Do you dream of restoring your pre-pregnancy body?
If you’re like many women, becoming a mom has affected your body in ways you never expected. Between pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing, not to mention the stresses of motherhood, it’s natural to feel unhappy with the impact of pregnancy and breastfeeding on your figure.
Dr. Sugene Kim, our double board-certified plastic surgeon, offers personalized mommy makeover procedures in The Woodlands, Texas, to help you reclaim your pre-baby body, restoring the fit, firm, sculpted look you enjoyed prior to having children.
Am I a mommy makeover candidate?
Dr. Kim performs mommy makeover surgery for women who want an improved figure after having children or experiencing significant weight fluctuations. The best candidates are women who:
- Are in good overall health
- Have completed having children
- Are at a stable weight
- Want to once again have a fit, firm body and youthful breasts
Before & After
* All patients are unique. Individual results may vary.
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Custom mommy makeovers in The Woodlands
Each mommy makeover is custom-tailored to the individual’s needs and specific body concerns. However, most women benefit from some form of breast enhancement and abdominoplasty. Some of the most common concerns after pregnancy include:
- Breasts that have lost their shape, firmness, or volume
- A bulging or sagging midsection with excess skin and fatty tissue
- Accumulated, stubborn fat in the thighs, waist, or other areas
- Breasts that are too large for comfort
Surgical techniques: How Dr. Kim approaches a mommy makeover
Because every mommy makeover is different, there is no single approach to match every woman’s needs. The most common procedures that women include in their mommy makeovers are as follows:
- Breast augmentation can restore lost volume in the breasts or add volume to smaller breasts or resolve asymmetrical breasts.
- A breast lift, or mastopexy, lifts the breasts to a more youthful position, reshapes the breasts, and tightens the breast skin.
- A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, creates a flatter and more youthful midsection by tightening the abdominal muscles and removing excess skin and fat.
- Liposuction reduces fat deposits in problem areas of the body, such as the love handles, thighs, waist, upper arms, and more.
- Breast reduction can create lighter, more youthful-looking and proportionate breasts.
Non-surgical procedures to enhance mommy makeover results
In addition to surgical procedures, many women have nonsurgical medical spa treatments to brighten and rejuvenate skin and body. During your initial consultation with Dr. Kim, you can discuss your body concerns, and she can provide you with her recommendations for body restoration. She will also explain what you can expect during your recovery and what to expect in the appearance of the results of these treatments.
How much does a mommy makeover cost?
Every mommy makeover procedure at our private plastic surgery clinic in The Woodlands is customized. It will be tailored to match your needs and aesthetic goals. The price for a mommy makeover ranges from $15,000 to $23,000, depending on the number of procedures included in the makeover. This includes the cost of anesthesia, the surgery center fee, the surgical garments (which include a surgical bra and abdominal binder), and a tube of scar cream to be used after the procedure.
How long is the recovery from a mommy makeover?
Most patients find it easy to recover from the mommy makeover procedure, taking approximately two weeks off from work and feeling back to normal after two to three weeks. In all tummy tuck procedures, Dr. Kim administers Exparel®, a medication that aides in keeping the abdominal muscles numb for up to three days following surgery.
You will likely need prescription pain medication for one to two weeks following the surgery. You can resume driving when you no longer need to take pain medication. In order to prevent fluid buildup in the abdomen after a tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Kim inserts two drains, which are plastic tubes left underneath the skin that exit the body in the groin area. The drains are removed in the office after one to three weeks, depending on how much fluid your body produces.
Dr. Kim recommends that her patients do not lift anything over ten pounds for the first three weeks following surgery. Patients should refrain from exercise for four weeks following the mommy makeover procedure and should wait six weeks before beginning any strenuous abdominal exercises or weightlifting. Patients should not go swimming or submerge their incisions in water for at least three weeks following surgery.
Can I have more children after having a mommy makeover?
While a mommy makeover will not affect your ability to become pregnant, a future pregnancy could reverse some of your results. It is recommended that women wait at least six months after giving birth and breastfeeding before planning to undergo a mommy makeover.
How long does the mommy makeover take?
The entire surgery takes between four to six hours, depending on the procedures being performed. In some cases, you may have a series of procedures in different appointments, depending upon what will be safest and most effective in your case.
Am I too old to have a mommy makeover?
Probably not. In any sort of plastic surgery procedure, overall health matters much more than age. You should be healthy enough to undergo general anesthesia and to care for yourself properly after surgery. Additionally, you should be free of any conditions that can affect the surgery or recuperation, such as bleeding disorders or smoking. For some patients, it may be safer or more practical to undergo mommy makeover in stages rather than in a single surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Kim can help you understand all the factors involved to make this decision.
How should I prepare for my mommy makeover?
Dr. Kim provides you with complete pre- and post-op instructions for the immediate time period around your surgery. However, it’s also a good idea to prepare your home and your family, too. Having a discussion prior to your surgery in order to ensure everyone understands what to expect while you recuperate can be helpful. If necessary, you may need to arrange with friends and family or an outside service (such as a dog walker, housekeeper, or gardener) to provide the extra help you’ll need while you heal.
I work a physically demanding job. How long before I can go back to work?
Your specific recuperation timeline depends on which procedures you undergo as part of your mommy makeover. The time you’ll need to take away from work also depends on the physical demands of your job. For example, although teaching and working in a warehouse are both physically taxing jobs, they require use of different parts of the body. As you plan your surgery with Dr. Kim, she helps you understand exactly how long you’ll need to plan to be off work.
To learn more about mommy makeovers at SGK Plastic Surgery, contact us online or call our practice in The Woodlands today at 281.315.3188 to schedule your consultation.