Mommy makeover procedures are popular at our Calgary practice with women who want to correct some of the undesirable physical changes that sometimes come with childbirth and breastfeeding. This combination procedure is personalized to the patient's unique needs and aesthetic goals, but typically includes breast and body procedures aimed at restoring the areas most affected by pregnancy. The most common combinations include breast augmentation, breast lift, and tummy tuck.
Calgary-area women who would like to learn more about mommy makeover can request a consultation online to meet with one of our 3 Royal College-certified plastic surgeons. Or call Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery at (403) 452-7953 to schedule an appointment.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding can change your body in ways that you didn't expect. Loose skin and weakened abdominal muscles often remain even if you follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Moms who breastfeed their children often lose breast volume and are left with deflated, sagging breasts. Sometimes stubborn pockets of fat remain, especially around the abdomen, hips, and thighs.
If you are self-conscious about your post-pregnancy body and no longer enjoy wearing bathing suits or fitted clothing, a mommy makeover may be an excellent option. A good mommy makeover candidate:
A mommy makeover usually combines body contouring procedures and cosmetic breast surgery. Your surgeon creates a specific surgical plan following a consultation, during which he discusses your aesthetic goals and performs a thorough physical exam. Based on his observations and experience, he will discuss your mommy makeover options, including:
Tummy tuck: Pregnancy stretches abdominal skin and separates the underlying muscles. During a tummy tuck, your surgeon tightens the muscles and removes excess skin, for a flatter stomach and a slimmer waist. In most cases, the navel is repositioned.
Liposuction: Even moms who exercise and maintain a healthy diet encounter stubborn pockets of fat in the abdomen, thighs, and flanks (or "love handles"). Liposuction is usually combined with tummy tuck to achieve optimal results.
Breast lift: Women concerned about sagging breasts, but who are satisfied with their size, are good candidates for a breast lift, or mastopexy.
Breast lift with implants: Combining breast augmentation with a breast lift is a common feature of mommy makeover procedures, especially for women who breastfeed their children. Breast implants without a lift will increase the sagging in most cases.
Breast reduction: This procedure reduces and lifts overly large breasts, which can become a physical nuisance for women, causing neck and shoulder pain and difficulty exercising.
Mommy makeover surgery is becoming more popular because it addresses a number of concerns in a single operation. That offers patients a number of benefits compared to having several separate procedures. Those advantages include:
Our surgeons perform all mommy makeover procedures at the Macleod Trail Surgical Centre, a private facility adjacent to our practice. It is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Our dedicated nurses will monitor you following surgery in the recovery room, ensuring your safety and comfort. Typically, patients are ready to return home 2 hours following surgery. Detailed post-op instructions provided by your surgeon help to make the recovery as comfortable as possible. We encourage you to call our office to clarify any questions you might have.
The recovery for abdominoplasty will take longer than for breast augmentation or a breast lift. If you had breast implants inserted, they will appear to sit high and feel firm initially, but will begin to soften and settle within a few weeks.
Everyone's recovery experience is unique, but typically patients take 10 to 14 days off of work after a mommy makeover. We encourage you to walk to enhance circulation, but avoid strenuous activities for at least 4 weeks.
Assuming you are healthy enough for surgery, yes. In fact, when a patient's surgical plan calls for multiple procedures, combining them in a single surgery can offer numerous benefits. On your day of surgery, it reduces the total time you will need to be placed under general anesthesia. And once you return home, it shortens your recovery time, as well.
The placement and size of your scars will depend on the combination of procedures you choose to undergo. If a tummy tuck is included, there will be a scar that runs just beneath the bikini line. Breast enhancement leaves fine scars on the breasts, but these are strategically placed for optimal concealment. Your surgeon will make every effort to minimize scarring and make any scars that do form as discreet as possible.
Long-term results depend on how stable your weight remains after surgery. As long as your weight does not fluctuate dramatically, you can expect to enjoy your results for many years to come. A balanced diet paired with a regular exercise routine is always the best path.
Medically speaking, you can safely pursue a mommy makeover about 6 months after you are no longer breastfeeding your youngest child. That gives the body enough time to heal and get "back to normal" after pregnancy.
However, we strongly urge patients with young children to consider the implications of your recovery time. You will not be able to lift your children or chase after little ones for a while. It's important to have a strong support system and feel comfortable leaning on your partner, family, and friends for help during that time.
Yes, but we do not advise it. Pregnancy can have unwanted effects on the breasts and the abdomen (which is often what compels women to undergo a mommy makeover in the first place), and there is no guarantee that the results of your surgery will hold up if you become pregnant in the future.
We generally tell our patients to postpone a mommy makeover until they are sure that they do not want more children.