The ‘mommy makeover’ in Toronto is a popular term used to describe procedures that aim to restore the abdomen and breasts to the way they were, and reverse the long-term effects that pregnancy can have on a woman’s body.
During pregnancy for women, skin on the abdomen will stretch to accommodate the growing baby. The skin will try to shrink back to its original size and position after the baby is born, however it is not always able to do so. In addition, the muscles of the abdomen may spread apart in the middle due to the pressure placed on them. This separation is called a “diastasis” although this does not create a functional problem it contributes to the loss of abdominal flatness after pregnancy.
Similar changes occur in the breasts for women during pregnancy, usually increasing in size in response to the hormones of pregnancy in anticipation of breast-feeding. These changes continue until breast-feeding is completed. After this time, the hormones in the body start to decrease and the breast tissue begins to shrink back down in size. However, the skin has often been stretched beyond its ability to shrink back, which results in more ptosis (drooping) of the breasts. The internal support for the breast tissue is also stretched, which contributes to the drooping of the breasts.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding can cause permanent changes not only to the position of the breast, but also to their size, and this varies widely from woman to woman. Some women find that the breasts have become permanently larger, while other women find that they have smaller breasts than they did before the pregnancy.
During your consultation, Dr. Beber will discuss with you the procedures options to address your individual concerns and goals. Procedures to correct changes in the abdomen will vary depending on the severity of these changes. For some women, their abdominal skin and muscles are able to snap back quite well, but they find the baby weight gained in the lower abdomen is difficult to lose with diet and exercise.
For these women, liposuction of the abdomen can be an effective solution. Many women however, find that the abdominal skin or muscles are not able to shrink back, and for them the best solution is a tummy-tuck to remove the excess skin and underlying fat from the abdomen. Tightening of the muscles is also usually performed during a tummy-tuck procedure. Whether patients require a ‘mini’ tummy-tuck or a ‘traditional’ tummy-tuck will depend on the severity and location of the excess skin. A tummy-tuck results in a flatter, smoother, more youthful tummy, and often allows removal of many of the stretch marks located below the level of the belly button.
Dr. Brett Beber Plastic, Cosmetic, and Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Beber is a highly trained Plastic Surgeon, specializing in breast surgery, body contouring, and facial aesthetics. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and a member of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Beber lectures at University of Toronto’s Division of Plastic Surgery, where he has earned professional respect and recognition.
Dr. Beber graduated with honours from the Faculty of Medicine (University of Toronto). In 2004, he completed the prestigious five-year Plastic Surgery Training Program, while receiving a number of awards for patient care, research, and teaching. After training, Dr. Beber was asked to join Women’s College Hospital and Toronto East General Hospital, where he continues today.
Over the years, Dr. Beber has received the Sopman Humanitarian Award; A. W. Harrison Award for Excellence; and the Tau Omiron Phi Chi Award (Clinical Research). He is the Co-Chairman of the Toronto Breast Symposium, which is the largest conference of its kind in Canada, dedicated to aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery. TBS remains at the forefront of innovation in the field.
At his midtown Toronto clinic, Dr. Beber provides full service cosmetic plastic surgery, with a focus on breast enhancement, facial aesthetics, non-surgical injectables, and body contouring. The patient roster is diverse, primarily from personal recommendations and physician referrals. It’s simply a reflection of Dr. Beber’s respected position, experience and patient dedication.
Dr. Beber’s clinic staff is dedicated to exceptional service – from the first phone call, to the initial visit, to every post-operative follow-up. The ultimate objective is to foster an empowering patient experience for one of the most personal and emboldened decisions a person can make. Best of all, the team is there every step of the way, from decision making, to surgery, to recovery.
A decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is both personal and exciting. For Dr. Beber, step one is always patient education – a personal consultation in a comfortable, unhurried environment. Dr. Beber listens attentively to patient concerns, identifies personal goals, and thoroughly reviews the pros and cons of cosmetic surgery techniques. He explains the procedure that will be used, the recovery aspects, and the potential risks of surgery.
Dr. Beber is known for his warm and thoughtful approach, as he encourages patients to present questions, and be better informed. This is the best way to make health decisions. From breast surgery, to body contouring, to facial aesthetics, Dr. Beber offers a highly professional approach, using the latest in state-of-the-art techniques. Every procedure is customized, and all personal aesthetic concerns addressed.