A Mummy Makeover procedure can be a combination of a Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift or Breast Reduction surgery and either a Tummy Tuck, Extended Tummy Tuck or Belt Lipectomy. A woman may require a breast procedure for a variety of reasons such as breastfeeding, fluctuating weight, skin elasticity, genetics and/or ageing, causing the breasts to sag (ptosis) to varying degrees. A Tummy Tuck is ideal for those wanting to remove loose, sagging skin or fat tissue following weight loss or pregnancy.
CosMediTour – Mummy Makeover
|Surgeon:||Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon or Cosmetic Surgeon|
|Surgery Time:||3 – 6 hours|
Note: Twilight Sedation is not used. What is this?
|Hospitalisation:||2 – 3 nights|
|Time Away:||7 nights|
|Post-Operative Appointment/s:||Follow up 3 – 5 days|
|Recovery time:||2 weeks – 12 months|
Breast Lift Technique Options
Depending on the level of sagging (ptosis), there are several breast lift technique options. These are decided on by our Surgeons on a case-by-case basis.
Crescent Lift (Nipple)
Involves removing a crescent-shaped section of tissue above the areola and pulling the skin higher towards the top of the breast. This is suitable for patients with slight sagging (ptosis) requiring a minor lift.
Doughnut Lift (Periareolar)
A section of tissue around the areola border will be cut in the shape of a doughnut and removed. In some cases, a little more tissue is removed above the areola (as with the Crescent Lift) to compensate for a lifting effect when sutured. This is suitable for patients with slight sagging (ptosis) and smaller breasts.
Lollipop Lift (Vertical Lift)
The incision is made around the nipple area with a straight line running from under the areola to the Inframammary Breast Fold (IMF). This lift is suitable for those patients who have larger breasts and medium sagging (ptosis).
Anchor Lift (Full Mastopexy)
This involves an anchor-shaped incision, following the natural curve of the breast starting at the base of the areola, then runs down the breast fold. Nipple removal and repositioning will be necessary. This technique is for those patients with larger breasts and a higher degree of sagging (ptosis), where the nipple lies below the Inframammary Breast Fold (IMF).
Tummy Tuck Technique Options
Abdominal surgery and/or contouring can include more than one standard procedure, some of these may include:
This is a smaller Abdominoplasty, also called a Mini Tummy Tuck, this addresses the excess skin below the belly button but does not allow for the muscles to tighten. The advantage of using this procedure is a shorter, less visible scar.
Involves removing the skin below the belly button and tightening the muscles. A Tummy Tuck can also be combined with abdominal Liposuction to remove the fat deposits.
By using this technique, you will achieve maximum tightening of the abdominal tissue. However, the incision will usually run from hip to hip.
Is used if weight loss has led to excess skin extending around the hip. An extension of the Abdominoplasty, this procedure can be used to remove excess skin over the hip to improve body contour. The incision is slightly larger than that of a traditional Abdominoplasty.
Also known as ‘Lower Body Lift’, this procedure commonly reshapes the abdomen, hips and buttocks and is an extension of the Tummy Tuck. The incision runs completely around the front and back of the lower torso. Belt Lipectomy procedure redefines the deeper tissues of the abdomen and flanks, which can be ideal for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and are wanting to remove the redundant skin around the lower torso.
