What is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is a catch-all term for a combination of cosmetic surgeries that are done to reverse the dramatic body changes that can result from pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding.

While becoming a mother can be one of the most rewarding experiences, it can be very hard on the body. It is very common for women who have had children to have excess skin and fat on the abdomen, separation of abdominal muscles, sagging and deflation of the breasts and butt, and many other body changes.

While diet and exercise can improve some of these changes, nothing short of surgical repair can correct stretched or torn fascia, rejoin separated muscles, or remove excess skin. Dr. Plant uses a variety of cosmetic procedures to restore your pre-pregnancy shape and in many cases, improve upon it.

Rather than having each of these procedures done separately, a mommy makeover combines them all into one surgical procedure allowing for a single recovery period.

What are my mommy makeover options?

Depending on exactly what changes occurred to your body from pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, there are multiple procedures that Dr. Plant can combine to give you the body you want.

The most common procedures combined into a mommy makeover are

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty): Carrying a fetus and the extra tissue needed to support it can result in excess skin and stretch marks on the abdomen as well as cause separation of the abdominal muscles. An abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery in which Dr. Plant removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens the abdominal muscles to give a firm, smooth abdomen, and a narrow, defined waist. A tummy tuck can also remove unwanted caesarian section scars and correct the “pooch” that can hang over a c-section scar and keep you looking pregnant even though you had your baby months ago.

Breast restoration: Weight gain from pregnancy and engorgement from milk, whether a woman breastfeeds or not, can stretch the breast skin and result in sagging and deflation of the breasts. There are several options to restore the pre-pregnancy shape, size, and position including a breast lift, breast augmentation, or a combination of the two.

Breast lift: This is a procedure where Dr. Plant elevates and rearranges existing breast tissue to bring the breast higher up on the chest and remove the excess skin. This is a great option for women who have developed sagging breasts but are happy with their volume.

Breast augmentation: This procedure involves the placement of a silicone or saline implant behind the breast tissue to restore lost volume in women who feel their breasts have deflated, but aren’t necessarily sagging.

Breast augmentation with lift: In a combination breast augmentation-lift procedure, Dr. Plant will both lift the breast to correct sagging and add an implant to restore lost volume.

Liposuction: Using a small cannula through a 5 mm incision, Dr. Plant can suction out excess fat in areas that are resistant to diet and exercise.

Vaginal rejuvenation: Following a vaginal birth it is not uncommon for a woman to develop lengthening of the inner labia (labia minora) and stretching of the vaginal opening. This can cause discomfort, dryness, and loss of sexual pleasure. Dr. Plant can correct lengthened labia minora with a labiaplasty procedure, and/or tighten the vaginal opening using a perineoplasty to improve the appearance and increase your sexual pleasure.

Brazilian butt lift: The rapid weight gain and weight loss associated with pregnancy and delivery can often lead to deflated and sagging buttocks. Dr. Plant can take the fat from elsewhere on the body, usually the abdomen or inner thighs, and transfer it to the butt to give back the perky, full butt you used to have (or never had but always wanted).

What are the scars from mommy makeover surgery like?

Because a mommy makeover is so highly customized, the scars will be very specific to each patient. Dr. Plant will talk to you at your consultation about exactly what scars would be involved with the specific procedures needed to get you the outcome you desire.

To get a better understanding of what the scars might look like, please see our individual procedure pages for tummy tuck, breast lift, breast augmentation, breast lift with augmentation, Brazilian butt lift and vaginal rejuvenation.

Am I the right candidate for mommy makeover?

If you are a healthy patient who is unhappy with the appearance of your body after having children, then a mommy makeover may be a great option for you. The best candidates for a mommy makeover are women who:

  • Have specific body issues that have not responded favorably to diet and exercise
  • Have completed breastfeeding for at least six months
  • Are not planning any future pregnancies

Scheduling a mommy makeover consultation in Toronto

If you are considering mommy makeover surgery in Toronto, you should book a consultation with Dr. Plant so he can personally go over the different options available to get the results you desire. He will also answer any questions you may have about your mommy makeover surgery.

His office is conveniently located in central Toronto near both the 401 and the Don Valley Parkway, which has allowed him to serve mommy makeover patients from the entire greater Toronto area, including Scarborough, Mississauga, Vaughan, and Markham. He also sees patients from all over Canada who travel into Toronto specifically for his expertise and natural results.

Dr. Plant is a Royal College-certified plastic surgeon renowned for actively listening to what his patients are looking for and delivering those results through his meticulous surgical techniques. He is widely known for having short scars that are hidden in almost any outfit, including bathing suits, leaving patients excited to show off their new figures at work, the mall, school pickup/dropoff and especially on the beach. Contact us today to schedule your mommy makeover consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mathew Plant.


FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Mommy Makeover Surgery safe?

All surgery comes with risks and benefits. Complications can happen with any procedure, and because Mommy Makeover is a variable combination of procedures, the risk will vary with each patient. Dr. Plant will speak to the specific combination needed for your procedure and let you know what the specific risk profile is. He will never agree to perform any procedures that are not safe, so you can rest assured that you will be in good hands.

