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As a woman, pregnancy and becoming a mother can be a very special time of your life. It can be amazing to watch how the female body changes to accommodate and deliver life. After the birth of your baby however, it can sometimes be hard to reverse these changes using diet and exercise. This mommy makeover overview will tell you all about what the procedure is and what it can achieve.
A mommy makeover describes a combination of breast and body surgeries. They aim to help create a body shape that you will be happy with! This mix of surgeries can include:
- Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck).
- Breast uplift.
- Breast augmentation.
- Breast reduction.
*** Arm lift, Thigh lift, Buttock augmentation can be added.
Our surgeons can perform many of these procedures in one go. This can help achieve faster results over a shorter recovery time than if you were to have each procedure at a separate time. If you are considering a mommy makeover, you can take your time to decide which mix of surgeries interest you.
What can a mommy makeover achieve?
Overall, a mommy makeover aims to achieve a more visually pleasing body shape. You may be finding it hard to lose your ‘baby weight’ and the extra skin that came with having a baby. In addition, your breasts may also have changed in a way you are not happy with. This procedure aims to reverse the changes having a baby has had on your body by:
- Removing excess tummy skin and fat.
- Tightening the tummy wall muscles.
- Improving the appearance of unwanted scars or stretch marks.
- Recreating a more desirable breast appearance.
- Reducing or restoring breast volume.
- Removing excess fat and skin from the arms and thighs.
- Enhancing the volume and shape of the bottom.
The mums who have this procedure describe a major increase in self-confidence. Therefore, the mommy makeover can have positive effects on you both physically and mentally!
Who are the best candidates for a mummy makeover?
It is no secret that for many women, becoming pregnant makes changes to our bodies that are hard to reverse post-pregnancy. Consequently, many women feel unhappy with their bodies after having their children and may be suitable mummy makeover candidates.
As a baby grows in the womb, the skin on your stomach stretches and your tummy muscles weaken. Often, you become less active and increase your calorie intake and so you begin to store excess fat on your waist, bottom, arms, and thighs. During pregnancy, your breast tissue also grows and the skin on your breasts stretches. When they start to produce milk, your breast tissue grows even more and your breasts become full of milk and then begin to empty. If you choose to breastfeed and decided to stop, your breast tissue begins to shrink. As a result, your breasts may be left looking less taut than before you had a baby and may noticeably sag without the support of a bra.
A mummy makeover aims to create a more aesthetically pleasing body shape and contour for mothers after childbearing. Suitable mummy makeover candidates are women who:
- Feel unhappy with their bodies after having children.
- Do not plan to have more children.
- Have tried diet and exercise to remove excess fat with little or no success.
- Have a healthyBMI.
- Do not plan to lose a significant amount of weight after their surgery.
- May have excess skin they are unhappy with.
- Would like to improve the appearance of unwanted stretchmarks or scars.
- Would like to improve the appearance of their post-pregnancy breasts.
- Are relatively fit and healthy.
- Have no serious health conditions.
- Have realistic goals for the procedure.
- Are emotionally ready for surgery.
Why have a mummy makeover?
The ability of the female body to bring life into the world is an amazing thing. Consequently, mothers everywhere should be proud of what their bodies have been able to accomplish. However, the truth is that the changes childbirth can make to your body can sometimes leave you feeling anything but proud. On the contrary, you may even feel embarrassed or self-conscious of your body. The mummy makeover aims to give you back your pre-pregnancy body confidence.
How is a mummy makeover performed?
A mummy makeover procedure aims to help mothers who have finished child bearing to regain their pre-baby bodies. It involves using a combination of different surgeries to do this. Mummy makeover candidates will decide which areas of their body they would like to improve and their surgeon will subsequently suggest the appropriate surgeries to do this. A mummy makeover procedure can involve surgery on the tummy, breast, arms, thighs, buttocks and vagina.
