Celebrity moms sharing Instagram photos of their toned, post-pregnancy bodies just a couple of months after having babies creates unrealistic expectations for women who want to regain their bodies — and confidence — after having children. Patients who are dissatisfied when their post-pregnancy bodies don’t “snap back” quickly often ask me about having a mommy makeover, including a tummy tuck, at my Albany practice.
Even though cosmetic surgery is a valuable tool for helping women restore their confidence, it’s important to choose the appropriate time for scheduling surgery. In this post, I’ll provide some guidance that can help you know when that time has arrived.
What post-delivery physical changes occurred?
Women’s bodies continue changing as they recover from the physical toll taken by pregnancy and childbirth. It’s important that you are healthy enough to undergo plastic surgery and the recovery process. Your immune system needs time to replenish, especially if you delivered via C-section. The weight gain that occurs during pregnancy can be difficult to shed, but it’s important to reach a weight that you can comfortably maintain before having a mommy makeover. Additionally, stretched skin may contract, and other areas of the body are still readjusting after pregnancy.
Are you breastfeeding?
Moms who breastfeed will have a different timetable than those who don’t. You’ll need to wait until you’ve finished breastfeeding before getting a mommy makeover (if you’re considering cosmetic breast surgery, such as breast augmentation or a breast lift.) In fact, I recommend waiting at least 6 months after you stop breastfeeding before undergoing breast enhancement surgery, because your breasts — which become enlarged while breastfeeding — will continue changing for several months.
Are you finished having children?
If you’re still considering having another baby, I strongly recommend postponing your mommy makeover until you’re finished having children. A mommy makeover creates changes to the breasts and abdominal area (and, in some cases, the vagina), that a future pregnancy and birth can undo.
Are you ready for the recovery?
Even a smooth mommy makeover recovery without complications — which is pretty typical — can be difficult if you’re also dealing with the demands of children. Mommy makeover patients need to arrange for reliable child care during the initial phase of the recovery, especially during the first week. Moms will need help around the house and should realize that they won’t be able to lift their infants or toddlers for several weeks after the surgery. Having a good support system at home is essential for mommy makeover patients.