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Mummy Makeover Recovery

Mummy Makeover |  Dr Eddy Dona

Sun 19th Jun 2022

Many new mothers struggle with self-confidence issues after giving birth. Postpartum women experience a lot, and the physical and mental struggles that come with a changing body, paired with the stresses of childbirth, can be a heavy burden. Many women opt for a ‘’Mummy Makeover’’, to help get them back to their pre-pregnancy bodies. In this blog, we’ll dive into the details of a Mummy Makeover, and explain the recovery process that’s required to heal effectively.

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 Is A Mummy Makeover?

This type of surgery 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 can help with issues such as the stretching of the stomach muscles and skin, thighs, breasts, and other areas can lead to stretch marks, excess fatty tissue and loose sagging skin. 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.

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.

It is common for the two muscles that run parallel down the middle of your stomach to elongate and separate to accommodate your growing baby during pregnancy. This is known as diastasis recti or divarication.

After the birth, the abdominal muscles may become weaker and appear overstretched, leaving you with a sagging or bulging stomach and stretched skin that cannot retract. Along with the stretched-out skin, excessive fatty deposits between the muscles and organs, and weakened muscles, this separation can also contribute to incontinence, lower back pain, hernias and the stubborn pooch that sticks around long after giving birth. During the procedure, Dr Dona will tighten the abdominal wall muscles with several lawyers of internal stitches to create a flatter stomach and more defined curves.

Throughout pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, your breasts have probably swelled, stretched and seeped more times than you want to think about. Even after you’ve given birth or finished weaning, you may notice that your breasts look different than before, including size, shape and appearance.

When the nursing period ends, the breasts typically shrink to their near-original size. However, the breasts may then appear to be deflated, stretched and sagging as the skin loses its elasticity and may struggle to contract completely around your smaller breasts.

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.

In breast augmentation surgery, the implant will be placed behind the breast, either between the breast tissue and the chest muscle or behind the pectoralis major (large chest muscle). Each position and type of implant has its advantages and disadvantages. Dr Eddy Dona will discuss the options with you and recommend which option is most suitable for your situation.

 

How To Prepare For Your Surgery

Any person undergoing any surgery needs to be fit and healthy and have realistic expectations of the results and a clear understanding of the potential complications. Also, you must be fully aware of all the potential complications and risks associated with the chosen operation.

There are certain steps that you can take before undergoing a surgery that will make recovery easier:

  • 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.
  • Make sure to get extra pillows (we recommend a full body pillow) so that you will be completely supported while you rest.
  • Rely on your spouse, friends or relatives to help you. As your activity will be significantly limited for some time, it’s important to have a network that can be relied on to help you out with care and tasks.

 

What Happens on The Day of Surgery

The day before your surgery you will receive a call from the hospital to confirm what time you need to come in and any pre-surgical requirements such as fasting before your operation. When you arrive at the hospital on the day of your surgery you will be checked in and directed to the pre-surgical waiting area.

Just before your surgery, you will be taken to the anesthetic bay where Dr Dona will have one last chat before your surgery and remind you of what to expect once you wake up after your mummy makeover procedure. Dr Dona will also draw the tentative markings on your body, where he will be performing the procedures.

Finally, you will see the anesthetist that will talk to you about the anesthetic and any medications that you will be taking after your surgery before you are taken into the operating theatre for your mummy makeover.

Mummy Makeover Recovery Process

Your mummy makeover recovery process will vary depending on which combination of plastic surgery procedures you choose to undergo, for this article we will focus on the recovery process for the most common form of mummy makeover which includes a breast augmentation and tummy tuck

Most patients that undergo a tummy tuck as part of their mummy makeover will need to spend two days in hospital for the inital postoperative surgery however, some patients may benefit from another day or two in hospital. Many women claim they find the experience and discomfort like that after a caesarean, with the first 24 hours being the least pleasant. You’re attached to all these tubes, largely confined to bed, sometimes feeling a little nauseous, and not the most comfortable in the world. This is when most patients question their sanity and wonder why they’ve done this to themselves and paid for it as well. Rest assured, this is normal, fortunately very short lived, and settles down. And before too long, once you start to appreciate the results, you’ll probably be wondering why you didn’t do it sooner!

Once you are discharged from the hospital and are ready to go home, you will be quite sore around your chest and abdomen where the surgical incisions are, you will likely be quite hunched over from the muscle tightening that is performed with a tummy tuck, this is completely normal. Don’t try to straighten up because you are feeling tight for a very good reason, your skin has been tightened and usually so have your muscles. Of course, those who have not required any muscle tightening, are generally far more comfortable but will still feel tight.

