At a Glance
After having children, some women will struggle to restore their pre-baby body. Changes to the body can most often be seen in the breasts, tummy and vagina area. These areas can often become immune to weight loss through usual methods such as diet and exercise. This can be frustrating and can negatively impact your self-esteem.
Fortunately, you don’t have to stay unhappy with the appearance of your body after having children, you can have a mummy makeover.
A mummy makeover can add volume to the breasts, remove excess skin from the abdomen and improve the aesthetic appearance of the labia.
A mummy makeover consists of a combination of procedures which aims to rejuvenate the body after childbirth. There are numerous procedures which can take place as part of the mummy makeover. These include:
These procedures will help to improve the aesthetic appearance of the breasts, abdomen and the labia. These are the common areas which will change in appearance as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. Breasts will often lose significant volume, leaving them appearing deflated and sagging. Breasts will also tend to sit lower than previously. Augmentation and a lift can help to increase the size of the breasts while also improving the position and firmness of the breasts.
One of the most noticeable changes after pregnancy will be to do the abdomen. During pregnancy, the skin will stretch. Some women will find the skin will return to how it was before childbirth. For some women, especially those who have had multiple pregnancies, the skin will become loose and will sag. Women may also experience changes to the abdominal wall muscles, which may become stretched or separated. A tummy tuck will be able to remove any excess skin and can tighten the abdominal wall muscles.
Prior to pregnancy, some women are uncomfortable with the appearance of the labia, as it may look too big, or may cause physical discomfort. The labia can further change in appearance after childbirth, leaving women with a stretched, large labia which is aesthetically unappealing. A labiaplasty will be able to reduce the appearance of the labia without impacting any functionality.
There are numerous benefits to undergoing a mummy makeover, including:
- Only having to undergo one recovery period
- Can help to improve any physical pain caused by changes to the body eg. back pain
- The combination of procedures can be changed for each individual
Prior to having a mummy makeover, you will have a consultation with one of our surgeons. They will be able to assess your body and see if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. The surgeon will then be able to help you plan which procedures you would like to have.
You will be considered a suitable candidate for a mummy makeover if you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, abdomen or labia following surgery. Those who are unhappy will often have breasts which are sagging or have lost volume, and excess skin or fat on the stomach.
You will need to ensure you have given enough time since childbirth for your body to fully recover.
You will need to be at least 18 years old, and be in good physical and mental health. You will need to have a BMI which is below 30.
If you are interested in undergoing a mummy makeover, you may wish to look at what finance we have available.
Prior to having any surgery, you will have a consultation with one of our surgeons, who will be able to assess whether you are a suitable candidate and which combination of procedures is correct for you. Your surgeon may also make you aware of the risks of this procedure and risks which may occur if you choose to go overseas for surgery.
The procedure will take place under a general anaesthetic used exclusively at Centre for Surgery known as ClearSleep™. This varies from other general anaesthetics as it does not rely on breathing machines and tubes. You will also wake up quickly after surgery and avoid that groggy feeling associated with surgery.
Your procedure will vary depending on which combination of surgeries you have. Mummy makeover procedures include:
This involves inserting silicone implants into the breast. This will help to increase the volume and size of the breasts. You will be able to choose the exact size and shape of the implants, as well as the placement. All of these variables will affect the end result and will alter how natural the breasts look. During your consultation, you will be able to try different sample sizes of implants to get an idea of how large your breasts will be. Your surgeon may advise you if you choose a size that is too large – doing this will risk the edges of the implants being visible after surgery. The surgeon will also need to assess whether you have enough skin and tissue available for your chosen implant size.
If you want to improve your breasts which appear droopy or saggy but don’t necessarily wish to increase the size of your breasts, you may wish to have a breast lift. This will remove any excess skin and tissue, and lift the breasts into a higher position. This will make them appear fuller and more youthful and feel firmer.
You may wish to have both a breast augmentation and breast lift, to increase the size of the breasts as well as raise the position.
