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.
What happens to your body during pregnancy?
Any mother who has given birth will vouch for the beauty of bringing life into the world. But there are many bodily changes that new mums don’t know about. Particularly the toll that giving birth takes on your body. Your pregnancy will see your body undergo a massive amount of change and after giving birth, your body will begin to alter one again. This can take both a physical and emotional toll, leaving you looking different to how you did before the baby.
A few days after you give birth, your breasts will begin to swell. They may grow even bigger than they were during pregnancy because your hormones are preparing your breasts to begin producing milk to feed your baby with. Once your milk comes in, they will also feel quite hard and likely feel tender and sore. Once you begin breastfeeding regularly, the discomfort usually goes away. You will also likely get stretch marks on your breasts because of all that swelling that they are doing. If you are not breastfeeding, this pain may last until your breasts stop producing milk which will usually take a few days. Once the milk is gone, whether you breastfeed or not, it is likely that your breasts will lose density and tissue size, resulting in an aesthetic that is quite different to what you are used to.
Weight gain and loss
Pregnancy does literally require eating for two. Some women also do naturally put on weight during pregnancy due to hormones. As soon as you give birth, your body will begin changing and during the first week you are likely to lose 1 – 2 kilograms of just water weight alone due to increased perspiration and urination. Breastfeeding will also add to your weight loss, burning an extra 300 – 500 calories a day. Though you may feel hungry, to compensate for this energy burning, you will still likely lose weight from the breast feeding. You may also have stretch marks on your belly from where your skin was stretched during the pregnancy. They may also occur on your thighs, hips and bottom and will usually fade over time.
For the first two weeks after giving birth (sometimes longer) your belly will look quite baggy. This is because it needed to expand to accommodate your baby and now no longer needs to be that stretched. Again, breastfeeding is especially helpful as it can help to tighten the loose skin and as your uterus contracts, your stomach will begin to return to its old shape. A healthy diet and with the OK from your physician, some gentle exercise will help you to get your muscles back to the way that they were before. Some moms are unfortunately unable to be rid of the excess skin which leaves them feeling unhappy with their appearance and unable to remove it through any other form but surgery.
This is where Dr Doyle from Gold Coast Plastic Surgery can help. A Mummy Makeover is ideal for women who are done having children and are near their ideal weight but still battling the after-effects of childbirth. A Mummy Makeover is a package deal that combats all of the problem areas that new moms may be struggling with.
Popular Mummy Makeover Procedures include
The surgical procedures included in a mommy makeover will depend on what you want to achieve. Typically, the procedures included are:
- breast lift surgery — with or without breast implants (breast lift with implants)
- tummy tuck
Some women even choose to combine surgical procedures with a series of non-surgical cosmetic treatments to achieve their desired makeover outcome.
1. Breast lift
Once you have finished breastfeeding, your breasts will likely have loose skin and sag a little more than they did before. A breast lift is an ideal solution to be rid of any drooping and obtain that nice natural shape once more. If you have lost a lot of volume or would like a fuller breast size, then breast implants are recommended. Dr Doyle will work hard to ensure that they look as natural and as beautiful as possible.
The weight loss that occurs after childbirth is not always enough or as much as women would like to see. Sometimes there are more stubborn areas of excess fat that even exercise can’t get rid of. This is where liposuction would become an option, to remove that layer of fat below the skin. We do suggest that you first reach your goal weight or as close to it as possible as this is not a sole fat-loss solution but rather a tool to assist you with the more difficult areas.
3. Tummy tuck
As can be expected, your belly will have undergone a lot of stretching during pregnancy. For most women, the stomach will return back to its previous shape but there are instances of excess skin that cannot return back to normal. The ideal solution for this loose skin is a tummy tuck wherein the skin will actually be removed and sewn back together to help your belly return to its normal shape. This is not a weight-loss technique but rather the solution for excess skin that cannot return back to its old position.
Obviously, these procedures will all be selected according to your personal post-birth needs and dependant on your end goal.
Who is suitable for a Mummy Makeover – Am I an Ideal candidate for post-pregnancy surgery?
The ideal candidate for a mummy makeover is someone who is at a healthy weight and has completed their family.
At your initial 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.
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Mommy Makeover Before and Afters
What happens during a Mummy Makeover surgical procedure?
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 John Flynn Private 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.
Recovery after Mummy makeover surgery
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.
Longer-term results of 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 have 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? Prices and Fees for a Mummy Makeover
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 mommy 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.
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Next Steps – Your appointment for a Mummy Makeover
Once you book an appointment with Dr Doyle, he will be able to accurately assess your needs and discuss the most suitable options available to you. You will spend about 40 minutes with Dr Doyle and also see his Client Advisor who will go into more details about the procedures that have been recommended.