What Is Actually Involved With A Mommy Makeover Surgery?

While each procedure is customized to the patient, there are certain steps that are taken for nearly all Mommy Makeover procedures. Before the procedure, Dr. Plant will see you in the presurgical examination room where he will mark you for the procedures. Once you have been checked in by the nurses, you will then be taken to the operating room and placed under anaesthesia. Once you are asleep your skin will be treated with an antiseptic solution to kill any bacteria present and then the procedures will be performed. When surgery is complete, waterproof dressings will be applied to your abdomen and then a special garment will be applied to provide gentle compression to the area.

What Can I Expect From Mommy Makeover Surgery?

Patients who have had a mommy makeover report increased confidence and overall quality of life. Patients find that they no longer need to wear spanx, padded bras or other shapewear and can wear form-fitting clothing and swimsuits with confidence and pride. What patients can expect to achieve really depends on the specific procedures involved: All patients can expect improved confidence in clothes and swimwear because they no longer have to worry about their insecurities. A tummy tuck will provide: A trim waistline and a smoother, firmer abdominal profile. Removal of stretch marks and C-section scars from the lower abdomen. Removal of excess, hanging skin from the lower abdomen Improvement in the shape of their belly button Improvements in back pain and urinary incontinence, including after childbirth, because strength and stability are restored to the core and pelvic muscles. A breast procedure provides perkier, fuller breasts that look better both in and out of clothing. A Brazilian butt lift provides a fuller, perkier butt and an hourglass figure with smoother curves. Vaginal rejuvenation can provide improved confidence in the appearance of the labia and increased sexual satisfaction from the improved tightness of the vaginal opening.

How Long Is The Downtime From a Mommy Makeover?

Recovery from mommy makeover surgery is different for each patient and includes a post-surgical healing period that typically lasts from 1-6 weeks. In general, the downtime from a Mommy Makeover procedure is far less than it would be if each procedure were performed individually. Of all the procedures that are commonly performed as part of a Mommy Makeover, the tummy tuck contributes the most to downtime. Breast, butt and vaginal procedures typically come with a downtime lasting from a few days to just over a week. The majority of patients who have undergone a tummy tuck need to take at least 2 weeks off work, but some need an additional week or two. Patients will be able to do most activities they’d like during this time period, but generally are moving a bit slower. In general patients feel mostly back to themselves after 4 – 6 weeks. As far as a return to exercise, lower body exercise and light cardio are permitted 2 weeks after surgery. Except for core exercises you may resume all exercise activities after 6 weeks and core/abdominal exercises and high intensity workout programs such as CrossFit can be resumed after 3 months.

How Painful Is Mommy Makeover Surgery?

Each patient has different pain thresholds and each mommy makeover procedure is unique, so it is difficult to give an answer that applies to everyone. In general, one of the advantages to performing multiple procedures at the same time is that the overall pain is less than it would be if each procedure were performed individually. To get a sense of how painful each portion of the Mommy Makeover is, please see the individual procedure pages. Before your procedure, Dr. Plant will give you a prescription that includes multimodal analgesia, a specific protocol designed by pain specialists to address every aspect of the body’s pain response. This includes an anti-inflammatory to minimize the pain reaction at the surgical site, a ‘nerve calming’ agent to slow and minimize the transmission of pain signals from the surgical site to the brain, and a few “centrally acting” agents that minimize the brain’s response to the pain signals. He also uses a long-lasting local anaesthetic before making any incisions to block the nerves that carry pain sensation so that your body doesn’t even feel the initial incision.

What Is The Recovery Process From Mommy Makeover Surgery Like?

Each surgeon has a different protocol, and Dr. Plant’s is customized to make your life as easy as possible during the recovery process. When you wake up from surgery, you will be in the recovery room where you will have your own personal nurse looking after you. She will help you put on any post-surgical garments, which will support the tissues at the surgical site and minimize the swelling. Once you are awake and comfortable enough, you will be allowed to go home accompanied by a friend or family member. In most cases, your dressings will be waterproof, so you are free to shower the following morning. It is important to have someone stay with you for at least the first few days to help out. You will be encouraged to get up and move around a few times a day to increase circulation and prevent blood clots, which can cause serious complications. You will see Dr. Plant for your first post-op visit within the first week after surgery so he can make sure he is happy with how you are recovering and ensure you get up out of bed and get moving. There will be swelling and soreness the first few weeks after surgery, but they will improve day by day. Your initial waterproof dressings will stay on for about a week, at which point they will be removed and replaced with fresh ones. These can come off after a week, and at that time you can start scar treatment.

When Will I See My Final Results?

As with all surgical procedures, the final results cannot be seen for one year after surgery, however you will typically see an immediate difference right after surgery and have a very good sense of what your final results will look like by six weeks. As the minimal amount of residual swelling resolves over the remainder of the year, the scars fade and the final results will become apparent.

How Long Does A Mommy Makeover Last?

