Has your body changed after childbirth? We see many women who love being mums, but are keen to restore their bodies through a ‘mummy makeover’. Motherhood is undeniably one of life’s most rewarding experiences’ however it can take a toll on the body with many new mothers experiencing loose skin, Diatasis Recti (abdominal muscle separation), stubborn fat deposits as well as sagging and deflated breast tissue. Mummy makeovers are generally known as a combination of breast surgery and a tummy tuck and are fast becoming the go to choice for a high percentage of women post pregnancy.
Mummy makeovers aren’t purely cosmetic as most women view them as corrective procedures. They aren’t trying to look better than they’ve ever looked before, they just want to go back to how they looked before pregnancy, restoring their bodies to what they had. For example breast reduction, breast lifts and breast augmentations are popular choices for new mums. The degree of change women experience in their breast tissue can depend on whether they have breastfed, and the duration of their breastfeeding. The longer a woman has chosen to breastfeed, the more dramatic the changes in the appearance of her breasts. For women who have experienced descending breast tissue and some volume loss, a breast lift may be combined with a breast augmentation. If there are no changes in volume, a breast lift may be sufficient.
Another area most affected by pregnancy is the abdominal area. As the uterus expands during pregnancy, pressure is placed on the abdominal wall causes both the muscles and skin to expand resulting in laxity. These excess folds of skin can be unresponsive to diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty or a ‘tummy tuck’ allows the doctor to completely remodel the patients’ core and waistline through repair of the muscle separation and the removal of excess skin and fat. This procedure can also be combined with liposuction to achieve optimal results.
Liposuction is also popular for new mums in common problem areas that become more prominent post-pregnancy such as love handles, inner and outer thighs.