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Mummy Makeover

Mummy Makeover

Life after having children is full of joy and unforgettable moments. However, it can also bring about some changes to your body that you might not be entirely comfortable with. This is where a Mummy Makeover comes in. A Mummy Makeover is one of today’s most popular combinations of cosmetic surgery techniques in the UK, designed specifically to address common issues faced by women who have been through changes in appearance after having children from pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Anca Breahna is a highly skilled and experienced Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgeon. With her extensive background and expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery she is well-equipped to perform Mummy Makeover procedures.

 

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At a glance

Length of stay
3-6 hours
Anaesthesia
General anaesthetic
Length of stay
1-2 nights
Recovery
2-3 weeks off work
Sports
12 weeks

Table of Contents

What Is a Mummy Makeover?

A Mummy Makeover is not just one procedure, but a series of cosmetic surgeries that target the areas of your body most impacted by pregnancy and childbirth. This usually includes the breasts, abdomen, hips, and sometimes even the thighs and buttocks.

The aim of a Mummy Makeover is to help you regain the body you had before pregnancy, or even improve upon it. Every woman is different, so every Mummy Makeover is uniquely tailored to meet the individual needs and desired outcomes of each patient. Remember, a Mummy Makeover is not a one-size-fits-all solution but a personalised plan developed in conjunction with your plastic surgeon.


Who Needs a Mummy Makeover?

If you’re a mother who has finished childbearing and breastfeeding and you’re finding it hard to regain your pre-pregnancy shape despite diet and exercise, a Mummy Makeover might be an option worth considering. You might be an eligible candidate for the procedure if:

You’ve completed childbearing

The ideal candidate for a Mummy Makeover is someone who has finished having children. The reason for this is simple: having another baby after the procedure can reverse the changes made during the surgery. Therefore, it’s recommended that women wait until they’re done growing their families before considering a Mummy Makeover.

You’re at a stable weight

If you’re planning on losing a significant amount of weight, it might be best to achieve this goal before undergoing a Mummy Makeover. Major fluctuations in weight after the procedure could affect the results, leading to a less satisfactory outcome. A stable weight helps ensure that the improvements made during the surgery last over time.

You’re in good general health

As with any surgery, being in good health is important. Conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or any disorder that can affect healing may make the procedure riskier. Make sure to discuss any existing health conditions with your plastic surgeon during your consultation.

You’re able to take time for recovery

Recovery from a Mummy Makeover requires time and rest. You’ll need to take time off from work and arrange for help with children and household duties during your recovery period. Understanding and planning for the recovery time needed is a key factor in deciding if a Mummy Makeover is right for you.


Benefits of Mummy Makeover

The changes that occur in a woman’s body during pregnancy and childbirth can often leave lasting effects that diet and exercise alone may not be able to rectify. Post pregnancy procedures, such as those included in a Mummy Makeover, can offer several benefits. Here’s an in-depth look at some of them:

Improved Body Contouring

Mummy Makeover can help restore a more pleasing contour to your body. For instance:

  • A tummy tuck can help flatten a belly that’s become distended due to separated abdominal muscles, a common post-pregnancy issue
  • Liposuction can remove stubborn pockets of fat that may have accumulated during pregnancy and haven’t responded to diet or exercise
  • Breast augmentation or lift can help restore volume and lift to breasts that may have sagged or deflated after breastfeeding

One Recovery Period

Since a Mummy Makeover involves performing multiple procedures at once, you only have to go through one recovery period. This means less overall downtime compared to having each procedure performed separately.

Procedures

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Mummy Makeover Procedures

A Mummy Makeover typically involves a combination of procedures tailored to meet the unique needs and goals of each individual. Let’s discuss some of the most commonly included procedures in detail:

Procedure 1: Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

A tummy tuck addresses the midsection, which often undergoes significant changes during pregnancy. It can:

  • Remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, leading to a flatter and firmer belly
  • Tighten separated or weakened abdominal muscles (diastasis recti), which can occur during pregnancy
  • Improve the appearance of stretch marks, particularly those located below the navel

Procedure 2: Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation aims to restore or enhance the volume of the breasts. This is often desired by women who find their breasts have lost volume or shape after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Depending on the patient’s goals, this procedure can:

  • Increase the size of the breasts using implants
  • Improve the shape of the breasts, creating a more symmetrical appearance
  • Enhance the overall balance of your figure

Procedure 3: Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

A breast lift, sometimes combined with breast augmentation, aims to address sagging breasts, a common concern after breastfeeding. This procedure can:

  • Elevate the position of the breasts, creating a more youthful and perky appearance
  • Reposition the nipples and areolas if they point downward or have stretched out
  • Reduce the size of enlarged areolas

Procedure 4: Liposuction

Liposuction addresses stubborn pockets of fat that can accumulate during pregnancy and remain resistant to diet and exercise. This procedure can:

  • Remove excess fat from specific areas such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks
  • Enhance the contour and shape of the body
  • Create a smoother, leaner profile

Procedure 5: Labiaplasty

While less common, some women opt for labiaplasty as part of their Mummy Makeover. Pregnancy and childbirth can cause changes in the labia, leading to discomfort or self-consciousness. A labiaplasty can:

  • Reduce the length of the labia minora if it has become elongated
  • Improve comfort during physical activities, including exercise and sexual intercourse
  • Boost self-assurance in intimate situations

These are just a few of the procedures that may be included in a Mummy Makeover. The specific procedures chosen will depend on your personal goals and the advice of your plastic surgeon.

