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Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover

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Procedure Duration

Surgery Length

3-4 Hours.



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Synopsis of Surgery

Combines a number of plastic surgery procedures into a single effort to “turn back the clock” on a woman’s body after she has given birth and weaned her child.


4-6 weeks until resuming physical exercise.

2 weeks off from work/household duties.


General Anethesia

Alternative Names

Abdominoplasty, Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction, Boob Job

Childbirth creates many changes in a woman’s body that, while good for the health of the baby, may not be to her liking afterwards. A “mommy makeover,” as the name suggests, combines a number of plastic surgery procedures into a single effort to “turn back the clock” on a woman’s body after she has given birth and weaned her child.

With a mommy makeover, once a mother has transitioned her child away from breast milk, she can restore her body to how it was pre-pregnancy—or perhaps more to her liking—in one dramatic operation.

The Mommy Makeover Procedure

A mommy makeover is a fairly standard combination of cosmetic surgery procedures that are performed together during a one operation: a breast lift, a tummy tuck, and liposuction (normally of the tummy and lower body). These are, in fact, the most common plastic surgery procedures for women overall. Sometimes breast augmentation using implants is also performed, if necessary or desired, and women who have had a Caesarean section may opt for scar revision.

These procedures collectively address the most common effects of birthing and breastfeeding on a woman’s body: weight gain and skin stretching in the abdomen, and loss of firmness and possible “deflation” in the breasts. The advantage of a mommy makeover is that the results are achieved all at once, and the recovery times for multiple procedures are combined. A woman achieves (or recovers) the body image she wants in one fell swoop.

Experience and Innovation to Improve Patient Outcomes

At The Plastic Surgery Clinic, we perform approximately 200 mommy makeovers each year. Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Austin are not only highly skilled and experienced in all the individual procedures associated with this type of surgery, but also sensitive to the feelings and needs of the women who seek their advice. Women who wish to explore the option of using plastic surgery to recover (or build upon) their former silhouette will find that Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Austin are understanding and compassionate doctors whose only goal is to inform and assist women interested in these procedures.

Empower Yourself with Knowledge

If you are considering this important surgery please explore the links on the left to learn more. If you have more questions about whether a mommy makeover in Toronto/Mississauga is for you, please contact us at [email protected] to set up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad or Dr. Austin.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

How a Mommy Makeover is Performed

The specifics of each mommy makeover depend on the needs of the individual patient. For example, the amount and locations of the liposuction, the type of tummy tuck, and whether breast augmentation is also being performed will have a significant impact on the duration of the operation and the amount of recovery time needed.

For details concerning each individual procedure, please refer to the Procedures menu.

Wherever possible, scars (particularly the one resulting from the tummy tuck) will be strategically placed so as to hide them from view.

Where Your Mommy Makeover is Performed

Your mommy makeover can be performed right on site in the state-of-the-art facilities of The Plastic Surgery Clinic. The Clinic meets or exceeds national, provincial, and municipal health care facility standards in such important areas as equipment quality and infection control.

If you prefer, you can choose to have your surgery at one of the hospitals where the highly skilled Toronto plastic surgeons enjoy privileges. These include the Mississauga site of the Trillium Health Centre and the University Health Network in Toronto.

No matter where you choose to have your surgery, there is always a surgeon on call to respond to your concerns. In addition, a board-certified anaesthesiologist will administer your local or general anaesthetic, stay with you during the entire operation, and be there as you wake up.


The Best Candidates for a Mommy Makeover

The Best Candidates for a Mommy MakeoverThe best candidates for a mommy makeover are women who have weaned their babies. Women should also note that if they undergo breast augmentation (rather than just a breast lift), they may affect their chances of breastfeeding at a future date, depending on the type of incision used.

If breastfeeding is important to you and you plan to have additional children, you may want to postpone breast augmentation until you have weaned your last child.

Smokers should quit for at least two weeks before and after surgery, because smoking inhibits healing.

A realistic expectation of the results is also very important. To this end, Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Austin are always careful to explain everything about your procedure as clearly as possible, including the risks and the most likely outcomes.

A mommy makeover can have a positive effect on your self-esteem. Feeling better about your appearance can make you feel better about yourself. Studies show that this kind of surgery often improves quality of life. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with an experienced mommy makeover surgeon such as Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad or Dr. Austin.

Preparing for a Mommy Makeover

Meeting with Your Mommy Makeover Surgeon

Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Austin are proud to have helped so many women attain the body they want following their pregnancy so that they can feel like themselves again.

Because surgery of any sort can make patients feel nervous or apprehensive, Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Austin listen carefully to a patient’s desires and provide expert guidance on what each type of surgery can and cannot do. They will carefully explain the potential benefits, as well as the risks, in order to make you feel secure and comfortable with the procedure.

Your consultation will involve a physical examination, including a thorough medical history, and a discussion about your goals with surgery. You will be asked to describe your ideal look; if you can, you should bring in pictures that show body shapes that you admire or pictures of yourself from before your pregnancy.

Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad or Dr. Austin will spend as much time as you need to make sure both you and your surgeon know exactly what you want. It may not always be possible to meet all your expectations with surgery, so it is crucial that you understand what a realistic outcome is likely to be.

Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad or Dr. Austin will examine you to determine exactly what procedure or combination of procedures will best help you meet your goals. For a mommy makeover, how best to address your particular needs will be carefully discussed. Your surgeon will work with you to recommend a combination of procedures that will help you come closest to achieving your desired results.

Preparing for Your Mommy Makeover

Your surgeon will also instruct you on how to prepare for surgery in order to achieve the best result, including guidelines on eating, drinking, and taking certain vitamins and medications. Smokers should plan to stop smoking for a minimum of one or two weeks before surgery and during recovery, as smoking decreases circulation and interferes with proper healing. You may also be asked to refrain from taking aspirin, anti-inflammation drugs, or certain herbal supplements, as they may increase bleeding during the surgery.

Recovery Following a Mommy Makeover

The Recovery Process for Mommy Makeover Patients

Mommy makeover surgery is performed at The Plastic Surgery Clinic as a day surgery procedure. A friend or relative will need to come and pick you up and stay with you at home for at least 24 hours.

The recovery period for a mommy makeover will depend entirely on the procedures that are performed, although combining procedures should lead to a shorter recovery overall versus having the procedures done individually. Normally, any bandages placed over incisions will remain in place for a few days, and parts of the body may require an elastic (compression) bandage or garment to be worn for a few weeks to keep swelling under control. Small tubes may be put in place to temporarily drain fluids that may collect after the operation.

Anyone contemplating a mommy makeover should make sure they are prepared for a fairly substantial amount of surgery and a significant recovery period: four to six weeks is not uncommon. During the initial weeks, it is important that a patient not exert herself; there are strict restrictions on lifting things after breast surgery, and on twisting or using core muscles after abdominal surgery. Most scars will fade in approximately six months.

The Pain Relief Pump™

Pain after surgery is not only uncomfortable, it can also slow down the healing process. That is why the surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Clinic take the time to anticipate their patients’ pain needs in advance, in order to help reduce the time it takes for you to get back on your feet.

They have introduced the revolutionary Pain Relief Pump™ to ease the pain during the first 24 hours after surgery. This MP3 player-sized device is worn in a belt around the waist, with a hair-thin tube connecting it to the surgical site. Completely automatically, the device regularly delivers a long-acting local anaesthetic into the wound.

The result is that patients feel absolutely no pain. That means that patients do not usually need to take prescription pain medicines, which can be associated with significant side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and allergic reactions.

Toronto cosmetic surgery patients at The Plastic Surgery Clinic experience no pain, heal faster, feel happier, have less swelling, and simply recover more quickly. The Pain Relief Pump™ has proven invaluable to plastic surgery patients and is almost exclusively available at The Plastic Surgery Clinic.

Mommy Makeover Risks & Complications

Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Austin perform 200 mommy makeover procedures each year. The results are ordinarily positive and complications are rare. Nevertheless, there are always risks associated with surgery, and there are specific complications associated with the procedures that may be performed during body contouring. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you thoroughly during the consultation process.

Post-operative complications such as infection and blood clots are rare. Infection can be treated with drainage and antibiotics, but may require a hospital stay. You can minimize the risk of blood clots by moving around as soon as possible after the surgery. At our state-of-the-art plastic surgery clinic in Toronto, patients are given anti-embolic stockings that they are asked to wear for one week following surgery. We also have a specialized device called a sequential compression pump that gently massages the patient’s legs during surgery and, combined with the stockings, greatly decreases the risk of blood clots in the legs.

Poor healing, which can result in conspicuous scars, may require a second operation. Smokers are advised to quit, as smoking may increase the risk of complications and delay healing.

You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following your surgeon’s instructions before and after the surgery, especially with regard to when and how you should resume physical activity.

Please keep in mind that at The Plastic Surgery Clinic, we will treat any complication that may arise.

Mommy Makeover Before and After Photo Gallery

Most of the mommy makeover patients at the Plastic Surgery Clinic are very happy with their results. The procedures used result in an overall look that is toned, youthful, and natural. Women who delight in their children but not the physical aftereffects of pregnancy regain their self-esteem and bring their body back into line with their self-image.

A mommy makeover typically has an immediate, long-lasting effect, provided patients maintain a healthy weight.

Any plastic surgery procedure may have an impact on your friends and family. Some may not see much difference, while others may act resentful. If this happens, remind yourself of your goals going into surgery and remember that you did this for yourself and your own satisfaction, not to please anyone else.

During your free consultation, you will be able to look through a wide range of photos to see the results of other mommy makeover patients at The Plastic Surgery Clinic. To view results from many of our procedures, please visit our complete photo gallery collection.

Cost of a Mommy Makeover

Through all of your research, you have probably discovered that OHIP, your benefits plan, or your other provincial health plan, likely will not cover the cost of a mommy makeover. Since all of us at The Plastic Surgery Clinic love helping our patients achieve their goals, we have comprehensive and affordable financing plans so that you can make the most of who you are, sooner. Call us to book a free consultation discuss the procedure in detail with one of our expert plastic surgeons and to get an accurate estimate for the surgery.

To find out more about the cost of a mommy makeover, please contact us by phone or e-mail or by filling out the Request for Information form below.

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