The process of pregnancy changes a person in many ways, including physically. Even if you love being a mother, you may not love all of the differences in how your body looks after pregnancy and breastfeeding. A mommy makeover is a combination of plastic surgery procedures to address these changes. One of the questions patients have about mommy makeovers is how soon it is possible to schedule this procedure after pregnancy. This depends on several factors.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
First of all, it’s helpful to understand what a mommy makeover might include since the procedures involved can influence scheduling. This procedure can be tailored to your specific concerns, so patients will not necessarily have the same surgeries. However, there are some that are more common than others.
The most popular procedures for a mommy makeover include:
- Breast augmentation
- Breast reduction
- Breast lift
- Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
How Long to Wait Before a Mommy Makeover
Here are some things to consider when determining long to wait after pregnancy to schedule your mommy makeover:
Recovery from Childbirth
Your body will need time to recover from birth in order to undergo plastic surgery. For a vaginal delivery with no complications, this will generally take a minimum of six weeks. This increases to eight weeks for a C-section. Each woman’s experience is different and your doctor will determine when you have fully recovered and are ready for plastic surgery. However, keep in mind that being recovered from birth is not the only factor to consider, and you may wish to wait longer after this point.
If you are getting any breast surgery as part of your mommy makeover, you will typically want to wait three to six months after your milk production has stopped. This is because your breast volume may change after this point.
You should be within your ideal weight or fairly close to it before getting a mommy makeover. This is because none of the procedures included are intended for weight loss. Additionally, losing a large amount of weight after the procedure can result in skin sagging and you would potentially need another surgery to correct this.
Mommy Makeover Recovery
After your mommy makeover, you will need to reduce your activity levels and will need to avoid heavy lifting for several weeks. This can be challenging with a new child, so keep this in mind when planning your surgery.
Pregnancy can undo the results of your mommy makeover, so it’s best to schedule your surgery when you no longer plan to continue having children. However, plans can change and if you do undergo this procedure then get pregnant, it is typically possible to have a revision if you desire.
Schedule Your Mommy Makeover
If you want to restore your body after pregnancy, Hess & Sandeen Plastic Surgery can help. Our experienced surgeons can address your cosmetic concerns and help you achieve the look you desire.