Post-Pregnancy Makeover

Mummy Makeover Sydney

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Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Dr Ben Norris FRACS

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The term “post-pregnancy makeover” describes a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures that address some of the common but unwelcome physical changes related to pregnancy. A woman’s breasts and abdomen are the primary focus.

At Form and Face, Dr Ben Norris tailors “Mummy Makeovers” to each individual patient’s physiology and psychology. He helps women re-claim their natural, pre-baby bodies with a combination of treatments that can include both surgical and non-surgical procedures.

Dr Norris’ customised approach to post-pregnancy makeovers ensures that patients at our practice achieve a personal best with optimal results and maximum rejuvenation.

7 benefits of a post-pregnancy makeover

There is a wide range of benefits associated with each of the procedures involved in a mummy makeover. The top four physical benefits that women report to Dr Norris are:

  • Perkier breasts
  • Flatter abdomen
  • More sculpted body
  • Sexier shape

A positive change in physical appearance, however, is only one aspect of the value of a mummy makeover. A vast number of patients who visit Form and Face also report that they feel:

  • More youthful
  • More confident
  • More attractive to the opposite sex

Dr Ben Norris explains the basics of a mummy makeover

Many of today’s mums are unwilling to sacrifice the way they looked before pregnancy just because they’ve had children. For them, a post-pregnancy makeover is the best way to restore their pre-pregnancy look.

To understand how a post-pregnancy surgical makeover can rejuvenate the appearance, it’s helpful to first understand what childbirth does to a woman’s body, especially her abdomen and breasts.

Abdominal skin that has stretched during pregnancy may not have the natural elasticity to snap back into place after a woman has given birth. Additionally, the muscles that run vertically along the abdomen (the rectus abdominis muscles) can become lax and separate, adding to a woman’s protruding abdomen.

Breast skin becomes over-stretched, and breasts become engorged during pregnancy and nursing, causing the breasts to sag and lose volume.

At Form and Face, a Mummy Makeover is a combination of procedures specifically tailored to help our patients erase these unwanted developments. They can be performed alone or in conjunction with one another:

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Breast Augmentation
To restore the size and shape of breasts that have deflated after nursing.

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Breast Lift
To give breasts a youthful,
perky appearance.

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Tummy Tuck

To restore a flat, toned abdomen.

Every woman’s body is different, and post-pregnancy makeovers at Form and Face are tailored to fit the individual needs of each patient. Laser skin resurfacing, liposuction, cosmetic injectables, and other enhancement treatments may also be used to help mums look fresh and youthful from head to toe.

Benefits of a post-pregnancy makeover for mums over 35

Today’s women are career-minded, health-conscious, and fortunate enough to live in an age when reproductive technology makes it easier to conceive later in life. Many women choose to postpone having children. This decision comes with some challenging consequences.

Women who become mothers in their 30’s have an uphill climb when it comes to losing fat and restoring muscle tone.The body’s natural self-healing mechanisms begin to lose their power. By the time most women reach their mid-thirties, they find that diet and exercise are not enough to lift and restore deflated breasts or firm a sagging tummy.

Fortunately, post-pregnancy surgical procedures are useful for mothers at any age.

Are you a good candidate for a mummy makeover?

You are likely to be a good candidate for a post-pregnancy makeover at our practice if

  • You are in good general health
  • You are in good physical shape
  • You are at or close to your ideal body weight
  • It has been 6 months since the birth of your last child
  • It has been 4 months since you stopped breastfeeding

These are just general guidelines to assess a woman’s fitness for a post-pregnancy makeover. During a comprehensive consultation at Form and Face, patients meet with Dr Norris to discuss their health, emotional wellbeing, and lifestyle.

When to have a post-pregnancy makeover?

Timing of a surgical makeover is a key factor in achieving excellent, long-lasting results.  While you may be eager to get back into your best pre-baby shape as quickly as possible, your body needs some time to recover from childbirth and do some natural healing on its own.

Patients at Form and Face are encouraged to lose some of their pregnancy weight gain before pursuing a makeover. Whatever your target weight might be, it’s a good idea to achieve it and then maintain it for a minimum of four months.

Another factor that impacts the timing of makeover procedures is a woman’s interest in having more children. Dr Norris generally recommends that patients wait until they have had their last child before undergoing the procedures that comprise a Mummy Makeover. The makeover does not affect a woman’s ability to conceive or nurse, of course. However, the physical demands of pregnancy and childbirth can undo many of the benefits of breast and abdominal rejuvenation surgery.

Although there is a recommended time frame for surgery, it’s never too early or too late to schedule a Mummy Makeover consultation with Dr Norris at Form and Face.

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Actual breast augmentation and lift patient of Dr Benjamin Norris

What happens during a mummy makeover at Form and Face

Women who want to erase physical remnants of pregnancy are generally focused on the rejuvenation of their breasts and abdominal area. They know exactly how they want their bodies to look, but they don’t know what to do to achieve their goals. That’s where Dr Norris comes in.

As an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon and skilled aesthetic professional, Dr Norris works diligently to ensure that each patient’s Mummy Makeover will allow her to achieve a personal best in appearance. He can recommend or counsel against certain procedures based on a patient’s goals and her physiology.

