Mummy Makeover Surgery
Childbirth and pregnancy are miracles of life that women go through regularly. There are multiple changes that your bodies go through, as new moms and while those are the marks of you experiencing the miracle of life, it is normal for you to want to go back to your body before the pregnancy. Depending on the changes you have gone through, you may want to change some aspects of the body to bounce back and get back to your pre-pregnancy body. Cosmetic and plastic surgery is one of the best ways to do so but undergoing multiple procedures may be difficult.
However, with advancements in the field of medicine and surgery, there is now a solution to your problems and it is called a mommy makeover. A mommy makeover is a set of surgical procedures that can help you get back to your pre-pregnancy body all the while experiencing the joy of being a mom.
What is a Mummy Makeover Procedure?
A mummy makeover procedure is a plastic surgery procedure that consists of different surgical procedures, all of which are performed with the purpose of improving the natural contours of the body to enhance the physique to reach the pre-pregnancy body. The surgical procedures included under this umbrella terms are:
- Breast lift which helps improve the appearance of the breasts as the breast size undergoes significant fluctuations during and after the pregnancy. This surgical procedure includes the removal of excess skin from the breast to give the breasts a spry and perky appearance. Nipple repositioning may also be performed, depending on the extent of sagging of the breasts.
- Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty targets the main problem area; abdomen. Depending on the extent of the procedure, flank, hips, and thighs may also be targeted and natural contours may be enhanced. This procedure also includes the removal of excess saggy skin from the abdominal and hip regions. This results in enhanced natural contours of the abdomen with tightened skin and muscles if needed.
- Liposuction to get rid of the stubborn fat that just won’t go away, no matter what you do.
- Labiaplasty to correct the irregularities of the labia, which undergoes significant changes during childbirth. This procedure helps reduce the size of the labia minora, which are the flaps that cover the vaginal opening. They tend to enlarge and stretch during childbirth, which is a cause of discomfort for many women
These procedures may be combined and performed simultaneously after your body has healed from the intensive childbirth process. However, it is never recommended to stay under the effects of anesthesia for long periods of time.
This means that undergoing more than one procedure at the same time may be difficult, especially if you are undergoing extensive surgery which will require a long period of time. Consultation with your doctor will help you decide which procedures need to be performed and what’s the safest way to perform these procedures to produce the best results without compromising your health.
What are the benefits of the Mummy Makeover Procedure?
The mommy makeover procedure helps you bounce back from your post-pregnancy body and give you the confidence boost you deserve. There are many physical, social, and mental benefits of undergoing the mummy procedure as those aspects are burdened by the changes of the body as a result of pregnancy and childbirth.
Physically, the mummy procedure results in the tightening of abdominal skin with repaired abdominal muscles that make your abdominal region look taut and well sculpted. It also lifts your breasts to give them a youthful appearance all the while reducing stubborn fat from your body using liposuction.
The physical benefits of the procedure result in increased self-worth and improved self-image, which is bound to increase your confidence and make you feel good, mentally. This newfound confidence along with an improved physique gives you the freedom to dress as you wish without feeling insecure about your looks. Moreover, the procedure helps you improve your personal and social relationships as you will have more confidence to put yourself out there, thanks to your newly contoured body.
What to Expect During the Mummy Makeover Procedure
Your mummy makeover procedure journey begins with a consultation with your plastic surgeon. During this consultation, your surgeon will assess your physical situation and recommend the best surgical choice for you. The surgeon may recommend either a combination of surgeries or just one surgical procedure. It is also during this step that you can ask your surgeon about any risks and complications associated with a procedure and explain to your surgeon what are the results you are expecting from the procedure.
Day of the surgery you will be put under either using general anesthesia or local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. The decision regarding this will also be made during the consultation period. During the procedure, your surgeon will make incisions that can be easily hidden in the natural contours or the bikini line. After the procedure is completed, your surgeon will suture the incisions and that marks the end of the procedure. You will be sent home the same day, or the next day depending on any complications that may have arisen during the procedure.
Recovery after Mommy Makeover Procedure
Recovery from mommy makeover takes approximately four weeks to six weeks. This is preferred especially if you are undergoing multiple procedures at the same time as that means you will only undergo a recovery period once.
During the recovery period, your body is going to be swollen, with marked bruising and slight discomfort. Your surgeon will prescribe you pain management medications to overcome the pain and in some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent an infection.
You should spend the first week resting, with minimal physical activity and no strenuous activities that can put a strain on your incisions. From the second week to the third week onwards, you can perform light exercises keeping in mind not to put pressure on the scars. Light activity includes brisk walks and other similar activities.
From week four to week six, you can begin performing physical activities and get back to your daily life activities, after receiving the all green from your surgeon.
During the entire recovery period, you should refrain from smoking and drinking, especially during the period where you are taking pain management medications and antibiotics. Smoking increases the risk of infections which can affect the wound structure and even cause separation of the incisions. This can result in severe scarring that is visible on the body.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Mummy Makeover?
An ideal candidate for a mummy makeover procedure is someone who meets the following criteria:
- Has excess skin after pregnancy either in the abdominal region or breasts resulting in saggy breasts. Or if they suffer from stretched labia minora.
- Is inconvenienced by the extra weight and changes in the body as a result of pregnancy
- Want to go back to their pre-pregnancy body
- Understand the risks and complications of the procedure and that the results also depend on proper care taken during the recovery period.
