“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, our 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 still in their 20s, some after delivering only one child, but whose bodies appear as if they have succumbed of 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’s has been changed with age and the effects 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—Face lift, Neck lift, Fat grafting, Botox, Dermal fillers
Just imagine, being able to restore volume to your breast and return them to their youthful position. Or 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 get back the flat and attractive belly again. And 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, that pooch on your belly, your hips, your buttocks, or your 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.
Sometimes, a combination of procedures will be done in the same setting. For example, having breast surgery done together while a tummy tuck. This combination will typically take longer hours, but it saves expense and recovery time compared to diving it up into two operations at different times. (To learn more about 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 breast-feeding after, as long as it is not done via the periareolar incisions (click for more information). Other procedures such as facelifts, necklift, labiaplasty, and liposculpture do not affect future pregnancies in any way either.
In terms of a tummy tuck, I will advice my patients to wait if they are sure they will be getting pregnant in the near future. However, most patients who were pregnant again after they have had a tummy tuck did not report any complications—the abdominal muscles and skin stretch as per normal during the fetal’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.
To learn more about Mummy Makeover, do contact us at:
Dr Marco Faria Correa Plastic Surgery
Tel: +65 64648075