The surgery is aimed at tightening the skin and firming the tissues that become lax and sag following childbirth.

The abdominal skin stretches to accommodate your baby and your breasts swell as they become engorged with milk. These changes are all perfectly natural and in themselves do not cause any problems. The problems tend to occur once you have delivered your child because your body will often not go back to how it looked before. Once the skin has been stretched, it may not recoil and will sag.

The same is true following weight loss and a mummy makeover is not reserved for people who have had children. It is not unusual for a person who has lost a significant amount of weight to need body contouring of the breast and abdomen.

So it is not only women who may need this combination and if you are a man who has lost weight, you may well benefit from a ‘daddy do-over’!

The abdominal surgery can be done at the same time as the breast surgery, or they can be done at different times and we discuss this in our blog post ‘Mummy Makeover – 1 Op or 2?’

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Breast Lift

Probably the best way to tighten the skin if it has stretched and sagged, is with a breast lift.

A breast lift involves removing the excess skin and repositioning your nipple so that it sits higher and more central on your newly reshaped breast.

Your cup size will not change significantly after a breast lift as it is mainly the shape that is addressed rather than the size of your breasts.

Breast Implants

If it is just the size of your breasts that you are unhappy with and you are happy with the shape, then breast implants might be your best option.

Breast implants are the best way to increase the size of your breasts and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your frame and compliment your current breast shape.

If your breasts are very droopy, it may not be appropriate to use implants alone and you may need a breast lift with implants.

Breast Life With Implants

If it is the size and the shape of your breasts that you dislike, then you may need a breast lift with implants (if they are too small) or a breast reduction (if they are too big).

A breast lift with implants (or augmentation mastopexy) will reshape and lift your breast as well as adding volume.

It can be transformational to the breast but it is quite a major undertaking and needs a comprehensive discussion with your surgeon to make sure that it is the right choice for you.

Breast Reductions

As the name suggests, a breast reduction will make your breasts smaller if they are too big. However, a breast reduction will also lift your breasts and improve the shape.

At the same time as reducing the size of your breasts, the tissue is re-arranged and the nipple is repositioned and so the shape is improved in the same way as a breast lift.

A breast lift is an integral part of a breast reduction.

Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck is probably the most common type of tummy tuck. It involves reshaping the whole abdomen and repositioning the belly button.

The resulting scar extends from hip to hip and we aim to keep it low down in your bikini line. There is also a scar around your belly button.

A full tummy tuck addresses the whole of the front of the abdomen but does not address the sides in the ‘love handle’ area, however a full tummy tuck can be combined with liposuction to address these areas.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck leaves a scar that is shorter than a full tummy tuck and is in a similar area in the bikini line.

There is no scar around the belly button although the belly button can sometimes look ‘pulled down’.

A mini tummy tuck addresses a bulge in the lower part of your abdomen below your belly button and can flatten the contour and improve any overhang, especially if you have a scar there such as from a Caesarian Section.


A Fleur-de-Lis tummy tuck is a more extensive tummy tuck compared with a full tummy tuck and is usually reserved for massive weight loss patients.

There is a scar from hip to hip as well as a vertical scar centrally going down and around the belly button in an inverted T-shape.

Although the scarring is more extensive, the benefit of a Fleur-de-Lis tummy tuck is that it narrows the waist and removes skin in two directions – up and down, as well as side to side. However, the scarring is more obvious and the risk of complications is greater, so the pros need to weighed against the cons.

Circumferential Tummy Tuck

A circumferential tummy tuck is also known as a 360degree lift or a belt lipectomy or a lower body lift. As the name suggests, it involves continuing the tummy tuck all the way around the back so that the scar meets itself and forms a complete circle around the body.

A circumferential tummy tuck is a major undertaking and is not a common procedure in the UK. It will remove and tighten the skin all the way around the body and as well as tightening the skin over the back, probably the biggest difference compared with a full tummy tuck is the amount of tightening at the sides.

*In general terms, the types of tummy tuck which have the greater amount of scarring and the higher risk of complications, also offer more opportunity for skin tightening and a greater transformation.

This is why you need to have a consultation so that we can assess you and talk about what can be achieved and weigh up the pros and cons and make a tailored plan to suit your body shape and your desired outcome.

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