“The physical transformation that results from post-pregnancy surgery often inspires dramatically positive psychological changes for a woman, as well, inspiring and reawakening an awareness and enjoyment of her feminine beauty, confidence, and sensuality.”
Dr. Patronella’s Approach To Post Pregnancy Surgery
The physical transformation that results from post-pregnancy surgery often inspires dramatically positive psychological changes for a woman, as well, inspiring and reawakening an awareness and enjoyment of her feminine beauty and sensuality.
While having a child is a cherished and unforgettable experience for most women, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight fluctuations take a physical toll upon the body that leaves many women with:
- breasts that have lost fullness and firmness
- stretch marks over the abdomen, hips, and breasts
- loose abdominal skin and hip skin
- a tummy bulge that won’t budge despite diet and exercise
These changes frequently take an emotional and psychological toll as well, causing a woman to feel self-conscious about her body and hesitant to wear the figure-accentuating and revealing jeans, tops, dresses, and swimsuits she may have once enjoyed. Self-image issues can affect disposition, personality, socialization, and libido as well, creating the potential for even more dramatic problems with interpersonal relationships.
Houston’s Dr. Patronella finds, being a participant in the restoration of a woman’s body to its pre-pregnancy state is particularly rewarding. While some patients with children initially have reservations or feelings of guilt about pursuing cosmetic plastic surgery to restore their bodies, the benefits they experience both aesthetically and emotionally following surgery prompt most to express, “I wish I had done it sooner.”
Dr. Patronella’s Actual Patient Transformation: Mommy Makeover
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I began modeling as a teenager, and had a successful career based in New York City, until my late twenties. I was so fortunate to be able to travel the world, working for some of fashion’s biggest names—shooting for many magazines, catalogues, and ad campaigns.
As I approached my thirties, I decided to move on to the next chapter of my life: motherhood. In December of 2015, my husband and I received the incredible news that we were pregnant with twins!
I had an uneventful, healthy pregnancy and carried my boys until 38 weeks and in August of 2016 I gave birth to two beautiful, perfect, healthy boys (over 6lbs. each!) via scheduled c-section.
The first year went by in a flash. I dove head first into my new role as a mommy, but also struggled with the transition from my previous life. In spite of this wonderful new purpose in my life, I was still going through a grieving process of my “old” self. My body had changed, which I tried to accept as a “badge of honor”, but deep down really struggled with. I had been exercising and eating well for the better part of that first year, but my once-flat tummy was just not responding the way the rest of my body was. I had a pooch that wouldn’t budge. I felt self-conscious enough that I began shopping for the obligatory “mom swimsuit” to keep myself as covered as possible while taking my babes to the pool. While at the pool, I found myself so self-conscious that I found it difficult to be present and enjoy the time swimming with my boys.
That’s when I decided to call Dr. P to help restore my body to its original glory! My pooch was caused by muscle separation that wasn’t ever going to get better, no matter how much I exercised, so I scheduled a tummy tuck with Dr. P in October of 2017.
I have been soooo thrilled with the result we achieved. I think my tummy actually looks better now than it did before, if that’s even possible after twins!!! Last month, my family traveled to Florida for vacation. I found myself on South Beach, absolutely comfortable in my own skin, present and happy with my now two-year old boys, while wearing an itty bitty string bikini!
Dr. P had done it!!! I had wanted my body “restored”, and there I was back in model form!
Aside from the obvious aesthetic improvement, the absolute improvement in my self-confidence has been life-changing.
I had initially struggled with making the decision because I was afraid it was selfish. What I have found is that it has made me a better mom, because I am comfortable in my own skin again. I am not missing precious moments with my children because my mind is too focused on “sucking in” my tummy. Today, I can play joyfully with them on the beach, wearing whatever swimsuit I want and not give any thought to my tummy.
My former self and my current self have been reconciled!!!
