• Anesthesia:
  • Duration:
    3 to 5 hours
  • Pain level:
  • Recovery time:
    14 to 21 days
  • Resuming physical activities:
    4 to 6 weeks

As a mom, you’ve made sacrifices. Your body may be one of them. Things like loose skin, scars, and fat deposits are the physical signs you may still carry after the hard work of creating your family. If you’re struggling to feel confident in your postpartum body, you are not alone. Many moms struggle to reclaim their figure once they are finished having kids.

The reality is that diet and exercise can only do so much to help with persistent pregnancy weight and loose skin. A customized mommy makeover procedure is the best option to restore the areas like the breasts or the stomach after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Your mommy makeover will be catered to your body as well as to your goals. With the help of a consultation, Dr. Gdalevitch can create the best surgical plan suited to your specific needs.

Patients who are good candidates for this procedure

  • Are at a stable and healthy weight
  • Have no significant medical problems
  • Non-smokers
  • Not on blood thinners
  • Have“pinchable”skin/fat below the belly button
  • Desire a breast enhancement (lift and/or augmentation) to restore shape and volume

Patients who are poor candidates for this procedure

  • Obese (want or need to lose weight)
  • Smoker
  • Have serious medical problems
  • Have intra-abdominal fat (non“pinchable”fat)
  • On blood thinners

Are you a good candidate?

Our Self-Evaluation Quiz can help you decide if a Mommy Makeover is the right procedure for you.

Techniques for Mommy Makeover

A Mommy Makeover surgery typically lasts 4 hours and involves several different surgeries. General anesthesia is used, and patients return home the same day.

The Breasts

Following pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts often change in shape and size. This can result in droopy and/or deflated breasts. A breast lift and/or augmentation will return the breast to a more youthful shape and position. As every woman is different, Dr. Gdalevitch will help you choose the surgery that is right for you.

To learn more about a breast lift, click here. To learn more about breast augmentation, click here.

The Abdomen (tummy tuck)

A tummy tuck can also be performed in combination with breast surgery. The goal of a tummy tuck is to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen as well as correct the space created between the abdominal muscles during pregnancy (rectus diastasis). The tummy tuck procedure includes liposuction to the unwanted fat of the love handles, upper abdomen, and pubic area to achieve an aesthetic abdominal silhouette. Liposuction 360 is often also used to maximize the contour of the entire trunk area and restore your pre-mom silhouette.

To learn more about our tummy tuck procedure, click here.


Liposuction is a fast and effective fat removal procedure that removes excess fat deposits on the thighs, back and flanks. Liposuction is almost always used to help contour the trunk area in a mommy makeover.

Breast Augmentation
Breast lift

Pre-op & post-op instructions

These pre-surgical and post-surgical instructions are provided as essential services for you. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure optimum results. If there are instructions that need to be clarified, please feel free to contact our office as soon as possible. If some instructions are not followed, your surgery could be delayed if deemed necessary by your surgeon.


ONE MONTH before your surgery

  • Stop using contraceptive pills or hormone therapy.
  • A pre-operative visit (if necessary) approximately one month before your surgery will be scheduled to review your goals and provide you with additional information regarding your surgery.

THREE WEEKS before your surgery

  • Stop all consumption of collagen
  • Complete your preoperative tests. Be sure to complete all prescribed pre-operative tests (ECG blood tests, etc.). If all medical results and clearances of your tests are not received on time, your surgery may be delayed.
  • Prepare your surgery date: Plan to ensure a stress-free experience. Arrange your work leave and special assistance to help you with ride home. Prepare your return by organizing meals, delivery, babysitting, etc. Make sure you have someone scheduled to accompany you home after your surgery. Someone should also be on-call to help you during the first 24 hours after your surgery.

TWO WEEKS before your surgery

  • Stop the consumption of anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • A preoperative visit (if necessary), approximately two weeks before your surgery, will be scheduled to review your goals and provide you with additional information regarding your surgery.

SEVEN DAYS before your surgery

  • Stop taking any supplements or medications from the list below. These products can increase the risk of bleeding and other complications. Stop consuming any non-prescribed supplements including: Omega 3-6, nutricap, echinacea, glucosamine, fat burners, St. John’s wort. Aspirin, drugs containing aspirin or any anticoagulants such as arixtra pf, clopidogrel, plavix, coumadin, dalteparin, edoxaban, eliquis, apixaban, enoxaparin, fragmin pfsyringe, lepirudin, padaxa, dabigatran etexilate, xarelto, rivaroxaban.
  • Confirm your surgical support plan: This includes your transportation and post-surgical care, including an adult family member or a friend on-call for your support, 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Purchase any prescription provided by Dr. Gdalevitch (If applicable) and revise your pre-surgical instructions.

