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Mommy Makeovers: How to Balance Kids and Recovery

Recovering from cosmetic surgery can be challenging if, in addition to taking time to heal properly, you also have to shoulder the responsibility of taking care of children.

Post Surgery

The challenge becomes exponentially greater if your recovery post-surgery lasts weeks rather than days. As a patient, you owe it to yourself to know ahead of time how to do the juggling act of recovering from the surgery while ensuring that your children’s needs are adequately met.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is made up of a number of different surgical procedures that can help you to regain the figure you had before you had children. In terms of popular mommy makeover surgical procedures, the ones that most women are interested in include breast augmentation, breast lift, and tummy tuck.

Recovery Time

Since a mommy makeover will consist of numerous cosmetic surgeries, you won’t be able to get a precise idea of how long recovery will take until you consult with a professional who can factor in the various procedures and arrive at a number you can work with. If you get breast surgery, you might have to wear a surgical bra during the recovery period, and a tummy tuck procedure might necessitate that you use an abdominal binder to provide support and keep swelling in check.

While different cosmetic surgery procedures might require that you use or wear certain items, you can expect to fully recover within about a month and a half, and you may be able to get back to your regular routine within a few weeks. However, it’s important to be sure to honor your doctor’s instructions in order to avoid unnecessary complications.

Taking Care of Kids

Recovering and taking care of children is a daunting task. While you might not be able to lift up your little ones during the recovery stage, there are lots of things you can still do, such as provide emotional support to them in their daily activities. However, it is essential that you have help available and ready at all points of the day.

You’ll be unable to lift the children, bathe them, and do other tasks that take physical mobility and energy. Plan to have people you trust pick up your children from school, give them their baths, and fill in in other areas when you can’t. This takes planning ahead of time, preparing what is necessary, and having great communication with your temporary caregiver.

Also, ensure that your kids (particularly the older ones) understand the situation and realize that they may have to exert some independence during your recovery period. You might be surprised to see how responsible they are when given the chance.

You can definitely have a mommy makeover and, post-procedure, take care of your kids. With some planning and a little bit of outside help, your little ones will be well cared for while mommy recovers from her procedure!

Body Contouring for Men

With so much importance placed on our physical appearance, everyone strives to look their best, and this is just as true for men as it is for women. Unfortunately, diet and exercise are not always enough to achieve the toned, youthful appearance so many of us strive for.

Body Contouring For Men

Stubborn pockets of fat have a way of clinging to certain areas of the body as we age, and even some of the most physically fit people in the world – bodybuilders- have been known to use liposuction and other cosmetic techniques in order to achieve and maintain the most toned body possible.

The following are three common body contouring procedures for men:

Love Handle Liposuction

The love handles are a notoriously difficult place to get rid of stubborn fat pockets as the body has learned through millions of years of evolution to hold onto body fat in case of leaner times. In Western society, this evolutionary trait is not very helpful, and many people turn to modern science to correct it.

Liposuction is a great way to remove these small pockets of fat and create a flatter, more toned abdominal region. By reducing the waistline, it leads to a more streamlined and flattering silhouette.

Arm Lifts

Another common problem area for older men is the underside of the upper arm where sagging skin tends to pool as we age. Almost impossible to fight with aging, these sagging pockets of skin give the arms a worn out, tired, and aged appearance that many seek to correct.

Arm lift procedures remove these flaps of excess skin and tissue, leaving the arms toned, muscular, and strong. Fighting these signs of aging is a great way to make yourself look more youthful, powerful, and confident – a definite boon in a competitive, high-energy workplace.

Male Breast Reduction

An increasingly popular cosmetic procedure, male breast reduction seeks to correct the effects of gynecomastia, an enlargement of the male breasts.

Affecting 40-60% of the male population, this condition is quite common but can still have serious mental and emotional consequences. Unrelated to bad diet or lack of exercise, this condition generally cannot be addressed through diet or exercise alone. While there is no health risk associated with gynecomastia, its psychological effects are enough that many men seek out cosmetic treatments to help them achieve a more toned, masculine figure.

Regardless of the procedure you are considering, it is important to know that you should be in good general health, a non-smoker, and at least 18 years of age in order to undergo any of these procedures.

Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction: Which Do You Need?

While both a tummy tuck and liposuction can be excellent body contouring tools, they are not interchangeable.

