WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT MY CONSULTATION?
Calling to talk to our empathetic, kind, and experienced patient care coordinators is the first step toward scheduling a consultation, and an in-person consultation with Dr. Basu is the best way to determine if a mommy makeover is right for you.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Basu, he will speak with you about your mommy makeover options in detail, as well as the results you can expect with this custom set of procedures. You can find out exactly what will be needed, surgically, to restore your pre-baby figure.
YOUR MOMMY MAKEOVER SURGERY
Each mommy makeover is unique, custom-tailored for the individual. Mommy makeovers are performed under general anesthesia, so you will not be awake or experience any pain during the procedure. Dr. Basu works closely with his board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Mary Ellen Firat, MD, to create a safe anesthesia care plan.
During surgery, any hernias will be repaired, the underlying muscles structure tightened, and excess skin, fat, and tissue removed, after which the incisions will be carefully and delicately sutured to limit scarring. The incision length and location will vary based upon your individual condition.
Dr. Basu takes special care to place all incisions as discreetly as possible, although some scarring is part of the process. Most women feel that the scars are well worth the tradeoff. After surgery, you’ll wear a compression garment that will provide support and pressure to aid in healing and limit swelling.
The surgery is performed in our state-of-the-art, Texas Department of Health licensed Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC), the Beleza Surgery Center. This ASC is one of the few facilities in the state that subspecializes in aesthetic plastic surgery procedures.
Mommy makeover procedures typically take 3 to 6 hours. With Dr. Basu's advanced pain control techniques and nerve blocks, all his mommy makeover patients are walking after surgery and are comfortable and safe to go home after surgery.
Your Recovery & Results
Recovery from your mommy makeover will vary based upon the number of procedures needed and how your body responds to surgery. Most women take at least 1-2 weeks away from work and their other normal activities to recover. You will need to avoid strenuous exercise for another several weeks. Your final results should be achieved about 6-8 weeks after your surgery, with incisions fading progressively over time.
Will I Be In Pain?
One of the top concerns Dr. Basu hears from mommy makeover patients is how much pain to expect during healing. The answer depends on which procedures are performed and the individual's person’s pain threshold. To ensure that his patients are as comfortable as possible, Dr. Basu performs nerve blocks on all of his mommy makeover and tummy tuck procedures.
Nerve blocks utilize a local anesthetic called Exparel® to numb the areas treated. Most patients will feel no pain at the surgical sites for several days. The effects last up to 72 hours or longer. Some patients do not even need prescription pain medication, finding that over-the-counter pain relievers are enough to keep them comfortable during recovery.
WHY CHOOSE DR. BOB BASU FOR YOUR HOUSTON MOMMY MAKEOVER?
The results of a mommy makeover are the direct result of the experience, skills, and artistry of your plastic surgeon. Dr. Bob Basu is has successfully performed over 14,000 aesthetic procedures and has over 14 years of experience with body and breast procedures.
Dr. Basu has honed his techniques and artistry and is known for his superior surgical results. He believes the key to excellent mommy makeover results is to enhance and perfect your existing body features. He performs all mommy makeover procedures with 100% honesty regarding the results you can expect to achieve.
Find out why so many women choose Dr. Basu for their Houston mommy makeover. Request a consultation using the online form, or call our office at
(713) 799-2278 to schedule your appointment.
Mommy Makeover FAQ
HOW SOON AFTER HAVING A BABY CAN I HAVE A MOMMY MAKEOVER?
This depends on several factors, such as which procedures need to be performed in your custom mommy makeover. In general, it is advised that you wait at least 3 months after giving birth to undergo the procedures. This will give your body time to recover from pregnancy and childbirth and time shed any excess weight. If you are breastfeeding, hold off until several months after you’ve weaned your baby so that your breast size is returned to normal. If you'll be getting a tummy tuck with your mommy makeover, it's important to understand that you will have to be careful picking up your baby or small child for 1-2 weeks after the procedure, so plan on having family or friends to assist you with childcare.
WHAT ARE THE LIMITS OF A MOMMY MAKEOVER?
While Dr. Basu's Houston mommy makeover surgery is customized to match your individual condition, the possibilities for improvement are not endless – you have a natural body structure which won’t change – these are muscular and skeletal, rather than skin, tissue, and fat. It is advised that you think about your current lifestyle and how recovery will be managed. All procedures require some degree of recuperation, and a mommy makeover can be a bit more challenging because multiple areas of the body have been restored in a single surgical appointment. You should ensure that you have a strong support system to assist you at home and must be in good general health before undergoing surgery.
WHAT WILL MY SCARS LOOK LIKE? WILL THEY BE VISIBLE?
The appearance and location of surgical scars will depend upon which procedures you undergo – and how well you care for your incisions after surgery. You can learn more about the scars associated with each procedure by reading our page about the procedure. However, Dr. Basu understands that scarring is big concern. An advantage of undergoing a mommy makeover with Dr. Basu is that he employs meticulous incision-suturing techniques so that the scars will heal to being flat, faint lines, hidden even in the most revealing clothing. The team at Basu Aesthetics understands that healing and scarring varies from patient to patient. That's why they have scar management protocols to help scars soften and fade as fast as possible.
CAN A MOMMY MAKEOVER GET RID OF STRETCH MARKS?
If you have a tummy tuck as part of your mommy makeover, you can expect a significant reduction in the stretch marks on the lower abdomen. Dr. Basu removes span of skin from the lower abdomen, and along with it, many of the stretch marks disappear. The stretch marks that may remain after a tummy tuck are smoother and less noticeable, as the abdominal skin is now taut along the new contour of the abdomen.
WILL ALL MY SURGERIES BE PERFORMED IN THE SAME APPOINTMENT?
In many cases, yes. Patient health and safety are very important, and if it will be safer and more effective to undergo more than once surgery, that is what should be planned. In most cases, such as a combination of a tummy tuck with breast restoration, only one surgery will be needed.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF A MOMMY MAKEOVER?
The risks are similar to the risks of any surgery. These include wound healing issues, infection, or excess fluid collection (seroma). Dr. Basu employs the most stringent patient safety protocols, and complications are very rare while under his care.
HOW LONG BEFORE I CAN RETURN TO WORK?
The answer to this question depends on nature of your work. For a desk job, most of our patients are comfortable to return to work 10-14 days after surgery. However, if your work requires more strenuous activity, additional time off will likely be required.
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