While motherhood is a magical and fulfilling experience, the changes to your body can be challenging. The many physical fluctuations associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding often take a toll on one’s appearance, physical ability, and self-consciousness. The fittest and athletic mothers can have a difficult time returning to their pre-pregnancy body, even when sticking to a healthy diet and routine exercise regimen. To regain a natural-appearing, pre-pregnancy silhouette, Mommy Makeover procedures have become increasingly popular. This customizable set of techniques involves a combination of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic enhancements, performed either in a single visit, or as staged procedures over multiple visits. By restoring a pre-baby body and improving a woman’s confidence and self-esteem, the results from a Mommy Makeover can be dramatic!
The Houston Mommy Makeover from Dr. Ravi Somayazula
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also a member of the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Specializing in exceptional procedures for the breast and body, Dr. Ravi is an expert in the art of the Mommy Makeover. Thanks to Dr. Ravi’s education and experience in advanced aesthetic procedures and techniques, the team at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics will help get you back on track to your pre-pregnancy body.
"Many of my Mommy Makeover patients have felt guilty about even considering having this procedure done. They have tirelessly spent years caring for their little ones and feel that it may be selfish to take care of themselves in the process. But once they move past this hesitation and regain their pre-pregnancy bodies, their only question is, 'How come I waited this long?' This physical transformation that I am able to help provide does ultimately provide an emotional and psychological transformation as well."
-Dr. Ravi Somayazula
These before & after photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.
Changes Your Body May Have Experienced
"Dr. Ravi is a great doctor and true professional! I had a mommy makeover some months back and the results are more than I expected. I couldn't ask for more. His staff is professional and welcoming. Dr. Ravi is very informative, personable and a true perfectionist. He will make you feel comfortable and reassured with any procedure you have by answering all your questions and putting anxiety at ease."
- Linda F., Houston, TX
During pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts tend to swell, resulting in stretching of the skin and support structures. After completing pregnancy or breastfeeding, the breasts usually shrink, but the skin and support ligaments may not go back to their original size or shape due to a loss of elasticity and volume. Breasts tend to become deflated and saggy, resulting in loss of shape and volume.
Similar changes occur with the abdomen as it stretches to accommodate pregnancy. After delivery, the abdominal skin, muscles, and supportive structures may not resume their original tightness and, in many cases, will result in stretch marks. Widening of the abdominal muscles during pregnancy (known as Diastasis Recti) can cause bulging that can never be tightened with exercise alone. In fact, this can limit the type of abdominal exercises that can even be performed.
Benefits of a Mommy Makeover
Every Mommy Makeover procedure is individually planned with your needs in mind and with Dr. Ravi’s expert advice. There are many benefits that can be attained with a Mommy Makeover, including:
- Breasts return to a perkier, fuller shape with the removal of extra skin and tissue
- The nipples change from a downward-pointing position
- Cup sizes can be enlarged to be more similar to the size they were during breastfeeding
- The abdominal wall can be tightened to have a more fit appearance
- Proportions and midsection contour can be improved by flattening and smoothing out the skin
- Stretch marks can be reduced with the removal of excess skin
YOUR PRIVATE MOMMY MAKEOVER CONSULTATION
Prior to scheduling a Mommy Makeover, a confidential consultation will be scheduled with Dr. Ravi and a patient care coordinator. At this time, Dr. Ravi will explain the Mommy Makeover process in detail and answer any questions that you may have. A physical examination will be performed to evaluate the target areas, as well as your skin's elasticity. After explaining all of the available choices of techniques, Dr. Ravi will determine if a Mommy Makeover is the right procedure to achieve your aesthetic desires. If so, he will get the process started by taking precise measurements and then create a personalized surgical plan, designed to achieve your desired results.
While we are happy to provide you this online overview of Mommy Makeover surgery, nothing compares to a personal, in-depth consultation with Dr. Ravi. At Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, we understand that cosmetic surgery can be stressful. Dr. Ravi strives to make the process less so by providing detailed answers to all of your questions during the consultation to help you reach an informed decision. During your appointment, his team will guide you step-by-step through the process and will map out a customized treatment plan that fits your individual aesthetic goals. So as not to be rushed, we suggest that patients allow up to an hour and a half for the consultation appointment.
MOMMY MAKEOVER PRE-OP EVALUATION
Approximately two weeks before the Mommy Makeover procedure, patients will be seen in the office for a pre-operative evaluation. At this time, we will have the surgical consent forms ready to be signed and a personalized information packet with specific before/after instructions available. Dr. Ravi and his aesthetic team will carefully review these instructions, including the dos and don’ts. Prescriptions for any necessary pain medications, antibiotics, and anti-nausea medications will be given, so patients can pick these up prior to the day of surgery. Pre-op photographs will be taken during this visit, as well.
Before Your Mommy Makeover:
- Stop using aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs at least one week prior to and one week after surgery to avoid unwanted bruising.
- Avoid herbs and supplements at least one week before surgery, as these can contribute to delayed wound healing.
