How the Mommy Makeover Can Help

A “mommy makeover” is a popular term that describes a series of plastic surgery procedures that are designed for women who have experienced childbirth. Mommy makeovers are always individualized for each patient and often include a combination of breast enhancement and body contouring procedures. Dr. Cho provides mommy makeovers for women who have unwanted body changes that occurred during pregnancy or after weight fluctuation.

  • Average Cost: Starts at $19,000
  • Typical Recovery Period: Six Weeks
  • Discomfort Level: Moderate to High
  • Anesthesia Options: General or IV Sedation
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Rediscover Your Youthful Contours
With a Mommy Makeover

Adding to your family is always an exciting event, but the reality of the matter is that it can also cause a number of frustrating changes to a woman’s body. If you’ve found that your body hasn’t quite physically “bounced back” from your pregnancy in the way that you’ve hoped, you’re certainly not alone. Plenty of women are interested in a way to address issues like sagging skin, stretch marks, and other changes that can result from the childbearing process.

Dr. Cho offers you an extensive level of expertise and a high degree of technical skill, enabling him to zero in on the procedures that will create your ideal results and most effectively meet your personal aesthetic goals. To learn more about how the mommy makeover can help you, reach out to Integrated Aesthetics at our Spring, TX location and speak with a member of our team to set up your initial consultation today.

About the Mommy Makeover

You will meet with Dr. Cho to discuss your goals for a more youthful figure and the procedures that will be included in your mommy makeover. As a good candidate for a mommy makeover, you should have a stable body weight and realistic expectations while feeling motivated to improve your appearance. 

It’s best to wait for a mommy makeover until you do not plan to become pregnant again in the future. You will be instructed to stop smoking at least four weeks prior to surgery, and Dr. Cho will review your medications and supplements. If you suffer from chronic pain and you are on an opioid regimen, you will need to consult with the anesthesiologist before surgery.

When should you get a Mommy Makeover?

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Your Initial Mommy Makeover Consultation

Your consultation gives us the opportunity to learn about your personal cosmetic goals and will enable Dr. Cho to perform a physical exam that helps him best understand which procedures and techniques will be ideal for you and your body type. The mommy makeover is a highly customizable procedure, so you’ll collaborate with Dr. Cho to create a treatment plan that is tailored directly to your needs.

Our goal during this part of the process is to educate you as thoroughly as possible while also getting a clear idea of where your concerns lie and how we can help you address them. We’ll also identify other potential areas that may have changed during your pregnancy, including the arms, thighs, back, and vaginal area. Our priority will be helping you understand the various ways that we can help you realize your cosmetic goals.

Mommy Makeover: Creating Your Ideal Outcome

Your mommy makeover will combine several surgical procedures in a single session, giving you the ability to avoid multiple recovery periods. The procedure will be customized to your needs and may include a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, a breast lift, and liposuction. You might also include a perineoplasty that will tighten the entrance to the vagina and vaginoplasty to repair and tighten the floor of the vagina. Some people also add a Brazilian butt lift for contour.

The Abdomen

Abdominoplasty, commonly called a tummy tuck, can help create a flatter abdomen and repair stretched muscles on the abdominal wall. There are a few variations in technique that Dr. Cho may recommend, including a mini-tummy tuck that involves a shorter incision. Minimally invasive options like BodyTite can also be called upon to tighten and tone abdominal muscles that have been impacted by childbirth. In most cases, the quality of your skin and the degree of laxity that is present will determine which technique Dr. Cho feels is right for you.

The Breasts

Cosmetic breast surgery is a common part of the mommy makeover. Dr. Cho can restore fullness to your breasts or elevate them to a more youthful position with a breast lift or breast augmentation. Breast augmentation requires the placement of a saline or silicone breast implant, while the breast lift requires surgical tissue tightening to correct breast sagging. An internal bra can also be used to support implants once they have been placed. For patients interested in more subtle improvements, a fat transfer procedure may be ideal.

Body Contouring

Dr. Cho can use liposuction to remove persistent areas of localized body fat, such as the arms, thighs, tummy, back, and neck. For safety, a limited amount of fat can be removed with liposuction. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure but a proven mommy makeover method of selective body fat removal. Stretch marks can also be addressed with tissue remodeling procedures like BodyTite, Profound, Morpheus8, CO2 resurfacing, and CO2 laser resurfacing. Fat grafting also has a regenerative aspect that can be used in body contouring.

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Creating an Integrated Approach

At Integrated Aesthetics, our focus is on your experience and results. As you know, your mommy makeover will be customized according to your specific goals and the changes your body underwent during the childbearing process. Some patients come to us seeking subtle changes, while others may be looking for more significant adjustments to their frame and figure.

We’ll combine a number of options for each area, paying particular attention to the breasts and abdomen. Belly button reconstruction often forms an important part of the mommy makeover, and Dr. Cho will work with you to explore various techniques that can create a pleasing abdominal appearance while restoring the belly button to an ideal position.

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The Benefits of the Mommy Makeover

  • You will only have anesthesia once for several procedures.
  • You will only have a single recovery period.
  • You can return to the youthful look you had before pregnancy.
  • Dr. Cho may be able to help with medical issues during surgery, such as hernia repairs, urinary incontinence, and back pain.

The Recovery Period After a Mommy Makeover

You will be given IV pain medication immediately after your mommy makeover to manage your pain while in the recovery area.  Dr. Cho will give you a prescription for pain medications when you go home. During your initial two-week recovery period, you will be able to engage in light daily activities.

You will be instructed to avoid all strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for six weeks. You can expect swelling and bruising to begin to subside in one to three weeks, and you’ll notice the final results of your mommy makeover within six months.

