The joy of becoming a mother is something to look forward to and cherish. Often however, pregnancy and breastfeeding are accompanied by significant unwanted changes to the female body that can affect our confidence and comfort. When diet and exercise do not restore fully, and non-surgical treatments have been deemed inadequate, these changes can leave women feeling self-conscious.
The effects of childbearing and breastfeeding on the body are unique to each woman, and so restoration of your pre-pregnancy form requires an approach that is personally tailored and carefully considered. A Mommy Makeover is a combination of surgical procedures selected specifically for you, to help reverse pregnancy-related changes that are unique to your body. Common surgical procedures included in a Mommy Makeover are breast rejuvenation procedures to restore a round and perky breast shape, and abdominal rejuvenation procedures to re-create a flat tummy, address muscle separation, and remove unwanted stretch marks. At the Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Institute, the team is dedicated to helping you restore your pre-pregnancy form. Embrace the joy of motherhood renewed and rejuvenated.
The ideal candidate for a Mommy Makeover Surgery is a healthy woman of any age who has stopped breastfeeding and does not plan any further pregnancies. A Mommy Makeover is not a good idea for women who intend to have more children, as further pregnancies post-Mommy Makeover will undo all the work that has been done.
Following childbirth, some women seem to return to their pre-baby bodies with ease, but for most women this can become an impossible task. Body changes that result from pregnancy and/or aging include skin stretching, abdominal muscle separation, stretch marks, sagging breasts, and many others. A Mommy Makeover is a combination of cosmetic procedures designed to reverse these effects and may include any of the following treatments:
TCSI is a team of highly experienced Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons who understand the changes a woman’s body experiences due to pregnancy, delivery and breastfeeding. We are proud to offer Mommy Makeover procedures to help you restore your pre-pregnancy figure. A Mommy Makeover is individual to you and your unique goals; It may enhance your natural curves and restore the shape and size of your breasts. It may also minimize fatty deposits in your thighs, waist and hips, and remove sagging skin from your waistline. At the Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Institute, we use the most advanced surgical techniques to achieve optimal results that will leave you looking and feeling rejuvenated after your Mommy Makeover.
The changes that occur to the female body during pregnancy are often most evident on the abdomen. All women experience normal hormonal changes during pregnancy that mainly serve to allow the abdominal wall muscles to relax (rectus diastasis) and accommodate the size of the baby as it grows within the uterus. Although some women’s abdominal tissues will return to a pre-pregnancy state, most women are left with loose, sagging skin (ptosis); disfiguring stretch marks (striae); separation and bulging lower abdominal muscles; or possibly a combination of all of these effects. Many women also undergo a C-section (Caesarean section) delivery, or have had previous abdominal surgery, both of which can leave thick, unattractive and painful scars.
Changes to the breasts will occur during pregnancy whether or not a mother chooses or is able to breastfeed her baby. As the female body prepares for milk production (known as lactation), the milk glands in the breasts swell and replace the other fatty breast tissue. After childbirth, these glands often shrink, which can leave a loose skin envelope that lacks sufficient breast tissue to fill it. After pregnancy, a woman’s breasts therefore frequently have less fullness, tend to sag lower, and commonly develop stretch marks.
Although most women are able to lose the weight that they have gained during pregnancy, many notice that they have a few persistent areas of fat on the hips, back and thighs that will not go away, despite aggressive and sustained exercise regimens and a strict diet. Many of the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy result in permanent body changes such as these localized fatty deposits.
A Mommy Makeover Procedure generally involves the combination of two or more surgical procedures performed in one stage; these typically include a combination of a Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, and a Breast Lift and Augmentation (with breast implants or Fat Transfer). However, a Mommy Makeover can also be staged into multiple surgeries and include other procedures such as a Breast Reduction, labiaplasty, or Liposuction of other stubborn areas. A Thigh Lift, Arm lift, and Butt Lift may also be incorporated as well. During your private consultation at the Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Institute, the team will work with you to design the ideal approach to address your unique needs for a Mommy Makeover.
Liposuction Body Sculpting in a Mommy Makeover provides a safe and quick method to precisely reduce persistent (difficult to remove) fat deposits that will not go away, despite a mother’s efforts with physical fitness and a healthy diet. The best Mommy Makeover candidates are generally healthy and have a stable body weight. Obese patients, and women with fluctuating body weight are not typically considered suitable candidates for Liposuction.
A Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty in a Mommy Makeover removes excess loose skin and fat, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is instantly smoother and firmer. The muscle layer is tightened, reshaping the abdominal wall, and dramatically improving its appearance and strength. A flat, well-toned abdomen and a sculpted midsection is something many mothers strive for after childbirth, but struggle to regain. Stretch marks that form during pregnancy are also frequently addressed during a Tummy Tuck.
A breast enhancement most often involves the combination of a Breast Augmentation and Lift, but will vary between women. These procedures are often beneficial for mothers who have seen the youthful pertness and position of their breasts change. Breast Augmentation restores or adds volume to the breasts and involves the surgical placement of a saline or silicone filled breast implant behind each breast or using your own fat via fat transfer during a Mommy Makeover. During a Breast Lift (Mastopexy), loose skin is removed to tighten, elevate and reshape the breasts. Some women’s breasts also stay larger after pregnancy and breastfeeding, necessitating a Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty) and a Breast Lift.
The combination of a Thigh Lift and Liposuction removes excess skin and fat to tighten and smooth the contours of inner and/or outer thighs. Mothers who have gained disproportionate amounts of persistent fat in their thighs after childbirth are the best candidates for this procedure. An Outer (or Lateral) Thigh Lift is often performed at the same time as a Butt Lift to elevate loose, sagging outer thigh skin.
