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Considering A Mommy Makeover?
June 19
14:13 2016

Article Highlights

  • The mommy makeover combines surgery
  • The abdomen, such as tummy tuck and liposuction
  • The breasts, such as a lift, augmentation or reduction
  • C-section scar revision might also be performed

Undergoing Surgery

Motherhood requires adapting, not just to a new sleep pattern, meal and bathroom schedule, but also to the changes that happen to your body after pregnancy. These can include enlarged breasts from feeding or weight gain, saggy breasts and separated abdominal muscles, resulting in excess stomach fat that exercise won’t get rid of. Many post-baby bodily changes are outside of your control and unfortunately; some bodies don’t naturally bounce back.

“It probably has to do with things like genetics and the quality of your skin,” said Dr. Hugh McLean, a plastic surgeon and owner of McLean Clinic in Mississauga. “It probably also has to do with how much weight a woman gains in the pregnancy and how big the baby is.”

Whatever the reason, many women consider surgery to restore their pre-pregnancy body. The mommy makeover combines surgery on the abdomen, such as tummy tuck and liposuction, and the breasts, such as a lift, augmentation or reduction. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) stated C-section scar revision might also be performed. Determining if you’re suited for a mommy makeover is one of the first steps in considering the procedure.

“The typical mommy makeover candidate is someone who has sort of saggy breasts and the loose abdomen,” said Dr. McLean. “Sometimes, with the weight gains of pregnancy, the breasts may be enlarged and need to be reduced.” Prior to the procedure, a patient must be healthy and meet the physical qualifications.

Considering A Mommy Makeover?

Considering A Mommy Makeover?

“You need to be able to benefit from the procedure,” Dr. McLean expanded. “If you don’t have enough excess skin to remove with a full tummy tuck, you might have a modified tummy tuck, where less skin is taken off and the tummy button is left in place.”

Dr. McLean said if a woman is still breastfeeding, she’d need to wait until the breasts have “shut down.” For a tummy tuck, he advised waiting at least six months, but if you plan to have another baby, Dr. McLean would not recommend one since another pregnancy can undo the work of plastic surgery.

Dr. McLean said that with breast surgery, nipple sensation might be affected, as well as the ability to breastfeed in the future, since breast tissue produces the milk and it is then passed through the ducts and eventually through the nipple.

“If you are moving the nipple, then you have to divide some of those ducts that conduct the milk to the nipple, and that can make the breast less effective in breastfeeding.”

Considering A Mommy Makeover?

Considering A Mommy Makeover?

According to the ASPS, breast augmentation can result in poor scarring, bleeding and infection; a breast lift can result in fluid accumulation and breast asymmetry; and risks of breast reduction include excessive firmness of the breast, nerve damage and the potential inability to breastfeed.

Risks of a tummy tuck include infection, persistent pain and numbness, according to ASPS. Dr. McLean said a tummy tuck leaves a large scar however scar gels and creams can be helpful post-procedure.

Sometimes breasts and tummy are done together, but downtime is different for each. Breasts take around four weeks to heal and the tummy takes around six weeks, Dr. McLean explains.

“That’s the huge advantage of doing the whole mommy makeover,”

Dr. McLean continued, adding that it usually takes two to four hours to perform.

“You have one operation; you have one anesthetic and you have one recovery period.” One other benefit Dr. McLean noted is that “some women find that they can be more athletic, especially if the tummy is getting in the way of that. They can exercise better.”

Though Dr. McLean encourages patients to walk around after surgery, he said they should have appropriate downtime and not overexert themselves. And for someone as busy as a new mom, the sooner she can return, with ease, to her children and her life, the better.


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  1. lady musthave September 06, 16:04

    yes!!!! sign me up!!!

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  2. Carla Monti September 09, 03:09

    I am looking for a good PS, any recommendation? LA area

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