Mommy Makeover

Conveniently Located to Serve Houston, Katy, and The Woodlands.

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A woman’s body adapts amazingly well to accommodate pregnancy and childbirth. The body’s ability to bounce back to a pre-pregnancy appearance is largely dependent on genetics. Exercising, dieting, and healthy weight maintenance are certainly helpful but for some mothers, it may not help as much as desired.

What is aMommy Makeover?

The term “mommy makeover” has been popularized recently but it is not a new concept whatsoever. The concept behind a mommy makeover is to restore the body to its pre-baby form. The impact of pregnancy on the body can be very different amongst women. So, there is no standard formula for a mommy makeover. It is entirely customized to address your specific concerns.

Some of the most common concerns that mothers have include changes to the breast, abdomen, and genital area. Dr. Rodriguez will meet with you and may recommend a combination of these procedures:

The decision to undergo a mommy makeover should not make you feel guilty. It does not undo all the amazing work you have put in before, during, and after pregnancy. A mommy makeover can help you feel more comfortable with your body so that you can regain confidence. It can help you feel like YOU again.

– Dr. Rodriguez

What can be achieved with aMommy Makeover?

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Lifted breasts

The breast skin and tissue (parenchyma) can change dramatically after pregnancy or breastfeeding. This can result in drooping of the breast that gives the breast an aged appearance. A breast lift or breast lift with augmentation can help improve the position and restore fullness.

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Defined waist

Stubborn fat deposits along the flanks and waist can be addressed with a combination of liposuction and a tummy tuck. This can help restore the silhouette to its pre-baby form.

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Proportionate breasts

The breast size can be dramatically impacted after pregnancy. Some women notice their breasts become much smaller after pregnancy and desire restoration of the volume with a breast augmentation.

Others notice their breasts become much larger after pregnancy. To reduce the size of the breasts and make them more proportionate to your body, a breast reduction may be beneficial.

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Vaginal rejuvenation

Some women develop internal loosening of the vagina as a result of childbirth. A vaginoplasty can tighten the inside of the vagina to increase friction during intercourse. This can result in experiencing more pleasure with intercourse.

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Contoured abdomen

One of the most common concerns for women after pregnancy and childbirth is the abdominal appearance. Loose abdominal skin, stretch marks, and extra folds of skin are very common. Dr. Rodriguez typically recommends a tummy tuck to remove the extra, loose skin and tighten the abdominal wall.

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Rejuvenated labia

The tissues of the labia majora (outer lips) and labia minora (inner lips) can stretch out and look deflated after pregnancy and childbirth. This can sometimes cause discomfort with certain clothing, using tampons, and during intercourse.

Labiaplasty can help smooth and tighten this area and restore the pre-pregnancy appearance.

am i a goodcandidate?

You may be a candidate for a mommy makeover with Dr. Rodriguez if you are a woman in Houston and have:

  • RSaggy or droopy breasts
  • RDeflated breasts
  • ROverly large breasts
  • RLoose skin of the abdomen
  • RExtra skin folds at the abdomen
  • RRectus diastasis
  • RVaginal looseness
  • RElongated labia minora
  • RDeflated labia majora
  • RDissatisfaction with labia appearance
  • RGood control of medical issues
  • RA healthy weight
  • RNo nicotine or tobacco use

Mommy MakeoverRecovery

A mommy makeover is done under general anesthesia. You may go home the same day of surgery. However, if you have a tummy tuck, Dr. Rodriguez may recommend that you stay overnight in our facility for one night.

You may return home the next day but will need a caregiver to be with you. It is extremely important to get out of bed at least once every 2 hours once you get home. This will help reduce your risk of blood clots and is an important part of your early recovery.

You will need to plan for childcare, especially during the first 2 weeks after surgery. You should not be lifting anything over 5 lbs (including your baby!) during this early recovery period.

Most patients return to work about 2 weeks after mommy makeover surgery. You can gradually return to exercising about 6 weeks after surgery. If you have had a tummy tuck, you should avoid sit-ups and crunches for 3 months after surgery.

frequently askedquestions

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When should I have a mommy makeover?

