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.
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, but there are some physical changes that are resistant to these methods.
The natural changes that occur following pregnancy and breastfeeding are typically centred around the breasts and abdomen. Following childbirth, patients may experience weight gain, loose excess skin, breast ptosis (sagging), stretch marks, or a c-section overhang or c-section scarring. Some women may also experience the separation of abdomen muscles or excess and asymmetrical labia skin following vaginal childbirth.
To transform a postpartum body, many women choose to have cosmetic surgery - this can tighten, enhance, and improve the look of different areas of the body, including the breasts, abdomen, and labia.
Mummy makeover surgery 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.
Mummy makeover surgery is a unique offering that caters to a variety of changes women experience post-pregnancy.
It’s not a ‘one size fits all’ procedure. It typically includes a combination of the below procedures, tailored to the individual’s body shape and the desired outcome.
Breast Enlargement – Breasts may lose volume following breastfeeding and pregnancy. If skin quality is good and the breasts haven’t dropped, a breast enlargement involves using breast implants to enhance the shape and size of the breasts.
Breast Uplift – Hormone changes during 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 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 realigning the nipples. Many patients choose to combine this procedure with a breast enlargement to replace volume lost during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding.
Implant Removal & Reaugmentation – Those who have had a breast enlargement in the past may notice that their implants aren’t sitting how they used to post-pregnancy. In this instance, a breast implant removal and reaugmentation is recommended. This procedure involves removing the current implants, repairing the breast pocket, and replacing it with new breast implants. 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 (e.g. smoking, diet, sun exposure), and genetics all have a part to play in the amount of excess skin that remains following pregnancy. Some women may have a C-section overhang or ‘shelf’ following surgery, while some don’t. A postpartum tummy tuck removes loose excess skin and fat from the stomach, tightening the skin over the muscles to create a flatter abdomen. This procedure is often combined with liposuction to help further 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 is hard to reduce 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, with most women experiencing temporary swelling as a result. As the 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.
Depending on the surgeon’s recommendations, the procedure may be carried out in 1 or 2 stages. More information can be found about the predicted length of your procedure during the consultation process.
Tummy Tuck and Breast Uplift pre and post-surgery.
AfterTUMMY TUCK & BREAST UPLIFT (300CC IMPLANTS)
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 £7,345
Liposuction cost from £3,995
Labiaplasty cost from £4,495
For more information on the cost of cosmetic surgery procedures with MYA, click here.
Whether it’s a postpartum breast augmentation, postpartum tummy tuck, liposuction, or labiaplasty, a mummy makeover can have many benefits.There’s no doubt that having a baby is a joyous and wonderful thing, but the effects it can have on a woman’s body are life-changing.
Mummy makeover surgery allows you to regain your pre-pregnancy body with results that diet and exercise are not capable of producing.
Our patients have come back to us saying how confident they feel after a mummy makeover. Buying clothes is easier, exercise is less painful, and sex feels more comfortable - increasing their self-esteem greatly.
The key benefit of a mummy makeover is speed. In most cases, we will aim to complete the combination of surgeries in just one day, so you don’t have to go in and out of surgery and heal at different rates.
At your consultation, your MYA surgeon will give you more information and recommend the best treatment plan for you, along with predicted healing times.
The recovery time for mummy makeover surgery is dependent on the procedures you have done.
For the majority of cosmetic surgery procedures available in a mummy makeover, the initial recovery period is 6-8 weeks - after this, you can go back to work and start exercising again.
Whether you’ve had a postpartum breast augmentation, a postpartum tummy tuck, or a combination of surgeries, it’s important to take your time. Getting used to your new body can take a different amount of time for each patient, so don’t worry if you’re not feeling up for a workout or social event straight after you’ve been signed off by your surgeon.
How long does a mummy makeover take? Depending on your care plan, your surgeon's recommendations and the combination of procedures you undergo, the procedure can take between 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, on the same day, 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. While no surgical procedure is without risk, MYA ensures high-quality care and standards are abided by 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 before, during, and after your surgery.
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 as and 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.
If you’re interested in mummy makeover surgery, MYA is here to help.
Whether you want one procedure or multiple, our expert surgeons have the knowledge and experience to recommend the most suitable surgery for you. Get in touch with us today to learn more!
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