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Mommy Makeover Overview

Pregnancy, giving birth, and breastfeeding can drastically transform a woman's body. After giving birth and breastfeeding, some women can exercise and diet all they want, but their body may still hold onto excess fat, have loose skin, stretch marks, and breasts that have lost their shape and fullness. For women eager to recover their pre-pregnancy body, a mommy makeover is the best way to get the job done.

  • Review from S.K.
  • Source: Google
  • Mar 14, 2021
Dr. Lapuerta and all of the ladies that work with him are absolutely amazing! I am about 7 weeks post op after having a mommy makeover and from the very first consultation appointment to pre-op to day of surgery and even to all of my recent post-op appointments everyone has been so sweet and caring! I am so happy with my results! Dr. Lapuerta did a great job and I 100% would recommend him to anyone looking for a plastic surgeon!

What Is a Mommy Makeover?

Women are proving they can still look and feel young through a transformation known as a “mommy makeover.” Serving Houston, Katy, Piney Point, and Pearland, TX, Dr. Leo Lapuerta can offer a personalized combination of liposuction, tummy tuck, and breast surgery techniques to correct the physical effects of childbearing.

The goal of mommy makeover plastic surgery in Houston with Dr. Lapuerta is for a woman to regain her pre-pregnancy form and confidence with a customized series of surgical procedures. This procedure is tailored to each individual patient, but a mommy makeover typically involves the breasts and abdomen. Dr. Lapuerta has decades of experience and expertise performing mommy makeover surgeries, helping moms throughout all of Texas reverse the physical toll of pregnancy on their bodies.

Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover in Houston

Candidates for this surgery are women who cannot achieve their pre-pregnancy physique with diet and exercise alone. Simply put, they are not able to “fix” certain body parts. It is also recommended that patients undergoing mommy makeover surgery have completed their families and do not desire to add to their family in the future. While the surgery will not in any way limit a woman’s ability to become pregnant, have children, or their ability to breastfeed, the benefits of a mommy makeover will likely be lost if the patient becomes pregnant again.

If a candidate recently gave birth, she will be required to wait at least six months after the child is born or six months after she finishes breastfeeding before undergoing the procedure. A good candidate should also be in good general health and preferably not a smoker. Patients who smoke should plan to discontinue smoking for at least six weeks prior to their surgery to realize the best possible outcome and minimize the likelihood of increased complications from smoking.

Any woman interested in a mommy makeover in Houston, TX, must be aware of what the procedure consists of and have realistic expectations of what the final results will look like. Dr. Lapuerta strongly believes in having an open line of communication with his patients, helping them understand the intricacies of the surgery and recovery period. Before surgery, he will have an extensive consultation with the patient to answer any questions they may have and partner with them to ensure their mommy makeover plan achieves their goals.

Surgical Technique

The mommy makeover procedure is uniquely tailored to each patient depending on what body part they want to improve. In most cases, the breasts and tummy are addressed together, though this is not always the case. The conditions addressed during surgery and the surgical technique used will vary, but below are some of the most commonly used surgical techniques for mommy makeover plastic surgery in Houston with Dr. Lapuerta.


The breasts can be severely impacted by pregnancy and breastfeeding, resulting in a variety of aesthetic issues that can be resolved with a mommy makeover. Some of the common breast conditions caused by pregnancy include a loss of volume and/or breast tissue, sagging and/or drooping breast, the development of excess skin (ptosis), as well as nipple/areolar complexes and breasts that become too large.

To resolve these breast conditions, there are many different surgeries to consider. Some common surgeries to address breast conditions as part of a mommy makeover include breast augmentation with implants, a breast lift, breast augmentation combined with a breast lift, and breast reduction surgery. Some patients considering breast augmentation or a breast lift with implants may benefit from the use of an internal bra placed during their procedure.

An internal bra is a soft tissue scaffold that is placed during surgery to support the weight of an implant when a patient’s skin and/or tissue is determined to require support for proper healing and to achieve the desired cosmetic outcome. Currently, there are a few types of scaffold material available that are derived from silk, porcine, or that are biologically derived, monofilament materials. Dr. Lapuerta has extensive experience using these materials and will determine during your consultation if you would benefit from the placement of an internal bra.


The very nature of pregnancy means that the abdomen is rarely going to look the same after giving birth. After pregnancy, many women struggle with a variety of abdominal conditions, including the presence of excess fat and/or a persistent bulge in the abdomen, sagging and/or loose skin, stretch marks, and other unsightly skin irregularities. Also, some women complain of intermittent abdominal bulging. These women exercise and enjoy a fairly flat abdomen but are frustrated by abdominal bulging after eating a meal. During pregnancy, the fascial tissue (which lies in the middle of the abdominal muscles) is stretched apart and creates a weak area in the midline of the abdomen. Unfortunately, once the fascial tissue is stretched or pulled apart it does not return to its original form, and while exercise may improve the abdominal muscles, it cannot correct the stretched fascial tissue which pulls and holds the abdominal muscles together.

Two surgical procedures are considered to address all of these abdominal conditions. As part of a mommy makeover, women will usually undergo either a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction of the abdomen, or both. A tummy tuck will address the problems of loose skin, sagging skin, excess fat, abdominal bulging, and stretch marks. Liposuction helps with extra fat deposits in areas that have become stubborn and problematic for patients after pregnancy despite a healthy diet and exercise. Dr. Lapuerta frequently recommends a combination of these two procedures with the amount and areas of liposuction varying between patients. Dr. Lapuerta believes in providing liposuction to the flanks in association with all of his tummy tucks in order to produce a feminine curvature and a more natural appearance. Frequently, women will also benefit from additional liposuction in problem areas that are common after pregnancy. These areas most often include the medial and lateral thighs and the iliac crests or hip area.

