Which Procedures Are Included in a Mommy Makeover?

June 30, 2020Woman in bra and jeans, pulling loose skin on her hip


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, are Board-Certified Physicians, while using 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 AVÉLI ® Cellulite treatment. 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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