Each mummy makeover is tailored to suit each individual patient. Consequently, each patient will choose to have a different mix of surgeries. Depending on what surgeries you decide to have, your surgeon may be able to perform all the surgeries in the one sitting. However, this may not always be possible and so you may have to return more than once for your mummy makeover. Furthermore, the time it takes to perform the surgeries and the amount of time you will need to stay in hospital after will depend on which surgeries you choose to have.
When you have chosen your surgeon, you will meet them for a consultation. They will discuss the procedure and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. They will also explain what you will be able to eat and drink before your surgery, and they will also advise you on what medications you should or shouldn’t take.
Before your surgery, you will need to sign a consent form. This may be at your pre-operative consultation or on the day of your surgery. We advise you read the form carefully and ensure you fully understand the procedure, the risks and the complications and ask any questions you have before you sign the form. After you consent to the procedure, your surgeon will examine you and will draw some lines on the treatment areas.
You will meet your anesthetist on the day of your surgery and you will be taken to the operating theatre. They will use a general anesthetic.
Your surgeon can perform a variety of surgeries as part of your mummy makeover and so the position and size of the incisions will vary for each.
4. Closing of incisions
After your surgeon makes all the incisions they need to, they will close those incisions using sutures. These sutures may or may not be dissolvable.
5. Returning to the ward
Finally, when your surgery is over, the surgical staff will take you back to the ward. You will likely need to stay there for at least one night. You may feel drowsy as your anesthetic wears off but this usually only takes a few hours. It is vital that you follow your surgeon’s specific aftercare advice as this will help you during your recovery.
What should I expect from my mummy makeover consultation?
Firstly, you will meet your surgeon during your mummy makeover consultation. This meeting usually lasts anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour. During this time your surgeon will discuss with you the procedures you have chosen, your personal goals for the surgery and the risks involved. They may examine your treatment areas and ask for permission to take some before and after pictures. Your surgeon will also be hoping to find out more information about you and may ask questions about:
- Your current medical health status
- Any medical conditions you have
- Your past surgical history
- Any medications that you take
- How much alcohol you drink
- Your smoking status and how much you currently smoke
- Your use of recreational drugs
- Any allergies you may have
- Your goals for this procedure.
We understand that this can be a lot of information for you to share about yourself. Consequently, we also understand that it can be tempting to not want to reveal certain details. However, we must stress the importance of being as honest as possible with your surgeon. The reason he or she will ask all these questions is to allow them to make a true assessment of your current health and make decisions about your surgery based on this. As a result, if the information you provide is inaccurate or incomplete, this may impact the results of your surgery. Try to remember that your surgeon is a professional and so all the information you provide will be kept confidential.
What question should I ask during my mummy makeover?
Your mummy makeover consultation is the main opportunity you will have to ask any questions you have about the procedure. Fully educating yourself on the procedure is a vital thing to do and means that you can set realistic goals for your surgery. We advise that you take some time before you meet with your surgeon to think about what you would like to ask. Some patients find it useful to write these questions down on a piece of paper as they are less likely to forget to ask them during their consultation. Below is a list of questions we think you may like to ask, however, this list is not exhaustive so you may like to add your own.
- Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
- How can I get the best results?
- Do you think my goals are realistic?
- If I choose to have X,Y,Z procedures done, how many surgeries will this require?
- How long will my recovery be?
- Do you have any before and after pictures of mummy makeovers you have done previously?
- What are my options if I am unhappy with my results?
Risks & complications
What are the main mummy makeover risks and complications?
The mummy makeover, like any surgical procedure, comes with certain risks and complications. At Avrupamed, we think it is important for you to be aware of all the possible mummy makeover risks and complications. You should take time to educate yourself on what these are before you have your surgery. Our surgeons strongly advise that you take a two week ‘cooling off’ period between your consultation and agreeing to have the procedure. This will give you time to make a fully informed decision.
You should also consider that having one surgical procedure done at the same time can increase the risk of complications occurring. To help educate you on the mummy makeover risks and complications we have made a list of them, which you can find below. While the risks for each procedure in the mummy makeover will vary, our list includes those which can apply to all the procedures.