How Is the Mummy Makeover Performed?

The first step of a Mummy Makeover is an initial consultation with Anca. During this meeting, you’ll discuss your goals, expectations, and any concerns you might have. This is also when your plastic surgeon will evaluate your health, discuss the procedure in detail, and plan the course of treatment.

On the day of the surgery, depending on the procedures involved, general anaesthesia will be administered. The sequence of procedures and the duration will vary based on the specific surgeries included in your Mummy Makeover. It’s important to note that although multiple procedures are performed, they are usually completed in one operation to minimise recovery time.


Recovery after a Mummy Makeover

Recovery is a key aspect of a Mummy Makeover, and understanding what to expect can help prepare you for this process. Here’s what you should know:

Recovery Phase 1: Immediately After Surgery

  • You will likely experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising after surgery. This is normal and your plastic surgeon will prescribe medication to manage pain and discomfort
  • Depending on the extent of your procedures, you may need to stay in the hospital or surgical centre for a night or two for observation and care
  • You will be wearing compression garments to support your healing tissues and minimise swelling

Recovery Phase 2: The First Few Weeks

  • You will need to take it easy for the first few weeks. Strenuous activities, including heavy lifting and intense exercise, should be avoided
  • You will have follow-up appointments with Anca to check your healing progress and to remove any drains or sutures
  • It is normal to feel tired or fatigued during this time, so rest as much as possible
  • You should maintain a healthy diet to support your healing process

Recovery Phase 3: Resuming Activities and Long-Term Healing

  • Depending on your personal healing progress and the type of work you do, you may be able to return to work in 2-3 weeks
  • You should gradually reintroduce exercise and normal activities as advised by your plastic surgeon
  • Swelling and bruising will continue to diminish, and you’ll begin to see the new shape of your body
  • The full results of your Mummy Makeover will appear over several months as your body continues to heal and settle

Recovery Tips

  • Arrange for help: Since you’ll need to rest and avoid strenuous activities, arrange for someone to help with household chores and childcare during your recovery period
  • Follow Anca’s instructions: Your plastic surgeon will provide detailed instructions for post-operative care. This may include caring for surgical sites, medications to apply or take orally, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon
  • Stay hydrated and maintain a balanced diet: Proper nutrition plays an important role in healing. Stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet rich in protein to promote wound healing and boost your immune system
  • Listen to your body: Every person’s recovery process is unique. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t hesitate to contact your plastic surgeon

Risks of a Mummy Makeover Procedure

While a Mummy Makeover can bring impressive results, as with any surgery, it comes with certain risks. Here are some of the potential complications:

Surgical Complications

These are general risks that can occur with any type of surgery, such as:

  • Infection: Though rare, there’s a risk of developing an infection at the surgical site. This is usually managed with antibiotics
  • Bleeding or haematoma: There can be a risk of excessive bleeding or the development of a hematoma, which is a pocket of blood that resembles a large, painful bruise
  • Adverse reactions to anaesthesia: Some people may have allergic reactions or other adverse responses to anaesthesia

Procedure-Specific Complications

Depending on the specific procedures performed during your Mummy Makeover, you may face other risks:

  • Scarring: All surgeries leave some level of scarring. Skilled surgeons use techniques to minimise and hide scars as much as possible, but the visibility of scars can also depend on your body’s healing response
  • Changes in sensation: Some procedures, like breast surgeries, can lead to temporary or permanent changes in skin or nipple sensation
  • Implant-related complications: If your makeover includes breast augmentation, there are risks related to the implants such as rupture, capsular contracture (hardening of the tissue around the implant), or the need for future revision surgeries

Aesthetic Risks

These are risks related to the cosmetic outcome of the procedure:

  • Asymmetry: While minor differences in body symmetry are normal, significant asymmetry can occur after surgery
  • Dissatisfaction with cosmetic results: There’s always a risk that the results may not meet your expectations. This could be in terms of size, shape, or overall appearance
  • Need for revision surgery: If complications occur, or if you’re not satisfied with the initial results, you may need additional surgery

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Frequently asked questions

You might be a suitable candidate for this procedure if you are not happy with the shape and appearance of your body after pregnancy and childbirth. Your needs and suitability will be addressed at your initial consultation.

Mummy makeover entails combinations of tightening and contouring treatments like tummy tuck, liposuction and breast surgery like breast uplift or augmentation. These procedures can be performed at the same time.

The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic for your comfort. This means you will not feel any pain during the surgery. After surgery, a certain level of discomfort is normal and easily managed with analgesic medication prescribed by Anca.

You may need to spend 1 or 2 nights in hospital after mummy makeover surgery. The next 2-3 weeks recovery following the operation will require a period of low level activity and time off work. Driving may be possible after 2 – 3 weeks. It may need up to 4 weeks before travelling abroad and up to 12 weeks before returning to the gym.

It’s generally recommended to wait at least six months after childbirth before having a Mummy Makeover. This allows your body to recover naturally from pregnancy and childbirth, and for you to reach a stable weight. Also, if you’re breastfeeding, you should wait until several months after you’ve stopped to allow your breasts to settle into their natural shape.

The results of a Mummy Makeover can be long-lasting, provided you maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle. Keep in mind that these procedures can’t stop the natural ageing process, so your body will continue to change over time. It’s important to have realistic expectations and discuss them thoroughly with your plastic surgeon.

About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.

 

 

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Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

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How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire on 0800 080 6026 or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

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