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Mummy Makeover Sydney

Giving birth and caring for your children can be one of the biggest joys in a mothers life, but pregnancy can also trigger an avalanche of changes to your body in some not-so-wonderful ways. If you are like most women, you probably have some battle scars to prove it too.

While some women’s bodies may take a while to return to the way they were, others may never completely return to the way they looked before pregnancy, and some of the unexpected changes can be difficult and overwhelming to deal with. Although these changes are natural, many women struggle to accept their postpartum body, especially those that no amount of exercise or restrictive dieting can cure. We do not believe women should have to sacrifice their body confidence after giving birth.

A “Mummy Makeover” refers to a combination of procedures meant to address those effects of pregnancy that cannot be reversed through diet and exercise alone.  A mummy makeover is not just for recent mums, some women wait several years before deciding to treat themselves.

Typically, a tummy tuck is combined with either a breast augmentation, or in some cases a breast lift with an augmentation. Liposculpture is also an option for certain areas.

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WHAT IS MUMMY MAKEOVER SURGERY?

Post pregnancy procedures designed to reclaim your pre-pregnancy body are  dubbed as “mummy makeovers” and are typically a combination of multiple operations, particularly surgery of the breast and abdomen following pregnancy. The physical signs of pregnancy can often be surgically corrected with great success.

The breasts may be lifted or augmented with an implant or both lifted and augmented.

The abdomen can be repaired and sculpted with an abdominoplasty procedure (tummy tuck), with or without liposuction. It is a commonly performed procedure for mothers wanting to restore their pre-pregnancy physique and improve their self-image.

A survey released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons concluded that if cost were not an issue, 62% of mothers said that they would consider a “mummy makeover”. The most common concerns of some of Dr Eddy Dona’s patients include lack of breast volume, stretch marks, loose skin around the abdomen and excess fat.


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YOUR MUMMY MAKEOVER CONSULTATION WITH SYDNEY PLASTIC SURGEON, DR DONA

In your first visit to our Sydney plastic surgeon, you will be able to discuss your concerns and desires with Dr Eddy Dona. Dr Dona will perform a physical examination to assess and advise you on your options, taking into consideration your desires and expectations. You’ll also get the opportunity to discuss with Dr Dona any questions you have in relation to your post pregnancy makeover surgery.

Although the term ‘mummy makeover’ refers to correcting the issues that arise from pregnancy, there is no set list of procedures. What goes into the surgical combination is very personal—no two mummies are alike, so each procedure is tailored to meet the woman’s individual needs. We will help you pinpoint areas of particular concern during your consultation, and we will discuss restorative options.

Further, although mummy makeovers generally refer to women who have given birth, you don’t need to be a mummy to have a mummy makeover! It is a popular term for having breast and tummy surgery at the same time, as these two surgeries pair well together. Women who have lost a significant amount of weight can also benefit from a mummy makeover.

What’s involved in a Mummy Makeover?

Tummy Tuck

The tummy tuck procedure is one of the most common surgeries done in Australia, second only to breast surgeries. It is no surprise why. Pregnancy, weight fluctuations and the aging process all promise excess skin and stubborn fat accumulation around our midsections. The inconvenient truth about those annoying ‘love handles’ (oh, the irony) is that there is no miracle exercise, diet or cream that can completely reclaim the firm waist of our youth.

Abdominoplasty surgery also referred to as a ‘tummy tuck’, is a surgical procedure that successfully sculpts the midsection for a tighter, more appealing body contour. The procedure can also repair weakened and separated abdominal muscles, further tightening the stomach. Although abdominoplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure, it also improves two of the most common physical complaints experienced by women after labour and delivery—pain and incontinence. Therefore, the procedure is cosmetic and reconstructive by nature.

There are many variations of the tummy tuck including a traditional, fleur de lis and mini tummy tuck to name a few. These different variations are designed to treat patients according to their individual cosmetic and functional goals. During your initial consultation, Dr Dona will be able to advise you on which type of tummy tuck you would be best suited for.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, also referred to as augmentation mammoplasty, breast implants or a ‘boob job’, is a cosmetic surgery that involves using saline or silicone implants to enhance the size, shape and volume of your breasts. Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery in Australia and worldwide. Generally, the breast augmentation procedure promises perkier, fuller breasts that are more symmetrical and appealing. This procedure may also restore breast volume, shape and symmetry after pregnancy or extensive weight loss.

Breast Lift

Mastopexy, also known as breast lift surgery, is a surgical procedure that firms and raises the breasts. It can correct sagging and asymmetry caused by pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, illness or defect. The procedure will not make your breasts appear larger. Instead, it involves removing excess skin, tissue and fat, leaving breasts perkier and firmer.

PREPARATION FOR POST-PREGNANCY MAKEOVER SURGERY

You will need to disclose your complete medical history to your Sydney cosmetic surgeon, Dr Eddy Dona, including all health problems.