As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and don’t fluctuate too much in weight, your new body will last a very long time. No procedure can stop the aging process though, and your body will continue to age naturally over time. What this procedure does is “set the clock back” so that natural aging starts from a much better place. Proper diet and exercise are necessary to maintain your results so it is wise to get into good habits before surgery so it will be easy to continue afterwards.

Can I Have Another Baby After Mommy Makeover?

While life can certainly throw us curveballs, and it is safe to have additional children after a Mommy Makeover, Dr. Plant generally advises waiting to have your procedure until you are fairly sure you will not be having more children. Future pregnancies following your Mommy Makeover can stretch out tissues and reverse the results you’ve achieved with this procedure. There is no guarantee you’ll need revision surgery afterwards, but you should expect the possibility and be aware that secondary procedures are more challenging than primary ones and are often more painful on the recovery.

Who Will My Consultation Be With?

All consultations are with Dr. Plant himself, not a salesperson or nurse-consultant. He does it this way for several reasons. First, he feels patients are entitled to meet and get to know their potential surgeon before booking a procedure. Second, he strongly believes that only the surgeon truly knows what they can accomplish in surgery and he does not want someone who doesn’t actually operate making promises that cannot be delivered. Third, patients come having researched the procedure and are prepared with questions about the procedure that he feels can only be answered completely by the surgeon.

What Can I Expect At My Consultation?

At your consultation, you can expect to be greeted upon arrival and asked to complete a registration form and provide your OHIP card. Once you have completed the form, you will be taken to the examination room and asked to change into a gown. Once you have changed, Dr. Plant will come and speak with you about your specific concerns and your desired final appearance. He will also take a medical history to make sure you are safe for surgery. Once he has a good sense of what you are looking for, he will examine you to see the current state of your body. He will show you anything noteworthy that might affect your outcome in the mirror. After he has examined you, he will tell you what he thinks the best options for you will be and discuss them with you. This includes the exact procedures that would benefit you most and whether it is safe to combine them into a single procedure. He will also address whether there are any factors that are unique to your case and if something specific should be done about it, or if it’s simply something you should be aware of before having your procedure. He will then provide you with pricing for the procedure and provide the opportunity for you to have all of your questions answered.

How Much Does Mommy Makeover Cost?

Pricing for a Mommy Makeover in Toronto will vary depending on the exact nature of the procedures you need to achieve your desired results. The cost for the operation has been carefully calculated and will vary with the type and number of procedures you are having. In general, you can expect your Mommy Makeover surgery to cost anywhere from $15,000 – $30,000.

Do I Have To Buy A Special Garment For After Surgery?

No way! We like to make things easy for our patients, so all of our pricing is all-inclusive, meaning the price you are given by Dr. Plant is the price you will pay. There are no hidden fees for garments or fancy presurgical vitamins that magically appear after you’ve placed a deposit. The only cost you may incur above and beyond the quoted price is what you pay the pharmacist to fill your prescription and this is typically less than $100 for patients who do not have drug coverage.

How Many Follow-ups Are Included With My Mommy Makeover And When Will They Be?

While other surgeons limit follow ups, Dr. Plant feels that surgical patients should always have access to their surgeon and not be charged for it. In addition to the standard followup appointments at 1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year, Dr. Plant is happy to see his patients in follow up as much as they feel is necessary and for as long as he is in practice. Instead of limiting you to a year of follow ups, he actually wants to see you every year to make sure that your new body is still looking great!

Are There Less Invasive Alternatives To Mommy Makeover?

The changes that come with pregnancy and childbirth are usually fairly significant, so only something as significant as a surgical procedure will be able to correct them. While many nonsurgical treatments claim they can tighten the skin or muscles, they generally give underwhelming results. While excess skin and fat can be camouflaged with shapewear, and breasts can be lifted or enlarged with special bras, nothing short of surgical correction can provide a long-lasting result that looks good both in and out of clothing.

Why Does A Mommy Makeover with Dr. Plant Cost More Than Some Other Surgeons?

In a nutshell, good plastic surgery is rarely cheap, and cheap plastic surgery is rarely good. In order to provide inexpensive surgery costs need to be cut somewhere, and this means using lower quality equipment and/or rushing the procedure to get more done in a day. We firmly believe that when it comes to both Parachutes and Plastic surgery, quality takes precedence over all else, including cost. To ensure the best possible results, Dr. Plant takes as long as necessary to do the work properly and uses only premium products in the operating room. This includes Stratafix sutures, the Keller Funnel and the ONETRAC single-use lighted retractor. He also provides a level of hands-on service that is incredibly rare in this industry – Dr. Plant personally does all consults and follow ups himself. This is in stark contrast to the typical office where the majority of the consult and most of the follow ups will be with a staff member. He also does not place limits on follow ups, whereas some offices will limit patients to a certain number of follow ups, or limit them to a certain timeframe (1 year for example) before they charge you for further appointments. If you have a concern, Dr. Plant will be happy to see you 10 years after your procedure with no additional charges!