Over the years, more and more women who are aged thirty and above are turning to plastic surgeons to give them back the more fit and toned bodies of their younger years. Many of these women have undergone pregnancy and have families of their own. Now that their children are no longer infants or toddlers, and they are done with child-bearing, these mothers want to repair the changes made by pregnancy and childbirth on their bodies.
Plastic surgeons and clinics are offering packages of surgical procedures that address the needs of these women, a mummy makeover. Mummy makeover isn’t a medical term, so there’s no hard-set technical description for it. Generally speaking though, the most common procedures included in a mummy makeover are abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast lifts, liposuction and facelifts.
What can I expect a mummy makeover to do for me?
Ideally, a mummy makeover is about enabling a mother to improve not just her appearance, but also her overall lifestyle. If a post-pregnancy body makes it impossible to wear a two-piece swimsuit at the beach, a mummy makeover can help with that problem. If the changes made by breastfeeding make it difficult to wear certain styles of clothes because of the fit, a mummy makeover can offer a solution. It should make you feel more confident about your own body.
That being said, many plastic surgeons caution their patients that a mummy makeover isn’t a be-all, end-all solution to their problems. If you feel dissatisfied with the way your post-pregnancy body looks after diet and exercise, a mummy makeover can be beneficial for you. But if you have deep-seated feelings of unattractiveness or a lack of self-esteem, a mummy makeover is not a real solution. A healthy outlook and self-confidence, as well as an understanding of what is realistically possible, goes a long way in choosing the right kind of procedures you should undergo for a mummy makeover.
Can a mummy makeover make me lose these extra pounds?
The simple answer is no. Even though a mummy makeover can involve liposuction, which removes fat from the body, liposuction is a body contouring technique, not a weight loss one. This means that liposuction is primarily about shaping the body, and not about getting rid of excess weight. Despite the impression that most people have, liposuction is not a quick cure for being overweight. Abdominoplasty is another operation that is commonly associated with mummy makeovers, and it targets excess flab and skin around the waist and abdomen. But, like liposuction, it is not a weight-loss technique.
Most plastic surgeons recommend that even before undergoing a mummy makeover, a potential candidate should be at her ideal weight, or close to it. This is not just because this operation isn’t intended for weight loss. A woman who is closer to her ideal weight is generally in better health than one who isn’t, and it’s important to be physically fit so that healing will be easier and faster.
Can a mummy makeover make me more healthy?
Again, the simple answer is no. Even before undergoing a mummy makeover, the candidate should already be in good health. As has been already stated, this will help with the recovery period, which can be anywhere from one week to four weeks. Being in good health will also minimize the risks during the operation itself. Every surgical procedure carries the risk of infection and bleeding. If the candidate is hypertensive or diabetec, these conditions have to be under control before the candidate can even think of having an operation. If the candidate is a smoker, she has to quit at least six months before the operation itself.
Will insurance pay for a mummy makeover?
Generally, the answer is again no. Medical insurance provides for treatment and procedures that are necessary to the life and health of the patient. Cosmetic procedures are not considered essential to the health of the person. Since mummy makeovers and almost all the procedures associated with them are considered cosmetic in nature, most insurance plans do not cover them. The only exceptions might be situations where breasts that are too enlarged by pregnancy can cause back and shoulder pains, and an operation may be needed to reduce their size.