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Everything You Need to Know About a Mommy Makeover

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  • October 19, 2020

Are you looking to restore your body to how it was before pregnancy? Are you struggling to manage the physical changes that come with childbirth? Here is everything you need to know about the procedures involved, what you need to know before the consultation, and what to expect during recovery.

For women who feel self-conscious about how their bodies appear post-pregnancy, a ‘mommy makeover’ might be what comes to mind to feel rejuvenated. A mommy makeover is a combination of cosmetic surgeries designed to help women rejuvenate their bodies after pregnancy.

Combining multiple plastic surgery procedures into a single operation is a cost-effective way for patients to achieve their cosmetic goals with a single recovery period. This is especially convenient for patients with young children at home.


What Is a Mommy Makeover?

After childbirth, the body goes through many changes. Breasts lose volume, abdominal muscles stretch, and excess weight accumulates in the hips, thighs, and buttocks. Since all bodies are different, some people have a more difficult time than others returning their bodies to their pre-pregnancy shape. For those who struggle with their appearance after childbirth, a series of procedures known as a mommy makeover is a fantastic option to restore their self-confidence.

Plastic surgeons recommend this option for patients who have:
  • Sagging or uneven breasts
  • Stretched areolas
  • Diminished breast volume
  • A buildup of fat deposits around the thighs, waist, and abdomen, which are resistant to change via diet and exercise
  • Stretched abdominal muscles due to pregnancy
  • Experienced a C-section, resulting in excess fat around the surgical scar
  • Breasts that have become enlarged during pregnancy that are causing back pain or a disproportionate figure


What Is Involved in a Mommy Makeover?

One of the great advantages of a mommy makeover is that we create a customized plan that works for each individual’s body. The most common procedures that are involved in a mommy makeover are:

  • Breast lift, augmentation or reduction: Depending on the patient, one of these three is an option for your body
  • Liposuction: The removal of excess fat gained in pregnancy via a minimally invasive tube instrument
  • Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck): The removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen region



What Do I Need to Know Before My Consultation?

When you decide that a mommy makeover is right for you, you will need to go through a consultation meeting with your surgeon. Before this initial consultation, there are some critical pieces of information that you need to know.

Because mommy makeovers typically involve multiple invasive procedures, you will need to be in good health to be considered. Before your surgery, you will need to have received a clean bill of health from your doctor that your physical condition is acceptable for invasive plastic surgery. Additionally, you should discuss with your doctor how your medications will affect the surgery and the recovery period.

Due to the multiple procedures involved, a mommy makeover is typically more expensive than many other standalone plastic surgeries. Because of this, you will need to budget accordingly. To discuss expected costs and possible financing options, please contact us to book your free consultation.



What Will My Recovery Period Look Like?

If you choose to undergo a mommy makeover, it is important to understand that the recovery time is lengthy. Depending on your body, the number of, and the types of procedures undergone, your recovery time is expected to be quite lengthy.

Common mommy makeover surgeries such as tummy tucks and breast lifts on their own can take up to three months to fully recover from. When undergoing numerous procedures, this time frame is often extended.

Especially during the first few weeks of recovery, we highly recommend having somebody frequently present to help you perform routine tasks such as preparing food. You should be able to manage your pain while resting. However, it will likely be challenging to manage simple daily tasks such as going to the bathroom, especially during the early days of your recovery. Having somebody dedicated to assisting you during the first couple of weeks will go a long way to ensuring that your body will heal properly and with as little pain as possible.

For most patients, the results of your surgery will not be visible until many weeks into your recovery. As with any surgery, your body will have a natural inflammatory response, meaning that your stomach, breasts, and abdomen may look swollen. Typically, this is nothing to worry about and is merely the body's natural way of healing.


Call Us Today

To find out more about the costs and benefits of a mommy makeover and how our plastic surgeon can help you achieve all your desired aesthetic goals, visit our clinic located at 8440 112 Street Northwest, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2P4.

Or you can contact Dr. Ladak by calling 780-407-6691 or by filling out our online contact form.

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