Mommy Makeover

Having a child is one of life’s great milestones. But many mothers know all too well how this exciting event can leave their bodies significantly altered. Mommy makeover patients from Vancouver and Surrey come to our Port Moody, BC, practice to regain their confidence and restore their bodies after childbirth. Discover how the innovative and customizable mommy makeover is so much more than a one-size-fits-all surgery.

Are You a Candidate?

A mommy makeover is all about making it your own. It’s a chance to refresh the areas most affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding, tailored just for you. This isn’t a one-size-fits-all set of procedures—it’s a personalized plan that gives you the freedom to choose what works best for your body and the changes you want to see.

The following procedures are commonly included in a mommy makeover:

You may be a mommy makeover candidate if you:

  • Are bothered by changes to your body after childbirth or as the result of aging
  • Are healthy enough to undergo surgery
  • Have realistic goals and expectations for surgery
  • Are willing and able to properly care for yourself after surgery

During your consultation, you will discuss your goals and concerns with Dr. Ukani so he can properly evaluate your candidacy for surgery.

Your Mommy Makeover Options

“Mommy makeover” is not a regulated term. At our practice, we use the term to describe any surgery that includes more than 1 body contouring procedure. While most mommy makeover patients want to improve their bodies after pregnancy, others are bothered by signs of aging. Typically, a mommy makeover includes at least 2 of the following:

  • Breast enhancement: The breasts can be subject to significant changes as the result of pregnancy and breastfeeding. Some women are left with breasts that are significantly smaller than they were before pregnancy. This makes breast augmentation one of the most popular options for mommy makeover. Breast lift and breast reduction can also help.
  • Body contouring: Tummy tuck reduces excess skin on the abdomen as well as tightens weakened abdominal muscles. Both symptoms are common after pregnancy. The addition of selective liposuction can help further refine the abdominal area.
  • Facial rejuvenation: While not directly related to pregnancy, age-related facial changes can be distressing. Some women choose to add a conservative touch-up to their mommy makeover.

While a mommy makeover is very customizable, it isn’t a completely limitless procedure. Dr. Ukani prefers not to keep any patient under general anesthesia for more than 4 hours. If you want to undergo a more extensive transformation, you may be better served by a series of surgeries. Dr. Ukani can help you determine the approach that’s safest for you.

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Dr. H. Ukani

Dr. H. Ukani’s extensive education and years of practical experience make him one of the foremost plastic surgeons in the Vancouver area. His ongoing training keeps him at the leading edge of both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, and he looks forward to helping you fulfill your aesthetic goals.

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Your Mommy Makeover Surgery

Dr. Ukani performs your surgery while you are under general anesthesia. Your surgical plan depends on the individual procedures included in your mommy makeover. During your consultation and pre-op appointment, Dr. Ukani guides you through your procedure. He also provides you with instructions for caring for yourself both before and after surgery.

Benefits of Combining Procedures

For the right candidates, having multiple procedures done within one surgery offers a number of benefits:

  • Cost: Combined procedures typically cost less than separate surgeries because they only require one set of associated fees, such as anesthesia fees, facility fees, and surgical staff fees.
  • Recovery: By recovering from multiple procedures at the same time, you’ll reduce your total downtime by up to several weeks.
  • Safety: Because we keep patients under general anesthesia for only 4 hours or less, there is not an increased safety risk when performing more than one procedure.
  • Results: Combining procedures allows you to achieve comprehensive results. For example, combining a breast augmentation with a tummy tuck creates a full-body transformation.

Dr. Ukani will work closely with you to determine whether a combined procedure is the best approach for your goals.

What To Expect During Your Recovery

Recovering from a mommy makeover is a gradual process that requires patience and careful attention to your body’s needs. Full recovery involves several stages, each with its own set of milestones and care requirements.

Below, you will find a timeline that outlines what you can expect during the weeks and months following your surgery. It will help you prepare for each phase of recovery, enabling smooth and comfortable healing. Recovery times vary by patient, so it is important to follow your surgeon’s specific advice for you.


  • Before Surgery: Prepare your home to maximize comfort and accessibility. Set up a support system of relatives or friends to assist during your recovery. Assemble all necessary medications and comfort items in advance.

Day of Surgery

  • Arrival and Post-Op: Arrange for a trustworthy companion to drive you home and assist with your initial needs. Wear your compression garment and surgical bra according to your surgeon’s recommendations.

Week 1: Early Recovery

  • Care and Mobility: Follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions carefully. Keep incision sites dry and incorporate gentle walking to aid circulation and healing.

Week 2: Enhanced Comfort and Healing

  • Easing of Discomfort and Swelling: You should notice a decrease in discomfort and swelling. Continue to wear your compression garment and surgical bra to support healing. Although your posture will improve, it may take a little longer for you to be able to straighten up fully.

One Month: Healing Continues

  • Incision Healing and Continued Improvement in Comfort: You will be feeling much more comfortable at this point. Your incisions should be well on their way to healing, though they may still appear red and somewhat puffy. Continue to follow your medical team’s care instructions.

Week 6: Regaining Normalcy

  • Light Activities: Resume light exercises according to your surgeon’s advice. You should now be able to stand upright and return to sleeping on your back without discomfort. Most people can return to nonstrenuous jobs at this point.

Three Months: Nearing Complete Recovery

  • Results Are More Visible: Most residual swelling should be resolved, allowing the surgical results to become more apparent. Your body will continue to adapt and heal in the months to come.

Maintaining your weight and healthy habits can help you enjoy your results for as long as possible. In fact, your results have the potential to last indefinitely if you closely follow Dr. Ukani’s postoperative instructions and avoid any significant weight fluctuations.

Mommy Makeover FAQ

How painful is mommy makeover surgery?

Mommy makeover surgery involves several procedures, which means the level of discomfort can vary. Most patients experience moderate pain, especially in the first few days post-surgery. You can effectively manage this discomfort with prescribed pain medications. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed pain management strategies to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during your recovery.

How many dress sizes will I lose?

The number of dress sizes you can expect to lose after a mommy makeover depends on the specific procedures you undergo and your individual body composition. Typically, women may drop 1 to 3 sizes, but this varies widely. A consultation with your surgeon can give you a more personalized estimate based on your goals and current physique.

Will my tummy really be flat?

While individual results vary, the goal of a tummy tuck, which is often part of a mommy makeover, is to create a flatter and more toned abdominal area. Factors such as your natural body shape, the extent of the surgery, and your adherence to post-surgery care play significant roles in achieving a flat tummy. Following your surgeon’s guidelines and maintaining a healthy lifestyle after surgery optimizes your results.

How noticeable will my scars be?

Scarring is inevitable with any surgical procedure, including mommy makeovers. However, skilled plastic surgeons strategically place incisions to minimize and conceal scars within natural body contours and bikini lines. With proper care over time, scars will fade significantly. Your surgeon will also provide guidance on treatments and products to aid scar healing and visibility.

Is tummy tuck surgery worth it?

Many patients find a tummy tuck to be worth it, as it can significantly improve the contour of the abdomen, particularly after significant weight changes or childbirth. The procedure tightens weakened or separated ab muscles and removes excess skin and fat, contributing to an enhanced self-image and comfort in various clothing styles. Satisfaction rates are high, especially when you understand what to expect.

When you’re ready to learn more about how to achieve your most beautiful outcome, please request your consultation online or call us at (604) 931-1893.