Dr Carmen, Melbourne Plastic Surgeon and Mummy Makeover expert can help restore your pre-baby body with a combination or surgeries often known as a ‘Mommy Makeover’.
For many women, becoming a mother is one of the best and most fulfilling experiences of their lives. But the effects this process has on their body can be a source of changes which diet and exercise alone cannot reverse.
Having been through these bodily changes herself, Dr Carmen Munteanu has a first-hand understanding of the feelings associated and can provide compassionate care to those mothers who wish to reclaim their pre-baby body.
A post-pregnancy mummy makeover procedure can include:
It is important to understand that surgery is not a weight loss or lifestyle concerns solution, nor can it be guaranteed to solve any confidence issues.
The female body is an amazing thing; it is built to accommodate and then give birth to babies. But this can come at a cost. The impacts of pregnancy, childbirth, and even breastfeeding can completely change a woman’s body and place a significant toll on self-esteem and confidence.
Following pregnancy, many women find their body has changed dramatically. Breasts can be left enlarged or deflated; the body can suddenly start holding more fatty tissue than previously, and the abdomen is often stretched, leaving the appearance of “baggy” skin.
Many women find that, despite exercising and dieting, they are unable to return to their pre-pregnancy body, leaving them feeling overwhelmed and even having lost their ‘youthfulness.’
While it is a big commitment to make, we believe that investing in yourself is crucial. You have worked hard to be the best mum possible for your children, and it’s time to give yourself the ability to look and feel comfortable in your own skin. Moreover, Dr Carmen understands that pouring your energy into your children and family can be overwhelming, so allowing yourself to achieve your aesthetic goals and get your pre-baby body back can be the first step to reclaiming your confidence.
For all women, bearing children can be a significantly difficult journey for the body. As areas of your figure change to suit pregnancy, labour and the stages after, your appearance can shift from what you once knew it to be. Sometimes this can be confronting, and at times, frustrating, and you may find yourself quickly jumping into a rigorous exercise routine and diet to get it all back.
However, it’s not always easy to hop back to pre-pregnancy weight or aesthetics, and no matter how much exercise and healthy eating you incorporate into your lifestyle, you may not even see any results at all, or at least not the results you were expecting.
If you’ve found your body isn’t responding to healthy eating and exercise as it did before your pregnancy, a mummy makeover could be the answer you’ve been searching for. We use a combination of procedures (including breast lifts, augmentation, vaginal rejuvenation, liposuction and tummy tucks) to target your specific problem areas and help you to achieve your particular goals.
See more actual patient photos of Breast & Tummy surgery performed by our Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Carmen Munteanu.
During this procedure, a number of treatments are combined to form a mummy makeover. This allows you to enjoy a holistic approach to feeling empowered and comfortable in your own body. Becoming familiar with each aspect will help you determine whether this end-to-end treatment is right for you:
A tummy tuck procedure or Abdominoplasty is a common body contouring procedure to tighten and tone the abdominal wall muscles.
After giving birth, many women experience significant amounts of sagging around the abdomen, particularly in the lower areas. No matter how much exercise you incorporate into your lifestyle, or how well you eat, getting rid of this excess skin sometimes seems impossible. A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) re-tightens these loosened muscles, removing unnecessary skin and gives the area shape again. This may require the assistance of liposuction techniques to get the maximum effect. In some cases, women may also opt for vaginal rejuvenation to go hand-in-hand with this part of the treatment.
By removing excess skin and fat, then increasing the strength of the abdominal wall, this procedure can achieve a tighter, flatter tummy.
It’s important to note, however, that this part of the treatment is not an alternative to dieting or exercise, but rather to help you tackle your aesthetic goals to complement the hard work you’re doing. It’s not always possible to shift stubborn areas of excess skin and ‘flab,’ but abdominoplasty procedures can help you obtain self-confidence and comfort.
The improved appearance, shape and profile of your abdominal area can result in long term positive effects on your lifestyle, exercise and overall well-being. Patients often say how much easier daily activities become, such as walking, running and exercising.
Liposuction is often paired with this procedure to enhance the results and speed up the recovery. Dr Carmen will assess your candidacy during your initial consultation and compassionately address your concerns.
Following pregnancy and childbirth, and particularly after breastfeeding, it’s prevalent to see a loss in volume in your breasts. You may also be experiencing significant sagging, which is all completely normal. If you’re feeling insecure or self-conscious with how your breasts look after these stages of motherhood, a breast lift or augmentation can help give you back the definition you’re after.
Breast implants can assist you in achieving more volume after having lost it during pregnancy and breastfeeding. During this part of the process, Dr Carmen can appropriately increase your cup size using fat transfer or breast implants, ultimately matching them to your aesthetic goals, as well as ensuring they’re in proportion with your figure. Combining this with a breast lift will help you get the ‘perkier’ look you’re after, allowing you to feel as if you’ve regained your pre-baby body.
While some women may have lost size and volume during these stages of motherhood, others experience growth. For women who desire to get their pre-baby cup size back, a breast reduction is usually the most suitable option.
During childbirth, the body is put through immense change and stress. As a result, women often end up with an overly stressed labia, sometimes causing discomfort and commonly a loss of confidence.
