The mummy makeover is a multiple surgical procedure which is designed to restore a woman’s curves after she has completed child birth and breast feeding. Some women are fortunate enough to have elastic skin and muscles that enable them to automatically return to their previous attractive physique. But for some, their breasts may have sagged excessively due to breastfeeding and the stretched and enlarged abdomen, thighs, hips and legs that can occur during pregnancy and after child birth seem to stay for good. A mummy makeover is the best solution to regain a woman’s alluring figure.
The typical mummy makeover procedure is a combination of abdominal and breast surgeries. The abdominoplasty focuses on eradicating the accumulated fat around the tummy and waist in order to flatten and bring back the body’s contour. The breast surgery on the other hand aims to lift the breasts that have sagged due to breast feeding. An implant may also be used if there has been too much breast volume lost or the breast has deflated.
Before creating an incision either for the breast or abdomen, a general anaesthesia is applied.
An incision is made around the nipple and is extended vertically down the inframammary fold in order to elevate the nipple and areola. The surgeon will determine how long the incision has to go which would depend upon the amount of skin laxity and the distance of lift needed.
On the abdominal procedure, it may be just a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck. In a mini tummy tuck, the cut is made on the lower part of the abdomen without touching the belly button. The full tummy tuck procedure will require an additional incision to be made around the umbilicus, a longer transverse abdominal incision may also be necessary.
A liposuction is often performed together with the main abdominal procedure to better enhance the contour the waists and hips.
Risks and Complications
Blood transfusion during operation (very rare)
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How does the mommy makeover procedure last?
It would last from 3 to 5 hours depending on the procedures needed.
2. How long is the recovery period?
The patient should be on bed rest for a couple of days. After 2 weeks, one can do walking and some easy tasks. After 5 to 6 weeks, you could consider more vigorous activities. Full recovery would be approximately 8 weeks.
3. How long after giving birth should I consider undergoing a mummy makeover procedure?
You should first try to go back to your original weight and shape before undergoing a mommy makeover. A good guideline would be after 6 months except if you are still breastfeeding.