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What is a Mommy Makeover?

A Mommy Makeover is a combination of surgical and non-surgical treatments that lead to restoration and rejuvenation of a female’s figure after childbirth and breastfeeding.

The various combinations of treatments that go into a Mommy Makeover can be both surgical and non-surgical.  The surgical treatments at SpaMedica Toronto generally includes breast augmentation and breast lift surgery, mini tummy tuck and tummy tuck surgery, as well as advanced modern liposuction surgery, such as SmartLipo and BodyTite.  In addition, depending upon the postpartum degenerative changes that have occurred, such as advanced cellulite of the buttock, posterior, outer and anterior thigh, non-surgical cellulite reduction treatments and surgical cellulite treatments using the Cellulaze and CelluTite™, as well as non surgical skin tightening may also be deployed.  The non-surgical components of a Mommy Makeover also include the removal of unwanted hair through the SpaMedica laser hair removal programs, stretch mark reduction using stretch mark reduction techniques and technologies, as well as non-surgical liposuction fat reduction techniques such as the SpaMedica non-surgical liposuction program, using the UltraShape®, BodyFx, Zeltiq® and Zerona-like fat reduction technologies.

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How is the Mommy Makeover Breast Implant and Breast Augmentation Surgery performed?

At SpaMedica in Toronto Mommy Makeover involves an initial consultation with Dr. Mulholland.  Your aesthetic body contour concerns are discussed.  In general, the post baby body contour concerns involve loss of volume, deflation, descent and flattening of the shape of the breasts.  Generally, breast augment surgery using breast implants is the recommended mommy makeover treatment procedure for breast rejuvenation.  At SpaMedica, the VECTRA 3D® high-tech photographic system will allow you to select the kind of shape and implant that gives you the best possible optimized shape. The Vectra 3D is a photographic system where a breast augment patient can have their preoperative photos taken and then various breast implants selected that very accurately create the simulated appearance and result the surgery will provide.  This “TRY BEFORE YOU BUY” is a critical part of modern breast implant and  breast augment surgery, to ensure you pick the right size and shape for you. Occasionally breast lift surgery is required following childbirth and breastfeeding.  There are a variety of breast implants sizes and shapes and the vast majority of mommy make over patients select the new Cohesive Silicone Gel Breast implants, or “Gummy Bear” implants as they are less likely to leak or show ripples and wrinkles compared to the older saline filled breast implants. The Cohesive Gel Implants feel much more natural, do not leak and come with a life time warranty. The incision used and pocket placement for your mommy make over breast implant and breast augment surgery will be discussed with Dr. Mulholland.  Breast Implants can be placed under or over the muscle and the incision is commonly placed under the breast in the breast crease or through the armpit.

Toronto Breast Augmentation Incision Options

Figure 1.  Mommy Make Overs often include a Breast Implant and Breast Augmentation surgery and the incision options include under the breast and through the armpit for the Cohesive Gel Breast Implant and the addition of the Areolar and trans-umbilical for saline filled breast implants.

Toronto Breast Implant Pocket Type

Figure 2. Mommy Makeover Breast Implants can be place under the chest muscle, under the gland, or a combination of those two, called the Dual Plane.

Torotno Round Gel Breast Implants vs Anatomic Tear Drop Breast Implant

Figure 3.  The Breast Implant itself used during your Mommy Makeover Breast Augmentation surgery can be round or tear drop shaped and these pre-operative decisions are made with the Vectra 3D imaging so you can pick your Mommy Make over Breast size and shape before the procedure.

Toronto Vectra 3D Breast Imaging System

Figure 4.  Mommy Makeover decisions such as the actual size and shape of the implant that will look best for your figure, shape and form can now be made pre-operatively with the help of Dr. Mulholland’s high tech digital imaging system called the Vectra 3D.  Your pre-operative 3D photos are taken and then, with the simple “click of a button” you can try on all the shapes and sizes of implants available and see an accurate simulation of what you will look like.  With this Vectra 3D “try before you buy”, there is little chance you will end up with a shape or size of Mommy Makeover breast augment that you will not be happy with.

