Motherhood is one of the most rewarding things a woman can do, but it also can have a dramatic effect on your body. Magazines and Instagram might show pictures of celebrity mums showing off their toned post-baby bodies, but real life is often very different.

Pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and child rearing can all result in significant changes to your body shape and contour. Breasts lose volume and sag, nipples and areola enlarge and droop, tummy skin becomes loose with stretched muscles underneath, and fat starts to settle where it never used to before. There is often no amount of diet and exercise that can repair and restore your body back into pre-pregnancy shape.

Dr Colbert sees many Perth women for breast and body surgery after having children. Combining breast and body surgeries can help you reclaim your pre-pregnancy shape, in one single operation with one recovery.

What is post pregnancy breast and body surgery?

While sometimes called a body makeover, or a ‘Mummy Makeover’, post pregnancy surgery refers to a combination of procedures that focuses on restoring and rejuvenating your body after the changes brought about by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.

This combination of breast and body procedures is customised to fit your own body and your personal goals, but for most Perth women it usually involves a breast lift and abdominoplasty.

Breast surgery may involve a lift to reduce sagging, and reduction to reduce the size of your breasts, and sometimes augmentation to improve breast fullness.

Abdominoplasty surgery involves removing excess abdominal skin and tightening abdominal muscles, plus liposuction to the surrounding areas.

Is post pregnancy surgery for me?

You might be a candidate for post pregnancy surgery:

  • You are interested in improving your body shape or contours after pregnancy.
  • You are in relatively good health, including being a non-smoker.
  • You are not having any further children, and you finished breastfeeding at least six months ago.

Deciding to have surgery is a personal choice, and can be a difficult decision to commit to. An initial consultation with Dr Colbert is a great place to find out further information that is customised to your body and your personal goals, in a stress free and warm environment.

How soon after childbirth can I have body makeover surgery?

Pregnancy, childbirth, and breast feeding can all have dramatic effects on your body, and it takes time for everything to return to its normal state.

For those reasons it’s recommended to wait until twelve months after childbirth, and six months after breastfeeding, before having body makeover surgery.

How much does post pregnancy surgery (also called Mummy Makeover) cost in Perth?

Costs associated with post pregnancy surgery in Perth can be confusing, especially considering the different combinations of surgical procedures that can be offered. To try to make things clearer we’ve listed the the following fees that make up the final cost.

  • Surgical fee: the cost of surgery will depend on what breast and tummy surgeries you undergo. Some parts of your procedures may be partially covered by Medicare and your private health fund, however this is not usually the case. Indicative price ranges of some of the procedures are listed below:
    • Breast augmentation: $12990 (includes implants, anaesthesia, and hospital fee)
    • Breast lift without implants: $5000 – $8000.
    • Tummy tuck: $8000 – $12000.
  • Other fees: apart from breast augmentation costs listed above, the other procedures also have additional fees for anaesthesia and hospital admission. If a part of your procedure is covered by Medicare and your private health fund then they may also subsidise your anaesthesia and hospital fee, however this is not usually the case. A truly accurate quote can only be provided after a consultation with Dr Colbert.

What is the recovery after post pregnancy surgery?

At a glance, post pregnancy surgery involves:

  • Time in surgery: 3 – 5 hours.
  • Time in hospital: 2 – 3 nights.
  • Time off work: 2 – 3 weeks.
  • Time before driving: 1 – 2 weeks.
  • Time wearing a supportive garment: 6 weeks.
  • Time before exercise including gym: 6 weeks.

What are the risks associated with post pregnancy surgery?

The risks of any surgery will vary depending on what procedures are involved.

Post-pregnancy surgery can be associated with the following risks:

  • Infection: sometimes inflammation or infection of the incisions may occur, and if so this is usually superficial infection that can be treated with tablet antibiotics.
  • Bleeding or haematoma: this refers to a collection of blood underneath the skin that may require removal in the operating theatre, and is very rare.
  • Thick scars: some sections of your scar may be lumpy or thicker that what is normal for a scar, however this usually improves with time.
  • Suture ‘spitting’: all the incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures, and these can sometimes irritate the skin before they are dissolved.
  • Seroma: this refers to a collection of fluid underneath the skin, and if occurs it can be
  • Breast implant associated risks: risks of using implants can include infection, implant rupture, capsule contracture, malposition.
  • Delayed wound healing: some areas of the wound can take longer to heal. This is usually treated with dressings, or rarely more surgery may be required.
  • Blood clots: clots may form in the veins of the leg (deep vein thrombosis) and travel to the lung (pulmonary embolism) – while this is serious, it is thankfully very rare.
  • Post pregnancy surgery is like any surgical procedures in that it carries risks – therefore before having any operation you should always speak to an appropriately qualified health practitioner about these potential risks.

Why should you see Dr Colbert for your body makeover?

Many Perth women see Dr Colbert for Mummy makeover surgery because they want expert care by a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon.

  • Dr Colbert MBBS FRACS (Plastic Surgery) is an Australian trained and fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
  • Dr Colbert is one of only a few Specialist Plastic Surgeons in Australia who focuses exclusively on breast and body surgery.
  • Dr Colbert personally performs all surgery and aftercare himself, and doesn’t get surgical assistants or nurses to treat you during or after your operation.
  • Dr Colbert and his staff are renowned for their amazing patient care, delivered in a comfortable and stress-free environment.

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 Where can I find out more?

To arrange to speak to Dr Colbert about body makeover surgery in Perth please contact our friendly office staff.

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