A woman’s body can change after pregnancy. For those unhappy with how their body has changed, wishing to restore it to its shape pre-baby, there are surgical and non-surgical options available to help women improve their figure. “Mummy makeovers,” as they are sometimes referred to, do not follow a specific, standard formula. This is a highly customisable set of procedures that address the problems unique to each mother.
The aim of plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures after pregnancy is improvements in post-pregnancy changes to the body and face. We recognise that new mothers are time-poor, and shorter recovery periods are optimal. As such, we provide you with treatment plans and recommendations to assist you in getting back into your normal day-to-day activities as soon as possible.
Common surgical and non-surgical procedures post pregnancy are those that treat areas like the face, breasts, and tummy:
***Please note, as of January 2016 Medicare changes have affected the costs associated with abdominoplasty following pregnancy, as well as other Body Contouring procedures. Please read about these changes and how it will affect you: Urgent information for patients considering Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty surgery
What Surgeries Does a Mummy Makeover Consist Of?
Abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck,” removes excess skin and fat, usually from the lower abdomen. This is a common problem after pregnancy, due to the area being stretched. The surgery also tightens the abdominal muscles resulting in improved contour and tone as well as functionality of the abdomen. A tummy tuck is best performed after you plan to not have any more children, and you are at your ideal, stable weight.
Meet your Surgeon
Dr. Steve Merten
Meet your Surgeon
Education and Training:
- Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from Sydney University in 1991
- Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2001
- Fellowships in Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Surgery at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery and Monash University
- Fellowship in Breast Reconstruction at the University of British Columbia, Canada
- Clinical Senior Lecturer in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and Plastic Surgery Fellowship Program Director at Macquarie University, Sydney
- Consultant Plastic Surgeon Concord Hospital, Sydney
- Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training, Concord Hospital
- Consultant Plastic Surgeon at numerous top Sydney private hospitals, including:
- Macquarie University Hospital
- Hunters Hill Private Hospital
- North Shore Specialist Day Hospital
- Plastic Surgery Representative NSW Members Advisory Committee Avant Mutual
- Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
- Member, Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
- Member, Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS)
- Member, Australian Medical Association
- Member, ANZPATH (Australia and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health)
- Member, WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health)
Pregnancy and breast-feeding often lead to dramatic changes in the breast appearance, with loss of volume commonly experienced. This results in breasts being “deflated” and smaller in size, with loose skin and “sagging” breasts. Breast Implants can restore volume in your breasts, aiding in fullness and improving their overall shape.
Mastopexy, or breast lift, is ideal when you are content with the size of your breasts, and you wish to retain the same size while correcting saggy and/or loose breasts caused by pregnancy. A mastopexy offers women the chance to restore their breast shape and position by lifting the tissue. This provides firmer breasts and better-positioned nipples.
Augmentation mastopexy combines a breast lift with implants to increase the size of the breasts while also addressing drooping (“ptosis”) with loose skin, which often results from pregnancy, breast-feeding, and major weight loss. If there is minimal loose skin present, breast implants alone may be sufficient for filling the drooping breasts. On the other hand, if the breasts are of an adequate size but the tissue has become lax and is drooping, a mastopexy without implants may be more appropriate. The most appropriate surgery or combination will be discussed during your consultation.
Liposuction is ideal for those wanting to remove those stubborn areas of fat that, even after diet and exercise, just won’t budge. Hormonal changes that occur with pregnancy and breast-feeding can cause storage of excess fat, particularly in the body’s mid-section, that is, tummy, buttocks and thighs. Liposuction can assist in reshaping and contouring your body to its pre-pregnancy form. However, the procedure is intended to reduce isolated pockets of fat and is not recommended for weight loss. Ideal patients are those at their goal weight and fitness level. Liposuction can also be combined with other cosmetic surgeries such as tummy tuck or excess skin removal to further improve body contour.
Women who experience unwanted changes in their external genitalia after childbirth can often improve their comfort and appearance with the help of labiaplasty. This procedure is designed to enhance the vulva area to address looseness, uneven labia, and excess tissue. Following a labiaplasty, patients typically have less irritation in their everyday life, feel more comfortable wearing form-fitting clothes, reduce discomfort during sexual intimacy, and experience a boost in their self-confidence.
What Non-surgical Treatments Can Be in a Mummy Makeover?
Anti-wrinkle Injections and Dermal Fillers
After pregnancy and with the new demands of motherhood, women often experience hormonal changes and are chronically tired, both of which can lead to changes in their facial skin. For concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, cosmetic injectables can be used to minimise signs of age, as well as restore volume for a more refreshed, youthful appearance. Both anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers can effectively address facial aging with little to no downtime.
CLATUU™ Fat Reduction
CLATUU™ is a non-invasive method of reducing fat to create a more contoured physique. The procedure is designed to treat stubborn areas of fat that have proven resistant to a healthy diet and routine exercise. CLATUU™ can effectively reduce these trouble areas by freezing fat through the crystallisation of the targeted cells. This causes apoptosis, which is the temperature at which subcutaneous fat is destroyed without the surrounding tissue being damaged. The fat is then slowly removed from the body through natural metabolic processes. Our team offers CLATUU™ with dual applicators for better coverage, results, and treatment efficiency. Some of the most popular areas treated include the abdomen, flanks, back, bra bulge, love handles, and thighs.
What Should I Consider Before Undergoing a Mummy Makeover?
During your consultation, one of our surgeons will determine whether you are a good candidate for a mummy makeover and explain what you need to consider before moving forward. It is important to note that the surgery is not meant for extreme weight loss, and you should be at your ideal weight before undergoing the procedure. In addition, it is best if you do not plan to have any more children in the future, as pregnancy can compromise your mummy makeover results. To ensure your recovery goes smoothly, we require patients to refrain from smoking, as this can complicate the healing process.
What Does the Mummy Makeover Recovery Entail?
The recovery after a mummy makeover will vary based on the specifics of each case. Those who need their breasts and tummy reshaped can often undergo both procedures at once, shortening their recovery and achieving a greater transformation. For most mummy makeovers, patients will need adequate rest for the first week, beginning to move and walk around according to what their surgeon advises. You should make sure to have help taking care of young children during this initial period of your recovery. Strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks to allow yourself enough time to heal. More personalised details will be provided to you during your consultation so you know what to expect. This will include post-operative care instructions for resting, wound care, medications, special garments, and when to return for follow-up visits.
What Will My Scars Look Like After My Mummy Makeover?
As with any surgery, scars cannot be avoided with the mummy makeover. While the location and size of each incision will be determined by the specific procedures performed, our plastic surgeons utilise advanced surgical techniques to ensure scars are minimal and are in areas that are easily concealed. More details about how to care for your incisions and promote healing will be explained to you prior to your surgery.
Mummy Makeover Before & After Photos
How Much Does a Mummy Makeover Cost?
The cost of a mummy makeover will depend upon the combination of procedures being performed, the number of operations needed to complete these, and the extent of the surgical improvement desired. Once your plastic surgeon has tailored a treatment plan to address your concerns, our team can provide you with a detailed plan of the fees associated with your mummy makeover. If any of your procedures are covered by Medicare, you will be responsible for determining this and claiming a rebate from your insurance provider. Our team would be happy to assist in any way we can should you have any questions or concerns regarding the cost of your mummy makeover.