Your body goes through a number of changes during and after pregnancy. Choosing to breastfeed means your breasts may appear droopy because of the volume loss. The abdomen is another area that is affected by a loss of elasticity.
To restore your pre-pregnancy body, a mummy makeover incorporates several different procedures. These procedures are designed to have a contouring and tightening effect on the areas that are most affected by pregnancy.
Procedures included in a mummy makeover
The surgical procedures included in a mummy makeover will depend on what you want to achieve. Typically, the procedures included are:
- breast lift—often combined with breast implants
- tummy tuck
Some women even choose to combine surgical procedures with a series of non-surgical cosmetic treatments to achieve their desired outcome.
The ideal candidate for a mummy makeover is someone who is at a healthy weight and has completed their family.
At your consultation with Dr Doyle, he will assess your needs and discuss the options available to you. You will be asked a number of questions with regard to your health as well as your aesthetic goals. You will spend about 40 minutes with Dr Doyle and meet with his client advisor who will go into more details about the procedures that have been recommended.
To complete your mummy makeover, a general anaesthetic will be required and possibly an overnight stay. The duration of your surgery will be determined by the procedures you’re choosing to undergo. During your surgery, any incisions will be strategically placed to ensure that any scarring is kept to a minimum. If you won’t be staying over in hospital, you will be taken to a recovery room where you still spend several hours. Drains may be placed underneath the skin to remove any excess fluid after your procedure. From there, someone will need to drive you home. Your drains will be removed a few days later at Dr Doyle’s offices.
Mummy makeover recovery and results
In most instances, patients will need to spend at least a week to 10 days at home. In terms of regular activities, any exercise can only be resumed after six weeks. Dr Doyle will provide you with specific aftercare instructions that should be carefully followed to achieve the ideal outcome. This will include how to care for your wounds and steps you can take to make your recovery more comfortable. Patients may also need to wear a compression garment for six weeks to reduce swelling.
If you are worried about scarring, know that all scars naturally fade over time. There are also specific steps you can take to keep scarring to a minimum. Keeping your incision sites protected from harmful UV rays, even after they’ve healed, is one way to prevent noticeable scarring. Patients can also use silicone gel sheets and massage techniques as a way to reduce scars after a mummy makeover.
The results of a mummy makeover will take several months to appear. Depending on the types of procedures you included, you will see a noticeable difference directly after surgery. It’s important to wait until all swelling and bruising has subsided before you decide whether you’re happy with your outcome. In terms of how long your results will last, this will depend on your lifestyle and whether you choose to grow your family later on. Age will also still affect your body, which may result in the need for additional procedures later in life.
How much does a mummy makeover cost?
The cost of a mummy makeover is different for all patients. Not all patients have the same requirements and not all procedures need to be included in the final surgery. Anaesthetist, surgeon and hospital fees will also need to be factored into the final cost. Since a mummy makeover is mostly cosmetic, it won’t always qualify for a Medicare rebate. This possibility can be discussed with Dr Doyle during your consultation once your specific needs have been assessed.
If you would like further information on the mummy makeover or would like to arrange a consultation head over to our enquiry form or call us on (07) 5598 0988.