Garza Galante Plastic Surgery
322 U.S. 41 #103
Schererville, IN 46375
Phone: (219) 322-3131
Mo–Fr: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Combined Breast & Body Contouring (Mommy Makeover)
As a woman and mother, Dr. Rebecca Garza understands the complex feelings women may experience stemming from the physical changes that occur after having children. She also knows that mothers aren’t the only women who want breast enhancement and body contouring plastic surgery, which is one reason she avoids using the phrase “mommy makeover” at our Indiana practice.
Dr. Garza and Dr. Gus Galante are both board-certified plastic surgeons with extensive experience performing body contouring and breast enhancement surgeries. They often combine these procedures, such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction, breast lifts with implants, and other enhancement surgeries, for women from Munster, Crown Point, and surrounding areas at our Schererville practice.
A Reputation Built on Results
Are You a Good Candidate?
During your consultation, Dr. Garza or Dr. Galante listen to why you’re considering aesthetic surgery and your expectations for your results. The combination of procedures included in your surgery depends on your goals, and our surgeons customize their approaches to help you achieve those goals. The best candidates for a combination surgery that includes both body contouring and breast enhancement are:
- In good overall health
- At or near the weight they are comfortable maintaining
- At a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or lower
- Clear about what plastic surgery can and cannot accomplish
- Not planning to have more children
We recommend bringing a list of any questions you might have to your consultation to ensure you get all the information you need to make an educated decision about the procedure.
Even though this combination surgery typically addresses the needs of women who have had children, many women experience these same concerns—loose abdominal skin and sagging breasts, for example—due to aging or weight loss.
Procedures that Dr. Garza and Dr. Galante commonly combine include:
Tummy Tuck: The physical toll of pregnancy or significant weight fluctuations often includes stretched abdominal skin and weakened stomach muscles. No amount of exercise or dieting can shrink skin that’s lost its elasticity or repair separated abdominal muscles (a condition called diastasis recti). A tummy tuck removes excess skin and repairs the underlying muscles, creating a flatter, toned midsection. Dr. Garza and Dr. Galante take care to make tummy tuck incisions as low as possible—usually just above the pubic area—so that you’ll look great even in a bikini.
Liposuction: Even women who lead healthy lifestyles that include a nutritious diet and exercise can have pockets of excess fat. Liposuction removes this fat and sculpts the area of the abdomen and flanks to create attractive, smooth contours that look natural.
Breast enhancement: Age, weight changes, and pregnancy can take their toll on the perkiness and volume of women’s breasts. If you’re happy with the size of your breasts but want to restore a more youthful look, a breast lift creates a perkier appearance. Patients with deflated, sagging breasts often combine a breast lift with breast implants to restore the shape and size of their breasts. Women whose breast size increases significantly during pregnancy and remains overly large may opt for breast reduction surgery to alleviate neck and shoulder pain and improve their breasts’ size.
Labiaplasty: An increasing number of women also opt to include labiaplasty in the combination of procedures performed after pregnancy. Large or irregularly shaped labia minora can cause discomfort or make it difficult to wear tight-fitting clothes such as exercise leggings or shorts. Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that changes the appearance of the labia minora.
By combining these components into a single operation, Dr. Garza or Dr. Galante can create a truly customized result and an impressive transformation.
Welcome to Our Practice
Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Rebecca Garza and Dr. Gus Galante have established a plastic surgery practice dedicated to providing personalized care that gives you the confidence to make educated decisions about your surgery. Together with a hand-selected team of professionals who share our passion for patient care, we offer a range of surgical procedures designed to help you look and feel your best.
Both Dr. Garza and Dr. Galante are fellowship-trained plastic surgeons at the forefront of the aesthetic surgery field. They are each active in professional associations and have given back to the community by donating their time and services to local charity organizations.
Is Combining Procedures in One Surgery Safe?
Both Dr. Garza and Dr. Galante have the extensive training and experience required to safely combine multiple body contouring procedures in a single operation. Patient safety is their priority, and they create surgical plans that limit the time needed to complete the operation to ensure there is a low risk of complications.
If you have concerns about anesthesia or other elements of the surgery, be sure to share them with your surgeon during your consultation. Our surgeons take whatever time is needed to listen to patients and carefully review their medical history to make sure combination surgery is an appropriate and safe option.
What Is Recovery Like?
Total recovery time varies from patient to patient and depends primarily on the procedures your surgeon performs. Most women are able to return to work after about 2 weeks, but you will likely require more time off if you work at a physically demanding job.
Our surgeons encourage light activity, such as walking, starting early in the recovery process. This can reduce the risk of blood clots. However, they advise patients to refrain from activities that involve bending and lifting. We typically remove drains and sutures in about a week. Our surgeons also provide patients with customized timelines guiding them through their recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of combining procedures?
There are several advantages to combining multiple procedures into a single surgery. One major advantage is price. Although the initial up-front cost of the operation is more than a single procedure, combining options means that some fees, such as operating room fees or anesthesia fees, need to be paid only once. If there are several surgical procedures you’d like to undergo, combining them is more affordable in the long run.
Patients who combine procedures also enjoy a reduced total recovery time. Instead of several 1- or 2-week recoveries spaced several months apart, they’ll generally only need a single recuperation period before returning to work and other daily activities.
How much does a combination surgery cost?
The cost depends on the specifics of the surgery. The procedures you choose, the techniques used by the surgeon, your anatomy, and other factors all have a hand in determining the final cost.
After your consultation, we’ll provide a written quote reflecting your specifications. We also offer financing options to ensure your procedure fits into your budget.
Will I have significant scarring?
Today’s surgical techniques have minimized the potential for visible scars, but it’s important to remember that some scarring is still an inevitable part of any surgery. Prior to your operation, your surgeon explains where they will make incisions and what type of scarring you may expect. Most incisions develop into discreet scars that are well hidden by clothing. With proper post-operative care and good sun protection habits, you can further minimize the appearance of scars.
How soon after having children can I undergo body contouring and breast enhancement surgery?
This answer is different for each person, and it mostly depends on whether your body is still changing post-pregnancy. It’s important that your weight is stable, that your breasts are no longer changing, and that you are done breastfeeding. Our surgeons advise most patients to wait about 6 to 12 months after having a child. If you’re breastfeeding, you should wait about the same amount of time after weaning your child because the breasts continue changing during that time. You should also be able to commit to certain postoperative activity restrictions that some mothers of young children find difficult to stick to, such as not picking up a child for several weeks.
On the other end of the spectrum are women whose children are grown. This surgery is appropriate for them, as well, rejuvenating the confidence of women of all ages.
Should I undergo body contouring surgery if I plan to have more children?
Although it would be perfectly safe to have more children after your surgery, pregnancy would likely reverse some of the positive cosmetic results. If you plan to have more children soon, our surgeons recommend waiting to have surgery. If you don’t plan to have children for several years, you may want to go ahead and have surgery so you can enjoy the aesthetic benefits now. Be sure to discuss this with your surgeon.
How can I maintain my results?
Getting the best results starts with closely following your surgeon’s instructions before and after surgery. By caring for yourself during this important time, you do your part to ensure your surgery is safe and your recovery is smooth and uneventful. Once you begin resuming your regular activities, maintaining a steady weight is a great way to ensure your results last as long as possible. Significant weight fluctuations or pregnancy can affect your results and necessitate revision surgery, so committing to a healthy, active lifestyle for as long as possible is essential.
Request a Consultation
If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon who specializes in body contouring and breast enhancement surgery in Indiana, request a consultation using the online form to meet with Dr. Garza or Dr. Galante. You can also call us at (219) 322-3131 to schedule an appointment.
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