Mommy Makeover – Transform Your Shape With Personalized Procedures
Whether you’ve recently given birth, or have been struggling with body confidence after not seeing results years post-partum, you may be interested in learning more about a group of procedures known as the mommy makeover.
These total body treatment plans often include a breast lift (with or without breast implants), a tummy tuck, and liposuction. Performed to counterbalance the effects of pregnancy, breastfeeding, and childbirth, these surgeries offer a variety of benefits, including rejuvenating the breasts and improving nipple position, reducing exercise-resistant fat, and correcting the vertical separation of abdominal muscles.
Are you ready to learn more about mommy makeovers in Houston? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Livingston today by calling (281) 501-1812.
Post-Baby Body Shaping Options
This procedure is commonly included in treatment plans to correct aesthetic changes caused by breastfeeding and weight changes, which cause drooping tissue. Your lift can also include breast implants if a loss of tissue volume or asymmetry are among your concerns. All individuals have their own goals and needs, and each surgery is designed to reflect those goals and needs. At Livingston Plastic Surgery, we use consultations to create your customized plan for surgery.
The ideal patient for a breast rejuvenation has realistic expectations, is in good health, and has adequate time to spend recovering, as there will be downtime in which you won’t be able to go about your normal routine.
During a breast lift surgery, or “mastopexy,” the patient is given general anesthesia before an incision is created either:
- Around the areolas
- Around the areolas, and vertically proceeding down to the breast crease
- Around the areolas, down the breasts, and horizontally along the breast crease
Once the incision is made, excess skin and heavy breast tissue are both removed. Sutures are then placed within the layers of breast tissue to help support the new contours and position of the breasts. Though swelling from the procedure may last for a few weeks, results are immediately noticeable. The final shape of the breasts can develop as soon as one to three weeks after the procedure has been completed.
Pregnancy may take the most significant toll on the midsection, as the soft tissue and muscles shift to accommodate a growing child. When the abdomen region becomes stretched and begins to sag, it can take more than diet and exercise to correct the issues. Also known as abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck procedure can successfully create a lean stomach, by slimming both the abdomen and flanks (love handles).
Weak abdominal muscles, a loss of skin elasticity, the formation of stretch marks, and fat build up around the stomach are common concerns for our mommy makeover patients. Though a tummy tuck can assist with all of these issues, it’s important to note that diet and exercise are still necessary for achieving and maintaining a healthy figure.
Just as with a breast augmentation, a tummy tuck procedure requires general anesthesia, after which a horizontal incision is made in the lower abdomen. Because of this placement, the incision will be hidden. Then, sutures are placed within the muscles to tighten the abdominal wall and hold the new shape in place. During this time, any excess skin and the fat causing protrusion are removed, creating a flatter midsection.
If a patient has minimal loose skin and muscle separation, a mini tummy tuck surgery may be more appropriate. This is a topic that can be discussed with Dr. Livingston during your initial appointment, so your treatment plan meets your needs and goals.
The entire surgery lasts between two to five hours, and the patient will immediately notice a firmer abdomen. Often, the recovery period is two weeks, in which drainage tubes may be placed under the skin to allow the release of fluid. A compression garment is also used to help will swelling and bruising, as well as promote faster healing. After these initial two weeks, most patients can return to work. After six weeks, the patient will be permitted to resume physical activity
One of the procedures often added to a mommy makeover is liposuction. If you have localized fat deposits that diet and exercise have failed to minimize, surgical fat removal can meet your needs. Specifically, liposuction removes these localized and excess fat deposits and creates smooth skin, free of fatty lumps and bumps. Liposuction can be performed on various areas of the body, including:
- Inner/Outer Thighs
- Flanks (Love Handles)
Dr. Livingston offers both traditional suction and ultrasonic liposuction to assist in permanently removing these undesired deposits.Before the liposuction procedure can be scheduled, it is necessary to discuss the following topics with Dr. Livingston:
- Your individual goals and expectations
- Your medical history
- What to expect both before and after surgery
- Possible risks and side effects associated with liposuction
Similar to the tummy tuck procedure, liposuction is not a means to stop eating healthy or exercising. Further, liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or weight loss, but meant to improve the features a patient already possesses. Patients who have a BMI of less than 32 are ideal for liposuction.