The Benefits Of Combining Procedures In A Single Surgery
As part of a plan to restore a youthful, attractive appearance to the body, Dr. Patronella frequently combines The True Form Tummy Tuck® abdominoplasty method with a breast enhancement procedure such as breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction surgery. Many women also choose to have liposuction to improve proportions and contour lines. This combination of procedures is sometimes referred to as a “Mommy Makeover.” In most cases these procedures can be performed in a single surgery, which offers patients the following benefits:
Because you pay a general anesthesia and surgical facility fee each time you have surgery, combining procedures into a single surgery allows you to save on these costs. In addition, a discounted surgeon’s fee is typically provided to patients when procedures are combined.
You have just one recovery period, eliminating the additional recovery time that is required when procedures are performed in separate operations.
“Dr. Patronella has a good eye. I went in for a consultation because I wanted the roll of fat across my belly button gone. I was focused on the front, but he was able to look at my body as a whole and make recommendations to improve it.”
— a patient of Dr. Patronella, Houston, Tx
During your consultation with Dr. Patronella in Houston, he will listen to your concerns and work with you to explain your options and develop a plan to help you fulfill your aesthetic desires. You are welcome to review these issues as well.
Mommy Makeover Procedures
Breast Enhancement Surgery
Many women are disappointed to discover that pregnancy and breastfeeding have left their breasts smaller and deflated as a result of volume fluctuations, weakened skin elasticity, aging and the effects of gravity. Through breast augmentation and/or breast lift surgery, Dr. Patronella restores volume, firmness, and shapely contours to the breasts.
As a charter board member of NOVO—the National Council of Leaders in Breast Aesthetics—Dr. Patronella is nationally-respected for his expertise in breast enhancement and corrective surgery. He tailors your breast enhancement procedure to your unique proportions and preferences in order to give you the beautiful contours you desire. His ability to predict results, when subtle anatomical variations or asymmetry are present, allows him to create soft, shapely, and natural-looking results that match a woman’s unique anatomy. Depending on your appearance goals, breast enhancement surgery can provide the following benefits:
- Restore volume and a shapely appearance to breasts
- Correct sagging to give breasts a firmer, lifted appearance
- Reduce overly large breasts to make them more proportionate for a woman’s frame
Breast Augmentation with Breast Implants
In a breast augmentation procedure, Dr. Patronella restores volume and a shapely appearance to the breasts through the insertion of saline or silicone gel-filled implants. He uses detailed suturing techniques to enhance the shape of the breasts and to provide the breast crease with added definition.
Breast Lift / Combination Breast Lift & Breast Augmentation Surgery
The fluctuating breast volume changes that take place during pregnancy weaken the skin’s elasticity, causing the breasts to lose firmness and shapeliness. When combined with the loss of breast volume that commonly occurs following pregnancy and breastfeeding along with the effects of gravity and aging, many women are left with breasts that have a sagging, deflated appearance. In a breast lift procedure, Dr. Patronella reshapes the breasts to give them a lifted, youthful-looking contour.
Breast Reduction Surgery
While it is common to lose breast volume following pregnancy, many women are bothered by breasts that are excessively large for their frames. In addition to making it difficult to find tops that fit well, the cumbersome weight of large breasts frequently causes a multitude of physical discomforts such as back, neck, and shoulder pain and skin irritation from excessive sweating that occurs beneath the breasts.
In a breast reduction procedure, Dr. Patronella lightens the breasts to give them a shapely, smaller contour that is better proportioned to the rest of the body. He accomplishes this through the removal of excess fat, tissue, and skin, and the use of contouring techniques to give the breasts a more youthful, lifted look. Patients enjoy the enhanced freedom they have to engage in a physically active lifestyle and the ability to wear a wider range of clothing styles.
As part of a mommy makeover procedure, many women choose to have liposuction to further enhance the shape of their bodies and complement the appearance of their flat, youthful-looking tummies and narrower waistlines. The primary purpose of liposuction is to restore more attractive contour lines and proportions to the body through the removal of excess fat.