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A mommy makeover in Austin, TX is actually a series of cosmetic procedures designed to help a woman regain her pre-pregnancy appearance. This customizable procedure typically includes breast enhancement and a tummy tuck. Other procedures, like liposuction and Botox injections may also be added to address the specific needs of the individual patient. Dr. Sanjay Sharma performs mommy makeovers at his Austin clinic, providing a way for women to eliminate the toll pregnancy takes on a woman’s body and helping women achieve a fresh, young body profile to match their busy lifestyles.

Who is it For?

A mommy makeover can address a variety of concerns, including:

  • Changes to the breasts as a result of pregnancy and nursing
  • Loose, baggy skin around the midsection
  • Isolated pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise
  • The appearance of stretch marks, particularly in the abdomen

Mommy makeover surgery could be a good choice for you if you are in good health, are a non-smoker and have finished having children. Ideally, you should wait to have surgery until your body has had plenty of time to heal from childbirth and you are no longer breastfeeding. Results are best for those who have maintained a stable weight for at least six months.

Despite the name, mommy makeover surgery isn’t only for mothers. Anyone — including men — who wishes to substantially improve their body contours and reverse the effects of aging or weight changes can benefit from this type of procedure.

What Are My Mommy Makeover Options?

The beauty of a mommy makeover is that it is tailored to your exact needs. The procedures you choose will depend on how pregnancy affected your body, on your health goals and aesthetic preferences, and on what will help you to look and feel your best. Here are a few popular options you may discuss during your consultation with Dr. Sharma.

Breast Augmentation

After pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s common for women to feel like their breasts aren’t what they used to be. They may look smaller and droopier, with an appearance that’s often described as “deflated.” Breast augmentation with silicone or saline implants can be the perfect way to correct post-pregnancy volume and size loss.

Dr. Sharma will draw on his expertise as a board-certified plastic surgeon to guide you through the steps of selecting the right implants for your figure and your lifestyle. The choices you’ll make together include the type, size, shape and profile of the implants, as well as the incision technique and the placement of the implant pocket.

Breast Lift

Stretched, sagging skin is a common complaint after pregnancy, especially for mothers who breastfed. A breast lift elevates and firms the breasts by eliminating excess skin and tightening the remaining tissue to reshape the breast contour. It can also address areolas that have stretched and enlarged.

A breast lift or breast augmentation on its own can be beneficial, but a combined technique is the preferred option for many moms. This approach delivers transformative results by restoring volume through implants while also removing loose skin and lifting the breasts to a more youthful position.

Breast Reduction

Bigger isn’t better for all moms. Some women’s breasts grow significantly during pregnancy and don’t shrink back to a comfortable size postpartum. Breasts that are too large can be a source of emotional pain and social anxiety, as well as a cause of skin irritation and chronic neck, back and shoulder pain.

Breast reduction offers both aesthetic improvement and relief from physical discomfort. This surgery is life-altering for many women — so much so that breast reduction has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any plastic surgery procedure.

Liposuction

Many mothers are stuck with stubborn pockets of fat that refuse to budge despite the best efforts to remove them with diet or exercise. Liposuction targets unwanted, resistant fat in precise areas. The surgical procedure is an effective and minimally-invasive solution with a long track record of success, safety and satisfaction.

Nearly any area of the body can be treated with liposuction. Some of the most popular areas for moms are the abdomen and waist, hips, inner thighs, outer thighs (“saddlebags”), flanks (“love handles”), upper back (“bra bulge”) and under the buttocks (“banana roll”).

Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is one of the most rewarding procedures for moms. In addition to removing stubborn fat, a tummy tuck removes loose skin and stretch marks in the lower abdomen, and can tighten the abdominal muscles which often become stretched or separated (diastasis recti) with pregnancy.

Tummy tucks can be performed using different techniques depending on the patient’s needs. A full abdominoplasty transforms both the upper and the lower abdomen and delivers the most dramatic before and after. A mini tummy tuck is less invasive and focuses on the lower abdomen only.

Is Mommy Makeover Surgery Safe?

Mommy makeover procedures are performed every day in the United States, but any surgery, whether it’s cosmetic or reconstructive, involves some degree of risk. It’s natural to have concerns about whether it is safe to combine procedures and be under anesthesia for an extended period. We encourage every patient to understand their personal risks and make informed decisions about elective surgery.

Mommy makeover risks are largely the same as the risks associated with each individual procedure included in the surgery. An extensive discussion of potential complications will take place as part of your consultation and pre-op planning process. Risks are lowest for healthy individuals who follow their pre-op and post-op instructions closely. If you do have a complication after surgery, rest assured that Dr. Sharma and his team are experienced and compassionate medical professionals who will do all they can to assist you.

At Austin Plastic Surgery, we are committed to helping our patients meet their goals, but nothing is more important than safety. Dr. Sharma is a board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon. Outside of his private practice, which is now nearly two decades old, he has published numerous articles on plastic surgery and been invited to present research at meetings around the country. He is among the leading plastic surgeons in Austin and the Central Texas area, with a stellar reputation for beautiful results and high standards of patient safety.

When Is the Ideal Time to Have a Mommy Makeover?

A lot of factors go into deciding when is the right time for a surgical procedure, especially one as comprehensive as a mommy makeover. Some of these factors will be unique to you and your lifestyle, but there are two that all women considering a mommy makeover should keep in mind.

