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What’s New in Mommy Makeovers?

by | Mommy Makeover, Plastic Surgery

Mommy Makeovers are one of my favourite procedures. I love the dramatic changes that people can have with one surgery. My most favourite memories have come from the big reveal after a Mommy Makeover. I have had patients cry with joy. I have seen husbands’ jaws practically hit the floor. I have had patients tell me how much it has improved their self esteem. Others talk about how it has given them a closer relationship with their spouse, more than they have had in years. It really changes peoples lives. Seeing how happy patients are is the best part of my job, even more fun than doing the surgery.

Traditionally, a Mommy Makeover is a tummy tuck and a breast surgery. The breast surgery is variable, depending on what a patient needs. It could be a breast lift, a breast reduction, a breast augmentation, or a breast augmentation with a lift. It is customizable depending on what a patient needs. It now seems that the Mommy Makeover is branching out to other things as well. And why not? You are already having surgery, and a recovery and time away from work, so why not add it on seems to be the logic.

Here are just a few of the things that patients are doing while they are have their Mommy Makeover:

LASER RESURFACING:

A laser skin treatment (or laser resurfacing) takes about an hour, but can wipe away years of sun damage and signs of aging. I use several types of laser light to address various concerns including pigmented spots, broken blood vessels, fine lines, deeper creases, lax skin and loss of skin lustre. The first few days you look a bit rough and have to wear some gel, but within days, your skin has healed and continues to look better and better over the next few months as the deep skin layer rejuvenates itself. The results are amazing and permanent in the sense that you will always have nicer looking, more youthful skin than you would have otherwise. The recovery is minimal, and doesn’t add any more time to your recovery. By the time you come back to the office for your post-operative visit (at approximately one week) your skin will already be healed.

LIPOSUCTION:

Most people have a trouble spot on their body that they would like to disappear. Liposuction is a great procedure to contour the body. In the setting of a Mommy Makeover, it can be done to remove a roll of fat in the armpits, the waist area, the thighs (especially the saddlebags on the outside), or the roll in the medial thighs. The roll in the armpit is the most popular procedure that I do in conjunction with a Mommy Makeover. In addition to removing the roll, it helps to give a beautiful shape to the lower lateral part of the breast. Liposuction will cause some bruising, but the recovery overall will not change much from the Mommy Makeover. You will have to wear a compression garment to get the best skin tightening and contour for several weeks.

BREAST FAT TRANSFER:

Some patients want larger breasts but don’t want breast implants. Fat transfer to the breast has become an increasingly popular way of doing breast enlargement surgery. It is the ideal surgery… you get rid of the “trouble spot” that nutrition and exercise don’t seem to address, while at the same time getting fuller breasts. It is a bit of a time consuming procedure because each drop of fat has to be meticulously placed. Anyone that doesn’t take the care when harvesting, processing, and transferring the fat will simply not get as much fat to survive. Some patients do not have much fat, and these days it would seem that the butt is often off-limits for fat harvesting, as many people prefer to keep their “booty”. For those patients, I take all the fat out of the lower abdominal tissue that we are removing during the tummy tuck and put it into the breast, rather than simply discarding it. This is a great way of getting a little more breast volume, without having any other areas of the body operated on.

LABIAPLASTY:

Vaginal rejuvenation is one of the fastest growth areas in plastic surgery. The most common procedure is a labiaplasty. For women that have a larger labia than desired, it can be reduced and reshaped. This may be a congenital condition or something that changed following the birth of children. For some women it affects both sides, for others it is one or the other. For many women, they want the labia reduced to make the vagina appear more youthful and attractive. For others, the longer labia gets tugged-on and may cause pain during intercourse. The extra tissue is removed and the labia is re-contoured. Sutures are resorbable so they do not need to be removed. The procedure is fairly brief and the recovery is minimal. There may be some bruising and swelling for a few days. Intercourse should be avoided for several weeks to allow full healing.

Each of these procedures listed above can be done on their own, but since they are brief and have little added recovery, performing them at the same time as the Mommy Makeover can be a great choice for people. It limits the number of surgeries people have. It means only one recovery period and one time away from work. It takes less time to do these procedures together than if you did them individually. This saves time in the OR and can mean lower costs.

