Mommy MakeoverHouston, TX
A “mommy makeover” in Houston is when two or more plastic surgery procedures are combined to restore a woman’s figure after pregnancy.
Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can take a serious toll on a woman’s body. It is common for women to gain weight after pregnancy and develop permanent stretch marks over the skin on their breasts and/or abdomen.
Meet the DoctorDr. Erika Sato
Certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Erika Sato specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast, and body. She performs the latest treatments in cosmetic surgery as well as nonsurgical rejuvenation. Dr. Sato is committed to providing excellence in care while treating every patient like family.
Dr. Sato is one of eight surgeons at My Houston Surgeons, a world-class multi-specialty practice in Houston, TX with locations in Memorial and The Woodlands.
Why Choose aMommy Makeover?
After this process, the stretched-out skin remains, leading to saggy breasts with no upper-pole fullness and a disproportionately large nipple-areola complex.
With more than one pregnancy, the “damage” can be cumulative. Some moms find their body bounces back after one pregnancy, but not after multiple.
Genetics play a significant role in how our body handles a pregnancy. Some mothers will develop stretch marks over their entire abdomen, while other will develop none. Stretch marks are permanent damage to the skin (thinning of the underside of the dermis), which leads to loose skin that is not able to tighten when the pregnancy is over.
To allow the baby to grow, our abdominal muscles irreversibly separate in the midline. The resulting separation of muscle is called diastasis. This muscle laxity can leave women looking permanently bloated or even “pregnant.” Because of this, many moms find that no amount of diet and exercise can bring back their pre-baby figures.
Other characteristic changes seen after pregnancy include changes in the appearance of the belly button, also known as the umbilicus. An “innie” belly button can become an “outie.”
This change may or may not be associated with an umbilical hernia and can repaired as part of your mommy makeover. An umbilicoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that is designed to improve the appearance of an unsightly belly button.
After a cesarean section, many women (even thin women) find that they develop a “pouch” at their lower abdomen. The loose skin and/or excess fat from pregnancy overhangs or sticks out further than the tethered flat scar. It is almost as though the scar magnifies the “poochy” lower abdomen.
Because every pregnancy affects each woman’s body differently, Dr. Sato customizes the mommy makeover procedure for each individual patient.
Am I A GoodCandidate?
If you are healthy, over 18 years old, and are unhappy with the changes in your body related to pregnancy, childbirth, and/or breastfeeding, you may be a candidate for a mommy makeover.
If you plan to have future pregnancies, Dr. Sato may advise to wait before undergoing some of the procedures, as further pregnancies could diminish the results of the mommy makeover.
Smokers are not typically ideal candidates for a mommy makeover. This is because smoking can cause complications during the healing process, prolonging downtime. When smokers are interested in this combination procedure, they must quit several weeks before the date of the surgery and must not smoke during recovery.
- ZBreast Augmentation & Tummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck
- ZBreast Lift +/- Implants & Tummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck
- ZBreast Augmentation & BBL
- ZBreast Lift +/- Implants & BBL
- ZBreast Augmentation or Breast Lift +/- Implants & 360 Liposuction
- ZBreast Augmentation or Breast Lift +/- Implants + Labiaplasty
- ZTummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck + Labiaplasty
- ZBBL + Labiaplasty
COMMONLY PERFORMEDTummy Tuck
A tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) is one of the most popular procedures done as part of a mommy makeover. The main goal of abdominoplasty is achieving a smoother and flatter abdomen. It is a great option for new mothers who want to address their drooping stomach after pregnancy.
During a tummy tuck, excess skin and fat are removed, and the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened to flatten and shape the abdomen. This procedure is also able to remove certain stretch marks through the excision of excess skin and tightening of the remaining skin.
The labia minora can become enlarged or stretched from childbirth or hormonal changes. These changes may occur to one or both sides, and asymmetry is common.
Many women find this to be uncomfortable or unsightly and choose to restore their labia to their pre-pregnancy appearance. Pregnancy can also lead to atrophy of the fat in the labia majora, giving the vaginal region a less youthful appearance.
The labiaplasty technique is used to shorten elongated labia and restore symmetry. This cosmetic genital plastic surgery procedure removes excess labial tissue caused by childbirth or aging. The technique has been shown to help with labia that frequently experience twisting.
Liposuction can be performed alone to remove excess localized fat or as part of an abdominoplasty. This technique can help shape the body by removing excess fat from areas such as the belly, buttocks, chin, cheeks, neck, hips, thighs, knees, and upper arms.
Even though liposuction can’t replace eating right and working out, it can remove stubborn pockets of fat that are hard to get rid of through these methods.
Commonly PerformedBreast Lift / Breast Augmentation
Pregnancy and breastfeeding can take a toll on the breasts, leaving them sagging and deflated. Many women choose a breast lift and/or breast augmentation as part of their mommy makeover.
A breast lift raises sagging breasts higher on the chest and decreases the size of the areola, while a breast augmentation involves the insertion of breast implants to increase the overall size and change the shape of the breasts by giving volume back to the upper pole. These procedures can be performed simultaneously.
Time off from work will be required, along with plenty of rest. It will be important to follow Dr. Sato’s care directions as closely as possible to ensure high-quality results.
The price of this combination procedure varies depending on a multitude of factors. Factors that impact mommy makeover cost include whether or not breast implants are being placed, how much excess tissue is being removed, how long the surgical session takes, and which procedures are being included.
Generally, the surgery is less expensive than it would be to get all of the procedures it contains separately.
learn more with aConsultation
Contact the office of Dr. Erika Sato if you would like to schedule a consultation and customize your mommy makeover in Houston. Dr. Sato will be available to help you find the best combination of procedures for you.
Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is used to flatten and shape the abdomen by removing excess tissue and tightening the abdominal muscles.
A mastopexy, commonly known as a breast lift, is a surgical procedure to restore youthful shape and lift to the breasts.
Labiaplasty, also called labia rejuvenation or labial reduction, is a surgical procedure to restore or enhance the female genitalia in women of all ages.
Butt augmentation works to reshape and enhance the buttocks to create a rounder, smoother, and more shapely appearance.