How is the Mommy Makeover Tummy and Body Contouring surgery performed?

Other body contour concerns that often need to be addressed with the Mommy Makeover include lax skin of the abdomen, stretch marks and laxity of the abdominal muscle, called the rectus abdominis.  One or more of these post baby tummy changes may have conspired to compromise your figure, shape and form following childbirth.

Before Toronto Tummy Tuck Procedure

Figure 5.  Post Mommy tummy changes can include loose skin, stretch marks, unattractive belly buttons and loose bulging muscles.

These post mommy tummy anatomical changes and aesthetic concerns are corrected during the Mommy Makeover, with combinations of advanced modern liposuction technique such as BodyTite and SmartLipo, in combination with Mini Tummy Tucks, especially if a C-section scar was deployed for childbirth and/or Standard Tummy Tucks if the tummy changes are more extensive.  In general, with combinations of a Mini Tummy Tuck surgery together with BodyTite™ and SmartLipo™ advanced liposuction of the hips, outer/inner thighs and other body areas, restoration of pre-pregnancy shape, figure and form can be achieved.

Toronto Tummy Tuck Incisions

Figure 6.  Toronto Mommy Makeover tummy laxity patients may undergo combinations of Bodytite™ and Smartlipo™ for the gentle removal of unwanted fat and the non-excisional contraction of soft tissue.  For more extensive skin laxity, then the Bodytite™ and SmartLipo™ can be combined with Mini Tummy Tuck incisions or Standard Tummy tucks where the loose skin is removed, and the belly button may be restored and the muscles may be tightened.

The most common combinations of techniques for the Mommy Makeover are breast augmentation surgery with Breast Implants combined with advanced modern liposuction techniques such as SmartLipo™ and BodyTite™ to the hips, flanks, outer/inner thighs, inner knees and arms combined with abdominal liposuction or mini tummy tuck or extended tummy tuck procedures.  It is important to note that tummy tuck surgery does not have to be extensive.  It can range from skin only removal through a C-section-type scar to extended skin removal procedures to muscle tightening and skin removal and fat reduction procedures.  The extent of the abdominal contouring required necessitates a consultation and examination of the degenerative effects that have occurred with pregnancy.

Non-surgical treatments can be combined with your surgical treatments such as high speed laser hair removal, removal of pregnancy mask and hyperpigmentation in the facial areas, cellulite reduction, non-surgical treatments, as well as stretch mark reduction treatments for abdominal and breast stretch marks.

Who is a candidate for a SpaMedica Mommy Makeover?

Good candidates for Mommy Makeovers are patients with realistic expectations who want to achieve a significant improvement in their figure, shape and form after multiple children and breast-feeding.  In general, most Toronto Mommy Makeover patients want to have a return to ideal proportions and shape of breast, waist and hip ratios, with tightening of abdominal tissue, such that they look good in evening gowns, tight dresses, skirts and shirts as well as in bathing wear and out of clothes.

The scars that result from both breast augmentation and breast implant surgery and various forms of tummy tuck surgery can generally be well hidden and can be faded with modern laser scar treatment techniques.

Contraindications would be those individuals who may be pregnant at the time of the procedure, have unrealistic expectations, are medically unwell, or have inflammatory, infectious lesions or skin cancers in the areas of treatment.

What kind of an anesthetic is used for a Mommy Makeover?

With modern anesthetic techniques, most Mommy Makeovers can be performed under IV sedation or and less invasive anesthetic techniques.  Most Mommy Makeover procedures last three to four hours or less and generally the recovery times are measured in one to two weeks.

Is the Mommy Makeover painful?

Depending on the type of tummy correction required, muscle tightening or not, and the type of breast augment and breast implant or lift technique deployed, under the muscle or above, will determine the amount of pain and discomfort.  In general, however, women who have undergone childbirth find Mommy Makeover surgery far less painful and just as pleasing as it is a lifelong, rewarding adventure.

