A woman’s body can change after pregnancy. For those unhappy with how their body has changed, wishing to restore it to its shape pre-baby, there are surgical options available to help women improve their figure. “Mummy makeovers,” as they are sometimes referred to, do not follow a specific, standard formula. This is a highly customisable set of procedures that address the problems unique to each mother.
The aim of plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures after pregnancy are improvements in post-pregnancy changes to the body and face. We recognise that new mothers are time-poor, and shorter recovery periods are optimal. As such, we provide you with treatment plans and recommendations to assist you in getting back into your normal day-to-day activities as soon as possible.
Common plastic surgery procedures post pregnancy are those that treat the excess skin and stubborn fat in the tummy, as well as deflation or sagging in the breasts:
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Lift
- Breast Lift and Implant
- Breast Reduction
- Tummy Tuck
***Please note, there are proposed Medicare changes that will affect the costs associated with Abdominoplasty and other Body Contouring procedures. Please read about these changes and how it will affect you: Urgent information for patients considering Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty surgery
Abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck,” removes excess skin and fat, usually from the lower abdomen. This is a common problem after pregnancy, due to the area being stretched. The surgery also tightens the abdominal muscles resulting in improved contour and tone as well as functionality of the abdomen. A tummy tuck is best performed after you plan to not have any more children, and you are at your ideal, stable weight.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding often lead to dramatic changes in the breast appearance, with loss of volume commonly experienced. This results in breasts being “deflated” and smaller in size, with loose skin and “sagging” breasts. Breast Implants can restore volume in your breasts, aiding in fullness and improving their overall shape.
Mastopexy, or breast lift, is ideal when you are content with the size of your breasts prior to pregnancy, and you wish to retain the same size while correcting saggy and/or loose breasts caused by pregnancy. A mastopexy offers women the chance to restore their breast shape and position by lifting the tissue. This provides firmer breasts and better-positioned nipples.
Augmentation mastopexy combines a breast lift with implants to increase the size of the breasts while also addressing drooping (“ptosis”) with loose skin, which often results from pregnancy, breast-feeding, and major weight loss. If there is minimal loose skin present, breast implants alone may be sufficient for filling the drooping breasts. On the other hand, if the breasts are of an adequate size but the tissue has become lax and is drooping, a mastopexy without implants may be more appropriate. The most appropriate surgery or combination will be discussed during your consultation.
Liposuction, is ideal for those wanting to remove those stubborn areas of fat that, even after diet and exercise, just won’t budge. Hormonal changes that occur with pregnancy and breast-feeding can cause storage of excess fat, particularly in the body’s mid-section, that is, tummy, buttocks and thighs. Liposuction can assist in reshaping and contouring your body to its pre-pregnancy form. However, the procedure is intended to reduce isolated pockets of fat and is not recommended for weight loss. Ideal patients are those at their goal weight and fitness level. Liposuction can also be combined with other cosmetic surgeries such as tummy tuck or excess skin removal to further improve body contour.
Those who need their breasts and tummy reshaped can often undergo both procedures at once, shortening their recovery and achieving a greater transformation.
Anti-wrinkle Injections and Dermal Fillers
For facial concerns, such as fine lines and wrinkles, cosmetic injectables can be used to minimise signs of age, as well as restore volume for a more refreshed, youthful appearance. Both anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers can effectively address facial aging and with little to no downtime.
CLATTUU™ Fat Reduction
CLATTUU™ is a non-invasive method of reducing fat to create a more toned physique. The procedure is designed to treat stubborn areas of fat that have proven resistant to a healthy diet and routine exercise. CLATTUU™ can effectively tone these trouble areas by freezing fat through the crystallisation of the targeted cells. This causes apoptosis, which is the temperature at which subcutaneous fat is destroyed without the surrounding tissue being damaged. The fat is then slowly removed from the body through natural metabolic processes. Our team offers CLATTUU™ with dual applicators for better coverage, results, and treatment efficiency. Some of the most popular areas treated include the abdomen, flanks, back, bra bulge, love handles, and thighs.
What should I consider before undergoing a mummy makeover?
During your consultation, Dr Steve Merten will determine whether you are a good candidate for a mummy makeover and explain what you need to consider before moving forward. It is important to note that the surgery is not meant for extreme weight loss, and you should be at your ideal weight before undergoing the procedure. In addition, it is best if you do not plan to have any more children in the future, as pregnancy can compromise your mummy makeover results. To ensure your recovery goes smoothly, Dr Merten requires patients to refrain from smoking, as this can complicate the healing process. You should also make sure to have help taking care of young children during the initial period of your recovery.