The journey from pregnancy to motherhood is one of the best experiences that any woman can go through. But with the joy of becoming a mum also comes the many changes that you will go through physically, and it might affect not only how you look but also how you feel about yourself. A lot of mothers look at themselves in the mirror and see sagging breasts, some extra baby fat, and stretch marks, all of which can affect their confidence. But, if you experience any or all of this, you don’t need to worry because you can always get a mummy makeover.
But what is a mummy makeover? Here are some of the procedures that are often included as part of a mummy makeover:
The breasts are one of the first parts of your body to change once you become pregnant, and they go through more physical changes when you start breastfeeding. You may experience sagging of your breast skin, or it could become smaller, especially when you’re breastfeeding. Good thing, there’s breast augmentation, which is defined by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons as “a cosmetic procedure or a reconstructive procedure in the case of breast reconstruction surgery. The procedure involves implants being inserted beneath the breasts to enlarge them.”
Also called breast implants, this procedure helps to enlarge small breasts or even up their size. It also helps to get back the breast’s volume after pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss. Breast augmentation is also performed on women who need breast reconstruction after an injury or mastectomy.
If you’ve been struggling to lose all that excess belly fat with diet and exercise, or you’re left with sagging belly skin after you lost the baby weight, you may want to consider getting a tummy tuck instead. Also called abdominoplasty, this cosmetic procedure involves removing the excess skin and fat mostly in the lower abdomen and tightening the abdominal wall muscles to help you get your confidence back when wearing a bikini.
A tummy tuck is not the same as liposuction, although they are targeting the same area. But some cosmetic surgeons would recommend that you get liposuction with a tummy tuck to make sure that you get the best results from your surgery. But, since abdominoplasty is considered major surgery, it’s very important to not only trust the right professional but also make sure that you are fit enough to undergo this procedure. Aside from weight changes and pregnancy, some women also choose to undergo a tummy tuck to keep their lower abdomen taut and even correct their natural body type.
Another option for correcting the size and shape of your breast after pregnancy or childbirth is to undergo a breast lift. Also known as mastopexy, this procedure is done by removing any excess skin in the breast area to raise its position and tighten any surrounding tissues to give it a better shape. A breast lift is also done to correct an enlarged areola because of breastfeeding or ageing. But unlike breast augmentation, breast lift surgery doesn’t make your breasts look bigger or make them look fuller. It’s only performed to improve the position and shape of your breasts.
Now, if you want to increase the size of your breasts while correcting their position, you can do an augmentation mastopexy instead. This procedure combines your traditional breast lift with implants to address both the excess skin that causes your breasts to sag while making them look bigger and fuller. According to studies, the placement of implants together with mastopexy has been proven safe and with fewer complications.
You may be among the many women who don’t want to talk about this but any unwanted changes in your genital area after giving birth could affect your confidence, especially in being intimate with your partner. Some women also experience discomfort in their external genitalia, which makes it harder to be intimate, especially if there’s any loose or excess tissue or if the labia is uneven.
Fortunately, this problem can now be addressed through a procedure called labiaplasty, which is done using different surgical techniques depending on what needs to be corrected or your preferences as a patient. But the main goal for labiaplasty is to reduce the size of the labia, which usually becomes enlarged with ageing, childbirth, genetics or sexual activity. Some women also undergo this cosmetic procedure to correct their enlarged labia that causes discomfort in exercising and other physical activities and may cause urinary tract infections or hygiene problems.
Liposuction is probably one of the most popular types of cosmetic procedures because it targets the excess belly fat that’s hard to get rid of with a simple diet and exercise. But this procedure is also done on the thighs, hips, back, buttocks, arms, and even the face to improve its shape. Liposuction can also be done in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures such as tummy tuck, facelift or breast augmentation.
If you have any excess skin and fat in these parts of your body and especially on your midsection, you can do liposuction to help get back your body’s shape and contour from when before you were pregnant. It focuses on reducing the isolated pockets of fat in these areas. But liposuction is not recommended for weight loss. It’s only advised by a surgeon if you are already fit, and you just want to get rid of any excess skin and fat so that you can improve your body’s contour.
Now, if you’re still not ready to go through surgery to correct any physical changes that came with your pregnancy and childbirth, you can also try these non-surgical treatments as part of your mummy makeover:
CLATUU fat reduction
While liposuction and tummy tuck are two of the most popular options in reducing excess fat, you can also choose to go with CLATUU, which is a non-invasive technique in removing excess fat and building a better body contour. This non-invasive cosmetic procedure is designed to target the most stubborn areas of the body that can’t be removed with just diet and exercise.
This technology works by freezing fat to cause apoptosis, a state where temperature causes the subcutaneous fat to be destroyed while keeping the surrounding tissues intact. Unlike liposuction, where those excess fats are suctioned out of the body, CLATUU allows for the fat to be removed through the body’s natural metabolic process.
Dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections
Pregnancy and childbirth cause a lot of physical and hormonal changes in the body. The changes would usually result in fine lines, wrinkles, and other problems with your skin and physique. But if you’re not ready to undergo more invasive cosmetic procedures just yet, you can try getting dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections that will not only correct the fine lines and wrinkles but also allow you to enjoy a more youthful glow even with the demands of motherhood.
Things to consider before getting a mummy makeover
Getting a mummy makeover means that you’re going to need time to rest and recover after your procedure. There are also a lot of things that you need to consider to make sure that you are fit for the surgery that you want. For one, it’s important to consult a surgeon to see which areas of your body you’d like to improve and what your options are in terms of surgical procedures. You may also need to be assessed for your medical history, underlying medical conditions and physical fitness to ensure that you can undergo surgery safely and recover fast.
Take note that these surgical procedures are mainly done to correct any flaws in your body like excess fat, sagging skin and uneven breasts. If you want to lose weight, it’s still best to exercise and eat right so you’re not only shedding those extra pounds but you’re also making sure that you stay healthy.
Finally, you need to think about your recovery period once you undergo surgery. Some women choose to undergo two procedures at once to shorten the recovery time so they can get back to their normal routine. But it’s necessary to consult your surgeon first to know if you’re fit enough to undergo more than one surgery at a time. It’s also important to plan your recovery period by having someone to drive you to and from the hospital, take care of the chores and watch over you as you recover from your surgery.
You will need to avoid any strenuous activities for several weeks following surgery to give your body enough time to heal and recover. This is why it’s crucial to plan everything properly to avoid any hassles and complications during and after your surgery. Discuss your options and plan of care with your surgeon to know exactly what you should expect. They can also advise you on what and what not to do prior to the procedure.