During/After Surgery

All mommy makeovers are performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. Depending on the specific procedures recommended to achieve your cosmetic goals, surgery time will typically vary between four and 10 hours. A typical mommy makeover surgery is approximately seven hours. The majority of these surgeries are same-day surgery done on an outpatient basis.

Dr. Lapuerta uses a form of local anesthesia that is injected into the patient’s abdominal surgery site that provides time-released numbing for three days after surgery. This technique greatly enhances the ability for a patient’s pain to be well controlled on oral pain medication and for them to enjoy the comfort of home for their recovery. Patients with complex medical problems or those having a significant amount of liposuction are recommended to have surgery in the hospital and stay overnight for observation.

The full recovery time is typically six weeks, and returning to work depends on the nature of the patient’s work. Most women can expect to be able to return to work within two to three weeks. The results of the mommy makeover will be immediately appreciated. However, patients will notice a significant improvement in healing, scars, and swelling within six weeks and continue to improve with time with the final results generally being recognized within eight to 12 weeks.

How Much Is a Mommy Makeover?

Mommy makeover procedures will vary in cost depending on how many procedures are combined. The price can range from $7,000 to $28,000. A typical mommy makeover including breast surgery, tummy tuck, and liposuction averages $15,000.

In order to get an accurate quote for the cost of a mommy makeover in Houston, it is essential to meet with Dr. Lapuerta for a consultation. He will collaborate with the patient to determine which surgical procedures are needed to recapture her pre-pregnancy body, and then provide an accurate quote for the total cost.


  • Recovery Time
  • 1-3 Weeks
  • Average Procedure Time
  • 4-8 Hours
  • Post-op Follow-up
  • 1 Week
  • Procedure Recovery Location
  • Outpatient

Mommy Makeover FAQs

Are Mommy Makeovers Safe?
There are always risks to consider when contemplating surgery. When multiple procedures are combined, those risks can increase. Therefore, it is important to find an experienced cosmetic surgeon who is skilled in performing multiple procedures in one setting. Ultimately, a combination procedure can have numerous benefits, including only having to undergo surgery once, which also means only one recovery period and one fee.
When Is the Best Time to Get a Mommy Makeover?
The absolute best time to get a mommy makeover is right after you are done breastfeeding your final child. In order to maximize the effectiveness of the procedure, the younger you can get the surgery, the better. As you age, your skin becomes less elastic, making it more difficult to successfully stretch and manipulate the skin. You also will recover much more quickly and see better results when you are younger. Therefore, you should try to time the surgery for right after you are done breastfeeding your last child, but older patients can still benefit from a mommy makeover procedure. However, you need to be sure you are not planning on having any other children after you get a mommy makeover. While it will in no way harm you or the child if you get pregnant, the results of the surgeries will be reversed.
What If I Get Pregnant?
In a perfect world, women would wait to have a mommy makeover until after all pregnancies have been completed so the surgical results are not compromised. Generally, any body part that has been lifted or tightened would be at risk for stretching out if a subsequent pregnancy were to occur. However, your child would not be in any danger, as a mommy makeover is a procedure that does not impact your ability to get pregnant and give birth.
What Does a Mommy Makeover Consist Of?
A mommy makeover is different for each and every patient, as the procedure is customized to best meet the needs of the individual. During a consultation, Dr. Lapuerta will examine the patient and their medical history, and discuss their aesthetic goals. He’ll then partner with the patient to determine the best combination of plastic surgeries that will help them meet their goals. With this caveat in mind, a mommy makeover generally consists of a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast augmentation or a breast lift. In some cases, a mommy makeover may also include vaginal rejuvenation, body sculpting, a thigh lift, or an arm lift. The goal of the procedure is to rejuvenate the patient’s appearance and recapture their pre-pregnancy body, and Dr. Lapuerta will suggest the best combination of procedures to do so.
What About Stretch Marks?
If stretch marks exist on an area of the body (i.e. breast, tummy, etc.) that is going to be lifted and tightened, they may be removed when the excess skin is trimmed away. For any stretch marks left behind, as well as any other skin irregularities that may exist, there are skin-rejuvenating techniques that can help fade and remove these imperfections.
Will I Have Scars?
Scarring will occur with almost any cosmetic procedure. However, every effort is made to place and close the incisions carefully so that scarring is minimized. Scarring eventually fades into faint lines and can be concealed by undergarments and bathing suits. Most patients feel that the physical results following a mommy makeover outweigh the scarring left behind.
How Painful Is a Mommy Makeover?
Dr. Lapuerta is a skilled, experienced plastic surgeon, and he does everything in his power to make sure the patient is as comfortable as possible before, during, and after the procedure. A mommy makeover should not be very painful, as Dr. Lapuerta injects a time-released local anesthesia into the abdomen to minimize discomfort both during surgery and the days immediately following the surgery. If the patient is in discomfort in the initial days of recovery, Dr. Lapuerta will prescribe pain management medication to help them avoid any serious pain.
How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Mommy Makeover?
As stated above, the full recovery time is usually around six weeks. However, after about two to three weeks, patients can expect to be healthy enough to return to work and their normal, everyday life. The final step in the recovery from a mommy makeover surgery will be returning to the gym and taking on serious physical activity. Usually, patients should be ready for vigorous activity around six weeks after the procedure.
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