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Mummy Makeover

As a mother, pregnancy and having a child is a unique and very special time in your life – it is a wonderful experience to watch how your body changes to accommodate bringing a new life into the world. However, whilst childbirth is a truly life changing event, the pregnancy and birth of your baby and subsequent breast feeding can have significant downsides for many women like excess skin and stretch marks on the body or alteration of breast tissue. These effects of pregnancy particularly on the tummy and breasts may also persist despite diet and weight loss or toning exercises in the following weeks, months and even years after giving birth. Changes to our skin and body can impact self confidence. This is when a little makeover help such as breast surgery may sometimes be required if you are keen to make changes to recapture aspects of your pre-pregnancy body that seems beyond usual diet and exercise. This mummy makeover UK page will hopefully provide an overview of what skin and body procedures are available post pregnancy and how Mr Banwell can potentially help you to feel more body confident.

The Banwell Clinic in the South East of England is one of the UK’s leading cosmetic surgery and cosmetic medicine practices and specialises in Mummy Makeover plastic surgery.

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WHAT IS A MUMMY MAKEOVER?

The hugely popular Mummy Makeover surgery procedure (mommy makeover if you are from the States) consists of one or more plastic surgery body procedures performed on mummies who have had one or more children. These surgery procedures may be just small ‘nips and tucks’ for many women or indeed represent more major makeovers like breast lift and tackling stretch marks. There are common combinations of surgeries that Mr Banwell performs as part of mummy makeovers focussing on tummy area and breast volume or breast shape such as tummy tuck with breast augmentation (breast implants), breast lift with tummy tuck, breast augmentation and labiaplasty, breast reduction and liposuction, hybrid breast augmentation and mini tummy tuck.

The mix of surgeries for the body that you can choose from include:

Patient selection and surgical credentials

In appropriately selected patients Mr Banwell is able perform combination mummy makeover plastic surgery procedures in a single setting. This often leads to a quicker skin and body recovery time and results for many women than if you were to have each operation at a separate time. If you would like a mummy makeover, Mr Banwell and his team are on hand to help decide which mix of treatments might interest you and if you are a suitable cadidate for the treatment. Please note that Mr Banwell is a highly qualified Plastic Surgeon and is a full member of BAAPS, BAPRAS, and ISAPS; furthermore The Banwell Clinic also offers 3D computerised imaging facilities and is an authorised Crisalix 3D specialist centre. Interestingly, the Banwell Clinic saw a huge 50% rise in surgical procedures relating to Mummy Makeovers last year despite the economic and political climate indicating the popularity and demand for these body procedures with Mr Banwell.

 

The Mummy Makeover is hugely popular amongst my patients who are seeking to reclaim their pre-baby pre preganancy bodies” Mr. Paul Banwell FRCS (Plast)

 

Preparing for your Bespoke Makeover

It is important to prepare your body well in the lead up to your surgery by ensuring your diet is good. Make sure you have stopped smoking any nicotine products and that you are getting plenty of sleep. Being well hydrated too is extremely important for your body so please make sure you drink plenty of water and ensure that you avoid drinking alcohol or at least reduce alcohol intake the weekend prior to surgery! One of the aspects that surgeons do not always communicate is the importance of having supportive family and friends during the surgical journey. Partners, family and friends all need to help out and sometimes parents and in-laws may come in to their own. As a mummy, feeling confident that your children will be looked after whilst you are resting after surgery is very important – remember that lifting the children in the first few weeks after surgery is not advised.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER?

Everyone recovers differently following a mommy makeover. Mr Banwell will give you guideline surgery recovery times during consultation but this is only a guide and some patients will recover much quicker and some less quickly. The most important thing is to rest up, do not try and do things too quickly and adhere to all the wound healing advice given. Remember to order your compression garments (Mr Banwell recommends Macom Medical) – these will need to be worn for 8 weeks usually. Showering is allowed after surgery and you will be instructed how to use a hairdryer on a warm setting to dry off the flesh-coloured micropore tape on your skin. Initially you will obviously be a little restricted in terms of mobility and exercise so it is important to maintain a healthy diet and eat well – we have an excellent dietician on hand for advice should you wish an onward referral for a bespoke nutritional plan.

Mummy Makeover Procedure in London Harley Street

Mr Banwell sees patients for surgical procedures from all over the UK, from Europe, Russia and Asia. Our base is at the home of Plastic Surgery in the UK in East Grinstead and this is less than half an hour away from Gatwick Airport and under an hour by train from London. However, many patients like a mummy makeover consultation in Harley Street, London as this may also be more convenient. Mr Banwell would be happy to consult with you regarding mummy makeover surgery in London Harley Street if this is more convenient. Please feel free to call the office on phone number +44 1342 330302 or use our consultation contact form.

