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Mommy Makeover

Alamo Plastic Surgery San Antonio TX | Mommy Makeover

First off, congratulations on doing the incredible: having children!  Pregnancy and childbirth are amazing events, and change one’s life forever.  While they change one’s priorities, they also affect one’s body in many ways, some more permanent than others.  Dr. Albright is able to offer patients cosmetic solutions to many of the common changes that happen after childbirth and child-rearing.  Collectively this constellation of surgeries is called a “mommy makeover” or mommy makeover cosmetic surgery, usually involving simultaneous breast and belly contouring procedures.  The results from these combined procedures can be life-altering with patients reporting improved self-confidence and sexual well-being.

Mommy Makeover breast surgeries typically involve correction of damaged, stretched and deflated breasts.  This is achieved with removal of damaged excess skin and relocation of the nipple with a breast lift procedure.  If the patient desires additional volume (desires more volume than they currently fill in their bra), then either a breast augmentation (implant) or breast fat transfer is performed.  The goal is a perkier and more youthful breast shape in and out-of-clothing. Fat grafting is when fat is removed from one part of the body with mommy makeover plastic surgery.

The common belly surgeries include a tummy-tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction, correction of separation of the abdominal muscles (rectus diastasis) or an umbilical hernia, and removal of C section scars and excess damaged skin.  The result is a more shapely narrowed waistline with a small, tighter, more youthful belly button.  The typical scars are then hidden below most underwear and bikini bottoms.  

Other women desire contouring of their extremities, termed arm-lifts and thigh-lifts.  These procedures are less often combined as patients have concerns about more visible scarring when skin excision is required.  However, liposuction can sometimes be utilized without skin excision with reasonable results.

A tremendous benefit of combining procedures is even though more up-front cost, ultimately there is dramatic cost savings by avoiding multiple separate surgeries.  However, arguably the more important benefit, patients only have one recovery period and are able to make a more spectacular change.  As long as it is safe to combine the procedures, Dr. Albright will tailor the procedures to best fit your goals! He is one of the best mommy makeover surgeons in San Antonio TX.

Mommy Makeover FAQ’s

What procedures are included in a Mommy Makeover?

“Mommy Makeover” can be a mix of procedures including a breast lift or breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, fat injections (butt and/or breasts), thigh lift, arm lift, and even vaginal rejuvenation. The most common “Mommy Makeover” combination is a breast lift with a tummy tuck and liposuction. Many patients find that the results are incredible and, with the right surgeons, often life-changing.

Am I a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

A good candidate for a Mommy Makeover has reached a stable weight, preferably near her ideal or goal weight. This means you’re done having babies and are no longer breastfeeding or still adjusting from post-childbirth body changes. Avoid nicotine! Smoking (nicotine, specifically) can dramatically inhibit wound healing and increase the risk of infection. Dr. Albright at Alamo Plastic Surgery recommends being nicotine-free for at least six weeks before and six weeks after surgery, for this combination of surgeries. You should be finished having children. As you know, your body changes after pregnancy and your results may change afterward also. Keep in mind that a Mommy Makeover is a cosmetic and purely elective process so you should be healthy enough for general anesthesia.

What is the recovery like?

Although not exactly the same as a C-section, a Mommy Makeover usually requires two weeks of minimal lifting (less than 20 pounds) or reaching and/or pulling. Every surgeons is different with their recovery protocol, so don’t be afraid to ask. In a way, planning for a Mommy Makeover recovery is similar to planning for a new baby. Post-surgery, you might find it helpful to have extra hands around the house, consider food prep/frozen meals, and have a plan for childcare. But, the two weeks of recovery will fly by and you will have the rest of your life to enjoy the benefits. Dr. Albright will also recommend that you wear compression garments and recovery bras after surgery.

When will I see results?

As the proverb goes, good things come to those who wait. The healing process takes time.  The initial swelling from surgery is the body’s response to inflammation caused by surgical injury. When a surgically created space is made and inflammation is present, the body will allow clear fluid (serous fluid) from your circulation to move into the space. Swelling may take as long as 3-5 months after surgery to completely resolve and reveal your postoperative figure. Additionally, the scars will continue to mature their appearance over 8-12 month time period. Dr. Albright and his staff will help you through this transition period. He will tailor the procedures to best fit your goals! He is one of the best Mommy Makeover surgeons in San Antonio TX.

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“ Dr. Albright is a skilled and precise surgeon. At my first appointment
Dr. Albright and his staff are extremely skilled and knowledge. Being an RN and knowing details about surgical complications and post op infection risks, I wouldn’t go to any other plastic surgeons in town. He absolutely wants the best results and is willing to take the time needed to achieve that goal. Dr. Albright is realistic about expectations and outcomes and takes the time during procedures to do it right. I highly recommend Dr. Albright without reservations. ”
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“ What a breath of fresh air! Dr. Albright is an extraordinarily competent plastic surgeon. I was referred by another physician who has worked directly with Dr. Albright in the surgical suite. Doctor is a perfectionist; and I am very grateful to have experienced an outstanding surgical result. His work is of top notch grade and has exceeded my expectations. He has impeccable credentials, but most importantly he is a nice person. I am blessed to receive a gift from his healing hands. ”
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“ I recently had breast augmentation, and I am so pleased with my results. He spent a great deal of time explaining my options, listening to what I wanted, and providing his opinion. I visited other surgeons in the area and didn’t feel any of the others listened or cared quite like Dr. Albright.  Not only do I recommend Dr. Albright, hospital nurses commented to me that he is the best! ”
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“ Dr. Albright is a caring professional - he answers all questions thoroughly and takes as much time as necessary.  He is an exceptional doctor.  Everyone is friendly, caring and shows genuine concern for how the patient is feeling - I felt comfortable the first time I met Dr. Albright and his staff.  This continued on every visit. ”
“ I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Albright. He was very patient, thorough, and skilled. I had a great experience and was glad that I chose him to be my surgeon. I was extremely pleased with my results. He is personable and patient. Couldn't ask for anything more. ”
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