Mums, you’re there for your kids all the time, through the birth, teething, and onwards to starting school. Many mums will take time out to care for their body, including a nutritious diet and regular exercise, both of which are important to maintain the health and fitness necessary to care for one’s family.
Many women experience significant body changes following pregnancy and birth that cannot be fully corrected with lifestyle adjustments. Multiple pregnancies only make these changes more obvious and challenging to address.
What Is A Mummy Makeover?
A Mummy Makeover procedure is a combination of different surgical and non-surgical procedures that can help reverse these changes.
At your consultations with Dr Vlad Milovic at his clinics in Melbourne and Canberra, you can discuss the combination of cosmetic surgery procedures which can be safely performed at the same time.
Common Mummy Makeover procedures include:
- Tummy tuck, with or without liposuction
- Breast augmentation
- Breast reduction
- Breast lift
- Facial procedures include anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers
- Genital rejuvenation
We’ve helped people across Victoria and the ACT get the results they want, so whether you’re in Curtin or Hawthorn, specialist assistance is close at hand.
Benefits Of A Mummy Makeover
Patients who have had the mummy makeover procedure have reported not only physical benefits but emotional ones too, such as improved self-confidence.
There are psychological effects that can remain with women long after their pregnancy and birth. Many of these effects are related to the loss of their figures, and can include:
- Feelings of embarrassment, especially in front of one’s partner when undressing
- Loss of sexual drive
- Depression and lack of motivation
- Social withdrawal
- Relationship problems
- Loss of confidence
- Lack of desire to maintain appearance
Although surgery cannot give you self-esteem, it can improve some aspects of your overall confidence. Some women have reported feeling embarrassed about their bodies, as well as frustration about not being able to fit into the clothes they once did, or clothes they want to wear.
In fact, there are many studies which have examined weight gain during and after pregnancy. These studies have linked body dissatisfaction with depression, psychological stress, overeating, and additional weight gain.
Often times, a good diet and exercise regime are not enough to get rid of the excess, sagging skin and loosened abdominal muscles after pregnancy. On the upside, diet and exercise should help you to achieve your ideal or goal weight and get you through the surgery and recovery process quicker and more easily. Some of our patients talked to us about how important it was to have their core and upper body strength during the immediate recovery period.
What A Mummy Makeover Will Not do
Like all cosmetic surgery, the Mummy Makeover cannot change external problems or events in your life. It cannot guarantee that you won’t go through a life changing event, such as divorce or relationship breakdowns. It also cannot find you a new partner or make financial problems go away. But when you feel better about yourself, you may find that changes will occur around you because you have helped make them happen.
A mummy makeover is not a substitute for weight loss which is best achieved through diet and exercise. Surgery is actually the final step in your weight loss journey, and is what’s left over from your great efforts. You shouldn’t have surgery until you have reached your goal weight (i.e. a weight you’re happy with) and have kept it constant for at least three months before seeing Dr Milovic for your first visit.
View examples of our successful procedures in our Mummy Makeover Photo Gallery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it right for me?
A mummy makeover is a very personal decision and you should have realistic goals and expectations before undergoing any surgical or non-surgical procedures. If you are unhappy with the appearance of certain areas of your post-baby body and face, Dr Vlad will examine those areas during your initial consultation and evaluate how a mummy makeover can achieve an improvement and meet your goals and expectations. If you are in good health and you are a non-smoker (or you are prepared to give up smoking for at least six weeks prior to and after surgery) then you may be well-suited to having a mummy makeover.
Will I need anaesthesia?
This will depend on the combination of body procedures you decide to have. Most of the procedures are day procedures performed under general anaesthesia or twilight sedation. In some cases a hospital stay may be required. The timing of the procedures can be anything from one to six hours depending on the procedures and on how many areas are being treated.
Modern anaesthesia is safe and effective, but does have some risks. Ask Dr Vlad and your Anaesthetist for more information. You can be assured that Dr Vlad will engage the services of a qualified Anaesthetist who is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) to perform your sedation and/or general anaesthesia.
Dr Vlad and/or your anaesthetist will ask you about all the medications you are taking or have taken, and any allergies you may have. Please make sure you have an up-to-date list before the surgery.
Will I have scarring?
This will depend on the procedures you decide to have. Scars are an inevitable part of any invasive surgery. As a fully qualified plastic and cosmetic surgeon, Dr Vlad will endeavour to minimise scarring and to keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible. Scars will fade and become barely noticeable over time.
If scarring is a concern for you after surgery, Dr Vlad will provide you with a scar treatment plan to expedite the healing of your scars. There are several treatment options including silicone gel and laser.
We have the Palomar® Artisan laser system, which is proven to give excellent results for scar reduction. Laser offers a non-invasive solution that uses fractional laser technology to deliver rapid, reliable scar removal with minimal healing time, minimal infection risk, and little to no pain.
Where will the surgery take place?
Depending upon your general health and the extent of the procedure, mummy makeovers are typically performed as day procedures or alternatively with an overnight hospital stay. Dr Vlad will only perform your mummy makeover in safe, accredited operating facilities.
What is the recovery period after a Mummy Makeover?
This will depend on the range of procedures you decide to have and on your body’s ability to recover.
What are the risks with a Mummy Makeover?
As with all surgery there are risks and potential complications. Dr Vlad will discuss these with you prior to any surgery taking place.
What are the costs?
Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery, but it should not be the only consideration. You have the right to be informed about the foreseeable costs before you have your surgery. This is called ‘informed financial consent’.
Costs associated with the procedure may include:
- Dr Milovic’s surgical fee
- Accredited hospital or surgical facility costs
- Anaesthesia fees
- Prescriptions for medication
- Post-surgery garments
- Medical tests (if required)
After your initial consultation with Dr Milovic, you will receive a written estimate of fees and an information pack to read before your second pre-surgery appointment. The second appointment is free of charge. Once you book your surgery, you will also have pre-operative photos taken.
In some cases, the final costs may vary from the original estimate because of complications, longer operative time, or changes requested by the patient. Additional procedures may also be necessary.
Where you might have an item number for this procedure, you should check with your private health insurer to see if any part of the procedure is covered. This could save you hospital accommodation costs and provide you with a rebate on the surgery cost.
For cosmetic procedures, you will be charged the goods and services tax (GST).
We welcome any questions you may have regarding fees.