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What is a Mummy Makeover?

A ' Mummy Makeover’ is a term used to describe a combination of procedures that a patient may undergo postpartum to restore and rejuvenate the body. The female body undergoes many changes during pregnancy and breastfeeding and for some women, these changes can lead to low self-esteem and low confidence.

May 17th, 2022 |Ask an Expert

Here at MYA, we understand the demands of motherhood and the toll pregnancy can have on the body. Exercise and diet can play a part in restoring the postpartum body, however, there are some physical changes that are resistant to diet and exercise, and these can typically only be improved with cosmetic surgery.  

The natural changes that occur following pregnancy and breastfeeding are typically centred around the breasts and abdomen. Patients may experience weight gain, loose excess skin, breast ptosis (sagging), stretch marks or a c-section overhang or c-section scarring following childbirth. Some women may also experience the separation of abdomen muscles or excess and asymmetrical labia skin following vaginal childbirth.  

A Mummy Makeover is gaining popularity in the UK. Whilst adding to a patient’s general comfort, a mummy makeover can prove very beneficial and have a positive impact on a patient’s self-esteem. 

What’s included in a Mummy Makeover? 

A Mummy Makeover is not a one size fits all procedure; it typically includes a combination of the below procedures and is tailored to the individual. Depending on the surgeon’s recommendations, the procedure may be carried out in 1 or 2 stages.  

  • Breast Enlargement – Breasts may lose volume following breastfeeding and pregnancy. If skin quality is good and the breasts haven’t dropped, a breast enlargement is an option to enhance the shape and size of the breasts with the placement of breast implants.  

  • Breast Uplift – The hormone changes in pregnancy and volume changes in breasts during breastfeeding can cause breasts to drop below their pre-pregnancy position. If the lower pole of the breast has dropped and/or the nipple placement has dropped, then a breast uplift procedure is often recommended. This procedure lifts sagging breasts by correcting the shape and size of the breasts and nipples. Many patients choose to combine this procedure with a breast enlargement to replace volume lost during pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

  • Implant Removal & Reaugmentation – Body and weight changes during pregnancy or breastfeeding can change the shape of breasts and sometimes implants may not sit on the chest wall as they previously did. Often a breast implant removal and reaugmentation is recommended. This procedure removes the current implants, the breast pocket is repaired, and new breast implants are placed. If the breasts dropped during pregnancy or breastfeeding, the procedure may be performed in conjunction with a breast uplift. 

  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) – Some women’s bodies never fully recover from the abdominal growth during pregnancy. Skin quality, lifestyle choices (smoking, diet, sun exposure) and genetics all have a part to play in the amount of skin leftover following pregnancy. Some women may have a C-section overhang or ‘shelf’ following surgery, while some don’t. An abdominoplasty (more commonly known as a tummy tuck) removes loose excess skin and fat from the stomach, tightening the muscles to create a flatter abdomen. This procedure is often combined with liposuction to help sculpt the body.  

  • Fat Removal (Liposuction) – The female body naturally gains additional weight during pregnancy to provide energy to breastfeed following childbirth. Some women gain more than others and sometimes excess fat just won’t shift after giving birth. Liposuction surgery reshapes areas of the body by removing fat deposits from beneath the skin. 

  • Labiaplasty – The labia minora often has increased blood flow during pregnancy and childbirth and will swell. As skin is elastic, it often retracts back to its normal size following childbirth but sometimes the labia can remain stretched. A labiaplasty procedure reduces the amount of excess tissue around the labia minora creating a more symmetrical and neater appearance.  

    For more detailed information on the mummy makeover procedures available, click here.  

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How much does a Mummy Makeover cost in the UK? 

MYA’s specialist surgeons are experts in their field; your MYA surgeon will recommend a care package that is individually tailored to your physical requirements and desired outcome. The cost of a Mummy Makeover may vary depending on the number of procedures you undergo. You will receive a fixed price following your surgeon consultation, which includes our comprehensive aftercare plan.

The cost of a Mummy Makeover can start from £3,995. Prices are not fixed and may vary:

  • Breast Enlargement cost from £5,795 

  • Breast Uplift (Mastopexy) cost from £6,995 

  • Implant Removal & Reaugmentation cost from £6,845 

  • Tummy Tuck cost from £7,095 

  • Liposuction cost from £3,995 

  • Labiaplasty cost from £4,495 

For more information on the cost of cosmetic surgery procedures with MYA, click here.  

Mummy Makeover FAQs 

  • How long does a Mummy Makeover take? Depending on care plan, your surgeon recommends and the combination of procedures you undergo, the procedure can take 3-5 hours in theatre. You will be required to stay for 1-2 nights in one of our MYA hospitals to recover and your procedure may take place over two separate dates.  

  • Can I have two cosmetic surgery procedures at the same time? It is possible to undergo two different procedures at the same time, however, this will depend on your surgeon’s recommendations and the procedures you are considering.  

  • Is a Mummy Makeover safe? As a mother, we understand your concerns with safety. No surgical procedure is without risk; however, MYA take provide high-quality care and standards at every touch point of your journey. Your MYA surgeon will discuss the risks and complications with you ahead of your procedure and the clinical team are on hand to answer any questions. 

  • Do I need to lose weight before a Mummy Makeover? We recommend that patients are within a stone of their ideal weight. The reason we say this is because your body shape will change when your weight fluctuates, meaning your procedure results may change too. Our surgeons will only want to consult you if you are within a stone of your ideal weight. We also require our patients meet our surgical criteria and be fit and healthy for surgery, this includes being within a certain clinical BMI range.  

  • How soon after childbirth can I have a Mummy Makeover? You can be consulted for a Mummy Makeover procedure with MYA 6 months after childbirth and 6 months after you finish breastfeeding. Patients are required to wait 6 months to ensure that body is fully recovered postpartum.  

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