It’s no secret that pregnancy can change your body in more ways than one, which is why the “Mummy Makeover” has become one of the most popular surgery packages.
In the last month of pregnancy, your uterus can reach the size of a watermelon. Your abdominal muscles have stretched over your uterus and your skin may have developed stretch marks. After the delivery, oestrogen and progesterone levels drop and you begin to produce milk to feed your new born, making your breasts swell.
The swelling and stretching during this period can leave the abdomen and breasts sagging permanently. The extent to which your body changes from your pre-baby state depends on your genetic makeup and the quality of your tissues. About 6 weeks after child birth your uterus has returned to its normal size however, in many cases, the abdominal muscles and tissue get so stretched out, that they never return to their Pre-pregnancy condition.
It may be that your body needs more time to recover. It had to undergo changes for 9 months so don’t expect to be your ideal body immediately. Especially as the demands of a new infant may make a meaningful exercise routine impossible.
When should you consider a Mummy Makeover?
Dr Mark Hanikeri, Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Perth, recommends waiting at least 1 year post childbirth of your final child before you consider any surgery. You must also have finished breast feeding for at least 6 month. During your consult, he will be able to determine which surgery he recommends based on his experience, your post baby body state and your personal body goals.
The surgery that may be considered includes (click on each surgery for more in depth information):
Breast: Augmentation, Lift, Reduction and Implant Revision
Body: Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Labiaplasty
How long will you be hospitalised for after your Mummy Makeover?
You will obviously need to know how long you will be away from your family and Dr Mark Hanikeri will be able to offer specific time frames for your hospital stay based on your elected surgery. Most women can expect to stay one to two nights in hospital after surgery. You will also be scheduled for a minimum of 2 post-surgery check-ups to monitor your recovery. This is one of the most important reasons (aside from your general wellbeing) to opt for a Mummy Makeover with a Specialist Surgeon where you live. We do not advise going overseas for any type of surgery. It is extremely important to carefully follow your surgeon’s recovery instructions to ensure you have the best possible outcome.
How much is a Mummy Makeover in Perth?
As mentioned above, your Mummy Makeover will be tailored to your needs which means that the cost can vary considerably. Some procedures may have cover from Medicare and private insurance. The anticipated costs of your planned surgery will be covered in detail after your initial consultation.
To book a consultation with Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Mark Hanikeri please call 08 9380 0311.
To view our Mummy Makeover Gallery please click here.
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