They will both help you achieve a smoother, more toned body – especially when used in conjunction with each other – but their uses differ somewhat. In the simplest terms, a liposuction treatment will only remove pockets of excess fat, while a tummy tuck can target excess skin, pockets of fat, and weakened, sagging muscles in order to create a much smoother, flatter stomach area.

Tummy Tuck VS Liposuction


This procedure can be used to remove stubborn fat from most areas of the body. It is best suited to healthy patients with firm, elastic skin. This is because liposuction cannot remove loose or sagging skin and removing fat from these areas may only worsen the appearance of loose, hanging skin. Because only a limited amount of fat can safely be removed at one time through liposuction, patients should be close to their ideal weight before their procedure.

The Procedure

In order to perform a liposuction procedure, your surgeon will make small incisions around the area before infusing the treatment area with a solution of saline and pain medication. This solution is designed to reduce bleeding and pain throughout the procedure. Finally, a small cannula is inserted to loosen the fat before it is suctioned out.

Tummy Tuck

Only used on the abdominal area, this surgical procedure combines fat removal with the removal of excess skin tissue as well as the restructuring and repair of muscles in the area. A common choice for mothers in the Montreal area, this procedure can help to repair muscles damaged through pregnancy and childbirth in order to achieve a much flatter and more toned stomach.

Well-suited to mothers and people who have experienced drastic weightloss, a tummy tuck is a major surgery that pulls the muscles into tighter alignment, trims excess skin, and removes excess fat from the area.

The Procedure

Depending on the desired results of the patient there are several different kinds of tummy tucks that can be performed. The main different between them is how much of the abdominal area they affect.

Mini-tummy tucks, for example, target a small section for improved recovery and healing times, while an extended tummy tuck includes not only the lower abdomen and side areas but also the section above and around the belly button. Because this is a more involved procedure, it will require greater recovery time than a less invasive procedure like liposuction, but it can be used to achieve more dramatic results.

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.

The Beauty of Mommy Makeover Procedures

Motherhood brings joyful changes into a woman’s life, but the progression of pregnancy, breastfeeding, and child care often cause significant changes to your physical appearance. Your post-pregnancy physiological changes can negatively affect self-esteem and confidence levels.

Mommy Makeover Procedures

For this reason, Dr. Fouda Neel offers mommy makeover procedures in order to address post-pregnancy concerns.

In the latest statistics, 20% of plastic surgery patients receive mommy makeover procedures. The ideal candidate is a woman who is in good general health and near her desired post-pregnancy weight. Additionally, patients should also have completed breast feeding and be at least 3 to 6 months post-delivery if she is considering tummy enhancement.

A mommy makeover typically consists of a combination of procedures that are individually customized to address each patient’s unique concerns. Common mommy makeover procedures can include:

  • Breast lift and/or Augmentation
  • Tummy tuck
  • Liposuction


Each consultation is personally conducted by Dr. Fouda Neel, and a recommendation is individually customized.

Before any mommy makeover procedure, Dr. Fouda Neel will provide verbal explanation and written instructions on how the patient should prepare for surgery and what the patient can expect after the procedure. To optimize safety, patients having multiple procedures that cannot be accommodated in a single operating room session will be staged into multiple sessions by Dr. Fouda Neel.

The staging will take into account the concerns most important to the patient, as well as which procedures can be grouped in a medically/surgically appropriate manner. Our downtown Montreal clinic provides overnight facilities with two overnight nurses for those patients who may benefit from an overnight stay.

During a mommy makeover procedure, Dr. Fouda Neel highlights that non-traumatic handling of tissue is key to yield shorter recoveries. He says his patients should expect only a small degree of bruising and swelling since his surgical techniques are designed to minimize tissue trauma.

Dr. Fouda Neel’s patients make regular follow-up appointments after their mommy makeover procedure is complete. Generally, mommy makeover patients see Dr. Fouda Neel at the 1 week, 6 week, 6 month, and 1 year marks after surgery. Dr. Fouda Neel wants to ensure his patients receive the results they were expecting and enjoy their rejuvenated figures.

About Dr. Fouda Neel

Board-certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Fouda Neel completed his training in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery at the prestigious McGill University training program in Montreal. Subsequently, he enhanced his expertise by pursuing 3 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 nonsurgical cosmetic enhancement treatments. Dr. Fouda Neel is an Assistant professor at McGill University and is an Attending staff at McGill University Health Center.