Mummy Makeover

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Treatment Time

2 – 2.5 hours

Driving

From Three Weeks

Hospital Stay

Two nights

Exercising

From 8 Weeks

Walking

From One Day

Bathing

Showers after 3 days, no bathing until healed

Aftercare

Sports bra for 6 -8 weeks

Time off work

2 weeks for sedentary roles

Mummy Makeover
Before & After Results

What is a Mummy Makeover?

A Mummy Makeover is the term used to describe a number of procedures which are designed to return a woman to her pre-pregnancy body.

They are mostly a combination of a Breast Augmentation/Reduction/Uplift, a Mini or Full Tummy Tuck and/or Liposuction to areas such as the Saddle Bags which can be stubborn and difficult to shift by purely diet and exercise alone.

A Breast Augmentation, commonly known as a ‘boob job’, involves placing implants in the breasts to increase your cup size, correct an asymmetry or replace any volume (especially in the upper part of the breast) which is sometimes lost after pregnancy.

The Results

The results are usually great and the majority of women are delighted with their new shape. It is normal for the breasts to be a little swollen after the operation and it can take a number of months to see the final results.

Silicone implants have been extensively investigated and found to have no association with any diseases. we use high-quality implants from reputable companies.

MUMMY MAKEOVER CASE STUDY

Jill*, 43 from Bristol

Patient Background

Jill* attained my clinic in the early part of this year after seeing me in the newspapers, TV and doing her own research on the web regarding improving her body after having 2 children.
 
A number of women see marked changes in their body after pregnancy that can lead to a lack of confidence and low self-esteem. These changes tend to be in the tummy where there can be loose skin and stretch marks and this can often be made worse with exercise as when the weight comes off it can make any loose skin look even more apparent. This phenomenon is sometimes called a “mummy tummy”.
 
The other area of concern after motherhood is usually the breasts which can increase dramatically in size during breastfeeding but then when breastfeeding finishes they can sometimes shrink to smaller than they were before breastfeeding and this can lead to the woman’s breasts looking like they have “dropped” and depleted.

Questions at Consultation

These were the two issues that Jill was concerned about when I saw her and after speaking to her I confirmed with her
  1. that she had completed her family and
  2. she was otherwise in good health.

The decision to NOT have any more children in this instance is very important as if you have the surgery and then have another pregnancy then this can undo the benefits of both the breast surgery and/or  tummy tuck surgery and you would in effect be starting again with any more cosmetic surgery procedures if more changes were to occur after pregnancy and motherhood. 

The question about good general health is particularly important too, as having surgery on multiple areas requires a patient to be in good health in order to have a smooth and safe post-operative recovery.

Mummy Makeover Options

A Mummy Makeover consultation takes time as there are different options to discuss for improving the “mummy tummy” and the breasts. The most frequently performed operation to improve the tummy is a full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) as this is the best procedure to tighten the skin above and below the tummy button and also allows me to tighten the underlying muscles which can become stretched apart during pregnancy.

Other options that can be discussed are a mini tummy tuck (if there is just loose skin below the tummy button) and liposuction which is often combined with the breast surgery and tummy tuck procedures to improve areas over the hips and thus they can all be done safely at the same time.
 
Occasionally a more extensive operation on the tummy is required and this is called a Fleur de Lys abdominoplasty. This uses a long vertical scar to remove even more skin but is not often needed.

Breast Surgery Options

The next discussion centres on how to improve the drooping breasts. Sometimes it is just a loss of volume that has occurred and breast implants that are shaped can often give a small lift as well and therefore a breast uplift and the associated scars can be avoided but it is more common that a breast uplift with or without breast implants is discussed.
 
It is really important for the patient to communicate what the final result they wish to achieve looks like. I will often ask patients to bring in pictures of their desired breast shape and this really helps in making the decision as to whether having a lift with breast implant is the right thing for them. I will show a patent what her breasts will look like with an uplift (Mastopexy) only and with an implant AND uplift. The 3D virtual reality system that I have at Reflect Clinic also helps to show the final result.

First Mummy Makeover Consultation

I explained to Jill how the operations can take approx 3 1/2 hours to complete and that I do not use any drains in my surgery and that a 2 day stay is required in order that she can be fully monitored while she recovers in the early stages and was then able to travel home safely.
 
I then provided her with written information with more details on how she could help her own recovery, what she should not do during her recovery period and some frequently asked questions to help put her mind at rest. I then made her an appointment to see her a second time so that she could absorb all the information she had been given and possibly come up with some further questions before she made her final decision to go ahead with her Mummy Makeover surgery.

Second Consultation

In the second consultation we finalised the surgical plan which was to have a breast uplift with round submuscular (under the muscle) breast implants and then a full tummy tuck/abdominoplasty with muscle tightening and liposuction to the hips. I then took all her pre- operative photographs and set the date for the Mummy Makeover surgery.

The Day of Surgery

I firstly went to see Jill to put her at ease and answer any last minute questions she may have had. She signed her consent for having the surgery and confirmed that she had read about the risks and complications and what to expect from her surgery. She was then looked after by my team of nurses before being wheeled into theatre. 

Her surgery went well and all her wounds were dressed with a special surgical glue and then a special dressing, called a PICO, was applied to the breast wounds to ensure that they would heal without any problems. An abdominal pressure garment was applied in theatre and then Jill was nursed on the ward for the next 2 days.

Post Operative Care

After being discharged from hospital, her next appointment was made for her dressings to be seen after 7 days when I like to remove the PICO dressing. I then saw her again a week later to check on her progress and she was healing well. The pressure garment is kept in place for 6 weeks post surgery to help reduce any swelling and to improve the final shape. I saw Jill last week and she had an excellent shape and is delighted with her new body.