 

The First Two Weeks

During the first two weeks, while you are at home resting and recovering from your surgery, you will need to spend the majority of your time resting in a comfortable position to reduce any potential strain on your incision wounds. It is still important to get up and move around every now and then throughout the day to promote bloodflow to the incision wounds and gradually increase your mobility.

You can shower when you return home after surgery and have water simply run over your dressings, but leave your dressing intact and simply pat them dry after the shower. Showering is fine, submerging yourself in water such as a bath or swimming is not allowed until 3 weeks post-op at which stage you no longer have any wound dressings on and your wounds are dry and healing nicely.

At your one-week post-op clinic appointment, all your dressings are removed and any sutures are removed. Dressings are then reapplied and these remain intact for another two weeks until you return to our clinic for your 3 week post-op appointment.

As well as adhering to the above timelines, be sure to implement some of the following tips to accelerate a healthy healing journey accordingly:

  • Eat nutritious meals and drink lots of water or fluids to help speed up your recovery time. Post-surgery, you body is vulnerable and susceptible to infection, so eating well and nourishing your body will help prevent this.
  • Avoid foods that are high in sodium and minimize alcohol consumption (never mix alcohol and pain relievers).
  • Refrain from smoking or being exposed to secondhand smoke during your recovery. This prevents complications that can extend your recovery.
  • Rest up: post-surgery, your body will be craving lots of rest and recovery. Don’t feel guilty about taking adequate rest time, and sleep for more hours if your body is telling you to!

 

Three Weeks After Surgery

By three weeks after your surgery, you should be able to straighten up, sometimes it might take longer so don’t force yourself, feel free to increase your short walking distance, keeping a steady walking pace and avoiding power walks or runs for the time being.

Three to four weeks after your mummy makeover surgery you will likely be cleared to return to light officework/hospitality workplace duties after your three-week consultation, during this time you will be able to spend a lot more moving around. However, it is still important to avoid any physical activities that strain your abdominal muscles until at least six weeks

At your three week post-op visit to our clinic all your dressings are removed and they stay off. We will talk to you about scar care and what to do to end up with the best possible scar, keeping in mind that it takes 12 months for the scar to fully mature. What we would want to see at this stage is a fine white line.

 

Six Weeks After Surgery

After spending the first few weeks after your surgery taking it easy around the house with very light exercise, you will likely be eager to return to your normal routines. At six weeks, you can begin the process of gradually returning to your normal day-to-day activities. You will still be quite sore and swollen around your abdomen, but this is the stage when you are safe to return to your regular lifestyle at your own pace. It is important that you let common sense prevail throughout all stages of your recovery

A lot of the swelling will have settled and you can really start to appreciate how things are going to look. This is also when you can go out and be fitted for new bras.

Recovery from your tummy tuck surgery will still take some time as you will still be quite sore and swollen around your abdomen, but this is the stage when you are safe to return to your regular lifestyle at your own pace

When To Expect The Final Results

Like with any surgery, you will experience swelling in the areas that have been operated on for the first few weeks.  The combination of procedures that you undergo will determine when you will be able to see the final results. Breast augmentation is a straightforward procedure that takes up to 2 hours. The tummy tuck is a much more personalised procedure that is tailored to the individual depending on the amount of excess skin needing to be removed and the level of muscle tightening required. A tummy tuck can take Dr Dona up to 5 hours to be performed.

After six weeks you will be able to start returning back to your normal day-to-day activities, a lot of the swelling will have settled and you can really start to appreciate how things are going to look. This is also when you can go out and be fitted for new bras.

Recovery from your tummy tuck surgery will still take some time as you will still be quite sore and swollen around your abdomen, but this is the stage when you are safe to return to your regular lifestyle at your own pace.

At the six-month mark, you will be able to fully appreciate the final results of your mummy makeover surgery. Your breasts will have fully settled into position and any swelling or tightness around your abdomen from your tummy tuck will have resolved. Any scarring will be quite red, this will take at least 12 months for the scar to fade and you can expect to see improvements in scar colouration over two years after your operation

 

Summary

We hope you have enjoyed reading and learning about the Mummy Makeover surgery and recovery process. If you are considering undergoing Mummy Makeover surgery, hopefully reading our blog post will help you make an informed and educated decision about the procedure and give you a realistic guideline on what to expect from the recovery process.

If you would like to discover more about undergoing a Mummy Makeover procedure, or simply have some questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to our clinic. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you on your surgery journey!

Learn More About; Mummy Makeover

  1. What is a Mummy Makeover
  2. Combining Multiple Plastic Surgery Procedures
  3. How Pregnancy Affects The Body
  4. Does Breastfeeding affect implants?
  5. How Much Does a Mummy Makeover Cost?