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How Does the Mummy Makeover Surgery Work?

In conversation with your surgeon, you will determine which combination of the component procedures is required to reach your desired outcome.

Tagged: Body & Breast

Author: Mr. Bryan Mayou, MB ChB FRCS

Date: 9th February 2024

Medically Reviewed by:  Mr. Bryan Mayou (GMC: 1414396)

Last reviewed: 9th February 2024

What is a Mummy Makeover?

A mummy makeover, otherwise known as a ‘mummy tuck’, is a term to refer to a group of cosmetic surgeries that address changes to the body following pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. 
 
The body undergoes inevitable changes during this key life phase, and the goal of this combination of surgeries is to restore the body to a similar shape and contour as before pregnancy, as well as help restore a sense of wellbeing and self confidence.  
 
The key component procedures for a mummy makeover are breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction
 
The mommy makeover procedure is customisable and can involve any combination or all of the individual component procedures. 

How Does a Mummy Makeover Surgery Work?

In conversation with your surgeon, you will determine which combination of the component procedures is required to restore you to your pre pregnancy body shape and contour. You will then build a surgery plan based on the outcome

The typical surgeries involved are:  

  • Breast Augmentation: to address the size, shape and volume of the breast  
  • Breast Lift: to address any breast sagging or drooping 
  • Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty): to tighten and flatten the stomach area, with emphasis on repairing any broken abdominal muscles and removing excess skin 
  • Liposuction: to eliminate any remaining fatty deposits and contour the body  
  • Breast Reduction: to reduce the size of enlarged breasts 
  • Buttock Lift: to restore shape, contour and volume of the buttock area  
  • Thigh Lift: to restore the shape and contour of the thigh area, and remove any excess skin  
  • Vaginal Rejuvenation/Prolapse Repair: to restore the appearance and function of the vaginal area. It can often include a labiaplasty after childbirth

The success of any such surgery requires careful planning. These are all substantial surgeries as standalone procedures and, when combined, amount to major surgery.  

It is vital you select a qualified, GMC registered surgeon with good experience in mummy makeover surgery. You may need to perform the surgery in stages over the course of several months. Good judgment and a strong understanding of safety are required.  

It is also important that you time this surgery at a point when you don't plan to have any further children, as this will negatively impact your results, and it may not be possible to achieve them a second time around.

What Are the Common Combinations for a Mummy Makeover?

The most common mommy makeover combinations, or mummy makeover packages, involve procedures that focus on the areas that are most commonly impacted by pregnancy and childbirth.

The most common foundational element of a mummy makeover is the tummy tuck, given the impact of pregnancy and childbirth on skin laxity, abdominal muscle damage and stretch marks. Breast surgery is also very common.

The most popular mummy makeover packages consist of :

  • Tummy Tuck and Breast Surgery: to address the abdomen area and the breast area, either in the form of augmentation, lift, or reduction  
  • Tummy Tuck, Breast Surgery, and Liposuction: the same as above but with the addition of Liposuction to contour the body and remove fat  
  • Tummy Tuck and Vaginal Rejuvenation: in cases where changes to the vaginal area need to be addressed  
  • Breast Surgery and Liposuction: a slightly simpler combination and the most common combination not to involve a tummy tuck. This targets the breast area, most commonly by augmentation or lift and any stubborn fat deposits  

These combinations only represent some of the most common combinations, with any number of variations possible. The vast majority of these combinations of two or three procedures can be performed safely as a day case procedure.  

Are All Mummy Makeover Combinations Performed at the Same Time?

The vast majority of mummy makeovers can be performed at the same time in a single stage. This is particularly the case if the combination is just two or three procedures, and this approach has the advantage of addressing all concerns at one time and potentially reducing recovery time. 
 
