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Which Procedures Are Included in a Mommy Makeover?

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6/15/2020

Having children is one of the most rewarding aspects of life, but it comes with changes that may neither encourage confidence nor feel particularly comfortable. Many of those changes may even prove resistant to diet and exercise, leaving many women to wonder if any solutions exist. Enter the Mommy Makeover, a procedure designed to address the physical changes caused by pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing.

Changes to the Body

Women gain weight during pregnancy. This is simply unavoidable. In addition to weight gain, as the uterus enlarges, it displaces the intraabdominal viscera and stretches the abdominal wall musculature. This results in convexity, the force of which can cause laxity and separation of the rectus abdominus muscles, creating a common condition known as a diastasis recti. This condition may be impossible to correct without surgical intervention.

During pregnancy, the skin of the abdomen stretches. Combined with hormonal fluctuations, this can result in stretch marks. Weight gain also results in areas of fat accumulation, particularly in the abdomen and waist. Some women will also accumulate stubborn fat in the upper back and bra roll areas during pregnancy.

Addressing Changes to the Body

At Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, we offer a range of body contouring treatments to address changes in the abdominal region – and surrounding areas – brought about by pregnancy. These include:

  • Liposuction. Liposuction can remove stubborn deposits of fat from nearly any area of the body. We offer several liposuction techniques, including Vaser Lipo, to meet the varied needs of each patient we see
  • Abdominoplasty. More commonly known as a tummy tuck, abdominoplasty is used to reattach separated abdominal muscles, eliminate loose and sagging skin, and reduce the appearance of stretch marks

These body contouring treatments are fairly standard during the mommy makeover procedure, but each woman is impacted differently by pregnancy, making it important that every mommy makeover is customized to address the specific concerns of the individual.

Additional contouring options that may be necessary for optimal results include butt lift, thigh and arm lift, and labiaplasty. During your initial consultation, we will carefully listen to your concerns, fully evaluate your problem areas, and provide you with honest information about your best treatment options.

Changes to the Breasts

Hormonal changes during pregnancy and milk supply following birth will cause the breasts to swell and enlarge. After pregnancy and nursing, as the levels of estrogen and progesterone return to baseline and milk supply dwindles, the breasts will lose volume. This can create a deflated and saggy appearance. What’s more, the nipple may have shifted from ideal positioning during pregnancy, which can result in an unusual or asymmetrical appearance. Breast surgery can correct these things and more.

Addressing Changes to the Breasts

To address changes to the breasts brought about by pregnancy and nursing, we may recommend:

  • Breast augmentation. This procedure addresses volume loss, asymmetry, and breast deflation to produce a fuller and more attractive breast mound. Dr. Ravi utilizes advanced breast augmentation techniques, including fat transfer breast augmentation, to help ensure exquisitely personalized results
  • Breast lift. Sagging breast tissue and nipple displacement can both be corrected with a breast lift. Implants can be added to the lift procedure to enhance the shape and size of the bust as well

Breast rejuvenation begins with a careful understanding of your concerns and aesthetic goals. During your initial consultation, we will help you determine which procedure or combination thereof will best meet your needs.

Ready to Learn More?

A Mommy Makeover encompasses procedures that are performed simultaneously to address the many changes that occur in the body as a result of pregnancy. The areas that most women would like addressed are the abdomen and torso, breasts, and buttocks, and, in many cases, these areas can be addressed surgically at the same time. However, for some women, the procedures may need to be staged. During your initial consultation, we will provide information on the procedures that will produce the most effective results in your body.

Please call Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics at 281-242-1061 to schedule a mommy makeover consultation today. Located in Houston, we welcome moms from The Woodlands, Katy, Sugar Land, and all nearby areas of Texas. Forthright, experienced, welcoming, and attentive, our board-certified plastic surgeon is here to help you reach all of your aesthetic goals.

Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics

Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both Board-Certified Physicians, use a patient-centered approach and spend as much time as needed to make each patient feel special and respected—not just another person walking through the door. As a team, a one-of-a-kind treatment plan is created to address concerns from head to toe with the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques, including: Breast Augmentation (Implants), Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Mommy Makeovers, miraDry®, Botox®, Dermal Fillers, and Sculptra®. Working side-by-side, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi strive to create a long-lasting relationship with each patient, meeting any new aesthetic needs as they arise. Together, the staff at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics take each patient step-by-step through their cosmetic journey to achieve the desired aesthetic results.

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Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics sends well wished to all of those impacted by COVID-19. We understand that this has impacted our entire country in multiple ways, from falling sick to job changes and school cancellations. We understand your multiple concerns and anxieties, and we want to assure you that as a medical practice, we are here for you.

Our office is open and ready to serve you. We have restarted performing elective surgeries at an Ambulatory Surgery Center, and in office elective surgical procedures will resume after May 8th. In order to decrease viral spread and to minimize utilization of medical supplies during this time of need, we have implemented a strict screening protocol. As far as non-surgical procedures, we are slowly rolling out these procedures. We are currently offering Botox and other non-surgical in office procedures, such as miraDry and Morpheus8 radiofrequency microneedling. We tentatively will be restarting filler treatments on May 18th. All staff and all patients are required to wear masks at all times. We are also not allowing any additional guests at this time. We are taking extra time and extra steps to make sure all contact surfaces, such as door handles and counter tops, are cleaned around the clock with appropriate cleaning solutions. Your safety had always been, and will continue to be, of utmost importance.

Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both board certified physicians, will continue to offer both complimentary virtual consultations via a HIPAA compliant and secure platform and in person office consultations. We are happy to provide these two options so that you can choose the option that is most comfortable for you.

As responsible leaders in our community, we will always take the appropriate steps to ensure that every decision we make is focused on the health and safety of our patients and staff. We continue to monitor the CDC’s guidelines on infection control and are implementing their recommendations on an ongoing bases.

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