“You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression,” this was always a phrase that refers to the courtship ritual, maybe job interviews too. Whether it refers to our pearly white smiles, our haircut, or even our general physique, appearances do matter for first impressions, or at least for our self-confidence.
This motivation to look good certainly also applies to new mothers. Some are still in their 20s, but after delivering only one child, their bodies appear to have succumbed to a lifetime of aging. Should you, as new mothers, continue living as a prematurely droopy version of yourselves due to gravity and the results of childbirth?
No, you should not. Plastic surgery has offered a new set of procedures just for new mothers. It is called the Mummy Makeover.
So what exactly is in a Mummy Makeover package?
The Mummy Makeover is a range of procedures designed to help mothers regain the youthfulness of their breasts, their tummy, their body, and their face that underwent changes with age and the aftereffects of pregnancy and childbirth.
A Mummy Makeover typically treats the following areas:
- Breasts—Breasts enhancement, Breasts lift, Breast reduction
- Body—Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck), Liposculpture, Labiaplasty
- Face—Facelift, Neck lift, Fat grafting, Botox, Dermal fillers
Just imagine restoring volume to your breast and returning them to their youthful position. If they have become uncomfortably large, you will be able to get them back to their pre-pregnancy size and shape. By removing the excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscle, you can return to a flat and attractive belly again. On top of all these, liposculpture can help to contour the body by removing the undesirable fats that diet and exercise can’t solve, be it the love handles around your waist or that pooch on your belly, hips, buttocks, or thighs.
Each of these procedures will be specifically tailored to suit each individual’s needs, depending on the aims and the particular body types and lifestyle.
A combination of procedures will be done in the same setting. For example, having breast surgery done during a tummy tuck. This combination will typically take longer hours, but it saves expense and recovery time compared to dividing it up into two operations at different times. (To learn more about the benefits of combining multiple surgeries, please click here.)
So, this brings us to the popular question.
When is the best time to have a Mummy Makeover?
Most of the procedures in the Mummy Makeover do not affect future pregnancies. Patients who have had breast implants and did breast lifts do not have any problems breastfeeding after, as long as it is not done via the periareolar incisions (click for more information). Other procedures such as facelifts, neck lifts, labiaplasty, and liposculpture do not affect future pregnancies in any way either.
In terms of a tummy tuck, I will advise my patients to wait if they are sure they will not be getting pregnant in the near future. However, most patients who were pregnant again after they had had a tummy tuck did not report any complications. The abdominal muscles and skin stretch normally during the fetus’s development. In fact, they even reported having better figures than after their first pregnancy.
In general, there is no best or worst time to have a Mummy Makeover. In fact, some of my patients are even grandmothers! Once the time calls for it, don’t put it off. Most of my patients say that it is the best thing they have ever done for themselves and wish that they have done it sooner.
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.