How long does the Mommy Makeover procedure take?

Depending on the number of combination procedures performed, most Toronto Mommy Makeovers can be performed in four hours or less.  At SpaMedica, Mommy Makeovers are very common.  Dr. Mulholland has 20 years of experience in performing these techniques and a high degree of patient satisfaction and success.  At SpaMedica, you will receive the highest degree of safety and efficacy and experience, facilitating a comfortable and safe and rewarding experience.

How long is the recovery following a Mommy Makeover?

Most Toronto Mommy Makeover patients require approximately 1-2 weeks of recovery time, especially if the combination of procedures include breast implants and breast augmentation surgery combined with high tech modern liposuction, such as Bodytite™ and Smartlipo™ and no actual tummy tuck is needed.  Mommy Makeovers with combined full tummy tuck surgery with muscle tummy tightening and repair with breast augmentation performed both under the under the muscle and combined with  liposuction surgery, will usually  require 2-3 weeks before return to low-impact activities of daily living, such as work and routine child care and housework.

However, 1-3 weeks of recovery following a Mommy Makeover does not mean that patients are immobile.  At SpaMedica, we believe in early ambulation and movement, even on the first day and most Mommy Makeover patients are kept overnight for the safest possible period of observation and also to mobilize patients and get them ambulatory.

During that two-week recovery period, you will be seen approximately three to four more times at SpaMedica, where your dressings will be changed, the progress of your surgical healing assessed and recommendations made.  The recovery period is also a time where you will wear a soft, supportive bra for the breast augment and Breast Implant surgery and a liposuction body contouring garment for your abdominoplasty, mini tummy tuck, standard tummy tuck and/or advanced liposuction procedures.  This garment will help shrinkwrap your skin, ensuring the best possible skin contour and shape.

There may be small drains that are also deployed under your skin following your abdominal skin tightening treatment, be it BodyTite™, SmartLipo™ advanced liposuction surgery or Mini or Standard tummy tuck surgery.  These drain are placed under the skin in the operative pocket will help facilitate removal of lymphatic fluid until your own lymphatic system can take over.  Generally, at the end of 10 to 14 days, all tummy drains are removed.  Small drains are also used in your breast augmentation surgery to greatly reduce the early swelling and turgid distension that can be associated with breast augment surgery and these are usually removed on day three

What kind of results can I expect from my SpaMedica Mommy Makeover?

Patients who have undergone a Mommy Makeover are generally extremely pleased with their aesthetic contour, shape and form.  Most Mommy Makeover patients at SpaMedica have done all they can on their own to optimize their post-baby shape, including diet, exercise, return to a reasonable body weight and still have been left with unwanted loose skin, stretch marks, muscle laxity and breast deflation that no amount of diet and exercise can restore.

Dr. Mulholland has performed many Mommy Makeovers on television shows such as Cityline, Global Entertainment Tonight and CTV’s eTalk and the results of these treatments can be viewed on this website and those television shows.

Mommy Makeover Toronto Patient Before and After Photo

Figure 7.  This Toronto Mommy Makeover patient underwent Breast Implant and Breast Augmenation surgery using a cohesive gel implant placed under the muscle. In addition, Bodytite™ and SmartLipo™ were used to remove small amounts of abdominal fat tighten her loose abdominal skin. This Mommy Makeover patient of Dr. Mulholland can be seen on Cityline on this website page.

Mommy Makeover Toronto Patient Stomach Before and After Photo

Figure 8.  Toronto Mommy Makeover patient who, in addition to Breast Implant surgery underwent Bodytite™ and SmartLipo™ of the abdominal and hip region without a tummy tuck. The modern liposuction techniques can not only remove fat but can tighten skin as well.

How long will the results of my Mommy Makeover last?

