Mommy Makeover Surgery
Kimberly Carpin, MD Plastic Surgery provides the perfect combination of leading-edge plastic surgery techniques and superior patient care in Houston, TX and surrounding areas. Dr. Carpin is Houston’s mommy makeover specialist and can help you regain a natural-appearing and pre-pregnancy silhouette. This procedure includes breast surgery and a tummy tuck to rejuvenate a woman’s body after childbirth. Childbirth stretches the breast and abdominal tissues resulting in sagging of the breast and flabby abdominal skin. Diet and exercise may improve some of the appearances, but only surgery can remove the extra skin that remains. The abdominal muscles become weak after pregnancy, and a tummy tuck tightens the muscles back together giving you a slim, tight waistline.
A mommy makeover may include:
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What are the Benefits of a Mommy Makeover Procedure?
The greatest benefit of a mommy makeover is regaining the shape of your breasts and tummy. Some women may benefit from a breast lift or augmentation, where others may need a breast reduction.
Most women after childbirth can benefit from a full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and may even require a belly button hernia repair. Liposuction is also a perfect complement to further enhance the waistline, removing stubborn fat pockets. Dr. Carpin will guide you on the most effective treatments to help you achieve your goals.
Feel sexy in your in own skin with improved confidence after a mommy makeover. Enjoy perky, full breasts and a tight, slim midsection. Say goodbye to the food baby look! Fit better in your clothes, and get ready to look your best in a swimsuit. Ratings on RealSelf.com demonstrate 97% of patients are satisfied with this procedure.
Who are the Ideal Candidates for a Mommy Makeover Procedure?
Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding are uniquely hard on a woman’s body. The localized weight gain of pregnancy is so centralized the skin, muscles, and tissue of the abdomen are stretched to a degree that they cannot rebound to their former tautness. This leaves a stomach pouch that can persist even after routine exercise. The breasts also gain and then lose size and weight, which stretches the tissues of the breasts, causing irreversible sagging. Finally, the weight gain of pregnancy can leave pockets of unwanted fat that are quite resistant to changes in diet and exercise.
These are common characteristics of Dr. Carpin’s mommy makeover patients:
- Sagging breasts with nipples that may point downward
- Flat and deflated breasts
- Stomach has a permanent pooch or loose skin
- Pockets of stubborn fat on the abdomen and possibly the thighs
Mommy makeover patients should have lost most of their pregnancy weight (should be within 10% of ideal weight) and be in overall good general health. Good candidates will need to have finished with breastfeeding for at least six months prior to having a mommy makeover. This allows the breasts to return to their normal cup size.
Dr. Kimberly Carpin, being a mother herself, has first-hand knowledge of the changes your body made after childbirth. Even with diet and exercise, you may never regain your pre-baby body.
Now that you have completed your family, it’s time to get your pre-baby body shape back. Your first visit with Dr. Carpin will include an in-depth conversation about your goals you hope to achieve during your mommy make-over.
The consultation will include a detailed review of your medical history to confirm you are a healthy candidate for surgery. Dr. Carpin will also perform an exam and discuss what can be achieved with surgery, giving you a personalized, unique, and safe surgical plan. This includes an exam of your breast and abdomen. Important observations include excess skin, nipple position, excess fat, abdominal or umbilical hernias and rectus diastasis (separation of rectus muscles). This discussion helps you understand what can be achieved with surgery.
What Results Can I Expect from a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover with Dr. Carpin can do amazing things for your self-esteem, which may have been impacted negatively by your post-baby body. Your stomach will be flat once again, the pooch gone. The abdominal muscle repair will strengthen your core, and may even reduce back pain and possibly urinary incontinence.
Liposuction will remove those stubborn pockets of fat and can actually slim your waist. Your breasts will return to their former, higher position on the chest and the sagging will be gone. If you’ve opted to added implants, your breasts will gain volume, as well. Bottom line? Your figure will look as it did before you had children, maybe even a bit better!
How long do the surgeries of a mommy makeover take?
This depends on what you have chosen to include in your mommy makeover. But if you have a tummy tuck, some liposuction, and a breast lift with augmentation, this can take up to six hours. These are general guidelines, of course, but here is an estimate of what each part of a mommy makeover will take:
- Tummy tuck — 2 hours
- Liposuction — 30 minutes
- Breast lift — 1.5 hours
- Implant placement — 1 hour
How many surgeries will I need?
In most cases, Dr. Carpin can safely perform the procedure in a single surgical session. That basically means that three surgeries are performed on the same day. This can seem overwhelming, but it is also the beauty of a mommy makeover. Yes, your recovery will be harder, because you’ll have three areas with incisions and tissue trauma. But you’ll only have one recovery, not the three you would have to deal with if you decided to have these procedures done separately down the road.
However, some patients wish to separate their mommy makeover procedures. In that case Dr. Carpin would recommend to perform a breast lift and augmentation in one procedure, then tummy tuck and liposuction in a separate procedure, no sooner then 3 months apart.
How Much Does Mommy Makeover Surgery Cost?
The cost will depend on what procedures you need to achieve your pre-baby look. Dr. Carpin will assess your needs and give you a customized surgery plan to achieve your goals. The average price is around $11,000-$15,000. Patients will have reduced fees when multiple procedures are scheduled at the same time.
Mommy Makeover FAQs:
Should I have a mommy makeover if I plan on having more children?
What is the recovery time for a Mommy Makeover?
Can I get a tummy tuck directly after giving birth?
Also caring for your newborn would be impaired as you are healing from a tummy tuck, which could lengthen your recovery.
How soon can I have sex after mommy makeover surgery?
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Carpin to discuss if you are a surgical candidate, and to review the risks, benefits, alternatives, and expected outcomes of a Mommy Makeover. Dr. Carpin performs the mommy makeover surgery for patients in Houston, League City and Clear Lake, TX and surrounding areas, including Friendswood, Pasedena, Kemah, Seabrook and Galveston. Call us today (281) 333-4600!