As a mom, you’ve made sacrifices. Your body may be one of them, and things like loose skin, scars, bulges, and drooping are signs you worked hard to create the family you wanted. If you’re struggling to feel confident in your postpartum body, though, that’s perfectly normal. Many moms feel like they don’t reclaim their figure once they’re finished having kids.
The reality is that diet and exercise can only do so much when it comes to losing baby weight and slimming down. For the rest of your concerns, a customized mommy makeover is one of the best options for restoring areas like the breasts and stomach after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Your mommy makeover will be unique to you and your goals, so Dr. Power can create the best surgical package for you during a consultation at our Toronto office.
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Mothers and next-door neighbors, not models."
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A mommy makeover is a combination of plastic surgery procedures that can be customized to your unique needs. Most mommy makeover procedures address the two areas most affected by pregnancy and childbearing: the breasts and stomach. However, each woman experiences pregnancy differently, so it’s normal to opt for procedures and treatments that address the areas you’re most concerned about.
The most common combination plastic surgeons recommend for a mommy makeover includes breast augmentation and breast lift along with a tummy tuck. Together, these procedures can effectively address things like stretching and volume loss in the breasts as well as skin and muscle laxity in the stomach. However, procedures like liposuction or labiaplasty are common options as well. In addition, non-surgical procedures like Botox can also be performed whether during surgery or on a separate day for subtle facial rejuvenation.
A mommy makeover is performed under general anesthesia. Since your mommy makeover will include more than one cosmetic surgery procedure at once, the surgery itself can take a few hours or more. During your consultation with Dr. Power, you’ll discuss your exact surgical plan so you know what to expect both before and after surgery. The mommy makeover has the benefit of addressing multiple areas at once so you don’t need to worry about separate recovery periods or costs—however, this can come with some additional risks so Dr. Power will discuss your best options during your consultation.
Good candidates for mommy makeover surgery are people who are unsatisfied with their appearance after going through pregnancy and childbirth. This includes skin laxity anywhere on the body, most commonly the stomach and breasts, but also arms, back, and face. In many cases, plastic surgical procedures are the most effective way to get back to a pre-pregnancy body, helping people gain renewed self-confidence and feel proud of the figure they achieve.
Because the mommy makeover combines more than one surgical procedure at once, the recovery period can be more involved. You can expect to take at least one or two weeks of downtime, although your complete recovery can take around 6 weeks. You’ll need to avoid heavy lifting and exercise during this time so you should be sure to arrange for childcare and help with tasks around the house. It’s important to still move and walk around to lower the risk of complications.
Dr. Power will provide detailed instructions to follow during the recovery process that include things like wearing supportive compression garments, taking pain medications, managing drains, and returning for follow-up appointments. You’ll receive Dr. Power’s contact information for any questions. You’ll see your final results settle in over the following months for a contoured, rejuvenated figure for the long term.
The best part about the mommy makeover is that you can customize it to your unique goals and concern areas. Some of the most common mommy makeover options include body contouring procedures and breast surgeries.
After pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s common for moms to feel like their breasts aren’t what they used to be. Although breast augmentation surgery or breast lift surgery on their own can be beneficial for many moms, a combined technique is the most popular option and can provide the most transformative results. This comes with the benefits of restoring breast volume through breast implants while also removing stretched, sagging skin and lifting the breasts to a higher, more youthful position.
The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is especially beneficial to mothers. Along with removing loose skin and stubborn fat in the abdominal area, the tummy tuck can tighten the abdominal muscles that commonly become stretched with pregnancy. This condition is called rectus diastasis, where the muscles can become separated and cause laxity and weakness in the stomach. Abdominoplasty will likely not help with abdominal striae, or stretch marks, unless they occur in an area of skin that will be removed. Generally, a tummy tuck procedure requires an incision along the lower abdomen where excess tissue can be removed and tightened. Some mommy makeover patients benefit from a mini tummy tuck while others require a more extensive procedure.
Liposuction is one of the best options for removing stubborn fat pockets from the lower body. Many moms opt for liposuction on areas like the hips or thighs where it’s common to carry extra weight that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. If you opt for liposuction, you can also discuss your options for fat transfer procedures with Dr. Power in order to add fatty tissue to areas like the buttocks or breasts. This can enhance your figure and restore some lost volume.
It’s common for women to experience changes to their pelvic region during childbirth, leading to self-consciousness when it comes to intimacy. Labiaplasty can be an effective way to restore the vulva if you experience tearing or other changes during labor that make it difficult to feel comfortable. During labiaplasty, excess skin can be trimmed away using different techniques to shorten the length of the labia. This helps improve cosmetic appearance and reduce discomfort and symptoms that can come with it.
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A mommy makeover can be an excellent way to achieve your cosmetic goals after completing your family. To get the best out of your combination procedure, it’s important to select a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience helping moms feel like their best selves again. To meet with Dr. Power and get started, we invite you to contact our Toronto office by calling or filling out our online form.CONTACT US GET PRICING