Following pregnancy, the breasts, abdomen and waistline often undergo permanent change. The abdominal skin and muscles become stretched and lax, the breasts lose volume and sag, and the waistline loses definition. For the vast majority of women, these changes cannot be improved with diet and exercise. This is especially true for women who have had multiple pregnancies.
To help women regain their pre-pregnancy figure, Mr Karri offers a combined procedure known as ‘mummy makeover’. This surgery involves simultaneous rejuvenation of the breasts and abdomen. Using modern plastic surgery techniques, combination surgery can be safely performed, giving dramatic results.
There are several options available to improve breast shape and volume. The choice depends on the nature of the problem and aesthetic goals.
To restore breast volume, breast fat grafting or breast implants can be considered. For sagging breasts, a breast lift (mastopexy) can be performed. This surgery raises the position of the nipple and improves shape and projection of the breasts, but does not increase breast volume.
For many women, breast lift is combined with breast implants, a procedure known as augmentation-mastopexy. One of the main reasons why this procedure is very popular is that it restores fullness in the upper pole of the breasts. As such, women are better able to create a cleavage with a well-fitting bra and confident with wearing low-cut tops.
Women who have minimal stretch marks, small amount of excess abdominal skin and good skin elasticity may benefit from liposuction alone. If there significant skin excess then a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) will most likely be needed.
Abdominoplasty involves tightening abdominal skin and tightening the ‘six-pack’ rectus abdominis muscles at the front of the abdomen. The scar runs from hip-to-hip but is positioned low down so as to be hidden by underwear or swimwear.
For women to have both excess skin and fat on their abdomen, then a Brazilian tummy tuck is ideal. This version of tummy tuck involves a combination of abdominal liposuction, tightening of the ‘six-pack’ muscles and tightening of the abdominal skin. Mr Karri is particularly popular for his Brazilian tummy tuck and treated hundreds of women.
During your consultation, Mr Karri will discuss your concerns and aesthetic goals. He understands every woman experiences pregnancy differently and it is important each person has a tailor-made plan.
One of Mr Karri’s patients who underwent Mummy Makeover with breast augmentation and Brazilian tummy tuck.
Mummy makeover is performed under general anaesthesia and begins with the tummy tuck followed by breast surgery. Details of surgery can be viewed on the respective procedure pages.
Recovery From Mummy Makeover
Recovery following mummy makeover varies from patient to patient and also depends upon the extent of the procedure. As one would expect there is some swelling and bruising. Bruising usually resolves after 7 to 10 days and much of the swelling subsides within the first 2 weeks. The final result however, may not be apparent for several weeks.
Following surgery, most patients spend the first week resting. During the second week, patients resume light activities and during the third week patients often resume work and begin to go out socially. Exercise can be resumed 4 to 6 weeks following surgery.
As with any surgical procedure, risks should be considered, and the decision to undergo mummy makeover should not be made hastily. Risks include;
Scars / poor scarring – the tummy tuck scar runs from hip to hip. The scarring with breast surgery depends on the nature of the surgery. In some patients scars can become red and raised.
Infection – infection can arise at any wound
Delayed healing – rarely a wound may take longer than expected to heal
Haematoma – excessive bleeding can occur and may require drainage. It is important that you do not take any products containing aspirin, anti-inflammatories, blood thinners or vitamin E for 14 days prior to your operation as these medications can greatly increase the risk of bleeding.
Changes in nipple or breast sensation – while sensation typically returns within several weeks, some loss of feeling may be permanent.
Breast implant issues – these include capsular contracture, rupture, limited lifespan of the implant, implant malposition, implant-associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL)
Numbness – The area just above the tummy tuck scar in the mid-line can have altered or absent sensation.
Difficulty breast-feeding – some women might have difficulty producing enough milk for breast feeding after breast surgery.
Relaxation of abdominal skin – relaxation of abdominal skin after tummy tuck should be expected. Rarely, the skin relaxes to such an extent that a fold may appear above the scar and further skin excision is required.
Need for revision surgery in the future.
Risks of general anaesthesia, such as feeling sick and vomiting, deep vein thrombosis, shivering and sore throat.