The risks that are common to all of these procedures include the following:
All surgeries introduce the risk of infection to your body. Nevertheless, your surgeon and their team will take every precaution possible to reduce this risk. If you do get an infection, it will become apparent in the first 2 to 3 weeks after your surgery. You will notice that you are not recovering as well as expected. Often, when infections do occur after surgery, they are mild. They are generally wound infections or as a result of a delay in the wound healing. Consequently, these sorts of infections usually resolve with a course of antibiotics. On the rare occasion that the infection becomes more serious, you may have to have another operation.
As you will have incisions made to the skin, you should expect to see some bleeding after the operation. This usually tends to be quite minor, however, in some cases the bleeding can be more severe. Severe bleeding tends to develop directly after the operation but can sometimes happen a little later on. In cases of severe bleeding, you should seek medical attention straight away.
General surgical complications
All surgical procedures carry some common risks. These include (but are not limited to):
- The formation of blood clots.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Blood loss.
- Reactions to the anesthesia.
- Post-operative pain.
Your surgeon will make you aware of all the possible risks before you have the surgery. They will make every effort to prevent the occurrence of any complications. It is also important to follow your surgeon’s pre and postoperative guidance to further reduce the risk of these complications.
All of the mummy makeover procedures will involve your surgeon making incisions on your body. This means that unfortunately, you cannot avoid scarring. While your surgeon can hide some of your scars well, others may be more visible. Your surgeon can give advice on how best to look after your scars. Generally, with time, their appearance will fade. You can find out more about the scarring specific to each procedure using the links above.
Sometimes a pocket of fluid can develop after your procedure. This is known as a seroma and is quite a minor complication. The collection of fluid tends to be small and can resolve on its own. If you develop a larger collection of fluid, your surgeon may need to drain it.
The blood supply to your skin, tissue and fat may be disrupted during your surgical procedures. If this disruption is large enough, it can result in some parts of your body losing their blood supply. If this happens, the affected area may die. The medical term for this is ‘necrosis’ and is quite a rare complication. The risk of necrosis developing is, however, increased if you are a smoker.
There is always a risk that you may be unhappy with the results of your mummy makeover. For example, you may not be happy with how the final results look. To avoid this, we advise that patients choose their surgeon carefully. It is crucial that you choose a high-skilled, fully qualified and experienced surgeon to perform your surgery.
Preparing for your treatment
How can I prepare for a mummy makeover?
Recovering from a mummy makeover can be quite difficult as you will have had more than one procedure performed in one go. Therefore, you want to be able to relax as much as possible after the surgery. Your mummy makeover preparation involves making sure that you prepare and organise what you can before you go into hospital. To help you do this, we have made a list of things you may like to do to help with your mummy makeover preparation.
If you are someone who likes to keep a clean and tidy house, you may like to get some jobs out of the way before your surgery. For example, taking out the bins and getting on top of the laundry will mean you will have a few days of recovery time without having to worry about these tasks.
It is likely that you will not feel well enough to go to the shops for a while after your mummy makeover. Therefore, you may like to do a big food shop the day before you go into hospital. In addition, getting yourself familiar with online shopping may be helpful for later on in your recovery. Some patients like to prepare meals and freeze them before their surgery. This way, they don’t have to worry about cooking during their recovery!
After your surgeries, you do not want to be stretching or bending unnecessarily. You may like to have a think of things you may need and place them somewhere that is easy to reach. For example, move any crockery or clothing that is normally stored up high or down low to somewhere that is easily accessible.
Children and Pets
You may like to arrange for someone to help you look after any children or pets that you may have. This will help reduce any unnecessary stress on you and your body during your recovery.
You will not be able to drive after your mummy makeover. Therefore, you will need to arrange for a member of your family or a friend to take you home from the hospital.
You may like to choose some loose, comfortable clothing to wear during your recovery. Items of clothing that open at the front and have drawstrings can be very helpful. You may be given have some support garments or dressings to wear over your treatment areas. Your surgeon will advise you on how long to wear these for and how you should adjust them.
