About the Mommy Makeover
Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul S. Gill gets great satisfaction in helping women rejuvenate their body's appearance after pregnancy, aging, and weight loss. This is why he offers the mommy makeover, one of his most popular plastic surgeries, at his practice in The Woodlands, TX at The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology. As a combination of breast and body procedures, the mommy makeover can enhance a woman's sense of femininity. As the husband of a busy dermatologist and father of two daughters, Dr. Gill is aware of the demand women have on their time and from the responsibilities of career and family. He knows the importance of giving a patient one surgery date, one recovery period, and one time set aside for "down time" to heal her body.
Dr. Gill also encourages women who may have had their babies years ago but still want to rejuvenate their skin to consult with him for the same procedures. Even if you haven't had a baby, motherhood (no matter how you get there — biologically or not) is an amazing time for many women. However, it can be a time when a woman puts other's needs in front of her own. Does that describe you? Is it time for you to put your needs first? Give yourself the opportunity to care for your skin and body with a mommy makeover. Change the tightness and shape of your breasts, tummy, thighs, and more. This body contouring treatment uses a combination of skin tightening and fat reduction techniques to reshape the breasts, stomach, buttock, and thighs — or virtually any body part affected by nursing, weight gain or loss. Furthermore, nonsurgical procedures can be incorporated to address surface imperfections, such as skin problems or stretch marks, from the rapid stretching and weight fluctuations. Let Dr. Gill help you regain your beautiful figure and self-confidence. There are many options to the mommy makeover and an individualized plan can be made during a consultation with Dr. Gill based on your anatomy, your desired goals, and the amount of available downtime.
Mommy Makeover Procedures
In some cases, you may experience a loss of breast volume after pregnancy and breastfeeding, causing you to feel self-conscious. Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that increases your breast size and projection, giving you fuller breasts. With this procedure, you can restore or even enhance your breast size by having implants placed. Before the procedure, you’ll have a detailed talk with Dr. Gill about the specifications of your implants, options for implant placement, incision options, your expectations from the surgery, and more.
The breast lift, also known as mastopexy surgery, is a procedure that restores the shape of sagging breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding by removing excess skin. The remaining tissue is then reshaped and tightened to raise the breasts and restore firmness. Asymmetry can be addressed through this procedure, and repositioning and resizing the areola can also be performed.
Most women who choose to have this surgery do so because they’re conscious about drooping breasts or nipples that point downwards. This procedure fixes these problems effectively. A breast lift will also create more cleavage and upper pole fullness to the breast.
Breast Augmentation With Lift
A breast augmentation with a lift is a common technique that works very well for women who have had post-partum deflation and volume loss along with the loose skin. This procedure involves the use of an implant to help restore the volume and then a breast lift to help reshape the overlying skin and soft tissues. This can help correct any size or shape asymmetries and help restore the breast envelope to its previous state.
Women who have seen an increase in breast volume after childbirth or as they age can undergo a breast reduction in which excess breast tissue is removed and the remaining loose breast skin is tightened to lift the breast and provide a more natural youthful breast. This can offer a significant improvement in musculoskeletal issues, such as neck and back pain, associated with the breast tissue excess.
Breast revision surgery is not uncommon for women who have had a prior breast augmentation and then have babies — only to see loose skin and loss of volume in their breast. These women are excellent candidates for a revision breast augmentation or breast lift procedure, where the loose skin envelope that has developed can be tightened around existing an implant and either a larger or smaller implant can be placed to optimize shape and symmetry.
Tummy Tuck/Body Lift
After childbirth, the abdominal area may be left with excess fat, loose skin, drooping muscle tissue, and stretch marks. The tummy tuck, also known as the abdominoplasty, is a procedure that can address all of these issues. During this procedure, excess fat is removed using liposuction, hanging skin is trimmed with a scalpel, and the weak underlying muscles are tightened with internal sutures. When excess skin is removed, stretch marks on this skin may also be eliminated.
A mini-tummy tuck is designed for women who have loose skin and muscle only in the lower abdomen but maintains good tone and skin quality of their upper and central abdomen. An extended tummy tuck procedure involves the tummy tuck with liposuction, but the incision extends beyond the flank and hip area. Dr. Gill performs the extended tummy tuck in patients who have had multiple pregnancies, pregnancies with twins or triplets, or after an extreme weight loss. It allows him to address the flank and hip excess skin in a more elegant and natural fashion.
A body lift or belt lipectomy is a procedure that addresses the loose skin of the lower back, buttocks, and outer thighs, along with the extended tummy tuck. A 360° tummy tuck or circumferential lift is commonly performed in patients who have had a significant amount of weight loss either after a bariatric surgery or a notable decrease in weight with diet and exercise (100+ pounds). This is optimal contouring to the trunk.
Dr. Gill can perform liposuction to address fatty tissues to help restore a leaner look and contour. Lipo offers superb clinical results and is probably the most commonly performed abdominal contouring procedure in Dr. Gill’s practice. It can be used on areas, like your midsection, hips, arms, buttocks, thighs, knees, back, and neck.