Are you happy with your current weight and do you feel confident you can maintain it?

Neither a tummy tuck nor liposuction is a weight loss procedure. Although they can be exciting final steps of a weight loss journey, they cannot remove a significant amount of fat. These procedures achieve the best results when you’re close to your target weight and looking for a way to address stubborn fat cells, loose skin and/or weakened muscles that can’t be addressed with diet and exercise. Maintaining a stable weight after your mommy makeover will ensure you can enjoy your results for years to come.

Are you finished having children?

Mommy makeover surgery will not prevent you from getting pregnant or giving birth if you want to. However, pregnancy can stretch the tissues out again and they may need to be corrected with another surgery. Many patients also have questions about their ability to breastfeed after a breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction. These surgeries usually do not impact breastfeeding, but it is possible, and it’s important to weigh the risks against the rewards. We often suggest our Austin patients complete their families before contemplating a mommy makeover.

What about for Dads? Is there anything that can be done to help his body? Answer: Daddy Do-Overs!

Mothers aren’t the only ones who deserve to treat themselves after becoming parents. Although men don’t go through the same physical transformation that women do during and after pregnancy, their lifestyle does change. Diet and exercise habits often fall by the wayside and sleep schedules are disrupted. These transitions, coupled with weight fluctuations and the natural effects of aging, can create the so-called “dad bod.”

A growing number of men are showing interest in “daddy do-over” surgery to rejuvenate their appearance and give their confidence a boost. Like a mommy makeover, a daddy do-over consists of a personalized combination of procedures that are performed in a single surgery. Some of the most popular options for men are liposuction, tummy tuck, facial rejuvenation and gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction).

Liposuction and tummy tuck tend of offer the greatest “wow-factor,” especially for men who desire to ditch their dad bod. It is typical for our patients to go down one pant size or more immediately after the procedure. At the follow up, we’ve heard, “Hey, Dr. Sharma! I can fit into clothes I haven’t been able to wear for years!” and “See what I’m wearing? I haven’t worn this since my college days.”

In addition to removing the excess skin and fat, many of our patients request body contouring to enhance their results, giving a “six-pack” appearance to their abdomen. Dr. Sharma has extensive experience in body contouring, loves receiving this type of request, and can help most patients to achieve these aesthetic goals.

Men who undergo daddy do-over surgery report feeling better about their appearance, more confident at work, more energetic and youthful, and more inclined to make positive choices that support their long-term health goals.

How Does Mommy Makeover Surgery Work?

First, you will meet with Dr. Sharma for an initial consultation to share your concerns and discuss your lifestyle. He will listen to your goals and explain the options for a mommy makeover that best suit your needs. Together, you will create a customized surgical plan that addresses your precise needs. Dr. Sharma will also discuss how to prepare for surgery, what to expect on the day of the procedure and what your recovery might be like.

A mommy makeover is often done under general anesthesia and may require an overnight stay in a nearby hospital. The treatment steps and recommendations vary because each mommy makeover is unique to the patient and her goals. Full treatment may take a number of hours to perform.

Incisions also vary based on the specific procedures included. Whether it is a tummy tuck, liposuction or a breast procedure, Dr. Sharma will use the latest surgical techniques to minimize scarring and will do his best to place incisions in areas where scars will not be visible after surgery.

What Is the Mommy Makeover Recovery Process Like?

Recovery from a mommy makeover may be more extensive than recovery from most plastic surgery procedures. Drains may be placed in some incisions to prevent fluid build-up, while compression garments may be recommended to reduce swelling and promote healing. Oral pain medication is usually provided for a number of days to enhance your comfort during the early days of the recovery process.

Full recovery from a mommy makeover usually takes up to six weeks, with most patients returning to regular activities within four to six weeks. Despite the extended recovery period, most patients find a distinct advantage to having multiple procedures at one time and a single recovery process for all of them.

What Does a Mommy Makeover Do?

The outcome of your mommy makeover may not be evident for a number of weeks, due to bruising, swelling and the compression garments worn over the surgical area. Results will begin to appear within two months after the surgery and gradually improve over time. Depending on which procedures you selected, you may see a flatter abdomen, fuller and perkier breasts, smoother curves around your waist and hips, and a more proportionate balance throughout your figure.

A mommy makeover is considered a permanent cosmetic procedure, as long as a stable weight is maintained after surgery. Weight fluctuations or pregnancy can significantly alter the results of your mommy makeover and may necessitate additional treatments to restore your desired contours.

Reclaim Your Pre-Pregnancy Figure With an Austin Mommy Makeover

Pregnancy and breastfeeding are some of the most unforgettable experiences of your life. Unfortunately, the toll they take on your body can also be unforgettable. No matter how often you eat clean meals and sweat it out at the gym, you may never fully reverse the changes to your breasts and midsection. As a mother, you spend so much time caring for others — you deserve to show yourself the same kindness and attention.

A mommy makeover is a dramatic way to restore the form and function of your body. Dr. Sharma fuses skill and artistry in all procedures to produce a balanced and aesthetically-pleasing look that enhances each patient’s unique features. To learn more about this customizable treatment, contact Plastic Surgery Austin at 512-324-2765.

 

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