Giving birth is one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences in a woman’s life. Unfortunately following the birth unwanted changes start occurring including drooping breasts, stretch marks, sagging tummy, loss of waist definition, pockets of fat on the abdomen and these changes don’t always respond to diet and exercise. Stretched skin and loose muscles may improve over time, but the body never completely returns to the way it once was.
In the past women, just *put up* with these changes, but these days women want to become a *yummy Mummy* following their pregnancy.
Mum’s are now turning to plastic surgery to return their breasts and tummies back to their post-pregnancy glory. These procedures are known as *mummy makeovers* or *post-maternity reshaping*, and they can be performed separately or in combination. This surgery is to restore your self-confidence, to help you look and feel better, allowing you to find clothes that fit you well, clothes that now fit you even better.
Is a Mummy Makeover Right for You?
A Mummy Makeover surgery is a procedure that you should do for yourself, not to fulfil anyone else’s ideal image. It is a great option for you – IF –
- You have a positive outlook
- You are at a stable weight
- You don’t plan on having anymore children
- You have good quality skin
- You are a non-smoker (or have been an ex-smoker for at least 12 months)
- You have specific fat pockets on your limbs or trunk which are not decreasing, despite all attempts by diet and exercise
- You are fit and healthy
- You have finished having children and want to tighten areas of your body that haven’t recovered from the pregnancy-associated skin stretch
What to Expect During Your Consultation
For a truly successful outcome, you need to be very open and honest with your doctor, you’ll be asked a range of questions about your lifestyle, your goals and your health. Some questions you may be asked include:
- Why do you want the surgery?
- What are your expectations and desired outcome following the surgery
- What medical conditions you have, any medications you are taking and if you have any allergies
- Are or will you be using contraception and what are your plans for future pregnancies
- What surgeries have you had in the past
- Do you take vitamins, herbal supplements, do you drink alcohol, do you smoke, do you take drugs?
Preparing for Surgery
Prior to your surgery you may be asked to:
- Get blood tests or x-rays
- Stop smoking
- Avoid using aspirin, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs as they can increase bleeding
- Take certain medications or adjust medications you are already on
Risks and Complications
The reason for having your surgery is very personal, so you will need to decide if the benefits you will achieve outweigh any of the risks or potential complications that may be involved. Most of the risks are very uncommon. Mummy makeovers are very effective procedures where the benefits certainly out-weigh the risks, but as with any surgery, there is no way of knowing how each individual’s body will respond to the surgery.
Always ask questions, it’s natural to be apprehensive, and perhaps a little embarrassed, but ask questions and talk over any concerns you have with your specialist.
During Recovery and Discharge
Your doctor will explain everything you need to know when it comes to caring for your body following surgery. This information may include:
- Caring for the surgical site – or sites
- Medications to take or to apply
- When to arrange a follow-up appointment
- Anything specific you should be keeping an eye on
Following the instructions given to you by your Doctor are important, avoid heavy lifting and any tasks that require exertion. Your surgical sites should not be subjected to excessive force, abrasion or motion during the time of healing, and exercise shouldn’t be attempted till you given the *all clear* from your doctor.