"I have had Dr. Gill as my dermatologist for over 8 years. She is absolutely wonderful, she has been the only dermatologist to actually listen, take time to hear what's going on and find a solution to my issues. I highly recommend her, she does not rush you in and out. She has great bed side manners and is truly a terrific doctor!"- S.B. / Google / Dec 04, 2018
"Dr. Gill and his staff are friendly, thorough, and responded quickly to my inquiries. They took care of my on an unplanned visit to make sure everything was ok. There is very little, if any waiting time before the appointments. I completed a lot of research prior to seeing Dr. Gill; therefore, my appointments were to the point and quick which made my appointments convenient. The entire staff makes seeing Dr. Gill a pleasant experience."- C.A. / Google / Dec 04, 2018
"Dr. gill and his staff have been wonderful to me. He made me feel very comfortable. Answered all my questions and the nurse called me right back when I had any concerns. My results are amazing and would choose him a million times over."- C.K. / Google / Dec 04, 2018
"I am so pleased with the level of care that I have received from Dr. Gill and his staff. From my first contact with his office, I have been treated with kindness and compassion. Dr. Gill and his staff are very professional and are always there to answer any questions or concerns. I am a little over a week post tummy tuck and I am already loving my results. (M. Robinson)"- M.J. / Google / Dec 03, 2018
"Dr. Gills office has been amazing. They have put me at ease from day one. The staff goes out of there way to make you feel your needs are the most important. Jeanne and Jolynn have been so helpful. Dr. Gill did a wonderful job and it has truly changed my life. Thank you to an amazing Dr. and a wonderful staff. KL"- K.A. / Google / Nov 30, 2018
Ideal candidates for body contouring and mommy makeover are patients who have undergone pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing, and have tried to get a younger-looking and tighter body through a consistent, healthy lifestyle with little results. For many women, a surgical intervention is recommended to reclaim their figure. If you are past childbearing and are dissatisfied with the imperfections of your body, such as lifeless, deflated breasts, saggy skin in the abdominal area, or undesirable areas of fat tissue in the hips, thighs, and buttocks, this procedure could help you. The overall goal of Dr. Gill is to help you reclaim your body. Then, you can get back to living life and enjoying your figure again.
Dr. Gill will perform a detailed exam of your body and provide you with options for contouring. He will then assess your body in terms of the amount of skin, fatty tissue, and loose muscle you have. Based on this assessment, Dr. Gill will make recommendations on the contouring procedures that will optimize your results.
The mommy makeover procedure is a body contouring surgery that's tailored for each woman by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gill based on the areas of concern to be repaired. A variety of procedures can be paired together — the most popular treatments are liposuction of the flanks and lower back, as well as breast lift surgery, breast implants, breast reduction, breast revision, and tummy tuck surgery. The mommy makeover surgeries are performed while you are under general anesthesia, lasting 3 – 7 hours, depending on the complexity. Also, a stay at the hospital might be necessary. It is common to also incorporate nonsurgical skin procedures, such as a cosmetic injection or a laser treatment, to smooth facial wrinkles and diminish surface issues. Depending on your condition and the amount of surgery performed on you, we may recommend an overnight stay for your safety and security.
What to Expect
We recognize that many moms have a busy lifestyle taking care of her family and/or trying to balance a professional career. To discuss recovery, it is often best to offer a timeline after knowing what procedures are going to take place. We will always begin with a screening mammogram, pre-operative lab work, and any necessary medical clearance. Our practice will then arrange a pre-operative visit to review your results, to discuss your procedure in terms of recovery/risks/realistic expectations, to go over your pre- and post-operative care instructions, and to give you prescriptions. This visit is a good opportunity to bring a friend or family member who will be there by your side after surgery. This should be the person or people who will be helping take care of you in your recovery.
Typical recovery involves approximately 7 – 10 days of taking pain medication and limiting activity to allow your body to safely heal. Our goal by week two is to have you off the pain medication, your drain tubes removed, and back to your desk work or light physical work. However, we will use caution and restrict any heavy lifting/exercising or heavy manual labor for 4 – 6 weeks for the best possible long-term results. During this time frame, you’ll see Dr. Gill for a one, three, and six-week follow-up visit to assess your progress and for him to make appropriate recommendations on your recovery. You will then visit us every three months for one year. In that time, we can closely follow and monitor your incisions and results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I decide what to include in my mommy makeover?
During your consultation with Dr. Gill, he will discuss your wants and needs before performing a physical examination. Following this, he can give you suggestions on what to include in your treatment plan. Often, women want a breast surgery (an augmentation, lift, or both) together with a tummy tuck and liposuction.
What about nonsurgical treatments?
Childbirth and pregnancy are hard on your body, which is why nonsurgical procedures usually aren't enough to produce significant improvements. In your consultation, Dr. Gill will go over both nonsurgical and surgical treatments. After listening to your concerns and goals, he will tell you if these procedures, like nonsurgical liposuction (including CoolSculpting), or noninvasive skin resurfacing, may be helpful.
Will I have scars?
Although a mommy makeover gives you a rejuvenated figure, it does leave surgical scars. Dr. Gill will create clean, small incisions. Most scars will be placed so they can be hidden behind your swimsuit or underwear. When reviewing your post-surgical care instructions, Dr. Gill or a member of his team will give you tips on scar care so your sutures heal flat and eventually fade.
What if I get pregnant again?
Ideally, you should hold off on getting a mommy makeover until your family is complete so your results aren't compromised. In most cases, all treated areas of your body are at risk for changing if you were to get pregnant again. Should you have another child after a mommy makeover, a revision mommy makeover surgery may be done to restore your results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $13,000 - $17,000
- Recovery Time
- 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 4 – 5 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
- Outpatient or Inpatient
Experience You can Trust
If you want to stop feeling aggravated with your current figure while trying your hardest to lose those remaining pounds, we welcome you to contact The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology in The Woodlands, TX to hear more about the body contouring options we offer. Sagging breasts, excess skin, and other surface irregularities can be corrected with this custom surgery. During the consultation process, Dr. Gill will address your concerns and aesthetic goals and create a personalized treatment plan to repair each area. Let's talk about your mommy makeover today!