- Is physically healthy and mentally healthy
- Is undergoing the procedure for themselves and not to fit into a trend or for others
- Is not planning any future pregnancies
- Is at stable and ideal weight
- Is a non-smoker
- Has recovered from childbirth or has given birth a minimum of six months before the surgery.
Risks and Complications of Mummy Makeover
Mummy makeover is an umbrella term for other plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures which, like other surgical procedures, have several risks and complications associated with them. It is important for you to know them and understand them so that you can make an informed decision about the procedure.
The common side effects of the procedures included in a mommy makeover include:
- Allergic reaction to anesthesia
- Bleeding from the incision
- Hematoma or fluid collection near the incision
- Pus-like discharge at the incision site
- Persistent swelling
- Temporary numbness and loss of sensation
- Persistent pain
- Excess bruising and discoloration
- Wound separation
Will Medicare Fund my Mummy Makeover Procedure?
Medicare is the national insurance program that generally funds surgical procedures that are medically necessary and without this procedure, there may be long-term health complications or even death. Mummy makeover procedure is a combination of surgical procedures that are performed mostly for cosmetic purposes which means that Medicare is not going to fund the procedure or reimburse you for it.
However, it is worth noting that while a tummy tuck is not covered by Medicare programs, a panniculectomy procedure is. This procedure includes the removal of excess skin from the lower abdominal region and due to the potential for irritation of skin and infections, this procedure is deemed medically necessary.
Similarly, labiaplasty may also be medically necessary if the stretching of the labia is causing you physical pain, discomfort, and itching. These often are bound to happen as a result of low hanging labia and if you can get a doctor’s note supporting the presence of these symptoms, you are going to be able to get reimbursed for your labiaplasty procedure by Medicare.
Why Choose Dr Richard Sackelariou?
Dr Richard Sackelariou is a renowned plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. He is highly skilled and has worked in England, Paris, and Sydney, learning and improving his techniques as he went along. Dr Sackelariou specialises in face, nose, breast and body surgery for women and men.
Recommendation: Choose a FRACS recognised Specialist Plastic Surgeon who has expertise in your chosen procedure.
Celebrities who underwent the Mummy Makeover
Many celebrities have undergone the mummy makeover procedure after their pregnancies to go back to their pre-pregnancy body. Some of these A-listers are mentioned below:
- Queen Naija
- Cardi B
- Ayesha Curry
- Tiny Harris
- Teyana Taylor
- Mimi Faust
- Wendy Williams
- Kelly Rowland
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a mummy makeover take?
Mummy makeover procedure can take anywhere between an hour to four hours, depending on the procedures you are choosing to undergo. However, it isn’t recommended to undergo this procedure with a longer duration as the risk of complications and side effects due to anesthesia increase significantly.
Do mummy makeovers last?
Mummy makeovers are generally known for their permanent results, however, those results may not last if your weight fluctuates significantly or if you decide to get pregnant again. This is why the requirement for this procedure is for you to be done having children and have a stable weight.
Is a mummy makeover done all at once?
The procedures may be performed together but due to the fact that longer surgeries have an increased risk of anesthesia-related complications, the procedures may not be performed together if they are estimated to take more than approximately four hours. Depending on how extensively each procedure needs to be performed, your surgeon will decide whether the procedures can be performed simultaneously or alone.
How long are you sore after a mummy makeover?
Soreness and swelling after the mummy makeover procedure subsides within a week, or even less. You can take over-the-counter medications or prescribed pain management medications to help you with the soreness.
What does a tummy tuck scar look like?
A tummy tuck scar is a thin incision that is usually made at the level where your lower abdomen meets the pubic region. The scar is easily hidden by your underwear or bikini bottoms.
When is the best time to get a mummy makeover?
You can get a mummy makeover only after a minimum of six months have passed since you gave birth. It is the ideal time as your body has had a chance to heal from the birthing process and can now undergo other surgical procedures.
Is Mommy makeover covered by health insurance?
Mummy makeover is not generally covered by health insurance as it is a cosmetic procedure and not a medically necessary procedure. But some aspects of it may be reimbursed if you can prove that they are medically necessary and are a cause of discomfort for you.
Are Mummy Makeovers worth it?
Mummy makeovers are a great way for you to feel like yourself after giving birth, and they have several social, physical, and mental benefits that make the procedure worth it for the patients. Book a consultation today to find out more about the procedure.
Are there any risks?
It is important to understand your risks of surgery are and what you can do to minimise or prevent them. However, it’s important to state that some complications and surgery risks may occur randomly, despite having chosen the best surgeon, top hospital and best practice procedure and wound care. Despite evidence-based medicine, all surgery carries risks.
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Where to Start
Achieving the body image you want is not always as easy as having a procedure, it is often just the part of the journey.
It is also important to ensure you are well aware of what each procedure involves, and whether or not it is the treatment for you.
Do your research, read the website pages and look at the Before and After Photo Gallery. Check and consider the qualifications and experience of your chosen surgeon or doctor.
Book a Consultation with Dr Sackelariou in Melbourne or Sydney. A caring discussion with a Plastic Surgeon about all your options can really help. The best thing is to start with a phone enquiry and consider having a Consultation with Dr Sackelariou.