When Should I Get a Mommy Makeover? Timing and Treatment Timeline By The Landings Surgical Centre on February 28, 2024

mom playing with her childMany women believe being a mom is one of life’s greatest joys. However, pregnancy and breastfeeding can take a toll on the body. Some mothers are surprised that their bodies don’t bounce back to their pre-pregnancy shape even with diet and exercise. 

Women may consider cosmetic surgery to restore their pre-pregnancy figure. Plastic surgeons at the Landings Surgical Centre, which serves HalifaxNova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, offer a mommy makeover to target areas of the body changed by pregnancy and breastfeeding. Here, we discuss the ideal timing and treatment timeline for a mommy makeover so women can plan the best time to undergo treatment.

What Does a Mommy Makeover Entail?

A mommy makeover combines multiple plastic surgery procedures that address changes stemming from pregnancy and breastfeeding. Treatment is customized based on each patient’s specific needs. Most often, a mommy makeover involves procedures that target the abdomen and breasts. At our surgical center, we frequently include treatments to address signs of aging around the face as well. Depending on each patient’s needs and desires, a mommy makeover may include:

  • Tummy tuck
  • Liposuction
  • Breast lift
  • Breast augmentation
  • Botox
  • Dermal fillers

How Long Does a Mommy Makeover Take?

Although a mommy makeover involves multiple procedures, it is usually completed in one session. The goal is to plan treatment so that patients have to be put under the effects of anesthesia just once. During the procedure, the surgeon makes alterations to the breasts and abdomen according to the treatment plan. A typical mommy makeover procedure takes three to five hours.

When our Nova Scotia patients opt to include Botox or injectables in a mommy makeover procedure, those may be completed in a different session. Those procedures are performed with a local anesthetic, usually take under an hour, and require no downtime for recovery. We can schedule these procedures a few weeks before surgical procedures or after a patient recovers from surgery.

When Should I Have a Mommy Makeover?

The most important consideration when planning mommy makeover treatment is whether or not the patient intends to have more children. The alterations made during a mommy makeover are permanent, but a future pregnancy or breastfeeding could alter surgical results and leave women with more imperfections to correct. To maintain mommy makeover results, women should have a mommy makeover after they are done having children.

What Time of Year Is Best for a Mommy Makeover? 

When planning a mommy makeover, women often ask about the best time of year to undergo treatment. The timing of treatment is a personal preference, but it is a good idea to consider surgical recovery. Most people can return to work and other non-strenuous activities between one and two weeks after surgery, but it typically takes four to six weeks to heal completely.

When considering the ideal time to recover from surgery, many people prefer to plan their mommy makeovers for the winter. People often spend the majority of their time indoors during the cold winter months, making it the ideal time to hunker down at home and recover from treatment.

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If you are considering a mommy makeover and have questions about the treatment timeline and how to best time your procedure, surgeons at the Landings Surgical Centre would be happy to provide you with more information. Contact our cosmetic surgery center online to schedule a personal consultation at your earliest convenience.

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  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Canadian Medical Association

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