Mummy Makeover Sydney
Giving birth and caring for your children can be one of the biggest joys in a mother’s 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” (MM) is a colloquial term used to describe a combination of procedures meant to address those effects of pregnancy that cannot be reversed through diet and exercise alone. A typical “mummy makeover” would include a tummy tuck combined with a breast enhancement procedure such as a breast augmentation or possibly a breast lift (with or without an implant). However, a MM is a non-specific term and can include a number of other surgical procedures designed to address other concerns the patient may have.
A mummy makeover is not just for recent mums, with many women waiting several years before deciding to undergo treatment.
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WHAT IS MUMMY MAKEOVER SURGERY?
Post pregnancy procedures designed to address the sometimes significant changes to your body are dubbed as “mummy makeovers” and are typically a combination of multiple operations, particularly surgery of the breast and abdomen following pregnancy. The severe stress placed on the body during pregnancy can cause damage to the underlying abdominal wall muscles and skin, along with significant changes to the breasts.
The breasts may require reduction, lifting. and/or augmentation with an implant.
The abdomen can be recosntructed with an abdominoplasty procedure (tummy tuck), with or without liposuction.
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 and sagging, whilst the abdominal issues include muscle separation, excess skin, stretch marks, overhang, belly button hernias and caesarean scar problems.
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YOUR MUMMY MAKEOVER SYDNEY CONSULTATION WITH DR DONA
In your first visit to our Sydney plastic surgeon, you will be able to discuss your concerns with Dr Eddy Dona. Dr Dona will perform a physical examination to assess and advise you on your options, taking into consideration your concerns and expectations. You’ll also get the opportunity to discuss with Dr Dona any questions you have in relation to your post-pregnancy surgery.
Although the term ‘mummy makeover’ refers to addressing 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. You can 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?
The tummy tuck procedure is one of the most common surgeries done in Australia, second only to breast surgeries. Pregnancy, weight fluctuations and the aging process can result in damaged muscles, damaged and scarred skin, excess skin and stubborn fat accumulation around our midsections. Also, ‘love handles’ often do not respond to exercise or dieting.
Abdominoplasty surgery, also referred to as a ‘tummy tuck’, is a surgical procedure that successfully reconstructs the midsection for a tighter body contour. The procedure can also repair weakened and separated abdominal muscles, further tightening the stomach. Abdominoplasty can sometimes improve two of the most common physical complaints experienced by women after labour and delivery— back pain and incontinence.
There are many variations of the tummy tuck including a traditional, Fleur De Lis, Open Book Tummy Tuck and mini tummy tuck to name a few. These different variations are designed to treat patients according to their individual 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, also referred to as bilateral augmentation mammoplasty (BAM), 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 provides perkier, fuller breasts. This procedure may also restore breast volume, shape and symmetry after pregnancy or extensive weight loss.
Mastopexy, also known as breast lift surgery, is a surgical procedure that lifts and reshapes 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 with an improved shape.
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
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 with these areas.
Mummy Makeover Recovery
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.
Your post-operative plan will be very detailed and will involve multiple weekly in-clinic post-operative care visits with our amazing nursing team, that will continue for a minimum of three weeks. Unlike most Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinics, we integrate light-based therapy into your post-operative wound healing journey. Light therapy is designed to expedite the healing process by way of helping your body reabsorb fluid faster and to reduce inflammation. Given that swelling and inflammation are the main cause of pain, you will find your post-surgery recovery far more comfortable. In addition, light therapy will promote healing cells, used to mature your surgical scars much faster thus, providing the best possible scar formation.
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 results.
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?
Specific Complications – The possible complications will depend on exactly what procedures you have done. These details can be found in each relevant page on our website.
General Complications – 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 issues – which can affect heart, lungs or cause strokes
- Allergic reactions – This can be very mild to life threatening.
- Superficial vein clots, which is a complication of the cannula 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 – such as infection and breakdown
- Bleeding – early or late
- 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 breastfeeding 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.
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