Eating & drinking
After your surgery, we advise that you try to eat high-protein, low-sodium foods. These include fresh fruits and vegetables. We also advise that you try to drink plenty of water and caffeine-free beverages. It is also important that you try to avoid food and drink containing high amounts of salts and sugars during your recovery time. Maintaining a healthy diet will help you to recover quicker.
Depending on which procedures you have done, your surgeon will give you advice on which position you should sleep in. You may find it more comfortable to sleep propped up. Having extra pillows available just in case is a good idea! Sleeping propped up can sometimes help reduce the swelling around your treatment area, depending on its location.
What can I expect after a mummy makeover?
At Medbelle, we feel that it is important to prepare you for what to expect after your procedure. You may find that knowing more information about the mummy makeover aftercare will help avoid fear of the unknown. During your mummy makeover consultation, your surgeon will discuss details of your aftercare. He/she will be able to give you a rough time frame about returning to work, normal activity, exercise and driving.
After your surgery, your surgeon will review your progress and make sure you are recovering as expected. In addition, they will remove any undissolvable stitches and advise you on the need for further dressings. Below is some general aftercare information for the mummy makeover. How will I feel after my surgery?
FYou will wake up gradually as your anaesthetic or sedation wears off. You may also feel drowsy for some time but this often wears off within a few hours. Furthermore, you may find that your concentration and memory is not as sharp as normal. This is a side effect of the general anesthetic and generally resolves within 1 to 2 days.
How will I get home after my surgery?
You will not be able to drive yourself home after the surgery. Therefore, you should arrange for someone to pick you up and take you home. In addition, you may like to ask someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours after your procedure.
Will I have any dressings after my surgery?
Your dressings will be different depending on which procedures you choose to have done as part of your mummy makeover. You may like to use the links above to read more information of specific aftercare for each procedure. Alternatively, your surgeon will advise you on which dressings you will have and how long you will have to wear them for.
How much time will I have to take off work and exercise?
As each procedure in the mummy makeover is different, the recovery times for each varies too. Generally speaking, the amount of time you will need to take off work will depend on the type of job you have. If you have an office job, you will usually be able to return to work more quickly than if you have a job with higher levels of activity. Similarly, you will be able to return to low impact activities like walking and cycling before you are able to reintroduce lifting heavy weights and doing intense aerobic activities. For more specific information, use the links above for each procedure.
When will I see the final results of my mummy makeover?
The answer to this question will vary from patient to patient. It will depend on which procedure you choose to have done and whether or not they can be done in one sitting. Your surgeon will be able to give you more specific information during your consultation. In addition, you may like to use the links above to see how long it takes to see the final results for each procedure.
Your surgeon will give you very specific advice on your mummy makeover aftercare. It is vital that you follow this advice to ensure that your recovery goes as well as possible. If you have any questions, you can ask them during your consultation or speak to one of our patient care advisers.
The effect of drugs
Certain lifestyle factors can increase the risk of complications during and after your surgery. These include smoking, drinking alcohol, being overweight and taking drugs (for medical or recreational use.)
Smoking can increase the time it takes your wounds to heal, and therefore make you more likely to develop an infection. Therefore patients must stop smoking and using all nicotine products at least six weeks before surgery. In addition, if you can cut down on your alcohol intake prior to your surgery, this is also helpful. Your doctor will discuss your current BMI and drug use at your consultation and advise you further on this.
Are the results of my mummy makeover permanent?
As we get older our bodies continue to change and our skin loses its elasticity. The results of your mummy makeover will last many years but are not permanent. This is especially the case if you have any further pregnancies. This is why we advise that you only consider this procedure when you no longer wish to child-bear.
Many of the mummy makeover procedure results can also be affected by excessive weight loss or gain. For example, dramatic weight loss or weight gain can adversely affect the results of a tummy tuck, liposuction, breast reduction or enlargement and buttock augmentation. Therefore, we recommend that you try to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle in order to maintain your results for as long as possible.