Mommy Makeover



Mommy Makeover Houston TX

Mommy Makeover is a plastic surgery treatment that incorporates several surgical procedures designed to reverse the negative physical outcome of pregnancy, childbirth, aging, and motherhood. Childbearing and caring creates special moments and excitement in a woman’s life. However, this process can lead to negative physical changes as the tummy becomes stretched, breasts deflate and sag, and excess fat accumulates around the abdomen and hips. This impacts negatively on a woman’s looks and feelings. During a Mommy Makeover, plastic surgeons perform customized surgical procedures like breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction to help restore the body to the pre-baby state for the mom. Almost all women who undergo a mommy makeover enjoy a rejuvenated youthful appearance and increased self-confidence.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Arroyo offers Mommy Makeovers to women in his Houston backyard, as well as surrounding Texas cities of Bellaire, Jacinto City, the Woodlands, Galena Park, Pasadena, Cloverleaf, Aldine, and more. With a one of a kind aesthetic eye Dr. Arroyo performs this procedure with the goal of giving moms a restored pre-baby body. The surgeon understands that the needs of different women are unique and goes out of his way to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient. More so, the surgeon utilizes advanced surgical techniques to achieve the desired makeover goals while minimizing the risk of scarring and other side effects.

Who is a Mommy Makeover for?

A Mommy Makeover incorporates several customized surgical procedures that are aimed at giving women who have just been through childbearing a newfound sense of attractiveness and confidence. You may be an excellent candidate for this cosmetic treatment if:

  • You are in great physical and emotional health
  • You have deflated and sagging breasts due to breastfeeding
  • You have overly stretched skin or excess fat in various areas of your body
  • You are near your ideal weight goal

During your first Mommy Makeover consultation at Dr. Arroyo’s Houston cosmetic surgery center, the surgeon will listen closely to your wishes and concerns, examine your body, and let you know whether this procedure is for you. Dr. Arroyo undertakes this process using a state of the art virtual consultation tool in which he will be able to show you (in real-time) what the procedure would entail, where the scars would be located and what you can expect using your own pictorial anatomy. More so, Dr. Arroyo emphasizes that each woman is unique in her own way and develops a highly customized treatment plan to give each one the beautiful, natural looking body they desire. It is important that patients undergo this procedure strictly out of their own volition, not because someone else asked them to.

Dr. Arroyo’s Surgical Approach

Mommy Makeover is an outpatient procedure that is performed at Dr. Arroyo’s in-office operating room. The surgeon will start once his anesthesia team has administered intravenous sedation in order to keep the patient nice and comfortable throughout the treatment process. Once this is done, Dr. Arroyo will perform the intended procedures (e.g. breast lift, breast augmentation, and tummy tuck). The surgeon will use the most advanced surgical methods in order to achieve that taut, beautiful silhouette that you desire while minimizing the risk of scarring and other complications. Once the treatment is complete, most patients are discharged to go home for recovery.

Procedures Included in a Mommy Makeover

A Mommy Makeover is a comprehensive treatment regimen that aims to improve a woman’s body contours and sense of confidence after childbearing. Dr. Arroyo may perform any of the following procedures to suit the requirements of the patient and the goals of the surgery.

Breast lift and Breast Augmentation

During pregnancy, breasts enlarge and become fuller as they begin the milk production process. After delivery, however, nursing moms will experience a dramatic swelling and shrinking of their breasts. This expansion and contraction weakens the skin and supporting muscles, leading to smaller, deflated, and sagging breasts. This can be corrected with a breast lift or breast augmentation procedure that aims to improve the shape, size, or projection of the female breasts. Dr. Arroyo will perform a breast lift to give moms who have deflated, sagging breasts a perkier appearance. Breast augmentation, on the other hand, aims at improving the size or shape of breasts either using artificial implants or fat borrowed from other parts of the body. In some cases, the surgeon may perform both procedures in order to achieve the desired cosmetic improvements.


A woman’s body stores fat around the hips, thighs, and love handles during pregnancy. After childbirth, the mom is left with stubborn fat pockets throughout the body that negatively impact on their attractiveness and sense of self confidence. Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that permanently removes excess fat in order to restore a slimmer and smoother body contour. During Liposuction procedure, Dr. Arroyo will make tiny incisions in the target area and use a special device known as a cannula to suck out fat cells.

Breast Reduction

Also referred to as reduction mammoplasty, breast reduction is a cosmetic surgery treatment that aims to reduce the size of overly large and heavy breasts. Pregnancy and nursing often leads to a noticeable increase in breast volume. In some cases, this increase in size may lead to physical symptoms such as back pain, and shoulder grooves caused by bra straps. Breast reduction surgery may be included in your mommy makeover in order to alleviate the physical and emotional consequences of very large breasts.

Tummy tuck ( Abdominoplasty)

A woman’s uterus enlarges during pregnancy to accommodate the developing fetus. This causes the belly skin to overly stretch and lose elasticity. Similarly, the abdominal muscles become weakened. A tummy tuck procedure aims to address excess loose skin, stretch marks, and weakened abdominal muscles. Many women who receive this procedure as part of their mommy makeover enjoy a tight, toned, and more attractive midsection. During tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Arroyo will make an incision on the lower abdomen, and then remove excess skin, fat, and tissue. The surgeon will then tighten weakened abdominal muscles, and close incisions using appropriate sutures.

