Mommy Makeover! – Shellie Shares Her Story

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Mommy Makeover – Guest blog by Shellie Schoellkopf

In this blog post we are pleased to have Shellie share her experience with her Mommy Makeover by Dr. Franklin Rose! You can check out more stories on her blog: and follow Shellie on Twitter:

With the miracle of pregnancy and childbirth comes the not-so miraculous side effect of weight gain, stretch marks, and new-found curves that may not be all that welcome.

In my case, that included a whopping 60 (yes, six-zero) pounds. Wanting to be the very best mother to my son that I possibly could, losing the weight and reclaiming my energy and confidence were a crucial part of this journey called parenthood.

With a nutrition and workout plan in-hand, I remained focused on the task before me and within two months had lost 35 pounds. Over the next six months another 15, and finally an additional 20. While I felt great about all that I had accomplished on my own, there were still areas that I just couldn’t tackle no matter how much I hit the gym or how clean I ate. The volume in my breasts had all but vanished and the excess skin that hung from my abdomen proved to be far more stubborn than I had anticipated.

While looking online for other women who had experienced the dramatic weight gain and loss and the resulting “issues”, I came across the Mommy Makeover. Knowing that I had put in an extreme amount of effort and accomplished so much on my own, this seemed like the best option for me. users gave the combination of procedures a 99% rating, confirming my thoughts that it would all be worth whatever might lay ahead in terms of cost or discomfort. I had two consultations with local surgeons and determined that Dr. Franklin Rose would be the most qualified and highly skilled. We decided to do the traditional combo of liposuction, abdominoplasty, and breast augmentation with the new “gummy bear” implants, which look and feel natural and have virtually no chance of rupture or leakage. He asked if I would mind documenting the experience for ABC to show others what to expect and being the social media butterfly that I am, I readily agreed.

Within one week of our initial visit, I walked in to First Street Surgical and the amazing staff made me feel completely at ease as we went through all of the pre-op procedures. Dr. Rose and his nurse, Pam came in a few minutes before I went under to make sure that I was comfortable and ready to go. The camera crew stood by and before I knew it, I was being whisked off to the operating room.

“Breathe deeply and count to ten”

In what seemed like no more than a minute, my eyes were fluttering open and I realized that I was in recovery. Something in me expected an extreme amount of pain, but there was nothing. I chalk it up to a wonderful anesthesiologist and the very talented hands of Dr. Rose. I had some chills as a side effect of the general anesthesia, but no actual pain. They kept me overnight and while the soreness and discomfort did set in the following day, it was very easily managed and while walking, felt like I had simply done an incredibly intense leg workout. There was the quintessential “hunch” that comes with having the abdominoplasty, but I was able to stand up straight within a few days. Believe it or not, I went for sushi with some friends the very next evening!


Review the video from ABC 13 featuring Dr. Franklin Rose’s Mommy Makeover on Shellie!

If you’re interested in reading more or would like for me to answer any of your questions directly, I’ve posted a few things on my blog HERE, HERE, and HERE, and my story was even featured in Lucky Magazine! You can see the ABC story here.

It sounds so cliché, but the only regret that I have in this whole experience is not doing it sooner. The staff at Utopia MedSpa were so welcoming and supportive throughout the entire process, and I could not be more happy with the incredible job of Dr. Rose.

Buh-bye baby belly!

Buh-bye baby belly!

This is the second summer that I’ll be able to confidently spend in a bikini. I have finally regained self-assurance in my body and continue to set a good example for my son by eating properly and living and active lifestyle. I’m very proud to be able to say that I made an honest effort to get my body back in shape prior to the procedure, but wouldn’t think twice about encouraging other women to go through with the Mommy Makeover if they’re looking for a wonderful way to get back their pre-baby body.

Mommy Makeover by Dr. Franklin Rose review breast augmentation tummy tuck and liposuction

Mommy Makeover by Dr. Franklin Rose- review the video

Review the different techniques involved in combining multiple surgical procedures in one setting in-depth and learn more about perfecting your silhouette through total-body contouring:

Perfecting Your Silhouette through Total Body Contouring

Perfecting Your Silhouette through Total Body Contouring, sometimes called “Mommy Makeovers”

Total Body Contouring by Dr. Franklin Rose, MD

Total Body Contouring by Dr. Franklin Rose, MD

By Dr. Franklin Rose, MD

Liposuction by Dr. Franklin Rose, MD

Liposuction by Dr. Franklin Rose, MD

This patient is a nurse at a Texas hospital. Approximately 15 liters of body fat were removed through liposuction by Dr. Franklin Rose. This patient then followed surgery with diet and exercise, losing a total of 60 pounds.

Enhancing your body image through body-contouring cosmetic surgery procedures often can provide the necessary boost an individual may need in the areas of overall health and increased self-esteem. Though these procedures are not a replacement for exercise, the benefit of the procedures is enhanced further through a normal, regular exercise program.

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In this video, the patient had a breast lift right before her 40th birthday because she felt her breasts looked “deflated”, along with a combination of other procedures at the same surgical setting.

What is total body contouring?