The day BEFORE your surgery

Prepare a bag. It should include:

  • All necessary papers
  • Your identification (RAMQ card)
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Glasses if necessary
  • Confirm the person who will assist you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • Take a shower. Use a non-perfumed soap. Wash your hair. Do not put cream or lotions. Do not put deodorants, hair products, perfumes, or makeup.
  • Remove any nail varnish (even if transparent) from your hands and feet, including shellac, resin, gel or acrylic. All this reduces the risk of post-surgical infections and nails are monitored for blood circulation.
  • Do not eat anything or drink any dark liquids for 8 hours before your surgery. Do not drink any light liquids 6 hours before your surgery. Anything you eat can cause cancellation of your surgery and increase the risks associated with surgery and anaesthesia. This includes sweets, mints, chewing gum, tea or coffee. You can take a very small amount of water after brushing your teeth or taking medication.
  • Relax. Enjoy a good night’s sleep and avoid stress.


  • Do not drink or eat the day of your surgery
  • Do not train before surgery
  • Please bring your medications which have been prescribed to you in a bag as above.
  • Please bring your compression socks if they have been prescribed to you.
  • Do not wear any make-up, jewellery, contact lenses, hairpin or piercings: during surgery, an electric cautery is used, any piercing or jewellery can cause burns.
  • Wear light and comfortable clothing. Wear a top that opens forward. Do not wear a sweater, turtleneck or tight clothing. You can wear a skirt, but pants and a jogging jacket are ideal. Flat shoes should be worn that are easy to put on and remove (no heels). A lip balm is recommended.

post-op instructions

When you get home

You can expect to have some pain and feel that your abdomen or breasts feel swollen and tight. To help you rest comfortably, follow these instructions:

  1. Take extra strength Tylenol every 4 hours
  2. Take an anti-nausea medication such a Gravol 30 minutes prior to taking your prescribed pain medication
  3. Take the pain medication as prescribed
  4. Take your antibiotics as prescribed
  5. Keep your compression garments on
  6. Stay in a semi sitting position (flexed) even when sleeping
  7. Empty your drains as was shown to you by the nurses
  8. Drink a lot of fluids

Contact us immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Pain that is not controlled by the pain medication
  • Difficulty breathing
  • A fever of greater than 38.5
  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • Hallucinations or incoherent behaviour
  • Pain or swelling of one calf
  • Excessive bleeding through your dressing
  • Incapable of urinating

The day after surgery

  • You can expect that your pain will start diminishing after 72 hours
  • Swelling may increase over the first two days

Healing and follow up

  • You will be swollen for 4-6 weeks
  • You must continue to wear your garment during this time
  • You won’t be able to straighten out for 5-7 days until your skin stretches
  • It is recommended to rest for at least 1-2 weeks
  • You will have a follow up between 1 and 2 weeks
  • The drains will be removed between 1 and 2 weeks
  • You will not see the final result before 1 month. Scarring continues to improve for 6 months to a year.

Your results

Recovery from a mommy makeover generally consists of 48-72 hours of pain requiring pain medications, two weeks for the skin to heal, and 4-6 weeks for the swelling to resolve. Patients start walking by the end of the first week. Heavy lifting or exercise is avoided for six weeks, and strenuous exercise for three months.

A mommy makeover will help you obtain a flatter and firmer abdomen with more youthful silhouette. Surgery will accomplish the following:

  1. Removal of excessive abdominal skin and stretch marks
  2. Tightening of the abdominal wall
  3. Enhanced breast appearance with fuller, perkier breasts
  4. Increase self-confidence that comes with a rejuvenated body

The result is a beautiful, firmer, and more sculpted body that enhances your natural curves and features.

If you want to get the body you always dreamed of, then a Mommy Makeover at Phi Plastic Surgery can help you achieve that goal.

Book a consultation with Dr. Perry Gdalevitch to discuss your goals.

View most frequently asked questions

What is a mommy makeover surgery?

It combines surgeries performed simultaneously to help a woman regain her body to its pre-pregnancy / breastfeeding shape. The procedures include the abdomen (abdominoplasty), the breasts (lifting and/or augmentation), the thighs (liposuction).

Who is a good candidate for a mommy makeover surgery?

Women who have finished having kids and are done breastfeeding, women who are at a healthy weight (even if it is not their pre-pregnancy weight), women who do not have significant health problems and who do not smoke.

What is the recovery from a mommy makeover surgery?

The average recovery is 2-4 weeks. During this time, you wear a postoperative garment/bra and must rest. Having lots of help to take care of your kids during your recovery is essential, and you must take a minimum of 2 weeks off work.

For a more beautiful and proportional you!

φ Phi is the Greek symbol that indicates the golden ratio, a ratio that is synonymous with beauty.

Dr. Perry Gdalevitch offers a unique approach that involves applying the principles of perfect proportions (phi) to help you achieve your aesthetic and reconstructive goals.

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