This article is taken from Global News -
There's a new plastic surgery trend just for moms called the "mommy makeover." It's a package deal that started in the US but is now being offered by more and more by plastic surgeons in Canada.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Chong describes it as "a combination of surgeries that's performed in a safe, controlled fashion, that is aimed at reversing some of the negative effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding on a woman's body."
Kim Nelson says that after having four children, some of those negative effects had taken a toll on her body.
"You know you work hard at working out and stuff and it was frustrating to know that all the crunches in the world weren't gonna get rid of the excess skin, right?"
So Nelson decided to get a breast lift, augmentation and a tummy tuck "combo". The procedures were done in a single three-hour surgery, with full recovery taking about two months. Nelson says she's very happy with the results.
Mother of five Linda Tulloch, who also decided to go for the plastic surgery package deal, claims it's been life-changing for her.
The 41 year-old says she'd always been slim - but was never really been happy with her body. And giving birth to five children didn't help.
"I just didn't feel pretty anymore, you know? 'Cause my stomach, my belly button was wrecked and my stomach was all loose skin. I could literally pull - I could squeeze together and pull - the stomach."
Tulloch was also self-conscious of her breasts, which she says were deflated from nursing.
"My shoulders would be stooped, you know, I didn't carry myself proud."
Now, she is proud to wear a bikini, and says her friends can't believe how much confidence she now has.
"I've done a lot of things for my kids, I'm not getting any younger and I felt it was something that I needed to do for myself."
She and Nelson are not alone. Dr. Chong says the "mommy makeovers" make up about half of his business. Five years ago he did just a few a month. Now, he does one to three a week.
In order to qualify for the procedure, patients must be non-smokers, at a healthy weight and have finished breast-feeding for at least 6 months. The cost ranges from $10,000 to $25,000 dollars.
And as with any surgery, there are always possible risks.