For the majority of women who visit Form and Face for a post-pregnancy makeover, Dr Norris will recommend one or more of these three body rejuvenation procedures:

Tummy Tuck

Pregnancy can contribute to excess skin, sagging, skin, fat, and lax muscles in the abdominal area. Abdominoplasty, the medical name for tummy tuck surgery, is a procedure that re-contours a woman’s abdomen. Many of the women who visit Form and Face for a post-pregnancy tummy tuck also benefit from liposuction, which further enhances fat removal and contouring.

A patient’s physiology and goals influence which of a number of types of tummy tuck surgery Dr Norris will recommend to remove excess skin and fat and tighten the abdominal muscles. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and takes between three and four hours to perform. Recovery is in hospital and usually lasts three days.

For additional details about this procedure, including the cost, visit our page on abdominoplasty.

Breast Augmentation (Implants)

Breast augmentation is probably the most commonly performed maternity makeover procedure. A majority of mums complain that their breasts look smaller and saggy from pregnancy. Breast augmentation restores lost volume and can increase a woman’s cup size modestly or dramatically. Patients trust Dr Norris’ aesthetic expertise to help them select the best shape, size, and type of implant.

To perform breast augmentation, Dr Norris makes small incisions, and then places the implants beneath the skin and tissues of the breast. This outpatient procedure is performed in about an hour under general anaesthetic.

For additional details about this procedure, including the cost of breast augmentation surgery with implants, visit our page on breast augmentation.

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Before and after breast augmentation

Breast Lift with Implants (Mastopexy with Augmentation)

Pregnancy affects different women in different ways. For mums whose breasts are sagging as well as deflated, a two-step approach to post-pregnancy breast enhancement is indicated. The advantage is that the same incisions can be used to lift the breasts and re-volumise them, cutting down on the scarring that would occur if the procedures were performed separately.

Breast augmentation surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. Prior to surgery, Dr Norris discusses whether the procedure will be performed on an outpatient basis or if you will require an overnight hospital stay. The surgery takes two-and-a-half to three hours, as Dr Norris works carefully to create a natural, balanced silhouette.

For more information about this approach to post-maternity enhancement, including the cost of a breast lift with implants, please visit our page on mastopexy with augmentation.

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift is used to improve the shape of the breasts. Dr Norris uses this procedure to raise sagging breasts on the chest wall without changing their size. The result is a more youthful appearance and shapelier contours. Sagging and loss of shape of the breasts occurs as the skin loses its elasticity with the effects of gravity, the normal ageing process, pregnancy and breast-feeding, and significant weight loss.

Based on a patient’s needs, Dr Norris will choose from a number of breast lift techniques that differ according to the placement of incisions and the subsequent scars. He has trained extensively in the use of short-scar techniques, which allow him to minimise the number and length of scars.

For additional details about this procedure, including the cost of a breast lift, visit our page on mastopexy.

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Before and after a breast lift with implants

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Before and after breast lift

What is the average cost of mummy makeover in Sydney?

“Average” is not a word that you hear very often at Form and Face. Every woman we treat is unique and so is every physical enhancement procedure we perform. Dr Norris is dedicated to providing highly personalised treatments, custom-tailored to help a mum regain her pre-baby body. If you would like to know more about mummy makeover procedures & costs that can be part of your personal Mummy Makeover, please contact our practice on (02) 9387 3800 or use our online contact form.

What happens after the surgery?

The First Few Days After Breast Enlargement Surgery

When you return home, you will continue to take over-the-counter painkillers. You may expect to feel sore and fatigued for several days, so be sure to schedule enough time for rest. Dr Norris will advise that you wear a postoperative bra and compression bandage for extra support and positioning while you heal.

Some women experience tightness in the breast area during this time. This is normal. It’s due to the fact that your skin is adjusting to the size of your new implants.

The First Few Weeks Following Breast Augmentation Surgery

The recovery time period for breast enlargement surgery depends on whether your breast implants have been placed over or under the muscle (under the muscle placement has a slightly longer recovery time) and what technique your surgeon has used to augment your breasts.

Breasts may remain swollen and sensitive to the touch for a month or longer. Dr Norris recommends that his breast implant surgery patients avoid any strenuous activities that could raise pulse and blood pressure, or which require strenuous use of arms and chest. This can be challenging, but not insurmountable, for women who are eager to “test drive” their new, shapely figures.

Most Form and Face breast augmentation surgery patients return to normal activities within six weeks. Dr Norris cautions active patients to keep their incision sites out of direct sunlight for about a year because the skin in those areas is more delicate.

Possible complications od post-pregnancy makeover

The breast and abdominal procedures that are typically part of a Mummy Makeover are surgical in nature and require anaesthesia. They expose patients to the risk of:

  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Wound healing and scarring problems

There are also different risks associated with different procedures. These include

Breast Augmentation Surgery (Breast Implants)

  • Asymmetry (difference in size or shape of breasts)
  • Contour problems
  • Capsular contracture (a hardening of connective tissues)

Breast Lift (Mastoplexy)

  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent
  • Breast contour and shape irregularities
  • Breast asymmetry

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

  • Numbness and changes in sensation
  • Changes in skin colour
  • Fat necrosis, or death of fatty tissue located deep inside the skin

The above risks can be significantly reduced by following a few guidelines after surgery is complete. For example, good hydration and gentle stretching after surgery can accelerate healing and reduce the risk of blood clots.

Fortunately, these risks are decreased tremendously by following the post-surgical instructions we’ll give you. At Form and Face, mummy makeover patients are given comprehensive post-operative home care instructions. Dr Norris carefully reviews each step with patients so they know exactly what to do to stay healthy and beautiful.

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