Mummy makeover - what is involved and is it right for you - Winfield Hospital - 3 March 2017

Mummy makeover - what is involved and is it right for you
Friday 3 March 2017

Mummy makeovers are designed to counteract the physical effects of childbearing. Unlike previous generations, mothers today want to stay and feel young, and this includes achieving a body that looks like the one they had before children. Unfortunately, after pregnancy and breastfeeding, many mothers cannot naturally achieve their desired body through diet and exercise alone and postpartum body contouring can allow them to achieve this body appearance.

Every mummy makeover is different as every woman’s body and their life’s experiences are unique. There are many plastic surgery procedures to help restore a mummy’s post-pregnancy body. They can be performed singularly or in conjunction with other mummy makeover surgeries. The choice is personal and is dependent upon the amount of transformation required. They include:

- Breast uplift

- Breast augmentation (enlargement)

- Breast reduction

- Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

- Liposuction

- Vaginoplasty

- Labiaplasty

- Scar and stretch mark removal

- Skin rejuvenation

Most often a mummy makeover combines a tummy tuck with breast surgery (lift, augmentation, or lift and augmentation) to address the main areas affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Busy mums often choose a mummy makeover that combines surgeries as it reduces the amount of downtime and allows them to get back to their child-caring responsibilities and daily lives more quickly than if they were to have the procedures independently.

Breast surgery

Breast surgery can involve lifting your breasts and making them larger or smaller.

Mummies often choose a breast uplift (mastopexy) because their breast skin has stretched and their breasts have sagged due to having children. Often breasts change size and shape after childbirth and breastfeeding and a breast augmentation can restore lost volume. Some women may choose to have a breast reduction as part of their mummy makeover to achieve smaller and lighter breasts.

In a mummy makeover the most common options are a breast augmentation, breast uplift or a breast lift and an augmentation performed together to lift and restore lost volume to their breasts

Tummy tuck

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) removes excess skin and fatty tissue from your stomach area whilst reshaping and tightening this body region. It aims to create a thinner, smoother and shapelier figure.

Mummies are often left with excess, saggy, loose skin in their abdomen that has been stretched in pregnancy and is difficult to shift. A tummy tuck will remove any extra skin, tighten stretched abdominal muscles and, reduce any stomach bulges. There are a number of different tummy tuck options available that a consultant plastic surgeon would discuss.

Liposuction

Liposuction removes fatty tissue from your body and tones and smooths your figure. After childbirth your body’s fat distribution shifts and resilient pockets of fat on your thighs, bum, hips and stomach may seem impossible to lose.

Liposuction will re-shape and help reclaim your figure after childbearing.

Gynaecological cosmetic surgery

Gynaecological cosmetic surgery includes vaginoplasty and labiaplasty. It aims to rejuvenate and tighten your vagina. Childbirth causes many changes to your vaginal area and can permanently stretch and loosen your labia, the skin that covers your vaginal opening. A labiaplasty will reshape and resize your labia.

It is often the case that after childbirth the vagina can lose its elasticity and widen, causing a loss of sensation and reduced pleasure during sexual intercourse for both partners.  A vaginoplasty will tighten your vagina.

Scar and stretch mark removal

Scars and stretch marks are common to many mothers following childbirth. Cosmetic options include laser skin resurfacing and Dermaroller. Laser skin resurfacing uses thermal energy to heat deep tissues under the skin and stimulate new collagen growth that will minimise the look of scars and stretch marks. Dermaroller uses a microneedle roller to stimulate collagen and elastin in your skin to regenerate and repair itself naturally and reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

Skin rejuvenation

Pregnancy can affect your skin. If you couple this being a busy mum with not enough hours in the day then it’s not surprising that the skin of many mummies looks tired, blemished and wrinkled.

There are many non-surgical skin rejuvenation options available to keep your skin looking healthy and fresher. These include: laser resurfacing, Dermaroller, peels, muscle relaxant injections and fillers.

In summary

According to BAAPS 2015 cosmetic surgery statistics women had 91% of all cosmetic surgery procedures. Of these 46,526 cosmetic surgeries breast augmentation was the top procedure that accounted for 9642 procedures, there were 4965 liposuction procedures and 2816 tummy tucks. Not all of these procedures were part of mummy makeovers but all were on the rise and can be used to given an indication of the rise in mummy makeovers.


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