After childbirth, many women will find that they have excess skin on the abdomen. This can negatively impact a woman’s self-esteem and restrict what you want to wear. An abdominoplasty involves an incision which runs horizontally from hip to hip. The excess skin is then excised. If needed, liposuction will also take place to remove any excess fat. The abdominal muscles are then tightened. The remaining skin is then pulled over the incision and closed. Women who do not have a large amount of excess skin may decide to have a mini abdominoplasty, which will involve an incision running from thigh to thigh, resulting in a smaller scar.
Some women may want to have an additional procedure when they have a mummy makeover. The most popular addition to the mummy makeover is the labiaplasty. This is suitable for those who dislike the appearance of their labia minora and wish for it to be shortened. The surgery involves using dissection techniques to remove any excess or unwanted tissue. There are numerous surgical methods which can be used for a labiaplasty; the one used in your procedure will be decided on in your consultation.
The recovery period will vary depending on which procedures you elected to have.
You will be able to leave the clinic on the same day as the procedure. However, you will not be able to drive home and will need to have someone drive you home or arrange a chaperone.
You will experience some mild discomfort, bruising and swelling where the incisions were made. You will be given pain medication which you can take to help alleviate any symptoms.
You will have to wear a compression garment on the areas which have been operated on. This will help to alleviate any swelling, as well as keep the area in shape. Your surgeon will be able to give you a specific timeframe for how long you will need to wear the garment.
If you had a labiaplasty, you will need to wear a sanitary pad for one week, or until any bleeding stops. You will be able to resume your usual sexual activities after six weeks.
As this is major surgery, you will need to ensure you get lots of rest. You will have to avoid sleeping on your front in order to avoid damage to the incisions.
You will need to avoid any strenuous exercise, including heavy lifting or lifting children, for at least six to eight weeks. After this time, you will be able to resume your usual gym and exercise routine.
What does a mummy makeover include?A mummy makeover is a combination of numerous surgeries which help to rejuvenate the body once a woman has been through and recovered from childbirth.
Procedures which can be had as part of a mummy makeover include:
Can I pick what procedures are a part of the mummy makeover?One of the best parts of a mummy makeover is it is completely up to you as to which procedures you want to have.
Generally, women will have a breast surgery – whether that be augmentation or a lift – and an abdominoplasty.
In some instances, women may wish to have both an augmentation and lift, as well as a labiaplasty.
Why should I have more than one procedure at once?There are numerous benefits to undergoing a mummy makeover, which includes having more than one surgical procedure at once.
The main benefit is that you will only need to undergo one recovery period. After each surgery, you will need to take time off work and disrupt your daily schedule while you recover. Undergoing multiple procedures at once means you will only need to book off time for one recovery period, rather than two or three.
Can I have a mummy makeover?To be an appropriate candidate for a mummy makeover, you will generally be a woman who is unhappy with the appearance of her breasts, abdomen and labia following childbirth.
To be suitable for surgery, you will need to have fully recovered from childbirth.
You will need to be at least 18 years old, be physically and mentally healthy and have a BMI that is 30 or under.
What will the recovery period be like?This will vary depending on which combination of procedures you had and which surgical methods were used.
You will experience minor pain and discomfort, as well as swelling and bruising, directly after the procedure. You will be given a compression garment to wear on the operated areas which will help to reduce the swelling and keep the areas in the best shape possible.
While symptoms such as pain and swelling may ease quickly, you may take up to six weeks to fully recover from the mummy makeover.
How long will I have to take off work?This will be different for each person and depend on which surgeries took place and what type of job you have.
You will have to take between two to four weeks off work; however, some women may feel the need to take less time off and some may need more time to recover.
When can I start exercising again?You will have to avoid any vigorous physical exercise for at least six to eight weeks. This includes lifting any children, as you may risk damaging the abdomen. You will have to consider if you need any assistance with childcare prior to undergoing the surgery.
Will I need to wear a compression garment?You will need to wear a compression garment after any breast surgery and an abdominoplasty. This will not only help to support the breasts and abdomen but will help to avoid fluid build-up and reduce swelling.
Your surgeon will be able to help you to purchase the correct garment and will be able to advise you on exactly how long you will need to wear them for.
When will I be able to resume sexual activities?If you had a labiaplasty, you will be able to resume your usual sexual activities after six weeks.