Total body contouring is a combination of plastic surgery procedures that enhance, contour, and accentuate areas of the body giving the physique a pleasing proportionate appearance.  Many times patients seek medical expertise to remedy this problem when they have exercised and dieted with little change in their bodies’ proportions.  Excellent examples of a patient who would benefit from “total body contouring” procedures are women who have had multiple pregnancies or have experienced childbirth through Cesarean section and have gained weight in the buttock area or upper leg and are looking for a “Mommy Makeover.”  These patients often express that, in addition to those complaints, they are unhappy with tissue loss in the area of the breast.  A patient such as this would be happy with their result of “total body contouring” procedures.  A breast lift and/ or breast augmentation abdominoplasty (if necessary) and liposuction would enhance the figure and help improve self image.

Can you explain the procedures used in the total body contouring technique?

Dr. Franklin Rose's Patient photo after Tummy Tuck

Dr. Franklin Rose’s Patient photo after Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

One very popular procedure in “body contouring” is liposuction.  Liposuction is a procedure that can effectively remove fat from areas of the body that are resistant to exercise.  For many, body fat seems to accumulate in the areas of the stomach, buttocks, waist and upper thigh as we age.  In addition, there are many incidents where individuals genetically take on the shape of older members of their family.  These, too, can be corrected through liposuction.

Abdominoplasty procedures, also referred to as a “Tummy Tuck”, are often included in the total body contouring combination.  The type of procedure will vary due to the amount correction a patient may need in the area of the abdomen.  An honest evaluation of this area of the body will help the plastic surgeon determine which type of procedure will be necessary to achieve the aesthetic goal.

A “Mini Abdominoplasty” is performed on the patient who needs minimal correction in this area.  A small incision above the pubic hairline allows the surgeon to tighten the lower abdominal muscle, remove a minimal amount of excess skin, and suction the fat in this area.

A “Modified Abdominoplasty” is more extensive and concentrates on a larger area of the abdomen.  A larger amount of skin is removed and the entire area of the abdomen is liposuctioned, giving the stomach area a flatter, more shapely appearance.

A “Full Abdominoplasty” is the best operation for patients whose muscles have weakened extensively and have a large area of abdominal tissue that they wish to tighten.  The abdominal muscle is repaired and tightened and an excessive amount of skin and fat are removed, leaving the tummy tight and flat.


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For some individuals, a sculpting procedure called the “Body Lift” may be necessary for them to achieve an enhanced body image.  Through genetics, the natural process of aging, or excessive weight gain or weight loss, the muscle and the skin on the body lose their elasticity in the area of the buttocks, skin on the upper thigh area, and the area of the waist and stomach. These areas appear to lower or drop, creating wrinkling in the skin and giving this region a “droopy” appearance.  The Body Lift procedure virtually lifts these areas allowing them to resume the shape form that they originally had.  The individual resumes a more shapely, sculpted body image.

Is it safe to combine multiple plastic surgery procedures such as


Mommy Makeover by Dr. Franklin Rose review breast augmentation tummy tuck and liposuction

Mommy Makeover by Dr. Franklin Rose: review breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction video and story by ABC 13

Yes, provided that the patient is in good health.  Breast augmentation and breast lift procedures are commonly combined with abdominoplasties and liposuction.  There are safety issues that should be addressed with each surgical procedure though. For example, liposuction by itself in a certain area can be very safe.  However, if there is extensive undermining of tissue in a surrounding area, it is best to avoid that flap of tissue.  A secondary surgical technique would be advised in order to give the same aesthetically pleasing benefit, yet avoiding an area of tissue that would not respond well or could be harmed during liposuction.  The performance of the combination of procedures vs. using only the original surgical procedure is a conservative approach to “body contouring” yet attains a beautiful aesthetic result with no risk to the health of the patient or their tissue.

Combinations of plastic surgery procedures do not just include body contouring procedures.  A patient that I have performed surgery on recently had an eyelid lift in conjunction with a breast augmentation.

Mommy Makeover by Dr. Franklin Rose

Mommy Makeover by Dr. Franklin Rose: review breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction video and story by ABC 13

Scarring is a concern for some people who are considering a surgical procedure.  Is there any way to minimize the appearance of this side effect?

Yes there are several ways to effectively minimize the scars created by a plastic surgery procedure.  The best way to address this is to choose a plastic surgeon whose skill and education influence his skill and surgical technique when addressing the corrections that you may need.  A plastic surgeon who excels in “total body contouring” and plastic surgery procedures will use techniques that will give you the results that you want while avoiding long scars that can be caused by excessive tissue removal.  Another way to minimize scarring is to utilize silicone sheeting and scar massage to reduce the visible appearance of scars.

Dr. Franklin Rose - total body contouring makeover

Dr. Franklin Rose – Total Body Contouring Makeover

Celebrity Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Franklin Rose, MD

Dr. Franklin Rose, MD, Houston Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Franklin Rose is a board certified plastic surgeon serving the greater Houston area. As a nationally recognized cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Rose takes pride in providing the best in patient care and safety. He has been featured in the media many times on TV shows, magazines and newspapers. After earning his medical degree from the University of Colorado, Dr. Rose completed his internship at the University of California. He did a residency in general surgery at Yale University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine Hospitals in New York, and completed his residency in plastic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.  He completed a fellowship in plastic surgery and microsurgery at Baylor, and did a fellowship in aesthetic plastic surgery at New York University, Institute of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  To learn more about Dr. Franklin Rose and schedule your complimentary consultation, please visit our website at

Story originally published in NU IMAGE Spring 2002

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