Motherhood is an enthralling and captivating stage in a woman’s life. However, most mums will agree that fluctuating hormones, breast feeding and the pregnancy itself, have profound effects on a woman’s body and not all of these are positive. Having multiple pregnancies often compounds these changes. Dr Kumar is very sensitive to your needs and concerns that may result from these changes. The operations that are offered are quite comprehensive, usually involving both the breasts and the abdomen, and are tailored to rejuvenate your body to how it used to be before kids.
The Mummy Makeover incorporates a full breast rejuvenation – i.e. breast augmentation, lift, reduction or reshaping – as well as a tummy tuck. Liposuction is also used to remove any stubborn deposits of fat and abdominal wall muscles are tightened, creating a curvy and strong waistline.
If you are considering mummy makeover surgery, we advise that you aim for the following guidelines prior to your consultation, as these have a large bearing on your final results:
- Your weight has to be stable for a duration of at least 3 months prior to surgery
- You are no longer breast feeding and this has been stopped for at least 3 months prior to surgery
- You must not smoke or use any nicotine products for at least 6 weeks prior and 6 weeks after surgery
- Please see the sections on the individual procedures for specific information on technique
Recovery from a Mummy Makeover is dependent on the extent of procedures undertaken. In most cases the limiting factor is the recovery from the abdominoplasty.
The operation will be performed under general anaesthetic and you can expect to stay in hospital for a minimum of three days. There is usually minimal to no discomfort from the breast surgery while there is a mild degree of discomfort in the early post-operative period with the abdominal component. This is easily controlled by intravenous medications prescribed by your anaesthetist. You will be changed to oral analgesia within a few days after the surgery.
As for an abdominoplasty, you will initially be nursed in a flexed position on your bed and you will slowly straighten up over the next few days prior to your discharge. There will be drains in your abdomen and often in the breast which are removed usually by the time of discharge.
While recovery time will vary from patient to patient based on the extent of surgery undertaken, you should plan for the following:
- A minimum 2-3 weeks off work
- No driving for 3 weeks
- No heavy lifting for 6 weeks
- If you have young children then you will need support in caring for them for at least the first three weeks after surgery
If you are considering a Mummy Makeover, then it is important that you are informed of the potential risks, complications and side effects of this surgery.
While all care is taken to minimise or totally avoid these complications and side effects, complications may and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the risk factors and they will be discussed in more detail when you have your consultation with your surgeon.