Motherhood is a wonderful life-changing experience. However, for a lot of women, the effects of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding can be long-lasting – sagging breasts, big belly and unwanted fat around the hips and thighs, to name a few. This can have a detrimental effect on a woman’s self-confidence. Quite often, no amount of exercising or dieting is able to restore her pre-pregnancy body and this can take a toll on her mental health.
No wonder then that a popular solution nowadays is what is popularly called a ‘Mummy Makeover’ – a combination of surgical procedures, such as breast lift, arm lift, and/or tummy tuck. Although a mummy makeover shouldn’t be undertaken lightly, the results are quick and the recovery is quite fast.
What exactly is a ‘Mummy Makeover’?
A ‘Mummy Makeover’ is not just one operation, but rather, a combination of surgeries involving the breast, abdomen, waist, hips and thighs designed to restore a woman’s body to its original appearance prior to pregnancy and childbirth. The procedures typically involved are a breast augmentation and breast lift, a tummy tuck and liposuction. You can choose to include other operations like an arm or a thigh lift and even decide not to have certain procedures – it can be tailored to your personal goals.
What are the benefits of a ‘Mummy Makeover’?
Some of the benefits of this procedure include:
- You can restore your body and tone it, getting rid of any excess weight. Not only will this improve the appearance of your breasts, stomach and thighs, it also can help with your posture and make you feel lighter and healthier overall.
- Common problem areas (love handles, saggy breasts and big tummy) are addressed instantly. You will see the results in a few weeks’ time. It’s an effective way to tackle and target the specific parts of your body that you always felt insecure about.
- Your self-confidence will improve. Mothers often become quite self-conscious about their postnatal bodies, resulting in shyness and withdrawal from regular activities. A Mummy Makeover can help you get back your sense of self.
Some things to consider:
If you are a healthy woman who gave birth recently or in the past, and you would like to improve the appearance of your body and feel more confident and comfortable with your appearance, then this procedure might be right for you. However, it’s always helpful to consider some things before you make that decision:
Are you planning on having children after the surgery?
It is advisable that you do not have children after having a Mummy Makeover as it may hinder the effectiveness of the procedure.
When did you last give birth?
Before going ahead with the procedure, you must ensure that it’s been at least 6 – 12 months since you gave birth. You need to have stopped breastfeeding, so that your breasts can recover and your wound healing process is no longer affected by hormones.
What are your expectations?
Make sure that you have realistic expectations about the procedure and discuss these with your surgeon in detail.
If you’re considering having a Mummy Makeover, do get in touch with our team who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
FRACS (Plastic Surgery) – Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Past President : ASAPS ( Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons)
Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
PhD (Eyelid Surgery) – University of Louisville, USA