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A ‘mummy makeover’ usually describes a combination of operations designed to help women reclaim their curves after having children. Usually it involves a procedure to the breast (such as a breast augmentation or implant with a lift) at the same time as a procedure to the tummy. Overall, you won’t find me talking about these operations as a makeover. I don’t like using this term because I believe it makes women feel like they are broken after having children- something I disagree with as without all those changes to your body you’d never have been able to make your children. It’s a pretty amazing trade off when you think about it.
This woman had a simple tummy tuck with a breast implant to restore the breast volume she had before her pregnancies.
With that in mind, these procedures should never be the first option you reach for after childbirth. These combinations of operations are best suited to women who have reached their ideal body weight again and are in good physical health. The operation should be mostly about tailoring loose skin, removing some stubborn fat and finally repairing the weakness centrally in your abdominal muscles.
Separation of your abdominal muscles following childbirth is very common. Most women will completely recover with physiotherapy and time bur for others it can be associated with longstanding discomfort and pain. The muscular repair of a tummy tuck is highly effective at restoring your muscular core whilst at the same time as giving you a sleek and rejuvenated mid-section. A recent study has suggested that in addition to improving lower back pain it might also help with urinary incontinence that can be experienced after childbirth.
After repairing your core muscles our surgeons will be able to remove most all the excess skin and fat below the belly button, leaving you a beautifully flat abdomen and a scar hidden low in your underwear. The stretch marks will also be removed at the same time. When combined with liposuction this procedure can provide quite dramatic improvements to both your quality of life and your overall confidence again. In our clinic we often like to say that ͛confidence is beautiful͛– you might primarily want a functional recovery or to look amazing in a two piece- in this case you can expect to have both!
Dr Alex Phoon specialises in tummy tuck surgery and we pride ourselves on giving you the very best possible clinical care in the finest hospitals to give you amazing results.
Loose skin on the abdomen | Deflated or sagging breasts | Enlarged or stretched breasts | Stubborn fat deposits that cannot be lost though diet and exercise | Stretch marks
Most tummy tucks can be divided into what would be considered a ‘full’ abdominoplasty or a ‘mini’ abdominoplasty. The full abdominoplasty is much more common. The ‘mini’ abdominoplasty tends to be perfect with patients who are often quiet thin and tend to have mostly loose skin and stretch marks. A tummy tuck is not a magic bullet for weight loss- diet and exercise are still key and surgery is primarily performed for repair of muscular structures and removal of loose skin and stubborn residual fatty areas and never for weight loss.
Sometimes an implant alone wont give you the shape and volume that you need. Losing breast volume is a normal part of the ageing process and particularly common after having children, breast feeding and losing weight. When this happens, an implant is often needed to give you the lost volume and the lift part of the procedure is used to place the nipple in the right position. The medical term for this operation is augmentation mastopexy.
Do you have heavy breasts that are giving you back or neck pain? Back and neck pain are two of the more common symptoms patients describe when having overly large breasts. The breasts are often significantly glandular which can make them heavy and uncomfortable. The goal here is to help reduce the symptoms associated with larger breasts whilst also making the breasts look in better balance with your figure.
There is always a small amount of liposuction that is performed as part of a tummy tuck. This is included in the price of the tummy tuck and might also involve some additional liposuction over the lower back, flanks and ‘muffin top’ area as this is the most effective way to accentuate the waist and works wonders when combined with a tummy tuck. It is a separate procedure however, as we have to turn you over during the procedure (whilst asleep of course) and it can take about 45 minutes to perform.
All stretch marks that are at or below the belly button are removed as part of the operation. As most stretch marks tend to be in the lower part of your tummy, a tummy tuck can be highly effective at improving both the contour and shape of your tummy and the texture of the skin. The resultant scar is horizontal and hidden within your underwear
Usually, you need to be in hospital for about 3-5 days and this is mostly until the drains stop leaking fluid. If you’re comfortable and can manage the drains on your own you can often go home with the drains in and our nurse can coordinate with you when they can come out (at our clinic). I usually tell people that they need to be taking it easy for 2 weeks. Depending upon what your daily activities involve you should be back to most things in 2 weeks but until that time you should try and get as much support as you can muster.
Choosing the right procedure and surgeon is important. I believe that helping my clients make informed decisions is key to a great result so if you have a question or would like to know more about something specific, please let me know – Regards, Alex.