After having a baby, many patients struggle to regain their pre-pregnancy body. The journey of having a baby can change your body, the shape of your breasts and leave you with excess skin, especially in the abdomen. While all of these things are entirely natural, a mummy makeover addresses all the concerns women have after childbirth and pregnancy.
What is a Mummy Makeover?
A mummy makeover is a term that covers a variety of procedures to restore your pre-baby body. It targets the parts of the body that often change throughout pregnancy and childbirth. The surgery is entirely customisable to your areas of concern.
Typically, a mummy makeover includes:
- Tummy tuck
- Breast surgery: breast implants, breast lift, or breast fat transfer
A mummy makeover can target several areas like the breasts, abdomen, thighs, and hips to restore and rejuvenate your body after having a baby. It can also include labiaplasty (designer vagina) if that’s an area of concern, as well as an arm lift and thigh lift. Depending on your concerns, your surgery will usually take several hours and target multiple problems.
Breast procedures such as implants or a breast reduction create firmer breasts in a higher, more youthful position. After breastfeeding and pregnancy, it’s normal for breasts to be in a lower position. If you also have loose and excess skin around the stomach, then a tummy tuck can help to target various areas in one surgery.
How Soon After Pregnancy and Childbirth Can You Have a Mummy Makeover?
Despite following a healthy diet and exercise regime, it can be challenging to shift extra baby weight and target excess skin. After breastfeeding, the shape of breasts can change, and many patients experience sagging or hanging. A mummy makeover can do wonders for your self-esteem and confidence to help you feel comfortable after childbirth.
So, how long do you need to wait after childbirth to have a mummy makeover?
First, you have to be fully healed and recovered from childbirth before considering a mummy makeover. It can take around 6 weeks to recover after a cesarean, but you need to wait longer before considering any surgery. New mothers should wait at least 6 months after having a baby before plastic surgery. For some patients, you may need to wait up to 1 year. It can take a while for your body to settle back into normalcy after having a baby.
If you’re looking to include breast surgery, you would need to wait 3 to 6 months after your milk production stops. Your body continues to change after childbirth, so it’s vital that you give your body the chance to heal and recover before putting your body under stress from surgery.
It’s easy to think that you can opt for a mummy makeover soon after childbirth to restore your pre-baby body. The reality is much different. Performing the procedure too soon after childbirth would not be safe or create the best result.
Another factor to consider is whether you plan on having any more children. If the answer is yes, then it’s a good idea to hold off on plastic surgery plans. Future pregnancy should factor into your decision of having a mummy makeover. Delaying your mummy makeover until you have finished having children will help you to retain the best results for longer.
The right time to have a mummy makeover depends on the following factors:
- Future family plans
- How long it takes you to recover from childbirth
- Past and current medical health
Do You Need to be Close to Your Ideal Weight?
The procedures in a mummy makeover like liposuction or a tummy tuck aren’t weight-loss surgeries. That means you should be as close to your ideal weight as possible. Losing weight after having a baby takes time, but it’s important that you’re close to your ideal weight.
The first step in your mummy makeover journey is speaking to an expert plastic surgeon. In your initial mummy makeover consultation, you will discuss your concerns, hopes, and expectations. Your surgeon will talk about the procedure, risks and show you previous patient results to give you an idea of what to expect.
Body contouring procedures like liposuction or a tummy tuck are not weight-loss procedures. So, it’s important that you’re at a stable and healthy weight before your procedure. This is because being at a healthy weight reduces the risk of complications like infection, wound healing issues, and blood clots. Being close to your ideal weight will help put you in a good position for a smooth recovery.
Mummy Makeover Before and After UK
Here are some mummy makeover before and after images at the Harley Clinic.
How to Prepare for a Mummy Makeover
If you’re considering a mummy makeover after having a baby, the first step is to book a cosmetic surgery consultation with an expert plastic surgeon. You should be fully recovered from childbirth.
During your consultation, you will talk about your hopes and desires. Your plastic surgeon will perform a physical assessment and you will discuss the surgical options. It could be that you have one specific procedure in mind or a range of procedures. Go into your consultation with an open mind and realistic expectations.
There are pros and cons to having several procedures in one surgery. Some patients like the idea of getting it all done in one and only recovering once. While others prefer to spread procedures out; it’s a personal choice. If you wish to lose weight or breastfeed in the future, it may be a good idea to finish your weight loss journey or family plans before considering a mummy makeover.
Mummy Makeover London
Feeling good about your appearance can impact your confidence and self-esteem. At the Harley Clinic, we can provide you with all the information you need so you can decide if a mummy makeover is the right choice for you.
To start your mummy makeover journey, book a consultation today at our Harley Street cosmetic surgery clinic in London.