An Arm Lift with Liposuction removes excess skin and fat to tighten and reduce the fullness of the upper arms. It is ideal for mothers who have tried exercise and maintain a healthy diet, but have been left with loose hanging skin and/or large arms after childbirth or weight loss.
A Butt Lift and Augmentation with Fat Transfer (Brazilian Butt Lift) is used to restore fuller, rounder buttocks and simultaneously sculpt a slimmer waistline and hourglass figure. A Butt Lift removes excess skin to tighten and smooth the contours of the butt, while a Brazilian Butt Lift removes unwanted areas of fat from elsewhere in the body and transfers it to the butt. (For mothers who are too thin to have sufficient fat to be used, butt implants offer a safe alternative to achieving an enhanced butt. – I’m pretty sure we want to remove this as I don’t think we offer butt implants, but check with Martin).
Vaginal Tightening surgery (Vaginoplasty) restores vaginal tightness and shape that has been distorted over time. The procedure involves removing stretched vaginal tissue, tightening of the vagina, and tightening of the vaginal opening. Mothers whose vaginal tissues have stretched with age and childbirth, for whom Kegel exercises have failed, and/or for whom sexual satisfaction is not what it used to be, may benefit from this procedure.
A Labiaplasty can be performed as a part of your mommy makeover to reduce the length of the labia minora for cosmetic, comfort, or hygienic reasons.
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One of the benefits of a Mommy Makeover is having a combined surgery, so that multiple areas of the body are addressed, but only one recovery period is required. The Mommy Makeover recovery itself varies between women and will depend on a number of factors, such as which procedures are performed and the physical condition of the patient before surgery.
All of our Mommy Makeover patients are offered the convenience and comfort of one of the luxurious hotel rooms inside the Fairmont Royal York Hotel to spend their first night after surgery at no extra charge. You will then return to see us in the clinic the following morning to be reassessed and again 2 weeks later to have your sutures removed. Further follow-up visits at the clinic will be arranged for you to allow us to continue to monitor your progress.
A Mommy Makeover consists of a combination of surgical procedures designed to address the physical changes that occur to the female body after pregnancy, nursing and the effects of aging and gravity. The following surgeries are commonly considered in a Mommy Makeover procedure:
Advances in surgical technique and an increased awareness of Mommy Makeover cosmetic procedures have encouraged women to feel more comfortable restoring their pre-pregnancy bodies after childbirth. A recent survey showed that in the US over 325,000 Mommy Makeover surgeries were performed on women between 20 to 39 years-old.
Special considerations will apply to each of the individual surgical procedures that may be performed during a Mommy Makeover Surgery. The Team always discusses these with each patient during the consultation process.
The best candidates for a Mommy Makeover Procedure are women who have noticed permanent changes to their bodies as the result of pregnancy, nursing or aging. Ideal candidates will also have already reached their target weight and have maintained it for several months. Women should not be currently pregnant or nursing, and should wait at least 6 months after weaning before pursuing cosmetic body surgery. Since future pregnancies could have a negative impact on your Mommy Makeover results, it is important to wait until you are absolutely sure you plan to have no further children before you schedule an appointment. At your initial consultation, the TCSI Team will review your health and medical history,and provide you with the necessary information to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery.
It is important that every patient has realistic expectations with regard to their concerns and goals. If your expectations are not realistic, the TCSI Team will discuss this with you during the consultation process. Surgery will only be considered if and when realistic goals and expectations can be met.
During pregnancy, your breasts will develop and enlarge in preparation for breastfeeding.
After pregnancy and breastfeeding, your breasts will either revert to their pre-pregnancy state or possibly leave you with a deflated and sagging appearance. It normally takes about 3 months for these changes to happen, and you should wait until your breasts have stabilized (until they are not changing any longer) before planning your surgery. If you were to otherwise have your breast surgery earlier, it would be difficult to control the final result as your breasts would still be changing and may then require revision surgery at a later date. It is also important that at the time of your surgery your breasts are free from milk.
You will be given thorough instructions on how best to prepare for your surgery. Patients should refrain from smoking and taking any anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), anticoagulant medications or supplements (e.g., aspirin, vitamin E and garlic supplements) for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery, as these can increase the risk of complications. Important preparation for your recovery after surgery include:
A Mommy Makeover surgery will vary in technique and time, depending on which individual procedures are being performed and the level of correction needed. The TCSI Team will explain each procedure to you in more detail during the consultation process and again prior to your surgery to ensure you fully understand what the surgery will entail.
A Mommy Makeover Procedure takes anywhere from 2 to 5 hours to perform and depends on the number and complexity of the procedures performed, and the extent of work that is required.
Following your surgery, you can expect to feel a little tired from the effects of the anesthetic, and will initially experience some discomfort, swelling and bruising. Specialized compression garments will be applied if required to support your new shape, help you feel more comfortable, and to minimize swelling. You will also be given post-operative medications to minimize discomfort.
Most women are able to resume regular activities within 2 weeks after surgery. To allow proper healing and to achieve optimal cosmetic results, however, it is essential that you follow the post-operative care guidelines that will be given and explained to you before and after your surgery. Any strenuous exercise (which includes sexual intercourse) should be avoided during the first 6 weeks or until the TCSI Team medically clears you to resume such activities.
A degree of scarring after any surgery is inevitable. However, the TCSI Team is renowned for their minimal scars and will make every effort to ensure that your incisions heal beautifully. Wherever possible, we will also carefully place incisions where they are either well concealed on your body or can be easily hidden by clothing. Most women are so pleased with the outcome of their surgery that scars are not a concern.
There will be an immediate and obvious difference to your appearance after surgery. The final outcome will become more apparent as post-operative swelling dissipates and the body or breasts settle down during the first three months after surgery.