Post-childbirth, a lot of women struggle with body issues, such as loose skin around the abdomen and sagging, deflated breasts.
To get their bodies back to their pre-pregnancy shape, many women turn to mommy makeover surgery, a combination procedure that typically consists of a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast enhancement.
Getting the timing right of mommy makeover surgery is important, as several factors play a role when it comes to optimizing the results and recovery process.
To learn more about the best time to have mommy makeover surgery, the team at Hazen Plastic Surgery weighs in below.
Your Body Has Healed
To restore their bodies and confidence, women may be eager to have mommy makeover surgery shortly after giving birth. But postpartum bodies need time to heal.
Before having mommy makeover surgery, it is generally suggested that women wait six months to a year after giving birth, or until their bodies get back to normal functioning.
You’ve Reached Your Goal Weight
Pregnancy and childbirth put a lot of stress on women’s bodies, and weight stabilization is one indicator that their bodies have recovered sufficiently and they are ready for surgery.
Also, none of the procedures commonly performed with mommy makeover surgery are for weight loss. For optimal results with liposuction and tummy tuck, women should be at or within 10 to 15 pounds of their goal weight, and it is recommended that women have maintained this weight for 6 months or longer.
You’ve Finished Breastfeeding
Not all women choose to breastfeed, but women who do should wait until at least 6 months after they’ve finished breastfeeding to have mommy makeover surgery.
This applies especially to women considering breast enhancement procedures, such as breast lift or breast augmentation. But women getting other procedures are also advised to hold off until they’ve finished breastfeeding and their weight and breast size and shape have stabilized.
You’re Done Having Children
While it is safe to get pregnant and have additional children after having mommy makeover surgery, the weight gain and stretching that occur during pregnancy and childbirth can compromise the surgery’s results.
To maintain the full benefits of mommy makeover surgery, women should wait until after they’ve completed their families.
Women considering mommy makeover surgery should also take into account the recovery period. As they’re recovering, women are unable to lift heavy objects, including small children. So women may want to wait until their children are older or they can arrange adequate assistance while recovering.
If you’re considering having mommy makeover surgery, call or email the team at Hazen Plastic Surgery to discuss your options with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon.