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A mummy makeover is a catchphrase that is used in reference to a combination of surgical procedures that address changes that occur naturally in women with the process of pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Pregnancy and having children are both parts of an exciting and wonderful experience that significantly changes the mother’s body. The abdomen grows; therefore, the abdominal muscles loosen or separate (diastasis recti), the tummy skin stretches and the breasts enlarge, filled with milk. These natural changes are all part of supporting the baby’s life and development.

A ‘mummy makeover’ describes a combination of plastic surgery procedures, often performed during the same surgery, for women who want to restore the tightness of their abdomen and the firmness of their breasts after childbirth and breastfeeding. The procedure may include abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast reduction or breast augmentation, breast lift, breast augmentation with a lift, and liposuction. The particular combination of procedures performed will vary between individuals and it is best performed once the individual has finished having children, and at least 12 months after the last child.

At Avery, we can provide a combination of plastic surgery procedures for women who want to improve their bodies after pregnancy and childbirth. This combination is commonly referred to as 'mummy makeover' and we use this terminology in our website because it is the expression people search when considering surgery after childbirth. The term 'mummy makeover' was coined in the United States of America ('mommy makeover'), and increasingly adopted in Australia with many people hearing the term and searching for more information about it.

While the term 'mummy makeover' may sound light-hearted or trivial, Avery does not intend to make light of any changes that women may experience to their bodies during what is a completely natural process. It is very important to understand that any of the components that comprise a 'mummy makeover' involve real surgical procedures that need to be carefully considered.

You can find more information about the different surgeries that may be involved during a 'mummy makeover' in the 'procedure' section below.

At Avery, we welcome the opportunity to have an open conversation with you to understand the changes you are looking for with surgery. Our patients’ stories matter a great deal to us. You can discover some of our wonderful patients’ journeys here.

Wherever you are on your personal journey, we would like to assist you. Dr Avery will listen to your concerns and what you want to achieve with surgery. Dr Avery will assess your health and medical history to ensure any surgical procedure you are considering is a safe and appropriate choice for you.

Procedure

Depending on your individual goals and body type, the following surgeries are some of the procedures you might undergo during a ‘mummy makeover’:

Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty surgery, also referred to as tummy tuck, consists of the removal and tightening of the abdomen skin, removal of excess fat where appropriate, and repositioning or tightening of the rectus abdominis muscles. The extent of these three components is tailored to individual requirements.

Find out more about how abdominoplasty surgery can restore the abdomen skin and muscles here.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery involves a combination of skin and breast tissue removal and reshaping. The surgery aims to reduce the size and weight of large breasts by lifting the breasts off the lower chest and upper abdomen. The objective is to leave the breasts smaller and lighter, sitting higher on the chest and closer to the body.

Discover here what is involved in breast reduction surgery and how this surgical procedure can help to address physical limitations and discomfort.

Breast Augmentation

Augmentation mammoplasty, commonly referred to as breast augmentation, is a surgical procedure that aims to increase the size, shape, or fullness of the breast using implants. Individuals might consider this surgery when they want to restore their breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, achieve a more rounded breast shape or improve their natural breast size asymmetry.

Visit the breast augmentation surgery section to learn more about what to expect from this surgery.

Breast Lift

A breast lift or mastopexy aims to create or restore fuller and firmer breasts by raising the breasts on the chest and reshaping them. Women who experience changes in the position or firmness and fullness of the breasts through the process of pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuation and ageing may benefit from a breast lift.

Get a deeper understanding of what is involved during breast lift surgery here.

Breast Lift with Implants

Breast lift surgery with breast implants combines the benefits of breast augmentation surgery with a breast lift. The aim is to increase volume, shape and fullness (breast augmentation) while raising the position and altering the shape of the breast.

Learn more about breast lift with implants surgery here.

Consultation

There are two main pathways to a consultation with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon. Your GP or another health practitioner can make a referral to Dr Avery. Alternatively, it is possible to refer yourself for a consultation. The decision to have a consultation may be made after talking with family or friends or following your own research into plastic surgery and Dr Avery.

The purpose of your initial consultation with Dr Avery is to discuss both your concerns and your goals. It is an opportunity to openly communicate what you want to change, alleviate, improve, restore, enhance, or remove. We will discuss any concerns you may have about your potential surgery and its outcome. We will also collect information that is specific and tailored to you, to add to the knowledge you acquired through your research outside of the consultation process.

When you arrive at Avery, you will check in with our front-desk team and complete a medical history form, if not already completed. We encourage you to bring a supportive family member or friend who can remain with you throughout the consultation if you like, and be a sounding board during your decision-making process following the consultation.

The consultation with Dr Avery will include an examination of the area of your body that you are concerned with and considering changing. Our aim will be to determine if plastic surgery can achieve what you hope it will, and if so, what specific plastic surgery procedures will address your concerns and meet your expectations in a realistic way.

Plastic surgery procedures generally impact both physical appearance and your psychological response to the new changes in your body. Besides all the advantages of having plastic surgery, it is important to be fully aware of any potential limitations of the operation and how they apply to your unique situation. This includes possible complications and what can be done if these occur.

We will discuss what the surgery involves, how it relates to you specifically given your uniqueness and current state of health, what the possible risks of the surgery are, and then decide if having the surgery is a safe and appropriate choice for you as an individual.

After your consultation, our support team will be there to talk through any further questions you have, including the cost of the surgery.

At Avery, our goal is to ensure you are equipped with the knowledge needed for you to feel empowered throughout the decision-making process, surgery and post-surgery.

Recovery

The duration of surgery, length of hospital stay and recovery required will all vary depending on the nature of surgery and what surgical procedures are combined to be performed during the same surgery. Following any combination of surgical procedures, several nights in hospital are generally required post-surgery to aid with your recovery. Depending on the complexity of the surgery and any additional procedures, up to 2-4weeks off work may also be recommended.

There will be some bruising and swelling, which generally subsides over 2-6 weeks after the operation. You will be required to wear a compression garment or bandages for approximately 6 weeks, to provide support and reduce post-operative pain or swelling.

A customised pain relief program will be created for you and issued before you leave the hospital. If circumstances change at any stage during the recovery period, then the pain medication can be adjusted accordingly.

Scars from the surgery will vary depending on the area being operated on and how well your skin copes with scarring. There are different incisions needed depending on the location and nature of surgery being performed. These incisions once healed, become scars.

FAQs

When is it a good time to consider a mummy makeover?

After your body has recovered from childbirth and you have returned to your pre-pregnancy weight or have lost as much as you weight can with diet and exercise. We also recommend waiting until you have finished having children.

Can I have a mummy makeover if I have not had children?

As we mentioned in our introduction, we do not love the terminology ‘mummy makeover’ and this is a good reason why. Any person who has lost a considerable amount of weight might be suitable for the same surgery procedures included in a mummy makeover (abdominoplasty, breast lift, body lift, breast reduction and breast augmentation). In short, the answer is yes, it is possible.

How much time do I need to recover?

It will depend on how many different surgical procedures you had during the mummy makeover. It can take between 2 to 6 weeks. Most patients are able to go back to work after 2-3 weeks, however it might take a few more weeks for you to be able to exercise.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Dr Avery is a member of the two leading professional associations for plastic surgeons in Australia, ASAPS and ASPS. Their websites provide additional information regarding plastic surgery in Australia that you might find useful, please visit ASAPS and ASPS.