What is Mummy Makeover Surgery?

What is Mummy Makeover Surgery?

Mummy makeover surgery is a combination of procedures that help restore the shape and appearance of a woman’s body after pregnancy. Usually performed as a single-stage procedure a Mummy Makeover involves a Breast Augmentation, with or without a breast lift/Mastopexy and an Abdominoplasty.

The surgical approach and techniques involved in mummy makeover surgery will vary depending on multiple factors as well as your desired outcomes. Dr Patrick Briggs will ultimately advise you on the best surgical approach for you to help you achieve your post-pregnancy body transformation.

The ability to combine multiple plastic surgery procedures into a single surgical session is a great advantage of Mummy Makeover Surgery. For you, this means only one operation, one anaesthetic and one post-operative recovery period. For Mums with young children and busy schedules, one recovery time may be the best option.

As well as the benefits mentioned above when procedures are combined it may also result in a cost-benefit to you. In other words, when procedures are scheduled together, you can save money on hospital and anaesthesia fees.

The obvious, physical benefits of the Mummy Makeover procedure are restored volume and lifted breasts from the Breast Augmentation and/or Breast Lift Surgery and a redefined waistline and abdominal muscle repair from the trauma of pregnancy with an Abdominoplasty.

The breast procedures will also help to improve or correct your nipple appearance by reshaping and repositioning drooping or enlarged nipples that may have become stretched following breastfeeding and weight fluctuations.

A Mummy Makeover can help to restore a youthful, ‘perkier breast appearance, enhance your cleavage, waistline and body contours.

URGENT UPDATE – The Australian Government has reinstated a Medicare Item Number for a Tummy Tuck for some post-pregnancy patients suffering from Diastasis Recti (Split Tummy Muscles) if you are eligible and meet the new criteria. This new 30175 Medicare Item Number – is effective 1st July 2022. Read the 30175 Medicare Item Number factsheet.

If you qualify for the 30175 Medicare item number you may also get a subsidy from your Health Fund. There will still be a significant out-of-pocket GAP as FREE Tummy tuck surgery is rarely available in the public hospital system.

What are the benefits of Mummy Makeover Surgery?

What are the benefits of Mummy Makeover Surgery?

Below are some of the benefits of some Mummy Makeover procedures;

Breast Augmentation
  • Increase the volume and size of smaller breasts
  • Add volume fullness and firmness to breasts and cleavage
  • Improve breast profile and fullness post-pregnancy
  • Enhance ‘side-boob’ proportions
  • Improve the look of uneven or asymmetrical breasts
  • Improve the overall breast and nipple appearance
Breast Lift/Mastopexy
  • Restore breasts to a more central, firmer or higher position on the chest wall.
  • If you are generally happy with your breast size but not how they look due to sagging nipples or low-hanging breast tissue, this procedure may be for you.
  • Breast Lift procedures reposition and/or resize your nipples to a more central location on the chest.
  • It can also restore your breasts to the position and shape they once were before they were affected by gravity, skin ageing, pregnancy, and breastfeeding or weight changes.
Abdominoplasty / Extended Abdominoplasty
  • Removes excess, loose skin and persistent bulges around your tummy area following pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Decreases bulges & sagging skin around your abdomen, which stops you from wearing fitted clothing and feeling confident 
  • Balances out your physique to match other areas that have “bounced back after pregnancy
  • And also repair and gain greater control of your abdominal muscle wall that weakened or separated (Diastasis Recti) as a result of pregnancy
Am I a Good Candidate?

Am I a Good Candidate?

Are you concerned with:

  • Deflated breasts with a lack of volume. In other words a flat-looking chests.
  • Mildly drooping breasts (mild ptosis)
  • Uneven or lopsided breasts (asymmetric breasts)
  • Redundant abdominal skin
  • Abdominal muscle separation post-pregnancy
  • An unwanted persistent abdominal bulge that is unresponsive to exercise.

Then you may be a good candidate for Mummy Makeover Surgery.

Mummy Makeover Before and After Photos

Taking a look at previous mummy makeover procedures speaks volumes about the expertise of a specific surgeon, and Dr Briggs is not an exception. See before and after photos here.

What should I know about having Mummy Makeover Surgery?

What should I know about having Mummy Makeover Surgery?

Dr Briggs will guide you in choosing the combination of procedures to best suit your desired outcome. You will need to discuss the options surrounding implants, breast lift and abdominoplasty approaches as well as your goals to get the best possible results.

There are many aspects to consider when planning for Mummy Makeover  Surgery, including:

  • Breast Implant Types
  • Breast Augmentation vs Breast Lift or a combination
  • Abdominoplasty recovery times
  • Muscle repair and Diastasis Recti
  • Medicare and Private Health Insurance coverage

The combination of Breast Augmentation, Mastopexy and Abdominoplasty generally lasts for 3-4 hours (this will vary from patient to patient) and is performed while you are under general anaesthesia.


Medications and General Anaesthesia are administered by an ANZCA recognised Specialist Anaesthetist for your safety and well-being during your surgical procedure.

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The procedure guide helps navigate your patient journey, explains what to expect, and offers much-needed and supportive guidance you need. Click here for a FREE breast augmentation procedure guide download.

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If you’d like more information about a particular surgery, please call our surgical support team on (03) 8849 1444 between 9am – 5am weekdays.

Recovery from Mummy Makeover Surgery

Recovery from Mummy Makeover Surgery

Your recovery period and the time required to heal post-surgery will depend on your specific procedures and other health & lifestyle factors.