The scars are settling well and I prescribed some Kelo Cote scar gel to help mature the scars even sooner for her.

Patient Feedback

I now enjoy shopping for new bras and clothes again and I am delighted with my “new” body.  My confidence has returned and I  feel like I am back to feeling like myself again. Thank you.
* our patient’s name was changed to preserve her privacy.

FAQ ABOUT MUMMY MAKEOVER SURGERY

Below are some common FAQ’s about Mummy Makeover surgery.

What is the price of Mummy Makeover?

All procedures at Reflect Clinic are unique to you. To find out a price for your breast augmentation please book a consultation and discuss your needs with our expert surgeon, Mr Gerard Lambe.

You should not have this procedure if
You are overweight, with a BMI of over 32, smoke or vape, are in bad health and are taking anti-coagulant medication or are diabetic.
What is a mummy makeover

A Mummy Makeover is the term given to a combination of procedures designed to rejuvenate a woman’s body after she has completed her family.

A number of women see big changes in their breasts and tummy areas after bearing children and even after rigorous diet and exercise regimes there often remain some areas that cannot be improved which affect a woman’s confidence and self esteem. Mummy Makeover surgery is where all the options for surgery are employed in order to restore a pre baby body appearance.

For some ladies, a Breast uplift (Mastopexy) alone may be enough but for other ladies it is perhaps a Breast Reduction and both of these procedures may utilise Breast Implants to achieve the right size and shape that the patient desires.

The tummy area is most often treated with a full Abdominoplasty or Tummy tuck. This is often preferable to a mini tummy tuck as it allows me to repair and tighten the layer of connective tissue that sits on top of the muscles. The tummy muscles (recti) can often become separated after childbirth especially after twins or a large baby. No amount of exercise will correct this.

In addition to these operations, liposuction can be done at the same time and sometimes facial surgery such as upper eyelids (Blepharoplasty). Liposuction can be used to treat many different areas but the more frequently treated zones are around the flanks (outside of the thighs).

How long am I in hospital for?

Given that more then one operation is done at the same time I recommend that you stay in hospital for 2 nights as you may need a little more time to get mobile and will need some support from family and/or friends in the first few days post operation. It is important to have some help at home as you will be fatigued easily and you will benefit from practical support to do the basic activities such as shopping and cooking. If you have young children at home, it may be an idea to enlist help from family and friends in the first few days after you come home. It is, however, very important that you keep yourself mobile in order to reduce the risk of a blood clot in the legs and lungs as this is a particular risk after multiple surgeries and spending a longer time in the theatre. I recommend that you spend at least 15 minutes on your feet every 2 hours, except when you are sleeping! You will need to allow for some time off work and of course how long depends on the type of job you do. For an office-based job you can return to work in approximately 3 weeks or perhaps work some reduced hours after 2 weeks. If you have a more active and physical job, then it may help to be moved to a less active role for a short time while you recover.

Who should not have a Mummy Makeover?

As this requires you having multiple procedures it is important that you are in good health to start with. If you are on any medications that may affect your wounds healing like steroids or immunosuppressants then multiple operations at the same time may be contraindicated. If you are a smoker, or use a vape containing nicotine, then you should stop for at least 3 weeks pre-op and for at least 6 weeks post-op as it will have a marked impact on your ability to heal and increase your risk of blood clots and chest problems.

Follow-up procedure

I will review you in the clinic 10-14 days later and remove the dressings and inspect the wounds. If all is well then you will usually have a much lighter dressing applied and then a plan to review your progress in about 4 weeks and then 3 months time. It is important in the post operative period to avoid anything rubbing or pressing on the wounds and so I ask that you wear a soft and supportive sports bra with no under wiring until I am happy that all wounds have settled nicely.

How long will I need help after surgery?

Generally you will need to have some help with shopping and childcare for the first week at a minimum as it is advisable not to lift anything heavy while your breasts are healing.

What bra should I wear post-op?

You should wear a soft, comfortable and supportive sports bra with no underwiring after your surgery. Front fastening bras are often easier to use after surgery so you are not stretching behind you when you put your bra on and take it off.

What should I do if I am worried post-op?

If you have any cause for concern after your surgery such as dressings being soiled or increasing pain and redness, then you should contact the hospital on the number provided on your discharge notes. Mr Lambe will also review you in the clinic 2 weeks after surgery and remove your dressings and check your breasts are healing nicely.

What about breast feeding?

Unfortunately, breast feeding is highly unlikely to be possible after this surgery.

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Schedule a Consultation with The Best Cosmetic Surgeon In Manchester

To make a personal appointment at a time and hospital of your choice in Manchester or Cheshire, please contact us via telephone or by using our Contact Form.

Reflect Clinic is located in Spire Manchester Hospital (in Didsbury) and Spire Cheshire (based in Warrington) and works with patients around the UK and abroad. If you live further afield then speak to Jayne and we can look after you further by helping with your transport and accommodation at a fabulous hotel nearby for your convenience and comfort.

If you would like to discuss improvements to your face and body and what can be achieved with plastic or cosmetic surgery, then come and see The Best Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon in Manchester (and Cheshire!) at the Spire Hospitals and discuss your options in a gentle and understanding environment with Gerard Lambe who you've most likely seen on BBC Breakfast, The Real Housewives of Cheshire and This Morning TV programmes as well as a host of national and local newspapers and many women's magazines.

Your Consultation cost is £195 so just call Jayne on 0161 393 3993 to schedule your Consultation and discuss both the cosmetic surgery procedure you are interested in and the options available to you.

 

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