Post Pregnancy Mummy Makeover Procedures
Professor Mark Ashton is a Melbourne-based plastic surgeon who specialises in post-pregnancy mummy makeover procedures. As former Head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (2001-2016), Mark enjoys a reputation as one of Australia’s most respected and internationally renowned plastic surgeons.
What is a Mummy Makeover?
Do you miss the firmness of your pre pregnancy body? Are you looking to rejuvenate your body after the birth of your baby and achieve the body you had or always wanted? The perfect procedure for correcting many of the unwanted changes to your post- pregnancy body is ‘The Mummy Makeover.’
You may see on the internet a combination of procedures performed in one operation which is termed “The Mummy Makeover”. The Mummy Makeover is a combination of breast and body surgical procedures to restore the appearance of a women’s body following pregnancy.
The advantage of a mummy makeover surgery is that in one operation you are able to correct many of the changes that have occurred following pregnancy.
This allows you to have minimal down-time and one admission to hospital.
The procedure itself most commonly involves a breast augmentation and abreast lift to overcome deflated breasts from breastfeeding. This is achieved through a natural or shaped implant in a sub-pectoral pocket and can be further improved with a small breast lift if necessary. The procedure often involves an abdominoplasty (‘tummy tuck’) surgery with liposuction, to correct changes to the abdominal region that are incredibly common in the post pregnancy body. Lastly, the third most common procedure for the Mummy Makeover is facial rejuvenation which is achieved through anti-wrinkle injections or Fraxel facial skin rejuvenation.
Benefits of a Mummy Makeover Procedure:
One of the benefits of a mummy makeover procedure is the ability to combine multiple breast and body surgical procedures into a single surgical session. This means for patients there is just one time put under anaesthesia and one recovery timeline.
Combining multiple procedures can even be of a cost benefit to patients. When multiple procedures are scheduled together you save money on both the hospital and anaesthesia fees.
Common Procedures Included in A Mummy Makeover:
BREAST AUGMENTATION: Breast Augmentation or a “boob job” is a cosmetic operation that changes a women’s appearance and look of the breast. Breast Augmentation is a surgical procedure in which the size, shape and contour of a person’s breast is changed using breast implants, with a natural or shaped implant in a subpectoral pocket.
The decision to undergo breast enlargement surgery using breast implants is a very personal and private one.
BREAST LIFT: Mastopexy or breast lift involves the re-shaping and lifting of the breast to achieve a more youthful appearance. It may be required after breastfeeding or after significant weight loss or occasionally as part of a rejuvenation procedure to correct the ageing changes in your breast. The mastopexy or breast lift may also be combined with other surgical procedures, the most common of which is the placement of an implant at the same time as performing the breast lift. This is done to add extra volume to the upper pole of your breast.
ABDOMINOPLASTY: Abdominoplasty surgery, also known as “tummy tuck” involves the remodeling of your lower abdomen to correct either the changes resulting from pregnancy or from weight loss. During pregnancy a hormone called “relaxin” is released which acts to relax the ligaments of the pelvic floor, the pelvis and the anterior and lateral abdominal walls. With sustained pressure from the baby, particularly in the third trimester, this hormone allows for stretching of the ligaments of the anterior and lateral abdominal wall.
In addition, the skin overlying the lower abdomen is also forced to stretch. After you deliver your baby, (particularly your third or fourth baby), the skin and the anterior abdominal wall may not return to the pre-pregnancy state, resulting in excessive skin in the lower part of the abdomen and loss of the normal hour-glass shape to the lower abdomen.
ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS: In essence, these ‘anti-wrinkle’ treatments involves the injection of a diluted sample of substance which works on the neuromuscular junction within specific muscles of your face to paralyse them. Any muscle within the face can be targeted but the most common muscles are the small muscles of your forehead, your brow and the orbicularis muscle which is responsible for crow’s feet at the outside or lateral part of your eyes.
FRAXEL FACIAL SKIN REJUVENATION: Fraxel Laser Resurfacing was one of the very first fractional lasers. Unlike other lasers, fractional lasers are able to treat both the epidermis and the dermal layers of the skin. They do this by delivering thousands of very fine columns of laser energy into the skin. These columns of laser treatment result in the removal of old pigmented epidermal skin cells and induce collagen remodelling and new collagen formation.
Mummy Makeover Surgery in Melbourne
The mummy makeover surgery, however, is not without risks, and it is critically important that you understand that by combining operations together, you increase the operative time and the time required for recovery. It is therefore important that you are reasonable in your expectations and that you have time to discuss with your plastic surgeon the types of procedures that are being combined in mummy makeover surgery.
If you think that one or more of these procedures or a combination of these procedures may be of benefit to you, we would be only too happy to help you with the advantages and disadvantages of the relevant procedures. You will find information regarding these procedures and mummy makeover surgery here on our website.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN I UNDERGO A MUMMY MAKEOVER PROCEDURE?
Hospital and Admission
Everyone performs mummy makeover procedures differently. At Ashton Plastic Surgery we perform our surgery in a fully accredited licenced hospital – Epworth Freemasons Private Hospital in East Melbourne. There are eleven state of the art operating theatres with the latest anaesthetic machines and the latest theatre equipment. Our patients are allocated private rooms with a private ensuite bathroom facility. There is 24 hour onsite medical emergency care with an onsite Intensive Care Unit.
Our mummy makeover procedures are performed on Level 3 at Epworth Freemasons Hospital.
- Our mummy makeover procedures is performed in the morning. You will be admitted to hospital between 6.30 and 8 o’clock in the morning.
- You would have fasted from 12.00 midnight the night before.
- All paperwork is normally forwarded to you in an information pack before surgery and you will be required to attend a meeting with one of our practice nurses to plan and detail your admission, recovery and ensure any questions you may have are answered well before your admission.
Following mummy makeover surgery you will initially be in the Post Anaesthetic Recovery Unit you will return to the ward where you will spend the next 24 hours in hospital. This allows us to ensure that you have excellent medical care and total supervision. After your stay in hospital overnight and following review by Professor Ashton the next morning you would be free to be discharged. The nursing staff would change your dressing if required and ensure that everything is progressing smoothly. You will be discharged home on antibiotics and will have an appointment to come and see us in our rooms at approximately one week following surgery. After this you would normally return to see us again 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 12 weeks and 6 months following surgery. During this period we will monitor your recovery and your progress and precisely advise you as to how much activity or exercise you should undertake and also advise you on things we may need to change in your postoperative management.