Toronto Plastic Surgeon on the Benefits of Mommy Makeover Procedures
Dr. Lawrence Tong provides individualized mommy makeover procedures at his Toronto plastic surgery practice and lets prospective patients know what they can expect for results and recovery.
Toronto, Ontario – Dr. Lawrence Tong, a Toronto plastic surgeon, knows that while motherhood brings joyful changes into a woman’s life, the progression of pregnancy, breastfeeding, and child care often cause significant changes to her physical appearance. He notes that the post-pregnancy modification of exercise routines, eating habits, and lifestyle can result not only in physiological changes, but also can negatively affect self-esteem and confidence levels. For this reason, Dr. Tong says he offers his patients at Yorkville Institute of Plastic Surgery mommy makeover procedures in order to address their post-pregnancy concerns.
According to Dr. Tong, about 20% of his plastic surgery patients receive mommy makeover procedures. The ideal mommy makeover candidate is a woman who is in good general health, not significantly over or underweight, and near her desired post-pregnancy weight. Additionally, he says the patient should also have completed breast feeding and be at least three to six 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 augmentation
- Breast lift
- Tummy tuck
Each consultation is personally conducted by Dr. Tong, and a recommendation is individually customized. Before any mommy makeover procedure, Dr. Tong provides a complete verbal explanation and written instructions on how the patient should prepare for surgery, and what the patient can expect after the procedure. As to optimize safety, patients having multiple procedures that cannot be accommodated in a single OR session will be staged into multiple sessions by Dr. Tong. 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. Yorkville Institute of Plastic Surgery provides overnight facilities with two overnight nurses for those patients who may benefit from an overnight stay.
During a mommy makeover procedure, Dr. Tong 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. Tong’s Toronto plastic surgery patients make regular follow-up appointments after their mommy makeover procedure is complete. Generally, mommy makeover patients at Yorkville Institute of Plastic Surgery see Dr. Tong at the one week, six week, six month, and one year marks after surgery. Dr. Tong says he wants to ensure his patients receive the results they were expecting and enjoy their rejuvenated figures.
About Lawrence Tong, MD, FACS, FRCSC
Dr. Lawrence Tong earned his medical degree at the University of Toronto Medical School. In addition to completing his training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University Of Michigan Medical Center, Dr. Tong is double board-certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Tong is on faculty at the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto, and he supervises a fellowship program that trains aesthetic surgery fellows from around the world. Dr. Tong is available for interview upon request.