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Memorial Plastic Surgery (Clear Lake)

Mommy Makeover Houston

 

 It is without a doubt that children are a blessing, but the toll of a pregnancy can be detrimental to a woman’s body, especially for a mother of two or more. Dr. Patrick Hsu enjoys helping moms get back their youthful size and shape following childbirth. A Mommy Makeovers can help you achieve this by combining multiple surgical procedures in one operation to reduce the changes that your breasts and abdomen undergo after multiple pregnancies.

 

The Effects of Pregnancy on the Female Body

 

PREGNANCY EFFECTS ON THE ABDOMEN

Besides the obvious effects of stretching the skin and increased fat deposits, pregnancy can have a major effect on the muscles of the abdomen. When the uterus expands, it stretches the rectus abdominis muscles, eventually causing them to separate in the midline. Once the separation occurs, no amount of exercise can rectify the problem, since there is no midline muscle for you to exercise. Surgery is the only way to restore the abdominal muscles to their pre-pregnancy condition.

 

PREGNANCY EFFECTS ON THE SKIN

Stretch marks are the bane of all women who have gone through pregnancy. Caused by rapid growth of the fetus, which in turn stretches the skin before it has a chance to adjust to the size of the abdomen, these unsightly lines are nearly impossible to get rid of without cosmetic treatments. After delivery, the stretched skin no longer has to surround the abdomen, leaving behind loose, hanging skin that is extremely difficult to get rid of even with excessive diet and exercise. Combine this with stretched underlying abdominal muscles, and you get a bulge in the lower abdomen, visible especially when you stand up.

 

PREGNANCY EFFECTS ON THE BREASTS

As the female body prepares for breastfeeding, the breasts naturally swell during pregnancy. Unfortunately, after delivery and especially after breastfeeding, the skin becomes stretched and loose. Many women also report a loss in volume in their breasts after breastfeeding, sometimes becoming an entire cup size smaller. You may experience stretch marks and loose skin from the breast tissue losing its resiliency. Women often refer to their breasts as “saggy” or “deflated” looking.

 

The Mommy Makeover Procedures

 

FOR THE ABDOMEN: ABDOMINOPLASTY OR TUMMY TUCK

There are two options for this procedure: a full abdominoplasty or a mini-abdominoplasty. The full tummy tuck corrects the separated rectus abdominis muscles and tightens skin from the bottom of the breasts to the lower belly. A Mini-Tummy Tuck focuses only on the area between the belly button and pubic bone, getting rid of that unsightly “pouch” that so many women struggle to remove. Although both procedures will result in a scar running along the lower abdomen, the scar can be easily hidden under a swimsuit.

 

Dr. Hsu will commonly include liposuction with a tummy tuck to get the best shape.

 

FOR THE BREASTS: BREAST IMPLANTS AND/OR BREAST LIFTS

Many factors affect the choice of breast surgery, including the overall volume loss, the amount of drooping, and the amount of actual tissue loss. Sometimes breast implants can be used without a breast lift, though the patient must be willing to accept an increase in breast size. The skin must not be too loose, the tissue must be a little firm, and the nipple cannot be too low for this procedure to work properly,

 

A breast lift without implants may be preferable when droopiness is the main concern. When the nipple is too low, tightening the skin above and below to bring it back up is necessary. It is important to understand that while this procedure greatly improves the “perky” appearance of the breasts, it does nothing to address the loss of fullness which most women experience after pregnancy.

 

For many mothers, a breast lift with implants is the perfect answer, since it provides a solution for the loss of fullness and droopiness .The nipple is brought up and repositioned, the excess skin is removed, and the missing volume is replaced with the implant. Overall shape improves, leaving women with their pre-pregnancy breasts after only one procedure.

 

FOR FAT REMOVAL: LIPOSUCTION

Liposuction reduces localized fat deposits that can develop during a pregnancy by permanently removing fat. Liposuction can be done during surgery to abdomen, hips, thighs, and knees.

 

Dr. Hsu can also add other procedures during surgery such as facial procedures or additional liposuction to other areas.

 

Combining Multiple Surgical Procedures in One Operation can be Accomplished Due to Medical Advancements

Dr. Hsu uses only the latest technology in every procedure they perform. With the advancements in anesthesia, safety and comfort are greatly improved. The state-of-the-art equipment in our surgery center allows for close monitoring throughout every procedure. Medications have improved exponentially, increasing patient comfort during recovery. Long procedures are now safer than ever, and with our doctors’ expertise, and the accredited and well-equipped facility, you will feel confident your safety and comfort are of the highest priority to our well-trained staff.

 

If you are an active, healthy woman, these lengthy procedures are reasonable and will allow you to achieve all or most of your goals with a single operation and recovery period.


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