All women know that their bodies will change during pregnancy. However, not every woman’s body will spring back into shape so easily after pregnancy and breast feeding.
The treatment known as a mummy makeover is actually a combination of different procedures that will address the body concerns of mothers after pregnancy and breastfeeding. This procedure will allow you to enjoy your pre-pregnancy figure again. The most common surgeries that are chosen by women after having children include breast enhancement, whether this is implants or a breast lift, as well as abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck.
A lot of women can lose the youthful appearance of their breasts after breast feeding children, which means there is a loss of volume and loose skin. Through breast augmentation or a breast lift, the chest can be enhanced for the shape that the patient desires.
After pregnancy the area of the body that experiences the most change is definitely the abdomen. In particular, pregnancy causes the skin to stretch and puts pressure onto the muscles. This can lead to loose and sagging skin around the stomach, which cannot be corrected by a healthy diet or exercise.
What happens during a mummy makeover?
Before the surgery, Dr Laniewski will mark the skin to show where the incisions will be on the body. For a breast lift or breast augmentation, incisions will be made on the breasts to allow any excess skin to be removed. For a breast lift, the areolae will be moved to a higher position. If required, incisions will be made to insert implants for augmentation and to improve the shape of the breasts. Every effort is made to minimise the appearance of scarring in the natural creases of the breasts.
For abdominoplasty, an incision will be made across the lower stomach region. The sagging skin will be removed, as well as any excess fat that is present. This will allow the skin to be tightened and for a more contoured abdomen. Again, Dr Laniewski creates incisions in areas where they can be inconspicuous. Any scarring that is visible will fade over time.
As you may be receiving more than one procedure, a mummy makeover can take several hours to complete. This means you can expect surgery to be around four hours depending on the extent of body contouring and each patient’s needs.
Does a mummy makeover hurt?
A mummy makeover is designed not to be a procedure that will hurt patients. Every effort is made to make sure that patients are comfortable and that is why a general anaesthetic is administered before the surgery begins. This means that it is a pain-free procedure and you will not feel a thing. But, you may require some pain relief during your recovery period afterwards.
What can I expect after the procedure?
After a mummy makeover, you can expect there to be some discomfort. Swelling around the area that has been treated is normal and there can be some discolouration and bruising present. In addition, a special garment may have to be worn to help with the recovery time and to prevent excess swelling after surgery. Dr Laniewski will advise you on this during your consultation. You can expect to stay in the hospital for one or two days after a mummy makeover.
There is some downtime associated with a mummy makeover. Most women take time off work and this can be around four weeks. This varies from patient to patient. In addition, strenuous exercise should be avoided for a number of weeks. Most women will be able to return to their normal routine around six weeks after having a mummy makeover.
To appreciate the full benefits of a mummy makeover, it can take around six months when all of the swelling has subsided. But, every patient will be different.
Who is the ideal candidate for a mummy makeover?
Suitable candidates for a mummy makeover include women that would like their body to look like it did before they had children. This can include lifting the breasts and enhancing their shape, as well as getting rid of a sagging stomach that is stubborn and cannot be shifted by a change in diet or exercise regime.
Patients that are considering a mummy makeover should be more than six months past their pregnancy and be in good health. In addition, your weight should be stabilised after having children and back to your ideal body weight so that you can enjoy and sustain the best results from a mummy makeover. Future pregnancy or weight gain can have an effect on the results of a mummy makeover.
If you want to find out more about a mummy makeover and how this treatment may be able to help you, you can contact us today to arrange a consultation with Dr Laniewski.