Dr. Rodriguez recommends that you wait until you have completed your family before considering a mommy makeover. If you get pregnant again after having breast surgery or a tummy tuck, the results can be “undone.”

After giving birth, you should wait about 6-12 months before having a mommy makeover. This allows time for your body to recover and for the tissues to tighten back up as much as they can.

You will also need to plan ahead for extra childcare during your recovery period.

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Is there a weight requirement?

To get the best result possible, you should be at a healthy weight and at your goal weight before surgery. Not only does this reduce your risks associated with having anesthesia, but it also gives you a better result because the amount of internal (visceral) fat is reduced.

Visceral fat is the fat that is around your internal organs of your abdomen, deep to the abdominal wall. If visceral fat increases, it can create fullness deep to the abdominal wall and cause your stomach to pooch outwards. This visceral fat cannot be removed with plastic surgery. The only way to reduce visceral fat is to lose weight with exercise and healthy eating.

Dr. Rodriguez does not have a strict weight or BMI requirement for a mommy makeover. Generally, Dr. Rodriguez prefers that your BMI should be under 35 for an elective surgery and under 32 for a tummy tuck. Dr. Rodriguez considers each patient based on their situation, body habitus, and weight distribution and will make a recommendation based on those factors.

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Why do I still look pregnant?

Separation of the edges of the rectus abdominis muscles can happen with pregnancy and this is called rectus diastasis. During pregnancy, the baby places more and more pressure on the abdominal muscles as it continues to grow. This results in the abdominal muscles being stretched apart and the tissue connecting the edges of the muscles (fascia) to thin and widen. This change can be quite dramatic, especially for women who have been pregnant with twins.

After childbirth, the weakness of the abdominal wall tissues may persist. This can mean that a woman with rectus diastasis may still look pregnant after childbirth. The abdominal wall tissues have lost their ability to act like an “internal corset” and thus allow the internal organs to bulge forward, leaving the stomach looking full and round.

Even if a woman gets back to her pre-baby weight, her abdomen may not look like a pre-baby abdomen because of the rectus diastasis condition.

Strengthening the abdominal muscles with exercises and physical therapy will not tighten the thinned and loosened fascia. Exercise may strengthen the muscles but it will not correct the rectus diastasis.

A tummy tuck fully addresses the issue of rectus diastasis by stitching the abdominal muscles back together in the middle. As a result, the separation of the muscles is eliminated and a more lean, toned contour is restored.

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Do I need a full tummy tuck?
Alternatives to a full tummy tuck include a mini tummy tuck, BodyTite™, Morpheus8™, and liposuction. Dr. Rodriguez will need to see you in a private consultation to make the best recommendation for your body.

Dr. Rodriguez may recommend a mini tummy tuck if you have very minimal loose skin and a belly button that is located higher up on the abdomen. Separation of the abdominal muscles (rectus diastasis) can be corrected with a mini tummy tuck. While the final scar in a mini tummy tuck is shorter than the scar in a full tummy tuck, the amount of skin that can be removed is significantly less.

BodyTite™ is a bipolar radiofrequency device that can help tighten skin in the right candidate. Mild skin looseness can be improved with this technology. One probe of the BodyTite™ device applies heat under the skin which melts fat and tightens the overlying tissue. The other probe of the device applies heat on the outside of the skin to boost collagen production.

Dr. Rodriguez often combines BodyTite™ with Morpheus8™ to provide a full treatment to each layer of the tissues. Morpheus8™ is a microneedling device that releases radiofrequency energy into several layers of the skin. This technology uses tiny pin-sized needles to administer the energy, so there are no incisions or scars.

Liposuction can help improve the abdominal appearance if there is a small amount of extra stubborn fat present. If the skin quality is good, then the skin is expected to tighten up afterwards. Dr. Rodriguez may recommend liposuction along with BodyTite™ and Morpheus8™ to help the skin tighten further and optimize your result.

contact Ustoday

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in learning more about a Mommy Makeover. Our skilled team is dedicated to providing excellent cosmetic services to Houston and the surrounding area. We’re here to help you achieve a look that will help you feel more comfortable in your body.

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