Restore Your Confidence With a Mommy Makeover
By Sherri Roberts
While pregnancy and the birth of a child are among life’s most treasured experiences for many women, the lingering physical effects from these events can take a toll on self-confidence, impacting a woman in more ways than she may consciously realize. After pregnancy, the breasts frequently lose volume and firmness and can appear deflated; the abdomen and navel commonly retain a stretched out look with loose skin and a tummy pooch; and stretch marks and/or a C-section scar may be visible. Not surprisingly, these changes can leave a woman feeling less attractive, inhibiting her full enjoyment of activities such as intimacy, clothes shopping, and social occasions like pool and office parties, where form-fitting attire is the style.
That’s why mommy makeover surgery—a plastic surgery procedure combination that restores the body to look as good and often better than it did prior to pregnancy, has become an increasingly popular option women are choosing. In the experience of Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Patronella, mommy makeover surgery not only delivers a dramatic physical transformation but numerous positive psychological benefits as well, inspiring many patients to engage more fully in their relationships, daily activities, and pursuit of their dreams.
While the exact procedure combination can vary, mommy makeover surgery typically includes breast augmentation and/or a breast lift, tummy tuck surgery, and liposuction—targeting the areas that usually change the most as a result of pregnancy.
Dr. Patronella gives the breasts added volume and curve definition through the insertion of saline or silicone implants and advanced techniques he uses to create ideal contour lines. During the consultation, the patient tries on silicone and saline implants of varying sizes and projections to determine the look she desires. Dr. Patronella customizes the breast augmentation procedure based upon the patient’s goals and his careful analysis of her anatomy to balance out any asymmetries.
Breast Lift Surgery
The breasts often develop some degree of sagging after pregnancy due to volume loss and the aging process. With a breast lift procedure, Dr. Patronella positions the breasts and nipples into a more youthful position on the chest. The majority of his patients choose to combine a breast lift with breast augmentation to give the breasts a shapelier, feminine look. Dr. Patronella developed a technique for combining breast augmentation and breast lift surgery that significantly improves the aesthetic results and safety of this procedure. Dr. Patronella was invited to write a chapter describing the method for the distinguished book series for plastic surgeons, Seminars in Plastic Surgery.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
Dr. Patronella restores a toned, attractive appearance to the abdomen by removing loose abdominal skin and tightening the underlying muscle wall, which is stretched apart during pregnancy. Dr. Patronella’s developed the True Form Tummy Tuck approach, consisting of 10 key elements, to give the abdomen soft contours, a youthful-inward belly button and a smooth, consistent skin tone across the entire abdomen and its adjacent regions. His tummy tuck approach been spotlighted as a “Featured Operative Technique” in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, one of the most respected professional journals in cosmetic plastic surgery.
Liposuction is a shape-enhancing procedure in which Dr. Patronella strategically removes fat via a thin cannula tube to sculpt more ideal contours in areas that often accumulate stubborn excess fat such as the waist, hips, and thighs. This step helps to blend the rejuvenated abdomen with the areas next to it by creating a proportionate overall look for the most natural-appearing results.
If you are interested in attaining aesthetic improvement, contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Patronella, (713) 575-1996.