Faqs

Please feel free to browse the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section below about mommy makeover surgery and download the information sheet for your records. Alternatively you should probably look at the individual makeover procedure pages as this will also give you further insight about mummy makeovers, recovery and expectations. If you have any questions that you would like to ask then please do call the clinic on 01342 330302.

Best locations for Surgery in the UK

Mr Banwell performs mummy makeover procedures for patients at clinics in Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Hampshire, London and all around the UK. He consults in Harley Street and in various locations in the South East including East Grinstead, Tunbridge Wells, Haywards Heath and Brighton. Mr Banwell’s main operating lists are in East Grinstead (at the famous McIndoe Centre Hospital) and in Tunbridge Wells. He also operates in Harley Street in London.

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Many of our patients ask if they are suitable for mummy makeover surgery. Of course this is not only about the actual desire for surgery on the part of the patient but must also take into consideration any medical and psychological concerns too.

The following are usually considerations for this kind of surgery:

  • Patients who may feel unhappy with their bodies after having children.
  • No plans to have further children.
  • Have maintained a concerted effort to diet and exercise to remove excess fat with little or no success.
  • Normal body mass index (BMI)
  • Have a steady body weight.
  • Patients who would like to improve the appearance of unwanted stretchmarks (striae) or scars.
  • Patients who would like to improve the appearance of their post-pregnancy breasts.
  • Are relatively fit and healthy with no significant past medical history.
  • Have realistic expectations for the procedure.
  • Patients must not trivialise the cosmetic surgery process.
  • Are emotionally ready for surgery.

Please note that a history of mental health is not a contraindication for surgery but according to national guidelines, Mr Banwell can offer access to excellent psychologists for support through the cosmetic surgery journey.

Please note that Mr Banwell will consider all patients for surgery but he may recommend that you are not suitable.

It is not essential to have a GP referral and many patients will self-refer and contact the Practice directly. However, Mr Banwell regularly gets private referrals from GPs for such surgeries and when he consults with you he  will usually ask permission to write to your GP for a summary of your medical history and suitability for surgery.

This is a very personal decision and of course there is never any pressure to embark upon surgery. However, please do arrange a consultation with Mr Banwell as this will give you an opportunity to discuss you specific concerns and explore the procedures over several meetings. The bottom line is that these procedures can help reshape your body and restore your pre-baby figure.

Mummy makeovers aim to change your body shape, improve your silhouette and help restore body confidence. It can have not only positive physical effects but positive psychological benefits too. Shifting that so-called ‘baby weight’ can be a struggle not withstanding any excess skin and emptiness or sagging of the breasts is an extremely common complaint.

This procedure aims to reverse and help restore the physical changes that have occurred in having a baby –

  • Removing excess tummy skin and fat.
  • Tightening the tummy wall muscles.
  • Recreating a more desirable breast appearance.
  • Reducing or restoring breast volume.
  • Improving the appearance of unwanted scars and/or stretch marks.
  • Removing excess fat and skin from the arms and thighs.
  • Enhancing the volume and shape of the bottom.
  • Rejuvenating the appearance and tone of the vaginal area.
  • Enhancing the volume and shape of cheeks and lips
  • Removing excess upper eyelid skin.

The mummies who undergo such procedures describe a major increase in self-confidence. Therefore, the mummy makeover can have significant positive effects on you both physically, emotionally and psychologically!

 

 

The consultation is the most important part of the cosmetic surgery process. For a mummy makeover where you may be considering 2 or 3 procedures at the same time, it is especially important. Mr Banwell usually likes to see his patients several times to ensure everything covered. He prefers to focus on one procedure at a time and you will be seen as many times as required until you feel fully prepared. Please contact Mr Banwell’s team to arrange a suitable time in any one of our locations.

It is important to realise that complications can occur with any surgery. The idea is to minimise these complications by practising as safely as possible (includes patient selection, good surgical technique & optimising aftercare).  if However, if complications do occur, they should be managed quickly and efficiently and as transparently as possible. Mr Banwell’s complication rate is extremely low and he prides himself on his safe practice and attention to detail. Every year he also submits his figures and any complications to The British Association of Aesthetic Surgeons (BAAPS) Audit which is declared on the BAAPS site annually.

The main complications of any surgery are usually bleeding in the first 24 hours necessitating return to theatre, infection and wound healing issues. After this this may be specific issues relating to the surgery in question. Mr Banwell will explain all the potential complications in detail and write a comprehensive letter (by email) detailing the discussions at consultation. Please be rest assured that Mr Banwell also offers a ‘peace of mind’ package of care that covers any immediate problems or readmission in the rare eventuality of a complication.

