No doubt, being a mother is very rewarding and satisfying. However, pregnancy and breastfeeding do bring about several changes to a mother’s body, such as droopy, deflated breasts, and loose sagging bellies. Some of them consider having a Mummy Makeover to restore their figure, but they often wonder when the best time is to get a Mummy Makeover.
WHAT IS A MUMMY MAKEOVER?
A Mummy Makeover is a combination of body sculpting procedures designed to revitalize a mother’s body. In some cases, it enhances the figure to an even better physique than they have always struggled to achieve. The combination of treatments generally consists of tightening the abdomen with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), and restoring the youthful perk of the breasts with a breast lift and breast augmentation to achieve a fuller and firmer breast shape.
While there are many guidelines available to help mothers determine their ideal timing for a Mummy Makeover, I will always urge mothers to wait at least 4 to 6 months after giving birth before the makeover. It is to encourage mummies to spend the needed quality time with their newborn, as well as to give both mum and baby enough time to bond, recover and stabilize. And if after the recovery period they still are unhappy with their body, and exercise and diet isn’t helping, then a Mummy Makeover can assist in rejuvenating their bodies.
Nonetheless, there are still some simple guidelines to help mummies understand the rationale behind specific timings for a Mummy Makeover:
1. BODY WEIGHT
One of the most important factors to consider before having a Mummy Makeover is the stabilization of the mother’s body weight. As plastic surgery is not a weight-loss procedure, mummies should wait until they have reached their ideal weight before having a Mummy Makeover (usually about 4-6 months). A healthy diet and an exercise routine is the best solution to initiate weight loss. After achieving their ideal weight, mummies should then ensure that their weight goal is stabilized, as weight stabilization is an indication of recovery from the stresses of pregnancy and childbirth.
While exercise and dieting will help with the weight loss, a mother’s body will be bound to carry a few excess areas of loose skin and post-pregnancy weight. That is when I will step in with abdominoplasty and/or liposuction to assist with the restoration of the pre-pregnancy body. If there is presence of diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles), I can also fix that during the abdominoplasty procedure.
The cost incurred from the treatment of diastasis recti may be eligible for insurance claims. Insurance criteria for approval for surgery vary from insurance company to insurance company. Contact your insurance company for specific details, criteria and requirements of eligibility for insurance claims.
2. BREAST FEEDING
The next factor to consider before a Mummy Makeover is to wait until the breastfeeding stops for at least 6 months. This is particularly important for breast procedures such as breast augmentation with implants or with fat grafting, and breast lift.
As the breasts undergo significant changes with pregnancy and breastfeeding, which results in breast enlargement, waiting for until the mother has finished, breastfeeding will allow the breasts to stabilize in shape and size. This makes a much more accurate assessment during the consultation.
After plastic surgery of the breast during a Mummy Makeover, the mother will still be able to breastfeed if she has more children in the future. The ability to breastfeed is dependent on the type of incision used during the surgery, hence I urge patients to discuss their wish to breastfeed with their plastic surgeons before the procedure. However, do not that additional pregnancies may further change the breasts surgery results and reduce their fullness.
3. FUTURE PREGNANCIES
Most of the procedures in the Mummy Makeover, except for abdominoplasty, can be done even with future pregnancies planned. Liposuction, breast procedures, facial rejuvenation, and even vaginal rejuvenation are great to help maintain mummies’ figure, even after giving birth later on. Such procedures do not have many restrictions, and have proven to give a boost of self-confidence after.
On the other hand, I will encourage mothers considering abdominoplasty to wait until they are done with having children. The main reason is to make sure that the mother’s physique does not change with future pregnancies, so that the results of the Mummy Makeover are permanent. As an abdominoplasty involves removing excess, loose and stretched out abdominal skin and fat in the belly, being pregnant again (especially with twins) might partially affect the results again, although to a smaller extent.
With that being said, even if a woman does get pregnant after the abdominoplasty procedure, it will not affect the pregnancy process and the breastfeeding process.
Additionally, a woman should also wait until they have childcare and support available before proceeding with a Mummy Makeover as the recovery does take a while. It is not the right time as it will be inconvenient for these mums if they have to take care of the baby with some restrictions.
If you are a mother who meets all of the above criteria, and are interested in having a Mummy Makeover, I can assure you that it will be one of the most rewarding surgeries psychologically. My patients emerge more confident and with better self-esteem; their overall happiness soars!
Disclaimer: The information contained in this post is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, it is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your plastic surgeon or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Always speak to your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a procedure.