Customizing Your Mommy Makeover
Once you've made the decision to have a mommy makeover, you'll have the opportunity to discuss your goals with Dr. Basu, who will help you select the best procedures to achieve your ideal look. Since pregnancy affects each woman's body differently, Dr. Basu spends ample time with each patient customizing her procedure.
Some of the most common cosmetic surgery options for a mommy makeover include the following:
A breast lift restores the breasts to a higher, more youthful-looking position without increasing their size. Breast augmentation uses breast implants to replace breast volume you may have lost after pregnancy or breastfeeding. Some women have only a very minor degree of sagging, and the addition of an implant can "take up the slack" and provide the minor lift needed. However, if the degree of sagging is moderate to severe, adding an implant without a breast lift will not create a good result—the added weight may actually exacerbate sagging. Since many moms want uplifted breasts with added volume, it is not uncommon for Dr. Basu to combine breast augmentation and breast lift.
Alternately, large breasts can be made proportional and comfortable with breast reduction. Dr. Basu specializes in the internal bra technique, which can be especially helpful for women whose breasts have lost elasticity and begun to sag after nursing.
Better known as a tummy tuck, this procedure removes excess skin and tissue in the lower abdomen and tightens and repairs the muscles of the abdominal wall. This can be one of the most beneficial procedures for women who have been pregnant, as a tummy tuck is often the only way to restore the midsection to its pre-pregnancy look.
Weight fluctuations can leave you with persistent fat deposits that are very difficult to eradicate through diet and exercise. Liposuction is a selective fat removal procedure that can reduce problematic areas of stubborn fat.
Many moms wonder if liposuction alone can restore their slim, flat tummy after having children. If your belly pooch is simply due to excess fat and your abdominal skin is still firm and elastic, then you may be the rare mom who can get the look she wants from liposuction alone. However, most moms have excess, stretched abdominal skin and stretch marks, as well as a condition called diastasis recti. This is a separation of the abdominal muscles which causes the tummy to protrude, and it can only be corrected with tummy tuck surgery.
This nonsurgical treatment can easily be added to a mommy makeover. Using radiofrequency energy, Thermiva adds tightness and tone to the internal or external genitalia, reducing incidences of stress incontinence, lending a youthful appearance to the labia minora, and even improving sexual enjoyment. For women who have delivered children vaginally, this type of improvement can be invaluable.
Your Mommy Makeover Surgery
During your initial consultation with Dr. Basu, he discusses your mommy makeover options in greater detail, as well as the kind of results you can expect from your procedure. He can also make recommendations about choosing the best treatment or combination of treatments for your needs.
Because each mommy makeover is unique, your procedure will be custom-tailored to your specific preferences. Dr. Basu takes special care to place all incisions as discreetly as possible, although some scarring is inevitable. Most women feel that the scars are well worth the tradeoff for a more youthful-looking, feminine figure.
Your Recovery & Results
Your recovery process will depend on which procedures you include in your mommy makeover and how your body responds to surgery. Most women take at least 2 to 3 weeks away from work and other normal activities, but you should avoid strenuous exercise for another several weeks after that. Your final results should be fully evident by about 6 months after your surgery.
One of the top concerns Dr. Basu hears from mommy makeover patients is how much pain to expect from recovery. The answer depends on which procedures are performed and the individual'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 all areas so patients ideally don't feel pain in the surgical sites for several days. The effects last up to 72 hours and sometimes even longer. Some patients do not even use their prescription pain medication, finding that over-the-counter pain relievers are adequate.
Find out why so many women in the Houston area choose Dr. Basu for their mommy makeover procedures. Request a consultation using the online form, or call our office at
(713) 799-2278 to schedule your appointment.