Dr. Arroyo’s Unique Sedation Method

During thigh lift surgery in Houston, TX, Dr. Christian Arroyo’s anesthesia team utilize a unique sedation method that is referred to as Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) Sedation. This technique is considered to be generally safer and allows the patient to breathe on their own without any intubation during surgery. Furthermore, patients do not suffer from side effects such as nausea, vomiting, or pain associated with general anesthesia. Once you have been prepped for surgery, the surgeon’s team will administer a specific type of oral medication to ease the nerves and assist with pain control. Instead of the typical intravenous medication, this is an oral version that many of his thigh lift surgery patients find to be very comfortable and preferable. It helps to utilize fewer intravenous medications during the procedure and has lower chances of resulting in anesthesia side effects such as respiratory depression. After this the patient is brought into the operating room where a painless IV is started and intravenous medications are administered to give the patient a nice comfortable sedation, completely unaware of anything and without intubation. The patient is very closely monitored by Dr. Arroyo’s surgical staff with patient safety being the #1 priority. After the procedure is complete, you wake up relaxed without pain, nausea or vomiting and ready to go home and recover.

Recovery After Mommy Makeover Surgery in West Houston

After the surgery, Dr. Arroyo will closely monitor the patient before releasing them to go home. Many patients experience bruising and swelling over the first few days following this cosmetic treatment. Dr. Arroyo will prescribe appropriate medication to improve your comfort level throughout recovery. How long it takes to recover will vary from one patient to the other depending on the extensiveness of the treatment and the patient’s healing ability. Most of Dr. Arroyo’s patients are able to resume routine daily activities within 2-4 weeks. Improvements are noticeable within 6-8 weeks following this treatment. The surgeon will ask you to avoid strenuous activities, drink plenty of water, and eat healthy foods throughout the recovery period. You will also be required to attend one or more post-operative appointments so that the surgeon can monitor your progress. It is very important to strictly adhere to Dr. Arroyo’s post-operative instructions in order to ensure a speedy and uninterrupted recovery.

Plan Your Mommy Makeover
in Houston

The cost of a Mommy Makeover in Houston, Texas will vary significantly from one patient to the other, depending on the number of procedures included, and the goals of each surgery. Many of Dr. Arroyo’s patients can expect to pay between $10,000 and more than $20,000 for this cosmetic treatment. Health insurance companies typically do not cover Mommy Makeover because it is considered to be an elective cosmetic procedure (and not a medical necessity). During your initial Mommy Makeover consultation with Dr. Arroyo, the surgeon’s team will provide a cost estimate so you can arrange for financing. Make sure to set aside at least 3 weeks from work so you can focus on recovery.

Mommy Makeover FAQ

How do I prepare for my mommy makeover surgery?

Taking the time to learn as much as possible about this cosmetic procedure is a great way to alleviate some of the treatment associated with this surgery. Dr. Arroyo will collect information related to your medical history. If you have health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, these should be effectively controlled before the mommy makeover. The surgeon will also ask you to quit smoking, and stop taking certain medications that can increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. Make sure to be very transparent with the surgeon during your pre-op visits, and strictly adhere to his preparation steps in order to ensure a successful treatment.


What procedures are included in a mommy makeover?

Mommy makeovers typically integrate a set of individual procedures that are customized to meet the patient’s individual results. Some of these procedures include liposuction, breast lift or augmentation, tummy tuck, arm lift, and thigh lift. During your mommy makeover consultation with Dr. Arroyo, the surgeon will listen to your wishes and concerns, examine your body, and let you know what combination of procedures will work best for you.


How soon can I have a mommy makeover after childbirth?

Once you are determined to be a good candidate for a mommy makeover, Dr. Arroyo recommends that you wait at least 6 months after childbearing before you can receive this cosmetic treatment. If you are breastfeeding, you may have to wait much longer before you have your mommy makeover. Keep in mind that this procedure is best suited for women who do not wish to have any more children. This does not mean you cannot have one if you may want more children in the future, but subsequent pregnancy will negatively impact the long term outcome of your mommy makeover.


Will all procedures be performed at once?

Dr. Arroyo may prefer to perform your mommy makeover procedures at the same time so you can have a combined recovery period. In some cases, it may be necessary to pursue a staged approach where different combinations of procedures are performed at different times. During your Houston consultation with Dr. Arroyo, the surgeon will create a treatment timetable that suits your needs and schedule.


How long is the recovery period?

The recovery timeline after a mommy makeover may vary from one patient to the other depending on the number of surgical procedures performed, as well as each patient’s unique healing ability. The majority of Dr. Arroyo’s patients, however, can expect to resume routine activities within 4 weeks. You will be asked to desist from strenuous activities until after you get the green light from the surgeon.


Will my scars be visible?

Many patients who are planning to undergo a mommy makeover or other cosmetic surgery procedures are concerned about scarring. Dr. Arroyo is a highly qualified plastic surgeon who utilizes advanced surgical methods in order to achieve the goals of the procedure with minimal risk of scarring and other complications. The surgeon will discuss the incision approach during one of your pre-op consultation visits. Following the surgery, Dr. Arroyo will also provide instructions on how to properly take care of your scars so they can fade over time.