- Smoking should be stopped at least four weeks before surgery and not resumed until at least four weeks after the procedure to reduce the chance for complications.
- Familiarize yourself with all pre-op and post-op instructions to ensure a safe and effective recovery period.
THE MOMMY MAKEOVER PROCEDURE
Dr. Ravi’s Mommy Makeover is performed as outpatient surgery, under general anesthesia, at a local accredited surgical center. A board certified anesthesiologist will be on hand for the duration of the procedure. Dr. Ravi may also recommend that some patients consider an overnight stay or assistance during the first 24 hours of recovery. The length of each Mommy Makeover will depend on the individual patient, the exact procedures performed, and the extent of correction. Many of the surgeries can be completed at the same time; however, in some cases, the best option may be to stage the procedures.
The Mommy Makeover normally consists of an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction, and a breast augmentation. Some women will choose to include an additional procedure as well, such as a breast lift or brachioplasty (arm lift). During the consultation appointment, Dr. Ravi will review your personal aesthetic goals to determine the best set of techniques to restore a pre-baby body.
YOUR MOMMY MAKEOVER RECOVERY
The recovery period depends on the procedure and extent of surgery. For the first 24 hours after your procedure, it is recommended that you have a responsible adult assist in your care and with responsibilities around the house, including the care of small children. In some cases, you may need around-the-clock assistance for several more days. Immediately following surgery, it is recommended that you walk several times a day. In most cases, patients are able to return to their usual routine in three to ten days.
Women are generally feeling well enough to return to work in two to four weeks. However, heavy lifting and vigorous exercise should be postponed for at least six weeks. Dr. Ravi will follow your recovery process closely, as you gradually increase activities. Residual swelling can take up to six months to completely resolve. Scarring will slowly fade. While some scars will remain visible, Dr. Ravi will ensure they are well-hidden within the natural curvature of the body or easily concealed under clothing.
Patients will have several follow-up appointments with Dr. Ravi after their Mommy Makeover. Within the first several weeks, two visits will be scheduled so that Dr. Ravi can keep an eye on the initial recovery progression. Then, over the course of the first post-op year, additional appointments will be arranged. During these follow-ups, Dr. Ravi will ensure proper healing, monitor the return to normal activities, and schedule routine examinations, such as breast exams and mammograms.
As Houston’s most sought after Mommy Makeover doctor, Dr. Ravi and his aesthetic team are available around the clock to help with any questions or concerns that arise during the recovery period.
Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics is excited to offer women the life-changing Mommy Makeover surgery.
Mommy Makeover Q&A
What is the Mommy Makeover at Body By Ravi?
Dr. Ravi’s Mommy Makeover is a combination of surgical techniques, designed to restore a youthful look for women after pregnancy and childbirth.
What techniques are included in the Mommy Makeover?
The Mommy Makeover at Body By Ravi is a custom-tailored procedure, and therefore can include a number of different techniques. In general, the Mommy Makeover will consist of a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast augmentation or breast lift. However, together with Dr. Ravi, a personalized set of techniques can be put together for optimal physical rejuvenation.
When can I return to work after my Mommy Makeover?
The recovery from a Mommy Makeover will take from one to two weeks, although this will vary according to the individual patient and the techniques performed. Most women are feeling well enough to return to work in two to four weeks, sometimes sooner.
What are the risks of a Mommy Makeover?
The Mommy Makeover procedure at Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics is considered an extremely safe and effective technique. Dr. Ravi brings decades of experience to each procedure, offering patients dependable results. However, as with any surgical procedure, the Mommy Makeover holds some chance for complications. These can include bleeding, scarring, asymmetry, infection, and nerve damage. By choosing a board certified surgeon such as Dr. Ravi, who is experienced in body contouring procedures, women decrease the chance for complications to occur following their Mommy Makeover.
Do you have any tips for someone considering a Mommy Makeover?
Prior to scheduling your Mommy Makeover, a complimentary consultation will be scheduled with Dr. Ravi. At this time, the surgeon and his patient coordinator can review your personal needs in order to create a customized Mommy Makeover surgical plan. Dr. Ravi does have several tips, however, for those women considering a Mommy Makeover in the future:
- Potential Mommy Makeover candidates should have no plans for future pregnancies. The changes that occur during pregnancy, including re-stretching the abdominal tissue and breasts, can undo the benefits of surgery. While there will be no physical problems with childbearing in the future, additional pregnancies may require additional surgery to once again achieve the aesthetic results.
- Candidates for the Mommy Makeover should be within 15 pounds of their ideal body weight, to ensure optimal final results. Any dramatic weight fluctuations in the future can affect the benefits of surgery. For this reason, patients should be at a stable weight for two to three months prior to their Mommy Makeover procedure.
- When choosing the right time for a Mommy Makeover, candidates should remember to enlist assistance during the first several post-op days. Patients will be sore and tired for the first week, needing help with daily chores. Heavy lifting, including small children, must be avoided for four to six weeks.
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