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Christopher K. Patronella, Md, Facs, Fics

Mommy Makeover

“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.”

Christopher K. Patronella - MD, FACS, FICS

Dr. Patronella’s Approach to Post Pregnancy Surgery

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

“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

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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.

For Dr. Patronella, 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.”

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.

The Mommy Makeover – 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:

Cost Savings

Because you pay a general anesthesia and surgical facilty 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.

Time Savings

You have just one recovery period, eliminating the additional recovery time that is required when procedures are performed in separate operations.

During your consultation with Dr. Patronella, 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

Frequently Asked Questions
  • 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.

  • Liposuction

    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.

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