Following the combined procedures as part of the Mummy Makeover recovery times can vary significantly from person to person. Typically, you can expect to allow 4-6 weeks for initial recovery following your surgery but prepare for a further 2 weeks to be sure. Scar maturation often takes longer, up to a year or so.

You will need to work with Dr Briggs to allow for adequate and proper healing time. It is important to discuss with Dr Briggs and his team before returning to daily activities such as driving, lifting and exercise.

Following surgery, it is essential to wear the post-operative compression garments throughout your recovery period for the required time frames. Optimal results depend on a collaborative approach as well as a healthy lifestyle. You will also need to be willing to follow the specific instructions given to you by Dr Briggs and attend all post-operative appointments.

Recovery for each type of Mummy makeover Surgery minimising scars

Recovery for each type of Mummy makeover Surgery

Breast Augmentation/Breast Lift

Your Recovery and Healing period begins after surgery, although you will be able to see the results of your Breast Augmentation/Breast Lift Surgery almost immediately, it can take up to 4-6 weeks for post-surgical swelling to resolve properly.

Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck

You will need to wear a compression garment for up to 6 weeks. However, this is just a guide and in some instances, you will need to wear it for longer, after your surgery to enhance your results. There are many options for Tummy Tuck post-surgery compression garments Dr Briggs will provide you with information to guide you and help you choose the best one for your body and procedure.

The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and inflammation. This swelling will begin to minimise within the first two weeks following your surgery and will continue to improve throughout your recovery period.

Incision lines can take from 12 to 18 months to fully mature, and scar formation can vary from patient to patient. These scars are like any other surgical scar, with the correct aftercare and compliance they should heal to a nearly unnoticeable appearance.

Be sure to follow our instructions carefully after surgery to minimise your scars. No unapproved creams or treatments to the area, always check with Dr Briggs or his nursing staff first.

Maintaining Your Mummy Makeover Results

Maintaining Your Mummy Makeover Results

Every patient is unique and surgery results can vary from patient to patient. It is important to work collaboratively with Dr Briggs and to keep your expectations realistic.

Please keep in mind that your results from the Mummy Makeover procedures may be impacted by fluctuations in your weight, skin health or Body Mass Index (BMI). Pregnancy and breastfeeding may also impact on your surgical results following your surgery.

To maximise the longevity of your Mummy Makeover results, it is important to maintain a healthy, nutritious lifestyle.

How much is Mummy Makeover surgery in Melbourne?

How much is Mummy Makeover surgery in Melbourne?

All Surgery is customised and Dr Briggs will give you a cost for Mummy Makeover surgery depending on the type of procedures you are having, the hospital you attend and the length of your stay.
At your initial consultation, you are given a detailed quote. This will include your Dr Briggs’ fee, Anaesthetist fee and the hospital fees.
We also provide information on Private Health Insurance, a breast augmentation payment plan plus other different ways to pay for Mummy Makeover surgery.

Risks and Complications

Risks and Complications

The combination of procedures involved in Mummy Makeover surgeries, like any invasive surgery incurs risks and complications. It is sensible when researching surgeond to choose a highly trained and experienced specialist plastic surgeon with extensive breast augmentation to reduce your surgery risks.

Dr Briggs will discuss all potential complications during a consultation. Like general anaesthesia, bleeding (haematoma), infection, wound healing, deep vein thrombosis, scarring, numbness and altered sensation. Constantly stay educated, be healthy, do not smoke before or after your procedure and understand your risks.

How to find the best Mummy Makeover surgeon in Melbourne

How to find the best Mummy Makeover surgeon in Melbourne

Your surgical results will depend on the surgeon you choose. Since breast augmentation is a major procedure, you’ll need a top breast augmentation plastic surgeon. A reputable breast augmentation surgeon has the following qualities:

  • A Specialist Plastic Surgeon who is a Member of ASPS5 star online reviews from patients.
  • Extensive experience in different types of mammoplasty.
  • Patient Before and After Photos .
  • Empathy and caring with recovery and aftercare.
  • A great support team with long term follow up.
Reasons women consider a Mummy Makeover

Reasons women consider a Mummy Makeover

Women often opt for surgery after having children to:

  • Improve self-confidence
  • Correct uneven breasts 
  • Increase the size of the breasts
  • Address drooping breasts
  • Fix a sagging tummy
  • Improve the appearance of breasts and or tummy after pregnancy
Is a mummy makeover worth it

Is it worth it?

A mummy makeover helps women improve body contours and can enhance self confidence. The decision of whether to undergo some or all of the procedures involved in a mummy makeover is up to you.

A consultation with Dr Briggs can help you decide if you are unsure and be confident in your choice.

Planning your Mummy Makeover patient journey

Planning your Mummy Makeover patient journey

Your surgical journey starts with scheduling an appointment to see Dr Briggs. An appointment is a great opportunity for you to talk about the reasons behind your decision.

Frequently Asked Questions - Dr Patrick Briggs

Further reading – Medical References about Mummy Makeover

Dr Patrick Briggs Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne Plastic Surgeon – FRCS (Plas)

Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Both he and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Not only does he offer high-quality results he also offers natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results. Furthermore, he is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. 

Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.

How can we help?

Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.

Phone 1300 264 811Email us or Book a free 15-minute Call with Dr Patrick Briggs’s team.

What Next?

Want more information about your Procedure?

  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
  • Talk to our Patient Care Team from 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday on 1300 264 811.
Dr Patrick Briggs consultation

What to Bring to Your Consultation

  • If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
  • You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.

How to Book a Consultation

  • Dr Briggs’ Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential. However,
  • To claim any Medicare or Health Insurance you will need a referral.
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery today to book your consultation.