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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!

How Long Do Plastic Surgery Results Last?

The cosmetic industry has picked up over the last few years. People no longer accept the effects of aging and other natural life occurrences on the body as an inevitable fact of life. Plastic surgery in Montreal offers hope to achieve something that many of us want badly –  eternal youth. But is that hope justified? We see celebrities who seem to never age, and many of them have gone under the knife. But does plastic surgery last forever? The reality is, many of these celebrities have had repeat procedures in order to maintain their good looks, because contrary to what you may want to believe, plastic surgery’s effects do not necessarily last a lifetime. It is worth looking at some of those procedures:

Plastic Surgery

Breast Enhancement

Breast enhancement is ideal for women who have completed breastfeeding. The average breast implant today lasts from 12-15 years. After that period, the implant begins to harden and replacements are required.

Breast Reduction

Women with exceedingly large breasts are good candidates for breast reduction. The ideal ages are between 18-25, or over 40. However, the effects of breast reduction are not permanent in all women. Some women may have to return for a second procedure in about 7 years.

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

In this procedure, women undergo the knife to have excess belly fat removed. Women who have given birth and are not planning on having more children are the best candidates for a tummy tuck procedure. This is one procedure where the effects are permanent, but it must be maintained with a healthy lifestyle.

Cheek Enhancement

Special gels are added to the face to give the cheeks a rounder and fuller look. The best candidates are women who, after around the age of 37, have begun to lose collagen in their cheeks. These fillers usually last between 12-18 months, after which you will need to have more procedures.

Eye enhancement

Eye enhancement procedures may reverse the aging process, but the effects are temporary. Even when excess fat and tissue are removed from the eyes, your body will develop more loose skin in time due to aging. There are some eye enhancement procedures that may actually give you more wrinkles after the initial ones have been removed. However, the results vary from patient to patient, and a patient’s hereditary background plays some role. New laser treatments are also being developed to give patients an alternative to surgery.

Patients need to be aware that most procedures may last anywhere from a few months to a number of years, but eventually, they will have to return for more sessions. Also, a healthy lifestyle is important in maintaining your results.

How to Choose Between a Body Lift and Tummy Tuck

Choosing between getting a body lift and a tummy tuck is a decision Montreal patients should make in consultation with a plastic surgeon. The answer will depend on your cosmetic needs, medical history, and your budget. That said, if you want a rough guide to when most surgeons will recommend each, here are the situations for which each procedure is used:

Deciding Between Body Lift And Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck

Tummy tucks are the best way to contour the stomach after weight loss. In addition to removing excess skin and fat, they tighten the muscle wall, making abs permanently tighter.

A tummy tuck is most useful when weight loss is concentrated in the stomach. Concentrated weight loss tends to leave much looser skin than general weight loss. A common cliché among surgeons is that 100 lbs of weight loss over the whole body leaves less looseness than 50 lbs of weight loss in the stomach area. A tummy tuck is the least invasive way to handle extra loose skin up front. Furthermore, it can affect the appearance of the groin, bust, and lower back.

Many surgeons recommend starting with a tummy tuck and then adding more procedures if you feel you need them. This approach has its disadvantages, though. Adding surgeries, such as a thigh tuck or buttocks enhancement will require additional incisions and scars. Three surgeries will be much harder on the body than just a lower body lift. If you have multiple problem areas and know you will need to deal with them eventually, a tummy tuck is probably not your best option.

One final consideration: tummy tucks should only be done if you know you will not become pregnant again. The tight ab lines look great but can be quickly broken apart during a pregnancy. If pregnancy is on the table, a lower body lift is much safer.

Lower Body Lift

Lower body lifts are more invasive and leave more scars than tummy tucks, but are less invasive and produce less scarring than multiple surgeries. A lower body lift will tighten the skin of the stomach, back, buttocks, and thighs. It may even cause a slight firming of the bust.

Along with these benefits come additional risks. The incision for a lower body lift circles around the body, removing much more tissue than a tummy tuck. In some cases, a second incision around the lower buttocks may be needed. As with all surgery, these incisions carry risks of infection and scarring. They also cause trauma to the underlying tissue, leading to longer recovery times.

In a Nutshell

Most surgeons will recommend you start with a tummy tuck and add additional surgeries as needed. However, if you already know you want to seriously firm up your whole lower body, pursuing a lower body lift will ultimately be less of a hassle than multiple surgeries.

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.