About Mommy Makeover
A mommy makeover is a customized combination of procedures and/or treatments designed to help restore and improve a mother’s pre-baby body after changes brought on by pregnancy, childbirth, and/or breastfeeding.
Commonly asked questions about Mommy Makeover
Before undertaking any procedure, you will want to be confident in your knowledge. Find the details on Mommy Makeover here.
1. What is a mommy makeover?
Mommy makeovers can include cosmetic plastic surgery, non-surgical treatments, or a combination. A mommy makeover includes all the chosen procedures in just one surgery, so the patient only has to go under general anesthesia once and only has to endure one recovery.
2. What are the most common types of mommy makeovers?
Mommy makeover’s vary depending on which areas have been most affected by childbirth – based on the unique needs of each patient, surgeons will customize and combine several procedures that are to be performed in a single surgical session.
The most common combination of procedures included in a “Mommy Makeover” center around a breast and abdomen procedure (e.g., breast augmentation/lift and tummy tuck).
List of procedures mommy makeovers may include:
- Breast Lift
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Reduction
- Tummy Tuck
- Circumferential Abdominoplasty
- Perineoplasty, Vaginoplasty and/or a Labiaplasty
- Laser Skin Rejuvenation treatments
3. Who is a good candidate for mommy makeover?
- Women who are done having children and have stopped breastfeeding for at least 6 months
- Women who have not recently given birth (its best not to schedule this surgery too soon after you’ve had a baby)
- Women who are in good general health and within 25 pounds of their ideal body weight
4. How is a mommy makeover performed?
Mommy makeovers are usually performed as outpatient surgery – meaning you likely do not have to stay at the surgical facility overnight and can recover at home. You will be given general anesthesia and all your chosen procedures will be completed in one surgical session (how these surgeries are performed depends on what procedures were chosen during your consultation with your surgeon).
Please see FAQ’s for each procedure you are considering for additional information (e.g., tummy tuck, breast augmentation).
5. How long does mommy makeover surgery take?
Depending on the complexity and type of procedures performed during a mommy makeover, the surgery time may range from 3-6+ hours.
6. What is the recovery like after surgery?
Recovery time after a mommy makeover varies as it is such an individualized procedure and will depend on the chosen procedures. Most doctors recommend planning on at least two weeks of downtime recovering at home and up to six weeks of total recovery time before you’ll be healthy enough for strenuous activity or exercise, lifting heavy items, etc. It is also highly important to have someone available and present to help you with basic daily tasks (e.g., helping you get to the bathroom, preparing meals, etc.). If you are resting and limiting movement, you should be able to manage your pain quite well, as moving around may put pressure on your incisions causing increased pain.
You can expect to be given pain medication and experience swelling and bruising for a few weeks. You may also be given antibiotics to stave off infection and have to wear bandages or compression garments for a few weeks. You may need to sleep on your back or in a reclined position for the first few weeks of recovery.
7. When will I see the results?
You may be able to see a significant change soon after surgery, although you will likely only be able to see final results within 3-6 months after healing. If scars are present, they will begin to fade for 6-12 months after surgery.
8. How long do the results last?
Mommy makeover results could be considered permanent depending on your procedure selections. For long lasting or even permanent results, it is recommended that you avoid pregnancy and maintain a healthy life-style and stable weight.
9. How much do mommy makeover surgeries cost in Canada?
The cost of a mommy makeover depends on things like geographic location, the surgeon & their experience, and the complexity of your procedures/how many procedures were chosen. Typically, the surgery ranges from $5,000 to $20,000 with the average cost being around $12,000.
10. What are the risks of mommy makeover?
The procedures that individuals commonly choose for mommy makeovers are generally considered to be safe, however as with any surgery, there are potential risks such as:
- Accumulation of fluid
- Poor wound healing
- Blood clots
- Numbness or other changes in sensation
Other complications include:
- Fat necrosis (death of fatty tissue located deep in the skin)
- Wound separation
11. Is a mommy makeover worth it?
1,865/1,956 people who have undergone a Mommy Makeover procedure have rated the procedure “Worth It” (95%)
– Source: realself.com