Making Sense of Mummy Makeovers (The M2 Procedure).

It seems that everyone is talking about mummy makeovers these days, but what exactly are they and why should you care?

While pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life, some would say the crowning achievement of being a woman, no one can deny that there are downsides – the swollen ankles, the backache, the tiredness, the general discomfort and the wreckage of your girlish figure. Of course, the benefits are undeniable too; the production of a tiny, brand new human, a living embodiment of your love and the focus of your maternal instincts for the next two decades or more. But therein lies the problem. Motherhood demands that you focus almost exclusively on the needs of your child (or worse, children) to the exclusion of your own needs. Add to that the demands of a job, of running a home, and of keeping a relationship going and there’s precious little time left to take care of yourself. In short, motherhood means near-total loss of precious “me-time”.

This is where Mummy makeovers come in: they are a suite of surgical procedures designed to help restore your confidence, by doing something just for you. Not your partner, not your kids, you. seo websites

Many women report that while pregnancy and motherhood are wonderful, they also brought along a sense of loss of control and personal identity. Undoing some of the ravages of pregnancy and childbirth seeks to give you back the confidence you lost when motherhood took that cute pre-pregnancy figure and gave you deflated, sagging breasts and a stretch-marked, poochy belly that no amount of yoga or gym work seems able to shift, in exchange.

Mummy makeovers may be a simple or as complex as you would like. For some women, the biggest problem following a pregnancy is a degree of weight gain. For these women, simple liposuction, especially if the weight is in localised areas such as the hips or lower belly, may be all that is required. The results are likely to be better if one is younger ( say below 35), because the skin is more elastic and is able to “take up” the slack created by the liposuction removing some of the local tissue volume, in the form of fat.

For many women, the biggest drawback to motherhood is the inevitable involution of the breasts after stopping breastfeeding (or, for that matter, just after delivery of the infant, even if they never breastfed). Typically, during pregnancy, the breasts enlarge as the milk-producing glandular component increases. This causes the elastic components of the breast – the skin and Cooper’s ligaments, to stretch. When breastfeeding stops, the glands involute or shrink and the breast becomes deflated and saggy, which in some women may be quite severe and be the cause of considerable anguish.

Fortunately, breasts can be restored by replacement of the lost volume, (breast augmentation, either with silicon implants or your own fat, or a combination of the two), or by lifting the breast and tightening the skin envelope (a breast lift or mastopexy), or a combination of the two procedures, called a breast augmentation mastopexy.  For women with larger breasts, cessation of breast feeding can result in excessive droopiness, a condition tertmed ptosis and such women will benefit from a reduction mastopexy, often coupled with some liposuction. Again, there are many options and each procedure is tailored to the exact needs of the individual – there is no “one size fits all” solution.

The other major area of concern is usually the lower abdomen where the vertical strap muscles, the rectus abdomini, have been over-extended and separated and the abdominal wall stretched around the pregnant belly.  Here a variety of abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck procedures can be performed, with or without tailoring liposuction. Most such techniques will have in common the tightening iup of the abdominal wall structures, correction of the separation of the rectus muscles, repair of any umbilical or peri-umbilical hernia and removal of excess skin. It is possible to completely remove all the stretch marks located between the pubis and the navel, although not those higher up on the abdomen.

Finally, many women feel that the birth canal has been stretched and remains lax and the labia minora enlarged by their delivery(ies). It is certainly feasible and not uncommon, to perform a labiaplasty and a posterior vault vaginal tightening, either as stand-alone procedures, or in combination with breast and abdominal surgery, as part of a mummy makeover.

Depending on what your area(s) of concern is or are, any combination of these procedures can be performed at a single sitting. Recovery is usually trouble-free and in most cases a matter of weeks rather than months. Most women having an M2 procedure are back at work 2-3 weeks after surgery, with a new air of confidence and sense of joie de vive.

If you would like to discuss the pros and cons of an M2 for yourself, please do come in and have a chat. You owe it to yourself to get the facts and it may just give you that boost you’ve been looking for. Honestly, you’re worth it.

 

 

 

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