During the liposuction procedure, the patient is placed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Then, a small, subtle incision on the target area(s) of the body is made. It is through this small, subtle incision that a sterile solution of saline is infused with an anesthetic and vasoconstricting medication is placed into the affected areas, minimizing bleeding, swelling, and bruising post-surgery.
Also inserted through these incisions is a small, hollow tube that gently removes loosened fat via suctioning, ultimately leaving the body’s shape looking slimmer and more contoured.
Once the liposuction procedure has been completed, a compression garment will be put in place for six weeks to help ensure your skin will form to its new shape. It may take up to three months (sometimes longer) for swelling and bruising to diminish. Again, liposuction results can be permanent, but only if a healthy lifestyle (i.e. eating mindfully and working out regularly) is continued.
Mommy Makeover FAQs
The following are frequently asked questions about what to expect before and after your full body contouring procedures:
Who is a good candidate for a mommy makeover procedure?
The best candidates are healthy overall and do not plan to have more children. While the latter isn’t a necessity, it does make sense (especially financially), as additional pregnancies could alter the results of the surgeries.
What will be discussed in the initial consultation?
Dr. Livingston will discuss your goals and expectations. Since it is important to be aware of your medical history to provide safe and effective treatment, Dr. Livingston will spend time understanding any past procedures or health concerns. If you have any additional questions regarding the procedures, your consultation is the perfect time to have them addressed. We ensure you leave your appointment feeling completely informed.
Are all of the surgeries of the mommy makeover procedure completed at the same time?
Your full treatment plan can be completed in one or two sessions, depending on your individual wants and needs.
Why Choose Dr. Livingston for Your Post-Baby Body Lift?
Doctor Christopher K. Livingston is a renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon, who has been helping patients from all walks of life achieve their plastic surgery goals since 2003. A board-certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) since 2005, Dr. Livingston has extensive experience and expertise in multiple areas of plastic surgery. Dr. Livingston’s practice philosophy can be summed up with one quote: “The most important part of plastic surgery is achieving a youthful, refreshed look, with minimal downtime.”
A comfortable, non-pressuring environment has been created at Livingston Plastic Surgery, allowing all patients to not only feel welcomed. Dr. Livingston individualizes each procedure, ensuring complete satisfaction for patients’ unique concerns. Before, during, and after your Houston mommy makeover, you will feel safe, informed, and completely prepared.
Are you ready to schedule a consultation with Dr. Livingston? Contact his Houston office today by calling (281) 501-1812.
Houston Mommy Makeover Testimonials
Throughout his career, Dr. Livingston has helped countless patients look and feel their best. Below, you’ll find just a portion of what some of his previous clients have had to say about his work.
“Dr. Livingston is an awesome surgeon and colleague. He treated me with compassion and took his time with me throughout the whole process. I have referred a couple friends to him already. He definitely is easy to talk to and honest, which I really appreciate. I will be going back to his clinic in the future, if needed.” – Satisfied Patient
“Dr. Livingston is excellent at his skill. He answered all my questions and eased my worries and concerns I had with the planned procedures. He is a very caring, compassionate physician that makes a very scary process a lot easier to handle with his presence and excellent bedside manner. I highly recommend him as your choice for your plastic surgery needs. His staff is always caring and very attentive. I will always be grateful for meeting Dr. Livingston. He helped me get through a very tough time with my reconstruction surgery for breast cancer.” – Satisfied Patient
“Dr. Chris Livingston changed my life. I no longer look in the mirror and hate myself. I have confidence in myself and actually love seeing myself in the mirror. I can never thank him enough.” – Satisfied Patient
“If you want a doctor that is an excellent surgeon and treats you awesome, that is what you will get having Dr. Livingston and his staff care for you!” – Satisfied Patient
Get started today. Contact Livingston Plastic Surgery at 281.501.1812 for your customized consultation, free of charge.