Your scars will continue to fade for six months to a year after the surgeries. Dr. Cho will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions and will be sure to schedule follow-up appointments at certain intervals so he can ensure that you’re healing nicely.

We will also schedule follow-up appointments so that we can monitor your healing process and ensure that you’re doing well. We will see you the day after your procedure, at which point we’ll review any questions you may have about the recovery process. If you have drains, they may stay in for a week or two depending on how much fluid is being collected.  Once there is a minimal amount, they will be removed. We’ll likely set up another appointment or two during the first two weeks of your recovery period, before seeing you again at the six-week mark. We’ll do everything we can to ensure that you enjoy a peaceful and accelerated recovery process.

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FAQ

What else do I need to know?

Are there any risks?

What do your patients say after this procedure?

How will you ensure my safety?

What is required for maximum results in a mommy makeover?

What is recovery like after a mommy makeover?

Do you have to be a certain age for a Mommy Makeover?

How much will my consultation cost?

What else do I need to know?

  • You will need two to four weeks of downtime and up to three months for a full recovery.
  • You may be left with scarring from some of these procedures, though Dr. Cho makes every effort to create incisions that leave minimal scarring.
  • Future weight gain can have a negative effect on the results of your mommy makeover surgery.

Are there any risks?

While the procedures included in a mommy makeover are considered to be safe, they carry some risks. Infection and DVT blood clots are some of the risks of surgery. Choosing a highly experienced surgeon like Dr. Cho gives you the opportunity to avoid many of these risks and enjoy total peace of mind while you look forward to your results.

What do your patients say after this procedure?

The mommy makeover is something of a journey. Our patients are often incredibly excited about this procedure, and we find that patients are often highly focused on the recovery process once the surgery itself has been completed. Patients are often excited to return to their normal routines after a couple of weeks, at which point they can begin seeing their results taking shape. By the six-week mark, many patients report that they’re starting to feel truly excited about their results as their swelling continues to resolve and their true outcomes become more and more visible.

How will you ensure my safety?

Our main concern is ensuring that our patients receive proper post-procedural care, and we make sure that our mommy makeover patients are supported and cared for after surgery. We monitor patients closely for signs of potential infection or issues with wound healing. We’ll make sure to help you manage any discomfort, keep you hydrated, and ensure that you have everything you need to enjoy a peaceful and relatively pleasant recovery period.

What is required for maximum results in a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover procedure can be very rewarding. There are things that you can do to help optimize your results. Staying close to your ideal body weight will allow your surgeon to optimize your result. In addition, a healthy lifestyle with a good balance of diet and exercise can further help you maintain your results after surgery.

A consultation can help further assess whether the mommy makeover procedure can include additional body parts such as the arms, back or thighs. Most typically the procedure focuses on the breast and abdomen, but you may be able to enhance your results by addressing other areas of concern whether they are done at the same time or at a separate stage. Additionally, it can be addressed in a non-surgical fashion.

One of the most important decisions is finding a plastic surgeon that is right for you. I would look for a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area and really focus on becoming educated on what your options are to achieve the best results during your consultation.

What is recovery like after a mommy makeover?

This is a general guide I give to my patients as to the recovery after a mommy makeover:

  • • Week 1: Discomfort and tightness level progressively decrease with each day. Swelling decreases a great deal after one week. Most people return to work in some capacity.
  • • Week 2: Unlikely to need any narcotic support except maybe at night. Swelling and tightness continue to improve compared to week 1.
  • • Weeks 3-6: You may need Tylenol or Ibuprofen for intermittent discomfort. Swelling completely resolved. Tightness may continue as the implants sit into their final position over an additional few months.

As far as activity, here is a safety guide: No heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 6 weeks (a gallon of milk as a guide); Resume walking at a leisurely pace right after surgery (e.g. 2 mph); At 2 weeks, you can walk 2 miles at 2mph; At 3 weeks, you can walk 3 miles at 3mph; At 4 weeks, you can walk 4 miles at 4mph; At 5 weeks, you can jog 5 miles at 5mph); At 6 weeks, you can resume all activities, but listen to your body and use discomfort or tightness as a guide so you don't overdo it.

So as far as the little ones, I would recommend having help for basic needs like lifting into the car seat. You can cuddle with them while you are sitting down, but you should avoid the tendency to multitask with one child in your arms while you are busy doing other tasks.

Do you have to be a certain age for a Mommy Makeover?

Age alone does not determine whether you are a candidate or not for plastic surgery. If you are healthy and do not have a complicated medical history, you can certainly entertain a Mommy Makeover procedure. You may also need medical clearance which will include seeing your primary care physician or cardiologist to ensure that you are safe to undergo general anesthesia and a procedure such as a Mommy Makeover. The Mommy Makeover is an extremely rewarding procedure and can really help transform your body and build confidence. I would make sure that you visit with a board-certified plastic surgeon than can help you evaluate your options and come up with an appropriate treatment plan to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

How much will my consultation cost?

A consultation with Dr. Cho will cost $175, but this cost can be applied to the overall total of your treatment plan, should you decide to move forward with Integrated Aesthetics.

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Dr. Young Cho A Mommy Makeover Expert

Creating impressive mommy makeover results can be a challenge, which is why you deserve to rest assured under the care of a highly experienced practitioner like Dr. Young Cho, MD, FACS. With his extensive educational background, board certification, and fellowship training, he has earned a reputation for excellence over the course of more than 20 years. He's excited to learn more about how he can put his extensive training to use creating the results that you both know you deserve.

To learn more about what Dr. Young Cho and his team can do for you, reach out to Integrated Aesthetics at The Woodlands or Spring, TX locations and speak with a member of our team to set up your consultation today.

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