Mummy Makeover Frequently Asked Questions
Women who are considering mummy makeover surgery will naturally have a lots of questions about the procedure. What are the different surgical options? What recovery time can they expect? Is the procedure covered by Medicare or private health? It is completely normal to have a long list of questions while researching a surgical procedure. Dr Hunt has answered some of the main questions he is often asked by his mummy makeover patients.
What is a mummy makeover?
The mummy makeover is a surgical procedure that involves a combination of surgery, usually on the breasts and the abdomen.
The abdominal contouring procedures that may be used include liposuction as well as a series of tummy tucks and are often used to correct changes after pregnancy and childbirth.
When the abdominal contouring procedure is combined with a form of breast surgery, be it a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation, this combination is often termed a mummy makeover.
Am I a candidate for a mummy makeover?
As a mummy makeover involves a combination of procedures, the key to success is to seek the opinion of a fully qualified plastic surgeon who can guide you to the most appropriate procedure.
The abdominal component of a mummy makeover may involve liposuction, mini-tummy tuck, full tummy tuck or an expanded tummy tuck to address and correct excess skin, lax muscles and disproportionate deposition of fat.
As each patient is different it is key is to be assessed by a fully qualified plastic surgeon who can create an individualised treatment plan to be carried out in a fully qualified surgical facility.
Does Medicare cover mummy makeovers?
Medicare was brought into place in Australia to provide a categorisation for medically necessary procedures where the costs are covered by the government. Medicare does not cover cosmetic procedures, only those deemed to be medically necessary.
Medicare and Breast Surgery
In terms of breast surgery, procedures that cause functional limitations such as excessively large breasts can be covered by a Medicare item number.
Operations that involve breast implants are rarely covered by Medicare. If the procedure addresses a functional limitation, such as significant breast asymmetry, then this will be covered by a Medicare item number.
In relation to mummy makeovers Medicare item numbers can sometimes be applied to these procedures if certain criteria are met. These procedures would include breast reduction, correction of congenital breast disease and of course, breast reconstruction after cancer treatment.
Medicare and Abdominal Surgery
Medicare item numbers are designed to be applied to medical problems that require medical correction. In terms of abdominal surgery, Medicare item numbers do apply if there has been a significant weight loss that has resulted in excess skin that creates functional problems, such as skin chafing.
This is assessed by the degree of drop in a patient’s BMI or body mass index which is the ratio of their weight to their height.
If there has been a significant drop in the BMI that has created laxity of skin, then Medicare item numbers could potentially apply.
If a Medicare item number does apply to a surgical procedure, it means that private health care (depending on the level of cover) will potentially cover hospital and operating theatre costs.
Where does mummy makeover surgery happen?
As these are large surgical procedures, Dr Hunt always performs mummy makeovers in a fully accredited hospital under general anaesthetic.
What is the recovery from a mummy makeover?
The recovery time from surgery will be determined by the extensiveness of the surgical procedure.
For example, a mini-tummy tuck may involve a 1 or 2 night stay in hospital with 1 to 2 weeks of recovery. Whereas a full abdominoplasty would require a longer stay in hospital, potentially 4 or 5 days and then 3 to 4 weeks of recovery.
Similarly, larger breast surgery will require longer recovery periods. It would be reasonable to consider a 1 week recovery for a breast augmentation and potentially 2 weeks recovery for a breast reduction.
What are the benefits of combining procedures in a mummy makeover?
It is possible to combine multiple surgical procedures safely and the decision to do so will be based on the patient’s health, age and a discretionary choice of the surgeon involved.
Patients often choose this option as it is more cost effective, includes only one visit to hospital and one recovery period.
Book your consultation with Dr Hunt
If you are considering a mummy makeover, book your one-on-one consultation with Dr Hunt today to see how he could help you.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.