Labia reduction surgery refers to a cosmetic genital procedure designed to change the appearance of the labia minor. Women requesting this procedure have usually developed a ‘longer’ labia which may protrude beyond the outer labia of the vagina. This can not only be a source of embarrassment for some women, but can be extremely uncomfortable or even painful (i.e when the labia rubs against underwear).
This surgery can also be used to tone, reshape, reconstruct or tighten various muscles surrounding the skin of the vagina.
Dr Carmen recommends your weight be stable for at least six months before undergoing a mummy makeover. If you are breastfeeding, it’s best to wait until at least six months after you stop nursing. It’s also recommended you ensure you are in the best emotional and physical condition possible before undergoing surgery of any variety.
One of the many reasons to wait at least six months after childbirth is because your body will still be going through the process of healing. As the tissues deep down in your abdomen have become severely stretched, and potentially ripped, it’s crucial to give the area time to revive itself. This is also the case for vaginal rejuvenation and breast augmentation.
After around six months, the hormones related to pregnancy will have subsided, and the stretching around your body will most likely have healed. This means that the tissue will hold together much more efficiently, once you go through the mummy makeover procedure.
Following your mummy makeover surgery it is of utmost importance that you limit yourself to only light activities for about 2-4 weeks. Your torso and breasts may feel extremely tight and you may have a considerably unusual posture for a few weeks. You may feel you are bent over and cannot stand completely upright, this is normal. Most patients will have a hospital stay of 2-4 days. Recovery times vary, with most people returning to work in 2-4 weeks. However, we recommend no sport or heavy lifting activities for 6-8 weeks.
If you work an office or sedentary job, you can return to work within a few weeks, but for women returning to a more demanding position, more time off may be required before you jump back into heavy-lifting or physical tasks.
Additionally, the final result of your mummy makeover may take several months to become visible, as the body needs time to heal itself effectively.
While it’s not necessary that you wait until you’re finished having babies to have the procedure done, it is recommended. The makeover can be performed at any stage, but because of the nature of changes that the female body goes through during pregnancy, the results of your procedure will be reversed. You may see the contouring begin to loosen, the breasts starting to sag and the abdomen skin stretch again.
During pregnancy, the work involved in a tummy tuck or vaginal rejuvenation may return to the pre-procedure state. Because the abdominal muscles separate during this time, it may be necessary to have another procedure done to redo the treatment.
The best way to get organised for the treatment is to make sure you have everything lined up in advance. The procedure requires extensive downtime, so you’ll need to give yourself time off from the normal daily activities you take on. Additionally, ensure you’ve arranged for enough time off from work, and allow for someone to be around during your first few weeks, if possible. It’s likely you’ll need a hand with even the smaller tasks – from bathing the kids through to fiddling with car seats.
When you get back from your mummy makeover, you should have all the essentials already there and waiting for you. Equip yourself with healthy, clean foods, compression garments and prescribed medication. You may also want to have some stool softener handy in the first aid kit, just in case.
Since a mummy makeover combines several different procedures, it can be difficult to determine exactly what the total cost will be without a consultation. During your consultation with Dr Carmen, your specific concerns will be discussed and a thorough physical examination will need to be performed before any procedures can be recommended or costs can be discussed.
All surgery is customised. You will be provided a fee for surgery depending on the type of procedure you are having, the hospital you attend and the length of your stay.
Some portion of the mummy makeover procedure may attract a Medicare rebate if you are eligible under the government guidelines?
With a doctor’s referral you can receive a Medicare rebate for your initial and subsequent consultations.
There is not a fixed fee or a ‘one size fits all’ fee structure. All surgery is individually designed to suit the individual and the particular problem. In the fee structure a number of details will be considered, such as the extent of your surgery, the risks associated, the possible complications, the possible necessity for revisional surgery. The fees will also vary from one hospital to another, and although we only work in accredited facilities, the fee structure can be quite different. The length of your stay can add to the expenses, however we would usually consider that one night should be sufficient for this type of operation.
At your initial consultation you will be given a detailed quote which will include, the surgeon’s fee, anaesthetic fee, assistant’s fee and the hospital fees, including theatre and overnight fee.
The fees are inclusive of all post-operative care for the first 6 weeks or however long it takes for the complete healing to occur, if there is a delayed healing circumstance.
Compassionate release of superannuation is sometimes available as a way of helping you to pay for your procedure. We can help you access your superannuation by completing the compassionate release of superannuation forms and explaining the process of application.
Risks and Complications of Mummy Makeover Surgery
Every surgery has some risks and possible complications.
Dr Carmen will cover the potential risks and complications during your consultation as part of your informed consent. She will also explain the measures she will take in order to reduce your risks as much as possible.
Possible complications of surgery include the following:
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Dr Carmen has 25 years of expertise in breast & tummy surgery as well as excess skin removal for weight-loss patients. Her favourite surgery is Breast Reduction. She also has significant experience in using fat transfer & fat grafting processes to the breast for augmentation and enhancement.
Dr Carmen is a FRACS Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon – she is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
She is a precise surgeon and customises her surgery procedures and placement of surgical incision lines for each patient to get the best outcomes.
Caring and engaging, Dr Carmen is highly regarded by her peers and patients.
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