Mummy makeoverPublished on 23rd April 2019

Many new mums are concerned about their appearance post-pregnancy. Pregnancy puts a huge strain on the body, resulting in many physical changes. While having children is a wonderful experience, many women are left unhappy with their post-pregnancy bodies. Common areas of concern include loose, saggy abdominal skin, drooping breasts, and areas of stubborn fat deposits. Sometimes, diet and exercise are ineffective or only party effective in addressing these issues.

What is a mummy makeover?
A mummy makeover is a combination of several cosmetic procedures that are carried out to restore new mums to their pre-pregnancy appearance. Sometimes, a mummy makeover will consist of both cosmetic (plastic) surgery and non-surgical treatments. There are no “set” procedures in a Mummy Makeover – the procedures are undertaken according to the patient’s problem areas and are tailored to individual patients.

Typically, new mums will want to address one or all of the following issues: flabby tummies, sagging breasts, excess fat on the arms, thighs and hips, as well as stretch marks.

Most commonly, Mummy Makeovers consist of the following surgeries: breast augmentation/breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction.
It is not necessarily just mothers who have mummy makeovers carried out – they are also frequently carried out on women who have lost large amounts of weight and whose bodies have changed in a similar way.

Breast augmentation
Breast augmentation (boob job) is commonly carried out as part of a mummy makeover. The surgery involves the insertion of breast implants to increase the size of the breasts. The implants are placed under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle, depending on patient preference.
After pregnancy and breastfeeding, some women feel that their breasts are too small and breast augmentation surgery can improve the appearance of the breasts and increase confidence. Boob jobs are the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure carried out on women in the UK.

Mastopexy (breast lift)
For some women, breast lift surgery (mastopexy) is more appropriate than breast enlargement. This surgery, known as mastopexy, addresses sagginess and droopiness and loss of breast volume, without increasing the size of the breasts.
During pregnancy and breast feeding, the fibrous bands which support the breast become distended, damaging them and stretching skin. After this, the breasts then shrink, settling in to the stretched skin, then gravity pulls them further down.
Mastopexy surgery allows women to regain the youthful appearance of their breasts by removing the loose skin, lifting the breasts and reshaping them, making them firmer and higher.
Breast reduction surgery can also be carried out as part of a mummy makeover to reduce the size of very large breasts.

Tummy tuck
During pregnancy, the abdominal skin and the muscles stretch to accommodate the growing baby. This can result in loose skin, stretch marks and weak stomach muscles. Some women are lucky enough to revert back to their pre-pregnancy shape almost immediately, but it is very common for these problems to persist. Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is performed to remove excess skin and fat, and to tighten and restore the abdominal muscles to their previous state.

Liposuction is the surgical procedure used to remove stubborn areas of excess fat that aren’t improved by diet and exercise. Liposuction, or liposculpture as it’s sometimes known, is used to reshape specific areas of the body. It is not a weight-loss solution, but it sculpts and contours areas that have really stubborn fat deposits. Liposuction is frequently carried out on the abdomen, arms, buttocks, hips and thighs.
During liposuction, a narrow metal tube is inserted into small incisions in the targeted area(s) and the fat is removed using either a vacuum pump or syringe. Surgery causes substantial bruising, numbness and swelling, however, this does depend on the size of the area treated and bruising and discolouration can sometimes last for around a month and the swelling may take considerably longer to settle down. The final results of the liposuction won’t actually be visible for several months after the surgery.

Mummy makeovers with Liverpool Cosmetic Clinic
A mummy makeover can be beneficial to restore the confidence of any woman who is unhappy with her post baby body. As with any cosmetic procedure, a thorough consultation is necessary and our highly experienced, fully accredited consultant plastic surgeons will help you decide if a mummy makeover is right for you.

Get in touch with Liverpool Cosmetic Clinic to discuss your mummy makeover in Manchester and surrounding areas.

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