If you are interested in learning more or having a private consultation please click here or telephone 905-849-4282.

Dr Rodger Shortt is a plastic surgeon in Oakville, Ontario. He strives to provide the best plastic surgery results and is one of only a few plastic surgeons in Canada with the best rating of 5 stars on RateMD, RealSelf and Ontario Doctor Review. Dr Rodger Shortt is a specialist plastic surgeon who graduated from Queen’s Medical School in 2004 and became certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2009. He received further sub-specialty fellowship training with international plastic surgeons in micro-vascular breast reconstruction, cosmetic plastic surgery, and body contouring after bariatric (gastric banding) surgery, significant weight loss or post-pregnancy. He is the Director of Cosmetic Surgery Training at McMaster University and an Assistant Clinical Professor. If you are interested in a consultation with Dr Shortt please contact as at 905-849-4282 or visit www.drshortt.com.

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Amazing plastic surgeon who was initially referred to me by another plastic surgeon. From my first consultation, Dr Shortt immediately knew what surgical procedures were the best option for my situation. No hesitation in diagnosis and recommended plan of action. I’m a breast cancer survivor and I thought a breast reconstruction was a lost cause for me due to my extension radiation treatments and consequential skin damage. Dr Shortt was very methodical and professional throughout the entire 18 month process. Before each surgery, I witnessed assertiveness and confidence with a sure hand mapping my body with his sharpie pen. He made me feel at ease with his good sense of humour and music.
My breast cancer journey is at long last over and I am quite happy with the final results. I feel rejuvenated and have gained my confidence back. I am so glad that I didn’t hesitate with my initial decision to go forward with the breast reconstruction. Thank you so much Dr. Shortt.

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Dr. Shortt made my experience so wonderful and easy, he listened to all my concerns and was so helpful with everything. I had small implants put in to correct my tuberous breast and didn’t want too much of a visible change in size, he did exactly that and was so helpful throughout the whole process and made things very easy. I can’t thank I’m enough!

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I had an amazing experience with Dr. Shortt and his staff. I am so thankful to have had such a skilled surgeon and I am extremely happy with the results and I am glad I went through with the procedure/ chose Dr. Shortt as my surgeon. When I went for my pre-op check-up with my GP he asked who my surgeon was and when I told him it was Dr. Shortt he said that Dr. Shortt is a very good surgeon/ “one of the best.” The consultation process was excellent, I had more questions than the average patient. I asked specific questions about the procedure and the techniques that he uses for the surgery and he was more than happy to answer all my questions and let me know that I could come back for further consultations if I had more questions etc.

I highly recommend Dr. Shortt

I highly recommend Dr. Shortt. I recently had laser surgery on my face and am very pleased with the results. Dr. Shortt was patient, understanding and answered all my questions during our consultation. I later had some concerns about the surgery and Dr. Shortt listened to them and modified the procedure for me. I felt completely confident in his skill, expertise and professionalism and am very glad I went ahead with the surgery.

Thank You for Making Me Real Again!

Over the past 7 months, I have seen Dr Shortt for 2 procedures – breast implant removal, followed by breast augmentation using fat transfer (separate procedures). Dr Shortt is an amazing surgeon. His professionalism, perfectionism in his work, his bedside manner and not to mention his sense of humour are all on point. He never tries to “up sell” and truly listens. His assistant, Joanne, is excellent.
From my first consult to my post-op after care, the experience has been exceptional.

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Absolutely hands down the best! Dr Shortt is very skilled surgeon and has a warm, caring personality along with a sense of humour which will keep you at ease throughout the whole process. You are in the best hands should you choose Dr. Shortt. Thank you Dr Shortt and Joanne for making my surgical journey a great experience!

It’s Been 28 Years …

I was reviewing breast transfer procedures on real self. Dr. Shorrt had comment on a previous post. I checked out his profile/website and decided to go for a consultation. I was glad that he actually conducted the consultation. I’ve been to one where the Dr.’s assistant did the initial one. He was very easy to talk , to express your concerns. He was very knowledge. Some doctors are in rush to explain things. “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression” . I felt very comfortable right away. I knew I wanted him to be my surgeon.

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