However, this is not always the case, and the following considerations are important:  

  • Scale of Operation/Operation Time: prolonged operative time should be avoided, and any elective procedure beyond 8 hours is typically performed in stages 
  • Health of Patient: any underlying comorbidities should be taken into account and any patient at any elevated risk should be considered for staged surgery  
  • Recovery: a staged recovery may be preferable in order to limit the impact on day to day activities   
  • Patient Preference: some patients may prefer to focus on one or two areas at a time   
  • Surgeon Skill & Experience: some surgeons may prefer a staged approach to manage risk or limit operative time. Not all plastic surgeons have expertise in all types of procedures, so it is also possible that multiple surgeons may need to collaborate to perform your surgery during a phased approach, although on occasion, this can be done concurrently 

Can I Split Out My Mummy Makeover Over Several Stages?

Yes, you can split your mummy makeover into different stages if you prefer, and your surgeon is in agreement.

One additional consideration is price. Most clinics will offer mummy makeover package prices that offer a discount on a second and third surgery, meaning it may prove more expensive to go down the staged route.   

Is There a Certain Order That Surgeries Should be Done in?

There is no set order that surgeries should be performed in and this varies on a case by case basis.  Key factors determining the order including patient health, patient anatomy, the combination of surgeries chosen and patient and surgeon preference.

Other key factors influencing any decision on the order of staged mummy makeovers are:

  • Health and Safety of the patient and the need to minimise risk and potential complications  
  • Recovery and Healing should not be compromised and it might be advisable that surgeries impacting the same part of the body be spaced apart to support a smooth recovery  
  • Patient Preferences: some recovery timelines might suit one patient over the other, whilst some patients might prioritise certain areas over another. It is most common to order the surgeries in such a way that addresses the patient’s largest concerns first  

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How Much Do Mummy Makeover Packages Cost?

Mommy makeover packages cost different amounts depending on which combination of procedures is chosen.

At the Cadogan Clinic, a Mummy Makeover package typically starts from £15,900.

Some example mummy makeover package prices include:

  • Tummy Tuck + Breast Augmentation: £15,900 
  • Tummy Tuck + Breast Lift: £17,500 
  • Tummy Tuck + Breast Augmentation + Breast Lift: £19,500 

What is Included in the Mommy Makeover Package Price at the Cadogan Clinic?

  • Up to two 30 minute – 60 minute consultations with a leading specialist plastic surgeon at our award-winning premises in Chelsea 
  • Your procedure carried out at London’s leading specialist cosmetic surgery centre of excellence 
  • Return home on the same day to recover in comfort in your own home 
  • 24/7 on call nurse assistance 
  • Dedicated Patient Co-ordinator, as a personal point of contact through your journey with Cadogan 
  • A pre-operative medical assessment to ensure you are fit for surgery 
  • Comprehensive post-operative aftercare courtesy of our specialist cosmetic nurses 

Do You Offer Mummy Makeover Finance at the Cadogan Clinic?

The Cadogan Clinic offers and accepts Mummy Makeover finance via our specialist partner Chrysalis Finance.  

We are delighted to offer the option of 0% finance to all of our mommy makeover patients, allowing you to prioritise high quality access to this medical procedure without worrying about any upfront mommy makeover procedure costs.  

Cadogan Clinic has an in-house patient support team available to discuss payment solutions for those who are interested in learning more about breast reduction finance. Our partners assess each patient on an individual basis and assess their personal circumstances to see if there is something we can do to help.  

You can apply for mummy makeover finance at any point in your Cadogan journey, and can do so by speak to your Patient Advisor directly to discuss the best option for you. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Mummy Makeover after care and recovery varies depending on what combination is chosen. To find out more about mommy makeover recovery read our guide here.

The process of a mommy makeover starts with an initial consultation with your surgeon to discuss your goals and establish a customised treatment plan. A second consultation may be attended to review your choices and a preoperative medical evaluation will be made. Surgery may take place on a single day or in stages depending on the treatment plan. In most cases, you will return home on the day of surgery and begin your recovery process at home. You will usually return to the clinic at 1 week and 6 weeks for important follow up checks on your healing. 

There is no set size you go down after a mommy makeover as this depends on several individual factors such as your starting shape and weight, and the type of surgery chosen.  

It's important to have realistic expectations about what is possible during surgery and to listen closely to the advice of your surgeon. 


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