Around this site we have discussed numerous different procedures that can be used as part of a Mummy Makeover, including breast lifts, tummy tucks, breast augmentations and more.
But these are just a few of the ways that Mum’s can get back their old looks and physique and by combining a few non-invasive techniques, it’s possible to completely transform the way you feel about yourself. If you want to stop feeling like a frumpy Mum and feel sexy and confident once more, here are some more options to consider…
If you don’t want to undergo surgery such as liposuction or tummy tuck to remove fat from your stomach, then another option is to try a gastric band. This is another option to consider if you are struggling to lose weight through conventional methods and involves the surgical insertion of a band to help patients to feel fuller, more quickly.
This limits the ability of the stomach to stretch as the patient eats and in turn can be much more effective than a conventional diet in encouraging weight loss.
Of course this is still a somewhat invasive procedure that does involve the insertion of a foreign object. It can also therefore lead to some risks and side effects. As with all surgery, there is a small risk of infection, blood clot and internal bleeding. More likely is gastric band slippage, which occurs in 1/50 cases. This will then lead to nausea, heartburn and vomiting.
On the positive side however, a gastric band encourages lifestyle changes that may last longer after the process has finished. Whereas liposuction or a tummy tuck involves simply removing the offending fat, a gastric band forces a change in diet which can trigger lasting changes to the metabolism and routine. Conversely though, this also means that the results take much longer and this is where liposuction or tummy tucks have the upper hand.
Unfortunately, a gastric band is still quite an expensive and invasive length to go to then. Fortunately though, a relatively new wonder drug is now being touted with claims that it can give you the same feeling of 'fullness' with no need to open up your stomach.
The pill is called 'Obalon' and it is essentially a gastric band in tablet form. It works via a 'balloon' that swells up inside the stomach once the tablet is ingested, making the individual feel much fuller than they actually are, thus helping them to lose weight.
According to early trials this treatment can actually work in much the same way as a gastric band, but is it a good idea? Well on the plus side, Obalon doesn't involve surgery which makes it a considerably less invasive alternative to having a 'regular' gastric band inserted. On the downside though of course, it does mean that more people are more likely to resort to these methods rather than trying a conventional diet first.
And this means that they're likely to experience some of the same problems that are associated with gastric bands. Neither a gastric band nor Obalon for instance will help to improve the quality of what you eat – meaning that you could very easily continue to eat badly and this could potentially lead to malnutrition.
Obalon also carries the risk of being a relatively new form of treatment with considerably less research, experience and long-term observation. Obalon can also lead to reflux, indigestion, stomach cramps and diarrhoea as the balloon is actually inside the stomach and filling a large area within it.
‘Body reshaping’ is an umbrella term that can be used to describe a range of cosmetic treatments aimed at reshaping the body. This means anything that isn’t aimed at the face or head area then and usually involves ‘plumping’ areas by inserting implants or reducing areas by removing fat or excess skin.
Often though, this refers to fat transfer, which is the process of moving fat from one area to another. This will often involve a combination of liposuction and implants – to remove fat from one area and insert it elsewhere.
Natural breast augmentation for instance uses fat transfer, which is essentially just as it sounds – a method of transferring fat from parts of the body where it isn't wanted to those where it is, i.e. moving the fat from the buttocks or stomach into the breasts. Of course this means that you get a full body transformation from natural breast augmentation as some areas become slimmer while your breasts become larger.
Any breast augmentation procedure has the happy advantage of making you look slimmer, as your stomach will appear flatter in comparison to your new breasts. In this case however, you will find that this effect is much more pronounced as your stomach actually does get flatter!
At the same time this means that you don't have any foreign substance inserted into your body – it is all you and that means that your body is less likely to reject it and also means you can be proud that you are still completely natural. The procedure is even less painful involving injections rather than having to have your skin cut open.
This too results in less scarring meaning that natural breast augmentation has all of the benefits of other forms of implants with none of the downsides (normal implants require either a scar under each breast for the implants to be placed under, or a more painful route is taken through the belly button and up between the sternum and the skin).
But fat transfer is not a perfect solution. For starters, the volume of fat injected will not always be equal to the final, stable size. The amount of fat that can be removed is also a limiting factor and this might also require multiple treatments. Unexpected fat absorption is also a real concern. And of course this has the downside of causing bruising to multiple areas, rather than just one.
Of course Mums may decide that they also wish to get facial cosmetic surgery, including the removal of wrinkles, of acne or of bags under their eyes. There are numerous treatments to address these concerns, which include Botox injections, face lifts, facial peels and more.
All these treatments can help Mum’s to look less tired than they feel and to regain their youthful appearance – but of course they each come with their own risks, side effects and concerns as well.
Ultimately, the best way to find the right treatments for your complete Mummy Makeover is to speak with a cosmetic surgeon. They will be able to talk you through your options, to get a better understanding of your goals and budget and ultimately to help you get the best results with the minimum upheaval.