What is a Mummy Makeover?
The term mummy makeover has been applied to the combined surgical procedures of abdominal contouring surgery and breast enhancement surgery used to address some of the changes in a woman’s body after pregnancy and breast feeding.
With changes in body shape through pregnancy, the “pre-pregnancy” body is not always going to be possible unless surgical correction is undertaken. The areas of greatest change are going to be:
- Around the abdomen with stretching of the muscles
- Excess skin possibly effected by stretch marks
- Increased breast volume that can lead to laxity of skin and a drop in the position of the breast tissue and the nipple.
A “mummy makeover” is combined breast and abdominal surgery to correct these two areas during the same procedure.
The size of the growing baby needs the tissues of the tummy to stretch to make room during pregnancy. After giving birth the tissue will spring back to a certain extent, but sometimes this isn’t the same as pre-pregnancy resulting in stretched or split abdominal muscles and excess loose skin. An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck will tighten stretched and split muscles, remove excess fat, and tighten the skin by removing loose skin below the belly button.
What are the options?
Mini abdominoplasty – a smaller abdominoplasty addresses excess skin below the belly button but will not allow tightening of the muscles. The advantage of this surgery is a shorter scar.
Endoscopic abdominoplasty – allows skin to be tightened below the belly button as well as tightening the muscles. This is often done through a shorter incision.
Abdominoplasty – a full abdominoplasty will involve all of the skin below the belly button being removed and the muscles being tightened. It can be combined with liposuction of the abdomen to remove fat and achieves the maximum tightening of the abdominal tissue. The scar usually runs from hip to hip.
Changes in breast volume during pregnancy and breast feeding can leave the skin deflated and drooping. The solution may be a breast implant to restore volume, or a lift to elevate the nipple position, or a combination of the two.
What are the options?
Breast Augmentation – uses a breast implant, either silicone or saline, to restore lost breast volume. Replacing the volume will also give a degree of lift to the nipple.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy) – usually done through the “lollipop scar” the nipple is elevated, and the loose skin of the breast is tightened.
Augementaion mastopexy – uses a breast implant to restore volume in combination with a breast lift.
A Mummy Makeover is a procedure that addresses concerns in the contour of the abdomen and breast after pregnancy and breast feeding. Any of the above procedures can be combined to achieve a patients desired result. Each person is an individual with specific needs and Dr Hunt ensures each procedure is tailored to address the individual patients concerns.
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.