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What is a Mommy Makeover?

Procedures may be performed on the breasts, tummy, and other areas where you wish to remove unwanted fat and skin. A mommy makeover is a combination of surgical and nonsurgical treatments that lead to the restoration and rejuvenation of the flattering female figure.

The surgical treatments included in a mommy makeover at SpaMedica in Toronto generally include the following:


Depending upon the postpartum degenerative changes that have occurred, such as advanced cellulite of the buttocks, posterior, outer and/or anterior thighs, nonsurgical cellulite reduction treatments and surgical cellulite treatments may also be deployed. These include Cellulaze™ and CelluTite™.

The nonsurgical components of a mommy makeover include:

With modern anaesthetic techniques, most mommy makeovers can be performed under IV sedation and even less invasive anaesthetic techniques. Most mommy makeovers last 3-4 hours or less and generally your recovery time will last 1 or 2 weeks.

Who is a good candidate for Mommy Makeover?

Good candidates for mommy makeovers are patients who want to achieve a significant improvement in their figure, shape, and form after bearing children and breastfeeding.
Individuals who are or 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 intended treatment are not well-suited to the mommy makeover procedure.

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

When you choose Dr. Mulholland at SpaMedica for your Mommy Makeover, you are choosing one of Toronto’s best plastic surgeons and one of Canada’s foremost cosmetic innovators with over 20 years’ worth of experience in the field of cosmetic surgery.  Dr. Mulholland is highly regarded and is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s most skilled plastic surgeons.

What does a Mommy Makeover Consist of?

The surgical treatments at SpaMedica Toronto generally include: breast augmentation in the form of breast implants, breast lift surgery, a mini tummy tuck, a tummy tuck, surgical liposuction procedures like SmartLipo and BodyTite, as well as a range of nonsurgical body contouring procedures.

There are a variety of breast implants sizes and shapes, though the vast majority of mommy makeover 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 in comparison to the older saline-filled breast implants. The cohesive gel implants feel much more natural, and come with a lifetime warranty. The incision used and the pocket placement for your mommy makeover breast implant surgery will be thoroughly discussed during your consultation, prior to your procedure.

Other body contour concerns that often need be addressed with the mommy makeover include a range of post-birth tummy changes such as lax skin of the abdomen, stretch marks, laxity of the abdominal muscles, unattractive belly buttons, and loose bulging muscles. One or more of these post-baby tummy changes may have conspired to compromise your figure, shape, and form following childbirth. These post-birth tummy anatomical changes and aesthetic concerns are corrected with a combination of advanced modern liposuction techniques such as BodyTite™ and SmartLipo™, for the gentle removal of unwanted fat and the non-excisional contraction of soft tissue.

These liposuction procedures may also be combined with a mini tummy tuck, especially if a C-section scar was left behind after childbirth. A standard tummy tuck may also be performed if your tummy changes are more extensive. Your belly button may be also be restored at this time, and your muscles tightened. Determining the extent of the abdominal contouring you will require necessitates a consultation and a thorough examination of the degenerative effects that have affected your now post-pregnancy body.

Additionally, a range of nonsurgical treatments can be combined with your program of surgical treatments. These might include high-speed laser hair removal, the deployment of a pregnancy to address hyperpigmentation in the facial area, and cellulite reduction treatments.

Is the Mommy Makeover painful?

The amount of pain and discomfort you experience will largely depend on the type of tummy correction you require, whether muscle tightening is necessary or not, and the type of breast augmentation and breast implant or lift technique deployed (under the muscle or above). In general, however, women who have undergone childbirth find mommy makeover surgery far less painful and just as pleasing, since it is a lifelong, rewarding adventure!

What kind of results can you expect from a Mommy Makeover?

Patients are generally extremely pleased with their resulting aesthetic contours, shape and form post mommy makeover.  Dr. Mulholland has performed many mommy makeovers on television shows such as Cityline, Global’s Entertainment Tonight, and CTV’s eTalk, and the results of these treatments can be viewed right here on our website.

If you’re considering a mommy makeover you likely understand that diet and exercise can only accomplish so much, and do not help with skin laxity, stretch marks, breast volume loss, droopiness, and muscle tummy weakness. Many moms enjoy restoring their pre-pregnancy body and regaining her confidence.

How long will the results of my Mommy Makeover last?

The results of your mommy makeover Toronto procedure should last the rest of your life. The modern liposuction techniques deployed will permanently remove any unwanted post-baby fat that you are unable to shed through diet and exercise, typically in the hip, flank, and outer/inner thigh areas and sometimes the inner knees and arms as well.

As long as you exhibit self-control, and engage in moderate exercise and weight maintenance, the improvements you see will be life long.  The results of your breast augmentation and/or breast lift surgery will also be lifelong, as modern cohesive gel breast implants are now warrantied for life.

Are there any risks and side effects?

As with all surgeries, there are potential complications and risks involved in a mommy makeover. Dr. Mulholland will review all risks and concerns with you during your consultation. SpaMedica has been Canada’s premier Toronto clinic for 20+ years, so rest assured that putting patient safety and comfort first is our top priority. Our patients leave satisfied, with beautiful outcomes.

How long does it take to recover from Mommy Makeover?

Most patients require approximately 1-2 weeks’ worth of recovery time, especially if the combination of procedures includes breast implants and breast augmentation surgery combined with high tech modern liposuction treatments such as Bodytite™ and/or Smartlipo™. Those who undergo a tummy tuck may need a little more time to recover.

Mommy makeovers involving a combined full tummy tuck surgery with muscle tummy tightening and repair, and a breast augmentation performed under the muscle, all in combination with liposuction surgery, will usually require 2-3 weeks before being able to return to the low-impact activities of daily living such as work, routine childcare, and housework.

However, 1-3 weeks of recovery following a mommy makeover does not mean that patients are immobile. At SpaMedica in Toronto, we believe in early ambulation and movement, even on the first day. To this end, most patients are kept overnight for a safe first night of observation. During this time, our highly trained staff will help mobilize patients and get them moving around early.

During your 2 or so-week recovery period, you will be seen approximately 3-4 more times at SpaMedica, where your dressings will be changed, the progress of your surgical healing assessed, and recommendations made.

During your recovery period, you will also wear a soft, supportive bra to keep your breast augmentation and implants in place, and a liposuction body contouring garment for your tummy tuck and liposuction procedures. This garment will effectively “shrink wrap” your skin, ensuring the best possible skin contours and shapes result.

There may additionally be small drains deployed under your skin following your abdominal skin tightening treatment, whether you underwent BodyTite™, SmartLipo™, advanced liposuction surgery, a mini tummy tuck, or a standard tummy tuck surgery. These drains are placed under the skin in the operative pocket to help facilitate the removal of lymphatic fluid until your own lymphatic system can take over.

Generally, after 10-14 days, all tummy drains are removed. Small drains may also be used in your breast augmentation surgery to greatly reduce any early swelling and turgid distension that is sometimes associated with breast augmentation surgery. Typically, these are removed after 3 days.

How much does a Mommy Makeover cost?

The cost of your mommy makeover will depend upon the combination of procedures and techniques deployed. But in general, most mommy makeovers which combine a breast augmentation, breast lift surgery, abdominoplasty surgery, multiple-site body liposuction treatments, and cellulite reduction treatments start from $10,000. SpaMedica in Toronto offers mommy makeover patients financing to help defray this cost over monthly payments spread out over several years.

Begin your mommy makeover journey today! Speak to our knowledgeable medical staff and book an appointment with Dr. Stephen Mulholland at SpaMedica in Toronto without further delay.

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