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The Mummy Make-Over – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a Mummy Makeover?

A Mummy Makeover is a procedure for women who have had children and want to restore their pre-pregnancy body.  The goal of the procedure is to return the breasts, tummy, and waistline to their shape before childbirth and minimize the toll(s) of pregnancy on the body.  A Mummy Makeover can include many procedures including breast surgery, a tummy tuck, and liposuction.

Why should I consider a Mommy Makeover?

Childbirth is hard on a woman, weakening the stomach muscles, deflating the breasts, creating stubborn fat deposits, causing cellulite, and stretch marks.  A Mummy Makeover will correct whatever problems you have with your body, now that you are finished having children.

Who makes a good candidate for a Mummy Makeover?

A good candidate for a Mummy Makeover includes:

  • Women who have realistic expectations about their Mummy Makeover outcome
  • Women who are finished having children
  • Women who are suffering from excess skin and fat around the abdomen
  • Women who have breasts that sag, are asymmetrical, or that have deflated from breastfeeding
  • Women who want to re-contour their body to their pre-pregnancy shape

Should I have a Mummy Makeover if I plan to have more children?

A Mummy Makeover procedure is designed for women who are finished having children, as a tummy tuck involves surgical tightening of the abdominal wall, and removal of abdominal skin.  Following a tummy tuck, these structures no longer have the same stretching capacity to accommodate a growing fetus; although breast surgery and liposuction can be performed even if you plan to get pregnant again.

What should I expect during my consultation?

During your initial consultation, your surgeon will ask you about your short and long-term goals, regarding your Mummy Makeover.  He will describe what the procedure encompasses, as well as evaluating your medical history.  If it is determined that a Mummy Makeover is right for you, he will advise you as to which procedures are the best for your circumstances, and talk about the incision locations and techniques involved.  You will review before and after photographs to give you an approximate idea of the outcome you can expect. Other topics discussed will include risks, surgical details, pre- and post-operative concerns, and the costs involved.

What are the risks and complications involved with a Mummy Makeover?

As with all surgical procedures, there is the risk of complications and some that may occur with your Mummy Makeover include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Incision scarring
  • Contour abnormalities
  • Capsular contraction
  • Deflation of implants
  • Asymmetry
  • Blood clots

How is a Mummy Makeover procedure performed?

Although there are many variations to a Mummy Makeover, typically the procedure usually starts with breast surgery, which may include a breast lift, breast augmentation, or a combination of both.  The breast surgery is followed with a tummy tuck, and in most cases a woman will require a full tummy tuck due to the amount of lax skin and weakened muscles that make up the abdominal wall.  Liposuction is typically used as well to achieve a better contour of the stomach and waist area.

Where will the Mummy Makeover incisions be located?

There are many incision variations available but in general, the breast incisions will be located along a lower portion of the edge of the areola (pigmented nipple) area if only an augmentation is performed.  If you are having a breast lift, a lollipop type incision encircling the edge of the areola (pigmented nipple) area and also a straight line incision from the bottom edge of the nipple, down to the where the breast tissue meets the chest wall is involved.  Part of this vertical incision will be hidden in the fold under the breast.  For a breast reduction, the incision may be a lollipop technique, or with larger reductions, a lollipop incision with the additional curved anchor incision hidden under the breast fold will be used. A tummy tuck incision runs across the lower abdominal area (located within the pubic hairline) and liposuction scars are small and usually located in areas hidden by clothing.

Will my scars look bad after a Mummy Makeover?

Although the incisions from a Mommy Makeover do leave scars, at first they will be reddish in colour and they progressively fade to pink, blending in with the natural pigmentation of your skin.  In most cases, the scars are fine lines, however, if they heal too wide, this can be corrected at a later time.  The breast lift and reduction scars may be partly concealed under the breast itself, depending on the procedure performed, and a breast augmentation scar is concealed along the pigmented border of the areola.  The scar from a tummy tuck is long (from hip bone to hip bone), however, it is low on the abdomen (falling within the pubic hairline) and can be concealed underneath underwear and a swimsuit.  Liposuction scars are very small and they typically become invisible with time.

Will I have to do anything special to prepare for my Mummy Makeover?

Most of your pre-surgery preparation will involve planning the help you will need for your recovery.  You will also be required to do lab tests, and it is advised that you have any prescriptions filled before your surgery.  You will be provided with specific instructions; and reading and understanding the guidelines will aid in your overall experience, as well as your recovery process.

How long will my recovery take?

Due to the tummy tuck, and the fact that you had multiple procedures performed in one operation, the recovery period from a Mummy Makeover is significant, and can be fairly uncomfortable the first few days. Pain medication will effectively control your discomfort so that you can move about and sleep as needed, and you should be up and walking (slowly) the day after surgery to prevent blood clots.  By the end of the first week, you should be moving more comfortably, although, you will not be able to drive a car for two weeks.  All of the sutures and drains will be removed within 1-2 two weeks and most people return to work after 2-3 weeks with light activity and duties.  Full recovery from a Mummy Makeover procedure, for most patients, is approximately 6-8 weeks depending on individual healing capabilities.

Can a Mummy Makeover help me emotionally?

While there are many physical advantages that occur after a Mummy Makeover, one of the biggest benefits is the fact that it increases self-image and confidence.  For many women, the Mummy Makeover allows a woman to look as good on the outside, as she feels on the inside.

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