will depend on the individual patient and the individual procedures used.
What should I expect during my Mommy Makeover recovery?
Your Mommy Makeover recovery will take from seven to fourteen days, depending on the techniques involved. Expect some bruising, swelling and discomfort. While most swelling will dissipate over the first few weeks, it will take up to six weeks for the body to fully recover. Exercise, strenuous activities, and heavy lifting should be postponed for four to six weeks.
How soon can I go back to work after my Mommy Makeover?
Most people are feeling good enough to go back to work in seven to fourteen days after their Mommy Makeover.
Are there any potential risks from the Mommy Makeover?
The Mommy Makeover is considered a safe procedure, but as with any surgery, it does include some risks. These can include excessive bleeding, hematoma, or seroma. Less common complications can include infection, poor wound healing, scarring, and asymmetry.
How much will I spend on my Mommy Makeover cosmetic surgery?
The total cost of a Mommy Makeover will range from $12,000 to $25,000, depending on the surgical procedures involved. The Mommy Makeover itself is a combination of surgical procedures including a tummy tuck and breast augmentation, but other procedures may be added for optimal results, such as liposuction. For specific pricing on the cost of the Mommy Makeover procedures schedule a consultation appointment or use our Contact Us form for an online evaluation.
How can I pay for my Mommy Makeover?
At Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery, we offer several payment options for your Mommy Makeover. We accept cash, all major credit cards, and financing through CareCredit or ALPHEON CREDIT. Contact our office for more details on paying for your Mommy Makeover.