Having children is a wonderful experience, but for some new mothers, the body they’re left with is less than their ideal. New fathers, by the way, aren’t immune, as they often gain a bit of sympathy weight during pregnancy. But it’s certainly more of a burden for new mothers. Exercise during pregnancy is a great idea for both parties, however there are cases where it just isn’t comfortable, or could even be detrimental to the development of the baby. Coupled with the stress of breastfeeding, and the old adage that “you’re eating for two,” sometimes the return to youthful vigor can do with a helping hand. The team at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery has a solution -- the Mommy Makeover. What Is the Mommy Makeover? This is a combination procedure which usually involves restoring a youthful shape to the areas of the body that can be affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding: - the tummy and abdomen - the breasts - accumulation of fat elsewhere on the body This last instance can be due to overeating during pregnancy, especially when coupled with lower than normal activity levels. All of this can lead to weight gain in areas that are difficult to deal with by exercising and dieting alone. For example, it’s really tough to eliminate lower abdomen fat and deposits on love handles. But these can be very effectively dealt with using liposuction, body sculpting, or lipodissolve. The usual combination includes: - breast augmentation - breast lift - liposuction - tummy tuck In addition to the above, fatty deposits and excess skin may also be excised from areas such as the back as part of the body sculpting process. This makes sure that the patient's figure is returned as nearly as possible to the pre-pregnancy silhouette. Preparation and Recovery From the Mommy Makeover The preparation will include a first consultation, in which Dr. Vitenas will propose various options to remove excess skin and fat, and suggest reshaping options for the breasts. These may include using implants to increase the volume of the breasts, volume which may have been lost during breastfeeding, and a breast lift procedure to reposition the nipples and improve the shape of the breast. The patient will have the opportunity to review photos from previous procedures carried out by Dr. Vitenas, and discuss the options for recovering a more youthful hourglass shape. Also, Dr. Vitenas will suggest areas where liposuction can be used to balance the effect -- such as the knees, thighs, and, of course, hips. The recovery times will vary according to the amount of surgery performed, but one of the advantages of the Mommy Makeover is that there’s only a single recovery following a single visit to hospital. In six to eight weeks, the patient will have fully recovered, with a new figure to show off! Normal day to day activities can usually be resumed after around four weeks, but Dr. Vitenas recommends that you plan to be away from work for one to two weeks -- the exact length of recommended absence will be discussed during the initial consultation. Visit the photo gallery to see the results of various combination surgeries, including the Mommy Makeover achieved by Dr. Vitenas. You can book your initial consultation at Houston based Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery on (281) 484-0088. The team may also be contacted through their very informative website.