Do not take any blood thinning medications such as aspirin or any medicine containing aspirin, large amounts of vitamins or anti inflammatory drugs for 2 weeks prior to any surgery.

Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery, as smoking increases surgical and anaesthetic risks and can lead to serious complications.

CHANGES TO YOUR BODY BECAUSE OF PREGNANCY

Abdomen

Changes to the body include the stretching apart and elongating of the vertical muscles of the abdominal wall and the overlying skin. The loosened muscles and often excessive stretch marks results in a “pouch” on the lower stomach that can’t be fixed with diet and exercise alone. Tummy tuck surgery is required to tighten up those muscles and remove that excess skin.

Small Breast Size 

A common concern following breast feeding or weight loss is a reduction in the normal size of your breasts, resulting in a “deflated” look. A breast enlargement, also known as a breast augmentation, is often requested to restore breasts to their pre-pregnancy volume.

Sagging Breasts 

Pregnancy and breast feeding typically causes significant changes in the size of the breasts. This sudden stretching of the breast skin, with the subsequent and inevitable loss of breast volume, typically causes the skin to stretch and the breasts to sag. No amount of exercise can re-tighten that skin or restore lost volume. A breast lift can help restore the breast shape and create a more youthful look.

Small Breast Size and Needing a Lift 

A breast augmentation on its own will not correct breasts that have severely dropped and lost volume post pregnancy. Combining both a breast enlargement with a breast lift during the same operation is the ideal procedure to restore breasts to their former youthfulness.

Breasts – Pregnancy and breast feeding typically causes significant changes in the size of the breasts. This sudden stretching of the breast skin, with the subsequent and inevitable loss of breast volume, typically causes the skin to stretch and the breasts to sag. No amount of exercise can re-tighten that skin or restore lost volume.  A breast lift or mastopexy can be performed to remove the excess skin and “lift” the breasts to reduce the sagging.

Nipples and Areolars – Another common concern caused by pregnancy and breast feeding can be the change in the size and/or shape of the nipples.Some women’s nipples become larger in size, and more protuberant. Nipple reconstructive surgery can be performed to correct this. Additionally, the areolas can become much larger and darker.

Excess Fat – Liposuction can be performed on your legs, thighs, hips and abdomen. “Often, no matter how hard we work at it, fat will stubbornly remain in certain areas of your body”. Liposuction can assist in creating a more flattering version of your already wonderful self.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING YOUR RECOVERY AFTER MUMMY MAKEOVER?

Your Mummy Makeover recovery process will be dictated by the type of procedures that you require. This information can be found in the relevant procedure pages on this website.

WHEN CAN YOU EXPECT THE FINAL RESULTS?

As per any surgery, expect to wait at least 3 months after your surgery before you can truly start to appreciate the new you..
Factors which may affect the longevity of your surgery include things such as future pregnancy, weight loss, weight gain, lifestyle, genetics and the normal process of ageing.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS ATTACHED TO MUMMY MAKEOVER PROCEDURES?

As with any surgery, there are always possible risks and potential complications associated with a post pregnancy makeover. However, they are generally rare and, if they occur, are detected and managed during your post-operative follow-up. The possible complications will depend on exactly what procedures you have done. These details can be found in each relevant page on our website.

Whenever someone is having an anaesthetic, no matter what it’s for, then things can potentially go wrong. That is why no surgery should be considered “minor”. Of course, whilst the chances of the following potential problems occurring are extremely small, you still need to know about then:

  • Anaesthetic Heart, Lung, Stroke
  • Allergic This can be very mild to life threatening.
  • Clots
    • Superficial vein clots, which is a complication of the canula or drip that’s placed in your vein
    • Deep vein clots – these can potentially spread to the lung and be life threatening. We do several things during surgery and after surgery whilst you’re in hospital to minimise the risk of you developing these.
  • Wound problems and bleeding
  • Death – whilst the chances of this is exceeding rare, any of the previous issues can result in this devastating complication.

All these potential problems are standard for any operation, although some operations and some patients have an increased risk of developing them.

WHEN SHOULD IT BE DONE?

Post-pregnancy surgery should not be done until you have allowed time for your body to fully recover (3-6 months after breast feeding is ideal). It is important to diet and exercise to get back to your optimal pre-pregnancy weight.

WHO IS SUITABLE FOR A MUMMY MAKEOVER?

There are many factors to consider before undergoing surgery, such as your current health, the areas of your body you want to improve. The ideal candidate for a mummy makeover Sydney is someone that has lost weight after pregnancy but cannot get rid of stubborn areas of fat and or sagging skin.

 

Mummy Makeover Resources

What is a Mummy Makeover?

How Pregnancy Affects The Body

How Much Does a Mummy Makeover Cost?

Mummy Makeover Recovery

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