Plastic surgery after pregnancy, sometimes known as “mummy makeovers”, can involve a wide variety of treatment options to correct post-pregnancy breast, body and facial changes. There is no standard formula for a “mummy makeover”, and our plastic surgeon, Dr Merten, always tailors this to your individual problems and concerns.
Plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures after pregnancy are geared towards the improvement of post-pregnancy changes, and may single or combined procedures. Most mothers do not have the luxury of long recovery periods after surgery, so treatment plans are designed that get you back to family life and normal activities as quickly as possible.
The most common procedures in plastic surgery after pregnancy are those that address the abdomen and breasts:
Tummy Tuck: Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is a plastic surgery procedure that removes loose skin and excessive fat from the lower abdomen, as well as tightening the abdominal muscles for improved contour, tone and function of the abdomen. It is usually best to postpone surgery until you plan no more children and your weight is stable.
Want more information? See Dr Merten’s “virtual tummy tuck” video animation of what to expect in a Tummy Tuck procedure.
Also, see our Tummy Tuck before and after gallery for real patient results.
Breast Augmentation: After pregnancy and breast feeding, it is common for women to lose breast volume, leaving breasts smaller and “deflated”, with skin looseness and drooping or “sagging” of the breasts. Breast Augmentation, through the use of implants, allows fullness of breasts being restored, regaining shape and volume.
See our Breast Augmentation before and after gallery for real patient results.
Breast Lift: Known as mastopexy, breast lifts are an ideal post pregnancy cosmetic procedure to correct saggy, loose breasts where you were happy with the size of your breasts prior to pregnancy and are merely looking to make them appear firmer. The level of sagginess varies between women, with some noticing that the nipples have dropped below the crease, while in extreme cases, the nipples can point toward the floor.
See our Breast Lift before and after gallery for real patient results.
Augmentation Mastopexy: This is a combined Breast Lift and Implant. Augmentation mastopexy corrects the breast changes that can occur after pregnancies, breast feeding and major weight fluctuations. It is the optimal surgical procedure when your breasts are small as well as droopy (“ptosis”) with loose skin. If the amount of loose skin is minor, this may be corrected using breast implants alone to “re-inflate” the breasts. However, when the looseness is greater than this, then augmentation mastopexy is required. If your breast volume is adequate but the breast have loosened and drooped, then mastopexy alone, without breast implants, may be the correct procedure for you.
See our Augmentation Mastopexy before and after gallery for real patient results.
Liposuction: Is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat areas, reshaping and contouring your body. The hormonal changes that come with pregnancy and lactation cause women’s bodies to store excess fat, particularly in the abdomen, thighs and buttocks. It is important to note that Liposuction is not a weight loss tool, and is best done close to your ideal weight and fitness. It is often performed in conjunction with other cosmetic surgeries to improve body contour such as Tummy Tuck or cosmetic Breast Augmentation.
Breast and tummy reshaping procedures can often be performed together, to minimize the overall recovery time and achieve dramatic changes
For facial concerns:
Anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers: Lines and wrinkles can be effectively addressed with little or no down time with anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. Anti-wrinkle injections work by reducing facial muscle activity and dermal fillers work by restoring volume to fill depressions and hollows.
Pigmentation: Changes in the skin colour and texture can be refined, refreshed, and beautified with facial, peels, Skin Needling (dermaroller), or microhydrabrasion treatments. These are all performed in our beautiful rooms and do not need any hospital care.
There are many options available to help improve the shape, tone and condition of your physique after having children. After a thorough discussion of your goals, desires and expectations, Dr Merten and his expert team can recommend a post-pregnancy treatment plan that is tailored specifically for you. For more information or to arrange a consultation, Contact us or call us on 9252 9262.
I have been reading about “Mummy Makeover” surgery for women who want to get their bodies back after having babies. What is involved?
Although commonly used in the media I don’t use this terminology. It generally refers to a range of procedures, surgical and non-surgical, that are popular and often specific to women after childbirth and breastfeeding. They generally address the particular problems related to weight and body contour changes after breastfeeding has finished. Because these problems affect various parts of a woman’s body, multiple procedures are often done in combination.
All plastic surgery is tailored to the individual, so there is no single solution that I would routinely use. The problems we are asked to assist with include weight gain and difficulty losing weight gained in pregnancy, loss of breast volume and shape and muscle and skin stretch of the abdomen and elsewhere.
Some women want non-surgical treatments to improve their appearance, which may range from skin treatments, facial line treatments and volume enhancers, others need surgery for more substantial problems.
My children are beautiful and but I am so unhappy with my body now. I’m worried I’m being vain.
When a woman’s body is substantially changed by their childrearing, there may be a significant loss of confidence and feeling of loss of attractiveness to their partner. I have seen women from their early 20s through to 40s who desire surgical assistance to restore their physiques.
There really is no typical patient, except that they generally seek advice when they have finished having children and are starting to get their lives back into a more normal routine. A reasonably common theme is the desire to restore their bodies closer to what they were previously, or enhance their femininity. For example, most women seeking breast surgery prefer the shape and size of their breast they had while breastfeeding, so often look at breast implants to achieve this.
All patients planning major surgery need to be in good physical and emotional health. Support from their partners and families are important. Not smoking and eating a healthy diet and regular exercise help reduce the risks of surgery and improve recovery. It is also critical to have realistic expectations of what surgery can achieve and seek expert advice and have a full understanding of any proposed procedures.
What does this surgery involve?
It may range from any combination of liposuction to reduce excess fat resistant to exercise, breast implants to restore breast volume, breast lifts to reduce excess skin and reposition the breasts, and abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck”) to repair the abdominal muscles and remove excess skin and stretch marks. Less commonly, other procedures are also done, such as surgery to reduce eyelid bags and facial lines.
Where is it performed and roughly how long would surgery take?
Any significant surgery should be done in an accredited day surgery or hospital, with the surgery done by a qualified plastic surgeon with a specialist anaesthetist. Shorter procedures may be done as day surgery, but more major surgery usually would involve an overnight hospital admission. Surgery time range is from one to six hours.
What are the possible risks and complications?
It depends on which operations are done. This should be discussed in detail with your surgeon prior to the operation.
Is the recovery painful and is there much downtime? How soon can I resume my normal activities?
Again, it depends what surgery is done. Generally between three and six weeks of light activity is needed.
What are the ballpark costs?
From $5000 to $20,000, depending on what procedures are done and whether Medicare applies, and whether the patient has health insurance or not.
Is anything claimable on Medicare?
Yes. Breast reductions and lifts, and abdominoplasty are claimable from Medicare, although conditions apply which need to be assessed by the surgeon.