Potential Surgery Risks and Complications vary from patient to patient depending on a range of factors and the extent of Mummy Makeover surgical procedures required. Regardless of how remote, the potential risks are listed below. Your own research is essential especially if you are considering surgery. Following pre and post-surgical care and instructions will also reduce your risks. See the following potential risks and complications include and not limited to:
- Temporary pain, swelling, bruising, infection, scarring, the fluid build-up (seroma), bleeding and haematoma, numbness, Keloid scarring, reaction to anaesthesia and medications
- Poor healing or Necrosis (common with smokers)
- Suture complications
- Wound separation – patients who undergo Breast Augmentation during Breast Lift surgery should be prepared for wound separation, especially if proceeding with a large implant size
- Loss of sensation to the nipples and areola/s after repositioning
- Change in nipple sensation (hypersensitive or non-sensitive)
- Implant rupture
- Mismatched breast size and unevenly positioned nipples (asymmetry)
- Stretch marks (abrupt expansion of the tissues)
- Implant folding, rotation, rippling, bottoming out, asymmetry (symmetry is never guaranteed, Capsular contracture, Implant rejection
- Scarring – depending on the technique used (will fade over time)
Mummy Makeover Price Includes:
- Breast Lift / Breast Lift + Augmentation Surgery
- Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Surgery
- No surcharge for dual plane implant placement (above / under the pectoral muscle)
- Surgery at Accredited Hospitals
- Operating Theatre, Anaesthesiologist and all associated surgery and Hospital charges
- Surgery by a renowned Plastic Surgeon or Cosmetic Surgeon, including pre and post-surgery consultations
- Highest quality Motiva or Mentor smooth or textured, round silicone gel implants
- 1 – 3+ nights (post-surgery) in a private Hospital room with support from Doctors and Registered Nurses
- CosMediTour Client Manager
- Private ‘Invitation Only’ CosMediTour Surgery Forum to connect with other CosMediTour clients
* Note: All procedures are based on standard, non-complicated procedure patients.
FAQ’s – Mummy Makeover
How long will it take to recover?
This will depend on the techniques used and everyone has a different healing response, full recovery can take up to 6 months or more and the scars will heal over time. Generally, you will be able to return to work within 1 – 2 weeks. However, if your work requires more strenuous activities and lifting, it is advisable to wait longer before returning to full work duties. Car travel should be minimised and with care (due to the seatbelt) for the first 2 weeks.
Can I breastfeed after a Breast Surgery?
Most women go on to breastfeed successfully post breast surgery, however, it is important to remember that some women cannot breastfeed irrespective of surgery. We recommend you discuss any concerns you may have with your General Practitioner prior to surgery. If this is something you are concerned about, please research this further and discuss with your CosMediTour Surgeon during your consultation.
How long before I can exercise?
Discuss with your Surgeon but generally a minimum 3 – 4 weeks post-surgery. No underwater submerging for long periods of time is recommended, if your suture sites become wet, you must dry them immediately. Other activities such as shopping or sedentary non-physical work such as office work can usually be undertaken after 3 – 4 days. Your support garment is to be worn as instructed by your Surgeon.
Will I get scars from a Breast Lift?
As with any surgery, breast lift surgery does leave some scarring where the incisions have been made. Initially, your scars will be sensitive and may appear slightly red in colour, but these will fade over time and with good care. The degree of fading depends on a large degree on your skin pigment and post-surgery care.
Will my breasts sag again after surgery?
Yes, they will over time, results post-surgery are based on your natural internal and internal breast anatomy, i.e. breast tissue weight, fat tissue, gland lobules, skin elasticity, weight fluctuations, overall physical activities and genetics. If you gain excess weight after surgery this will fasten the onset of further sagging.
How long will I need to rest after surgery?
It is recommended to have bed rest for 3 – 4 days after your procedure but you should start walking as soon as possible to promote circulation.
Am I able to have a bath or change my dressings?
You will be given full instructions by your Surgeon for bathing and changing of dressings during the recovery period.
How long will I be off work?
You should plan on taking at least 3 weeks off work to ensure that recovery times are met. However, if you have a physical job that requires lifting, you may need to take more time to recover or be put on light duties.
How long will it take for the swelling to subside and I can see the results?
With an Abdominoplasty procedure, visible results will be immediate, although the full recovery benefits may take from 2 – 6 months. Your scar may be slightly red in colour during this time, but will eventually fade but is not usually visible when wearing swimmers or underwear.
How long does the procedure last?
A Tummy Tuck generally can last for many years. If there are no large weight gains and no pregnancies post-Tummy Tuck then the changes can generally be permanent.
What can I expect post-surgery?
You are usually able to walk immediately after surgery and it is in fact encouraged to do so a number of times per day. However, at first, you may not be able to stand up straight and may need to walk with a bent back. The reason is that the skin of the abdomen will be quite tight and you are usually instructed to remain bent over at least 45 degrees for the first 4 – 5 days after surgery.