A mummy makeover is a combination of surgeries involving the breast, abdomen, waist, hips and thighs aimed to restore the body back to its original shape and appearance before childbearing.
The aim of a mummy makeover is to restore the shape and appearance of a woman's body after pregnancy. Many women notice changes in their bodies after pregnancy and desire the restoration of their previous shape.
A mummy makeover is normally done as a single stage procedure. There are many methods used to perform a mummy makeover and many factors should be taken into consideration when choosing which methods are best:
- What is the desired amount of restoration?
- What are the desired areas of restoration?
- Where would you like the incisions discretely placed?
- Are breast implants or natural breast augmentation alternatives preferred?
Areas of rejuvenation during the Mummy Makeover procedure are the legs, breasts and the tummy, but other areas which are increasing in popularity are eyelid, facial, genital and C-Section scar revision surgery.
Why do people have it?
The main aim for having a mummy makeover procedure is to help restore a more pleasing body shape and appearance, close to the one enjoyed prior to pregnancy and childbirth.
The procedure aims to reverse any unwanted changes, ranging from unmovable 'baby weight', to changes in breast size and shape, excess abdominal skin and undesired genital shape.
Mothers who go through such procedures usually report a corresponding increase in self-confidence and an improved sense of psychological wellbeing.
Typical expected improvements from surgery include:
- Removal of extra abdominal skin and fat.
- Centralization and tightening of the stomach wall muscles.
- Decreasing or restoring breast volume and shape.
- Reducing the visibility of scars and stretch marks.
- Removal of excess fat and skin from areas such as the waist, arms and thighs.
- Rejuvenating the appearance and structure of the vaginal region.
- Increased satisfaction with the overall body shape.
Most commonly procedure combinations include Abdominoplasty, Breast Surgery and Liposuction
Who is suitable?
Mummy makeover surgery is a personal procedure and should only be done if you feel strongly that you would like to restore the appearance of your pre-pregnancy body.
You may be a right candidate for mummy makeover surgery if:
- You are in good mental and physical medical health.
- You’ve reached your ideal body weight.
- You have a positive outlook and realistic expectations of what can be achieved through surgery.
- You are a mother who has experienced body shape and contour changes after one or multiple pregnancies.
- You are done with childbearing.
The procedures usually involved are a breast augmentation and breast lift, a tummy tuck and liposuction. All of these can be combined into a single surgical procedure.
The breast augmentation and lift aim to deliver a firmer breast with better contouring, and can either be done at once or do the lift first and then the augmentation.
For women also in need of a tummy tuck, the excess skin and fat from below umbilicus is taken out and redraped to provide a firmer appearance of the abdomen, while the muscles underneath are recentralized to provide better contouring and appearance. The incision is hidden below the waistline, and the procedure is regularly combined with liposuction to further improve contouring. Typical areas for liposuction include the waist, hips and thighs.
What are the risks?
The majority of these risks are general surgical complications such as:
- Bleeding or Infection
- Poor healing of incisions and scarring
- Fat necrosis or embolism
- Loss of sensation or numbness
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