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?
You may see on the internet a combination of procedures performed in one operation which is termed “The Mummy Makeover”.
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.
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.