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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.

Mommy Makeover

During your mommy makeover consultation with Dr. Erika Sato, she will learn more about which areas of your body concern you in order to form a surgical plan specific to you. She will examine you and review your medical history in order to determine which procedures are safe and effective for you.

Before & After

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Combinations That Qualify
as a Mommy Makeover

  • Breast Augmentation & Tummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck
  • Breast Lift +/- implants & Tummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck
  • Breast Augmentation & BBL
  • Breast Lift +/- implants & BBL
  • Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift +/- implants & 360 Liposuction
  • Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift +/- implants + Labiaplasty
  • Tummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck + Labiaplasty
  • BBL + Labiaplasty

American Board of Plastic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Haris Count Medical Society
Texas Medical Association
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

Why a Mommy Makeover?

During pregnancy, the breasts and nipple-areola complex enlarge due to increased glandular tissue and later milk engorgement. Once the circulating hormones leave and moms are no longer breastfeeding, the breasts shrink in size.

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.

Commonly Performed Procedures & Areas

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

A tummy tuck 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.


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.

Breast 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.


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.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

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.

What Happens During a Mommy Makeover?

No two mommy makeovers are the same. Some procedures can be performed simultaneously, while others must be done separately. Dr. Sato will work with you to develop a surgical plan that takes your safety, aesthetic goals, family and/or work obligations into account.

What Can I Expect While Recovering from a Mommy Makeover?

Recovery is widely variable dependent upon the individual patient and the number and type of procedures performed simultaneously. Generally, a degree of swelling and bruising will be present for a time before ameliorating. Cold compresses are encouraged to address swelling, as are elastic post-surgical garments.

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.

What Is the Cost of a Mommy Makeover?

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.

Contact Us to Find Out More

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.

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