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Getting Your Pre-Baby Body Back

Becoming a mother can have a significant impact not just on your day-to-day life but also on your body. The changes in hormones that occur during pregnancy can alter the overall shape and tone of your body, increasing skin and fat in the abdominal and thigh areas while causing breast tissue to sag and more fat to stick to the back and sides, creating unsightly love handles.

Pre-Baby Body

Thankfully, these changes do not have to be forever. Through a combination of healthy living, exercise, and cosmetic treatments, it is possible to get back your pre-baby body. The key to getting back in shape is remembering to maintain a healthy diet even when you are tired and overwhelmed.

Get up and move around when possible, and slowly work an exercise routine back into your schedule. Breastfeeding burns a lot of calories, so be sure to compensate for this when counting your calories for the day and remember to reduce your calorie consumption when you stop breastfeeding to avoid gaining excess weight.

Still, even with a healthy diet and proper exercise, it can be difficult to get your pre-pregnancy body back without help from a surgical professional. If you’re looking to get your body in perfect condition, this list provides your best options for doing so.

Mommy Makeover

One of the most popular cosmetic procedures for mothers in Montreal and around the world is the mommy makeover. This procedure combines a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast enhancement to help mothers lose their extra fat pockets, remove sagging skin, and lift the breast tissue.

Tummy Tuck

One of the biggest complaints from recent mothers is the loss of tone and firmness in the abdominal area following childbirth. Unfortunately, this often cannot be corrected through exercise and diet alone.

A tummy tuck can help mothers achieve the results they desire. Depending on the needs of each mom and her desired recovery time, there are different variations on this procedure that can be utilized. The traditional or full abdominoplasty targets loose skin and excess fat throughout the region, while the extended tummy tuck also encompasses the region around and above the belly button.

Breast Enhancement

Hormonal changes during pregnancy and breastfeeding can also have a significant effect on the shape and firmness of a mother’s breasts, leaving them sagging and deflated looking. Depending on the desired results, a mother can choose to have her breasts lifted to reduce excess skin and remodel the breast tissue, or she can choose to get implants. Both of these options will help restore the firmness and size of the breasts but many women opt for a breast lift, a long-lasting solution to their loss of volume.


For stubborn fat pockets left behind by pregnancy, there is little that can be done through simple exercise and healthy eating. In fact, most women find that this fat can be even more stubborn following pregnancy than before due to changes in their hormones. Because of this, many mommy makeovers in Montreal include targeted liposuction to remove the worst offenders and create a more youthful, toned appearance.

Breast Augmentation Recovery FAQ

Recovery from a breast augmentation doesn’t have to be as difficult as it’s often portrayed to be. In fact, there are a number of techniques that plastic surgeons can utilize to ease recovery, as well as advice patients can heed in order to expedite the process themselves. Here, I answer some frequently asked questions about breast augmentation recovery.

Breast Augmentation

Question: What do patients need to know about recovery from breast augmentation?

Most patients are actually surprised about the ease of recovery. Many have read about the experiences of others on the Internet and expect something much worse. In general, patients only require the narcotic-based pain medications for a few days before tapering them significantly or stopping them altogether and opting for something without narcotics. Patients are usually back to work within five to seven days but are not allowed to exercise until one month after surgery.

Tightness of the chest is a common complaint. This occurs because the muscle and skin are stretched by the implant, giving the sensation of chest tightness. The good news is, this feeling generally fades within the first few days. Sleeping with the head and chest slightly elevated will decrease chest swelling much more rapidly while helping the breast implants to settle faster.

Question: What techniques do you utilize during surgery to ease patient recovery?

One of the most important techniques to ease recovery is to minimize trauma to the tissues. The less injury that is inflicted to the tissues during the surgery translates to less pain during the recovery. This means handling all tissues with care and precision. The muscles, nerves, and vessels are handled gently and with the utmost care. I always try to minimize any trauma to the rib periosteum (covering of the ribcage). Additionally, I try to avoid touching the ribs with my instruments and refrain from using electrocautery on the ribs. These techniques are key to minimizing postoperative pain and will decrease narcotic usage.

Another technique I use is to perform anesthetic intercostal blocks with long-lasting anesthetic during the surgery. This maneuver numbs the chest area for at least 12-16 hours after surgery. The first evening is generally the most uncomfortable time following surgery. If we can get a patient through this time period using the intercostal regional blocks, the patient feels much better and there is less need for total narcotics. The patient then only needs to take narcotics the next morning at a time when the discomfort is already starting to decrease as the healing progresses.

Question: What role do loved ones play in recovery?

The support of family and friends is important to a smooth and easy recovery following breast augmentation. In the days prior to surgery, it is nice to have someone arranged to support the patient physically and emotionally postoperatively, as surgical recovery is a time when the aid of others will be helpful and even essential from time to time. During the first evening, someone should be looking after many of the patient’s needs, including helping with their medications, meals, and generally watching out for their well-being.

Question: How much should patients depend on the care of others?

The first evening is the most important to have someone with you. During this time, the effects of the general anesthetic may still be present and you may still have some discomfort, so you will want and need someone to be around for help. Beyond the first evening, most people can be fairly independent and will not need much help apart from more strenuous tasks.

Question: What care do you and your practice provide to enhance each patient’s recovery process?

Education and information about the recovery process is key to establishing a foundation for a patient’s smooth recovery. Before having the surgery, our patients will know what to expect and what to look for during the recovery period. This significantly cuts down on patients’ preoperative anxiety and unnecessary phone calls to the practice after surgery.

I ensure that patients know the care they receive does not end after the surgery is completed. I will personally call them on the first evening to see how they are doing, and the next morning the staff will also give them a call to check in and see if they have any questions or concerns that need to be addressed. In addition, all of our patients will be given my personal cell phone number should they need to reach me.

About Dr. Fouda Neel, MD, FRCSC, FAAP

Board-certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr.Fouda Neel earned completed his training in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery at the prestigious McGill University training program in Montreal. Subsequently, He enhanced his expertise by pursuing three different fellowships in facial and breast aesthetic surgery. He offers a full range of plastic surgery options for facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, body contouring, and skin renewal, as well as a number of non-surgical cosmetic enhancement treatments. Dr. Fouda Neel is an Assistant professor at McGill University and is an Attending staff at McGill University Health Center.