The combination of procedures to restore a woman’s body to its pre-baby appearance is called a Mummy Makeover.
The appearance of your body after having children can be a great source of frustration, as no amount of exercise, strengthening or dieting can restore lost skin elasticity, muscle tone or breast shape. Losing your old body can also cause a loss of confidence in your appearance. A mummy makeover may be right for you if you suffer from sagging breasts, weakened abdominal muscles, excess skin in the tummy area or persistent fat bulges around the waist line.
A Mummy Makeover can include any combination of the following procedures performed at the same time or staged into two operations:
- breast lift
- breast lift and augmentation
- breast reduction
- breast augmentation
- tummy tuck
The combination of procedures that would best suit you is determined after a thorough consultation with your Silkwood surgeon. Your priorities are considered carefully and our surgeons will help you decide upon the correct surgical plan with the assistance of our three-dimensional body imaging Vectra machine. The most common combination of procedures is a tummy tuck performed at the same time as a breast augmentation or breast lift.
Mummy Makeover operations can take from two to six hours and are performed under general anaesthesia. The hospital stay will vary with the duration of your surgery and will extend between one to five days. Most women prefer a longer period in hospital in order to properly recuperate before returning to their busy homes.
Recovery From Mummy Makeover Surgery
The recovery from a Mummy Makeover varies according to the amount of surgery you have had. After a combination procedure such as a tummy tuck and breast lift, you can expect to require two weeks resting at home before being able to return to work. Our dedicated Silkwood team will see you regularly to ensure that your recovery is as smooth and predictable as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Mummy makeover surgery is best performed once you have completed having children and have the time to devote to your surgical recovery.
The surgery is long lasting so long as your weight does not markedly fluctuate.
Mummy makeover surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital such as St George Private, East Sydney private or Kareena private hospitals. Most patients are able to go home two to three days after the surgery. The degree of pain experienced largely reflect the amount of skin that needs to be removed and also the size of your rectus muscle separation. Breast surgery is less painful than abdominal surgery. Patients are safe to go home once they are easily walking and have good pain control.
The scar from an abdominoplasty sits under the pant line and extends from hip bone to hip bone. Breast augmentation scars are placed in the inframammary fold and are hidden by the shadow of your breast. Breast lift, breast reduction and augmentation mastopexy result in a lollipop style scar which encircles the areola and drops down as a vertical line to the breast fold.
The cost of mummy makeover surgery is determined by the expected complexity and duration of your operation and will be estimated following your first consultation.
Most breast reduction and breast lift operations attract a Medicare item number and may be covered by your health insurance. Abdominoplasty surgery in post-partum women who have not experienced a recent, massive weight loss is considered cosmetic surgery. The hospital, surgical and anaesthetic costs will be estimated for you after meeting your surgeon.
In healthy women both operations can be safely performed together. This has the advantages of one recovery period and one hospital admission, limiting the disruption to your life. Patients who have pre-existing health problems or who require over six hours of surgery may be counseled to stage their procedures instead.
You will be seen by your surgeon within 7 days of your surgery.
Regular appointments are made to remove sutures and to check on your healing following surgery.
You will be given a Plastic Surgery Recovery guide upon booking your surgery. This document explains in great detail all of your after care following surgery.