Motherhood comes with incredible rewards but the physical impact for some can be quite extreme. From pregnancy and childbirth to breastfeeding, the transformation can forever alter the size and shape of the body. So when is it the right time to undergo a Mummy Makeover?
A woman’s body begins to take on a new dimension from the moment she begins to conceive. Among the most visible transformations are the stomach and breasts. For a large percentage of women, diet and exercise alone often fail to address the physical changes. It is at this point when the confidence plummets and invariably postpartum surgery [breast lift, augmentation or reduction and abdominal tightening or suturing] is the only option available to restore sagging breasts, excess body fat and loose skin.
A Mummy Makeover can help restore the body back to shape. So when is the right time to undergo one?
This is considered major surgery and your safety and well-being should always be at the forefront of any decision making.
It is often recommended that patients wait a full year after having their last child. If you are planning to have more children, then it is advisable not to proceed with abdominal surgery. During your consultation, Dr Chang will also ask you about possible pregnancies in the future and will discourage any surgery if more children are planned.
- Breast Feeding: Whether you’re are undergoing a breast lift, reduction or augmentation, you should wait a minimum of three months after you finish breastfeeding. This will decrease the risk of breast milk complicating the surgery and the shape of the new breasts.
- Your Weight and Fitness: Stabilise your weight and exercise where possible to strengthen the muscles and increase your fitness levels.
- Support At Home: It is important to have the proper support following surgery which includes making necessary arrangements with the care of any babies or young children.
Stomach: Springing Back to Shape
Throughout the pregnancy, the expanding stomach weakens abdominal muscles and excess tissue, which results in a series of stretch marks and separated abdominal muscles. Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery is designed to restore the abdominal muscles.
Performed under general anaesthesia, an incision is made from one hip bone to the other directly above the pubic line. Through the incision, fat is excised, and weak abdominal muscles are tightened and sutured together. Excess skin is likewise removed, with the results leaving minimal stretch marks and a slimmer, more flattened abdomen. The procedure can also be modified to include liposuction if the skin elasticity and muscles have not been stretched.
In addition to abdominal fat and loose skin, it is not uncommon for mothers to be confronted by other deposits of ‘baby fat’ on their bodies — in particular, around their waist, thighs and hips. Liposuction is again an ideal procedure to target any unwanted bulges and helps achieve a more contoured shape.
The minimally-invasive procedure involves inserting a cannula into the fat through tiny incisions, which is connected to a powerful suction pump. The fat is then sucked out through the creation of small tunnels. Many Mummy Makeovers combine tummy tucks and liposuction to achieve optimal results.
A tummy tuck [as with the entire Mummy Makeover procedure] requires patience and resolve following surgery, with the first week the most challenging in terms of pain and drainage tubes. However, most patients are resuming light activities by the third week.
It is important that you have full-time care during the first week of recovery, with a bathroom next to the bedroom. If you live in a two storey house, set up a bed on the ground floor. As a result of the hip-to-hip and belly button scars, you will also not be able to lift anything heavy for up to two months.
Breasts: Size, Fullness and Shape
After most pregnancy and breastfeeding, a woman’s breasts will likely lose volume and shape. Breast lift surgery is an ideal procedure that addresses drooping breasts as a result of lost skin elasticity, with the end results revealing a more youthful look.
The surgery involves elevating the breast tissue and nipple-areola complex, and removing excess skin, leaving your breasts with a more youthful and contoured appearance. As the surgery is not performed to address the size of your breasts, you may also opt to include breast implants to achieve a fuller and defined cleavage.
There will be scarring and its length and visibility will depend on the type of breast lift [lollipop, anchor or doughnut lift]. Adhesive tape will also be used to support the suture lines for a minimum of two weeks. The incisions, however, are thin and the fine scar tissue will flatten and lighten to pink then white within several months or up to a year after the procedure [subject to your skin condition].
In the same way, your breasts may lose a significant amount of volume, leaving you with loose skin and ptosis [drooping breasts]. Breast augmentation surgery can help improve and increase the size and shape of your breasts. Performed under general anaesthesia, the surgery involves the insertion of silicon or saline breast implants to create the desired size in proportion with your body and improve the overall symmetrical shape.
Each surgery is tailored to every patient, so the scars may slightly vary. Heavy lifting and workouts at the gym should not take place until six-eight weeks following surgery.
The results of the Mummy Makeover surgery will be fully-realised around six months when the scars begin to fade and the swelling of the breast tissue softens. Which breast surgery you decide upon to pair with the abdominoplasty and possible liposuction will be agreed upon during your consultation with Dr Chang. A post-surgery management plan will also be included along with a number of laser treatments and/or BBL Therapy.
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