The most important preparation for surgery is to be fully informed! Mr banwell believes the consultation process is fundamental and he will see you several times to make sure you are fully prepared and have had opportunity to have all of your questions answered by himself or the team. He encourages you to do your research but there is no substitute for a one to one consultation.

Of course it is vital to vital to eat healthily in the lead up to surgery, ensure you drink plenty of water and get lots of sleep – we realise this sounds obvious but it is amazing how many people are rushing around beforehand trying to do too much. This journey is an important one – and often emotional too – so take your preparation seriously and feel free to ask any questions at any time. We are always at the end of a phone or email.

Mr Banwell and his team believe that knowing as much information as possible about the mummy makeover aftercare will help avoid fear of the unknown and prepare you in the best possible way.

Mr Banwell will always give you a rough time frame about returning to work, return to normal activity, driving and return to physical activity and exercise. He prefers to put longer timelines on this to be safe but the majority of patients recover much quicker.

After your surgery, you will be given a post-operative appointment to come back and see the excellent nursing staff for a wound review and general check at Week 1 and then you will see your surgeon Mr Banwell at Week 2. At this stage Mr banwell will review you progress, remove the tape and then reapply for a further week or two. You will continue to shower normally, pat the tape dry and then use a hairdryer to dry everything off. In the following weeks you will feel stronger and stronger, the bruising and swelling will settle and you will  he following weeksIf you would like specific aftercare about each procedure,

Sadly as we get older our body and skin continues to change and, in particular, our skin loses its firmness and elasticity. It is important to realise that the results of any surgery – in this case, your  mummy makeover – will last for some years but inevitably the result are not permanent. Your lifestyle subsequent to surgery, any hormonal changes and indeed further pregnancies will all affect outcome. Weight gain (or loss) , especially when dramatic can also affect outcome which is why Mr Banwell  recommends you reach a steady weight that you a re happy with prior to surgery to minimise the likelihood of future fluctuations. Furthermore we would also reinforce the message that mummy makeovers should really only be performed once you have finished you family (although it does not exclude further pregnancies. Please discuss all thought thoughts and concerns with Mr Banwell and he can advise on the way forward.

Patients must accept that scarring is an inevitability of surgery and are permanent. All scars are initially red and lumpy and then pale and flatten over time. This maturation process takes around 18 months and regular massage of the scars with a moisturiser (eg. Rationale Proceramide Balm or Codage Skin Recovery body milk are both superb for scars) will help the scars fade; eventually you should be left with a pale fine scar. Remember that scars can sometimes widen and stretch though so it is vital that you adhere to Mr Banwell’s post-operative advice with taping and restriction of exercise.

We do have information sheets on scar management and post-op wound care too so feel free to download these.

Mr Banwell’s team will give you an estimate for surgery which will cover the Surgical Fee, the Hospital Fee and the Anaesthetic Fee. This is a peace of mind package and covers all dressing clinic appointments and Mr Banwell’s post-operative appointments.

I was treated with the utmost care and respect and the team were very kind and supportive. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. I am very pleased with the results of my surgery and would thoroughly recommend to others.

My whole experience was made comfortable by warm, friendly and welcoming nursing staff. Mr Banwell has a lovely bedside manner and was more than happy to discuss my worried however strange. At 37 years of age and after 4 children I never thought I would have the tummy of an 18 year old again, Mr Banwell is a very clever man.


Sara A.

You are the greatest Plastic Surgeon in UK today. Keep me informed. Your excision of my SCC was a masterpiece of Surgery.


Aubrey T.

Dear Mr Banwell I am writing to thank you, Kim and the rest of the lovely staff at the McIndoe. I was very nervous when I first met you, about having surgery but realised that it was a necessary evil. I need not have been worried, as from our initial consultation to surgery to full recovery, you have all been amazing.  You have changed my life – for the first time ever I have had some photos taken of me and my children. I stand taller and feel so much happier with life. I have even started my own business. I never realised that it would have had such a profound effect – and it didn’t hurt!! Thank you again.  I wish you and your team lots of health, luck and happiness.


Pamela C.

I was delighted with my care, it was faultless in all aspects. Everyone was highly professional and they all conducted themselves in an exemplary manner throughout. Not only was my treatment successful but the cosmetic result was incredible in that it is hardly visible. Mr Banwell and his team offer a truly exceptional service which I am confident could not be matched elsewhere.


Thomas W.

I am writing to let you know that I was very pleased with the recent surgery to remove several moles on my face, neck and back. The whole process was carried out very efficiently.  The mole on my face has almost completely disappeared already.  The post-operative information was most helpful, although the leaflet I was given varied slightly from your verbal instructions. However, you accurately told me what to expect.  I have no hesitation in recommending your work to other people.  The on site staff were all friendly and helpful throughout.


Pamela H.

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