If you’re like many Houston 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 less-than-thrilled with the effects of motherhood on your appearance. Dr. Sugene Kim, a double board-certified plastic surgeon, offers personalized mommy makeover procedures here in The Woodlands, Texas, to help you reclaim your pre-baby body, so you don’t need to sacrifice your figure in order to enjoy your family.
Are You 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 their families
- Are at a stable weight
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 6 months after giving birth and breastfeeding before planning cosmetic surgery. Women who benefit the most from a mommy makeover usually notice changes in their abdomen and breasts after pregnancy that make them feel less confident or affect the fit of their clothing. Areas of persistent fat may be present in other parts of the body as well. Many women take this opportunity to improve upon additional aesthetic concerns, so they can feel sexy and confident as they move forward in this new stage of life.
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
Dr. Kim’s Technique
Because every mommy makeover is different, there is no single approach that fits each woman’s needs. The most common procedures that women include in their mommy makeovers are listed below:
- Breast augmentation can restore lost volume in the breasts or fill out breasts that never developed as fully as you would have liked.
- 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.
In addition to the above procedures, many women have nonsurgical medical spa treatments to brighten and rejuvenate their looks. During your initial consultation with Dr. Kim, you can explain your most prominent appearance-related concerns so she can make suitable recommendations. She will also explain what you can expect during your recovery and when you can see your final results.
How Much Does a Mommy Makeover Cost?
Every mommy makeover procedure at our Houston-area practice is unique and will be tailored according to the individual patient’s needs and aesthetic goals. The price for a mommy makeover ranges from $15,000 to $23,000, depending on which procedures are included. 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.
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Your Recovery & Results
Most patients find it easy to recover from the mommy makeover procedure, taking approximately 2 weeks off from work and feeling back to normal after 2 to 3 weeks. In all tummy tuck procedures, Dr. Kim administers Exparel®, a medication that aides in keeping the abdominal muscles numb for up to 3 days following surgery. Patients can expect to take pain medication for 1 to 2 weeks following the surgery and can resume driving once they are no longer taking the 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 1 to 3 weeks, depending on how much fluid your body produces.
Dr. Kim recommends that her patients do not lift anything over 10 pounds for the first 3 weeks following surgery. Patients should refrain from exercise for 4 weeks following the mommy makeover procedure and should wait 6 weeks before beginning any strenuous abdominal exercises or weightlifting. Patients should not go swimming or submerge their incisions in water for at least 3 weeks following surgery.
How long does the mommy makeover take?
The entire surgery takes between 4 and 6 hours, depending on the procedures being performed.
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. For some patients, it may be safer or more practical to undergo mommy makeover in stages rather in a single surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Kim can help you make this decision.
How can 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 make arrangements 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 be away from your workplace.
Why Choose Dr. Kim for Your Mommy Makeover?
As one of the most well-known female cosmetic surgeons across Texas, Dr. Kim brings a unique perspective to each mommy makeover. In addition to serving women across the country with cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Kim is also a mother of 2 with a firsthand understanding of the most common cosmetic concerns that women face. She knows how to create the most natural-looking results.
When you come in for your initial consultation with Dr. Kim, she carefully listens to you as you discuss your cosmetic goals and any concerns you might have. She provides thoughtful and caring guidance for each woman as she prepares for her surgery date and progresses through her recovery.
As a board-certified plastic surgeon and one of the top female plastic surgeons in Texas, Dr. Sugene Kim is known as the go-to choice for mommy makeovers. SGK Plastic Surgery has helped a number of mommy makeover patients from Spring, Conroe, and other communities throughout Texas reclaim their bodies.Back to Top