Many women who have finished having children are bothered by some of the physical changes in their body that can occur with childbirth and breast feeding. This usually presents as excess deflated skin in the abdomen and a loss of fullness to the breasts with a drooped nipple position. Commonly performed by Dr. Jonathan Lee, the mommy makeover is a great way to boost a woman’s self-confidence as it restores and enhances a women’s figure to a more youthful, pre-pregnancy appearance.
This popular procedure usually involves a tummy tuck and breast augmentation. Occasionally a breast lift or reduction is recommended. Liposuction of the flanks and hips can also be performed either at the same time or in a staged fashion.
What are your Mommy Makeover Options?
A Mommy Makeover is a combination of several cosmetic procedures that can help address pregnancy-related body changes. As each woman’s body is unique, a highly tailored approach must be used to address your specific goals, customizing your individualized treatment.
The common procedures performed on a Mommy Makeover include one or more of the following:
If the nipple position has not dropped significantly, a breast augmentation alone may be able to restore volume to the breast, giving it a more youthful appearance. If the nipple has drooped too low, breast augmentation is combined with a breast lift.
Women that are comfortable with their present breast size but have sagging breasts and want the nipple position elevated may be good candidates for a breast lift, or mastopexy.
Breast size usually swells during pregnancy. For some women their breasts may continue to remain larger and uncomfortable after pregnancy. Occasionally, pain, poor posture, and skin rashes may develop under the breasts. Breast reduction removes fat and breast tissue, lifting and tightening the breast. Patients are left with smaller, lighter and more comfortable breasts.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Most women desire a flat stomach after birth and this procedure can help them in achieving it. Excess skin and fat is removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened, giving a flatter abdomen and narrowing the waist. Tummy tuck surgery also removes stretch marks that are below the belly button.
Although a tummy tuck is good for narrowing your waist, it cannot narrow your hips. Liposuction is often used to help contour the flanks (“love handles”) and hips, creating an hour-glass appearance. It is best for those pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.
Who is a good candidate? Women with:
- Deflated breast size and shape following breastfeeding
- Drooping nipples and stretched out large areolas
- Excess sagging abdominal skin and stretch marks
- A waistline that has become thick and lacks definition
- Pockets of fat to their abdomen, flanks, and thighs that are resistant to diet and exercise
- A C-section scar that creates an indentation with fat hanging over top
- Finished having kids, are in good health, and have a stable weight
Dr. Jonathan Lee (MD, FRCSC) is an experienced, Canadian and New York fellowship-trained Plastic Surgeon based in Calgary. Well-established, he is board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and specializes in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
Before the Surgery
During your initial consultation, Dr. Lee will perform a thorough evaluation of your breasts, abdomen and body shape. He will determine if you are a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover and provide you with a recommendation tailored to your specific goals. Pre-treatment photos will be taken and any potential risks and complications will also be discussed for every procedure.
Dr. Lee always encourages his patients to bring in photos of body shapes and sizes that they find attractive. This often helps in the discussion and visualization of the target goals.
After the Surgery
A Mommy Makeover is performed under a general anaesthetic and will take approximately 2 to 5 hours to complete depending on the number of procedures involved. Most patients are able to return home two hours following the surgery. If a tummy tuck is performed, a surgical drain is occasionally used to prevent any fluid build up and it is usually removed after one week.
Everyone’s experience is unique, but most patients will experience some pain along the area of surgery that usually settles within a few weeks. Dr. Lee will prescribe you a pain reliever to ensure your comfort. Most patients can return to work after 2 weeks but no strenuous activity or going to the gym is advised until at least the fourth week if a tummy tuck is performed.
A supportive compression garment is usually worn for the first three weeks following surgery in order to reduce swelling and aid in the healing process.
Dr. Lee will typically see you within one week after the surgery At this time, he will also provide you with detailed scar care instructions. The next visits will be after 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months and 1 year.