The results of your Mommy Makeover should last the rest of your life.  The modern liposuction techniques, including BodyTite, SmartLipo and VASERLipo, will permanently remove unwanted post baby fat that you are unable to shed through diet and exercise, typically off the hips, flanks, outer/inner thighs and sometimes the inner knees and arms.  As long as you exhibit self-control, moderate exercise and weight maintenance, the improvements following modern liposuction Mommy Makeover techniques will be life long.  In addition, the tummy tightening, muscle repair and skin tightening following your mini tummy tuck, standard tummy tuck or BodyTite™ treatment of the abdomen will also be lifelong, if you exhibit weight maintenance control.  The results of your breast augmentation and/or breast lift surgery will also be life long, as modern cohesive gel breast implants are warrantied now for life and Dr. Mulholland’s under the breast new fold creation and fixation techniques will be like a permanent under wire bra, helping to prevent drooping of your breast and breast implants with age.

Because Toronto Mommy Make over patients get to choose the specific breast implant with a VECTRA 3D® imaging that best optimizes your figure, shape and form, SpaMedica and Dr. Mulholland’s mommy makeover breast augmentation patients are extremely happy with their figure, shape and form results following their Mommy Makeover.

Is there any maintenance required following my Mommy Makeover?

For the surgical corrections of the Mommy Makeover, including breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, BodyTite™ or SmartLipo™, there is no specific maintenance required.  However, other components of the non-surgical Mommy Makeover, including skin tightening treatments, stretch mark reduction treatments, cellulite reduction treatments and laser hair removal may require a certain degree of maintenance.

What are Dr. Mulholland’s Toronto Mommy Makeover patient’s saying about their results?

Most Toronto Mommy Makeover patients are extremely happy with the results of their mommy make over aesthetic results.  Diet and exercise could only help so much, but will not help with skin laxity, stretch marks, breast volume loss and droopiness and muscle tummy weakness.  The combination of breast implantation and breast augmentation, modern high tech liposuction, Bodytite™, Smartlipo™, VaserLipo™, mini and more standard mommy make over tummy tucks surgery gives Dr. Mulholland to customize a Mommy Makeover that is unique and special to each patient.

How much will my Mommy Makeover cost?

The cost of the Mommy Makeover will depend upon the combinations of procedures and techniques deployed.  But in general, most Mommy Makeovers, if one combines a breast augmentation, breast lift surgery, abdominoplasty surgery and multiple-site body liposuction treatments and cellulite reduction treatments the costs will be in the range of $10,000 to $18,000, depending upon severity and extent.  SpaMedica offers patient financing to help defray this cost over monthly payments spread out over several years.

Mommy Makeover Toronto Patient Breast Before and After Photo

Figure 9.  This younger Mommy Makeover patient was also featured on Cityline and can be viewed on this website. Dr. Mulholland performed a cohesive gel breast implant surgery combined with Bodytite™ and SmartLipo™ modern liposuction procedure of the abdomen and hips. The Mommy Makeover was able to restore her pre-pregnancy volume, shape and projection of her breasts and tighten, contract, shape and tighten her tummy and hips through BodyTite™, radiofrequency assisted liposuction.

Why choose SpaMedica and Dr. Mulholland for my Mommy Makeover?

In choosing Dr. Mulholland and SpaMedica Toronto, you’re choosing one of Canada’s foremost plastic surgeons with over 20 years of experience in Mommy Makeover surgery.  Dr. Mulholland is a highly-regarded and skilled surgeon and is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s best plastic surgeons.  The results of his Mommy Makeovers can be seen on television shows and the degree and quality of those results are the kind of results you can expect as well.

How can I show Dr. Mulholland my concerns and see if I am a candidate?

Toronto mommy makeover patients should simply fill out the appointment request form or “ask a question” form and upload up to 3 photos for Dr. Mulholland to review.

How do I schedule a Mommy Makeover consultation with Dr. Mulholland and SpaMedica?

To schedule a SpaMedica Toronto Mommy Makeover, simply call 877-695-2835 or e-mail a consult request form and a SpaMedica representative will respond promptly.  Call today to recapture the figure, shape and form that you once had.

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