How Soon Can I Get a Mommy Makeover After Pregnancy?

Giving birth to a child is one of the most rewarding, special experiences in a woman’s life. And although many mothers enjoy the pregnancy experience, they often struggle to get their body back to its pre-pregnancy condition. Enter the mommy makeover, a group of surgical cosmetic procedures to remove excess skin and improve the appearance of breasts after pregnancy.

Mommy Makeover Procedures

A woman and baby laying down and smiling

Women’s bodies can change significantly during and after pregnancy, and the amount of time women should wait after giving birth depends on which procedure or procedures they would like to have done. These procedures may include an abdominoplasty (more commonly referred to as a tummy tuck), liposuction to rid the body of stubborn, excess fat, and breast surgeries such as lifts or augmentations. These body contouring procedures are for cosmetic purposes and should not be used as a weight loss solution, so it is important for women to have already reached their pre-pregnancy weight through diet and exercise.

Timing Is Everything

First, it’s a good idea for women to wait until they’ve had their last child before scheduling a procedure. Otherwise, they may need additional procedures down the road, especially if they gain a substantial amount of weight with those pregnancies.

Most surgeons agree that new moms should wait at least six months after reaching their desired post-pregnancy weight before having their mommy makeover, although this varies by surgeon, patient, and circumstances. Some surgeons even suggest waiting a little longer, like nine months to a year, to be certain that stretched skin has contracted and the uterus has shrunk. Because, after all, pregnancy is hard on the body!

Additionally, breastfeeding moms should wait until at least six months after they’ve stopped breastfeeding before undergoing any type of breast surgery, to give the breasts enough time to return to their natural size.

Mommy Makeovers and C-Sections

Moms who had a C-Section may need to wait a little longer for their mommy makeover. The C-Section can cause side effects like fatigue, blood loss, and elevated estrogen levels, as well a depressed immune system, which can increase the risk of infection. It is still possible to have a mommy makeover six months after pregnancy, but this is a decision that Dr. Franckle and the patient will need to make together based on the mom’s recovery.

The mommy makeover is a great solution for new moms who aren’t happy with their post-pregnancy body, and who have already returned to their pre-pregnancy weight through diet and exercise. Contact William Franckle, MD, FACS at 856-772-6500 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your mommy makeover consultation!

 

Mommy Makeover: Is It Right for You?

After having children, many women find themselves displeased with the changes in their bodies, even after reaching their ideal weight post pregnancy. Loose skin around the midsection, lost volume and sagging in the breasts and stretch marks are all common outcomes of carrying a child(ren) to term. After maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle post-baby, many women still need a little help to fully rejuvenate their bodies. That’s where a mommy makeover can help.

What Is a Mommy Makeover?

A before and after photo of a woman after her breasts were altered by Premier Plastic Surgery Arts in Sewell, NJ

While the specific treatment areas included in a mommy makeover vary depending on the patient, it typically consists of a tummy tuck and a breast procedure. If lost volume in the breasts is a concern, a breast augmentation (with implants) may be recommended. If the patient is experiencing sagging of the breasts, a breast lift procedure may be chosen. The tummy tuck portion of the procedure, also known as an abdominoplasty, removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and for some, tightens the muscles.

What Can a Mommy Makeover Fix?

The most common physical conditions that lead women to seek cosmetic surgery after pregnancy include the following:

  • Sagging, smaller, or uneven breasts
  • Breasts that are too large for the body frame and cause back pain
  • Loose skin and stretch marks in the abdominal area
  • Fat deposits in the area of a C-section scar
  • Excess fat in the hips, thighs, and love handle area

Is This Procedure Right for Me?

If you think you may have more children in the future, it’s smart to postpone the surgery until your family is complete. An additional pregnancy will affect the results of the mommy makeover. If you are ready for a mommy makeover, you will need to commit to maintaining your current weight post-procedure to preserve your results. Overall, women who have this procedure must be in good physical health, with a positive mental outlook and realistic expectations of the results.

If you’re considering a mommy makeover, the first step is a consultation with an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Franckle, who is affiliated with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Call 856-772-6500 to schedule your consultation today.

 

Recovery Tips for a Mommy Makeover

Mommy makeovers can be a completely transformative experience, and leave many women feeling more confident, secure, and self-assured. However, it’s important to know the right way to recover, especially when juggling recovery and motherhood. Here are tips on how to recover from a mommy makeover in a healthy and stable way.

Preparation Is Everything

Before and after picture of a mommy makeover by William FranckleThe first step of recovery actually takes place before the surgery. This can mean having all necessary prescriptions on hand, preparing a comfortable place to rest, and asking family members for help during recovery. Especially important can be ensuring that a loved one can care for the children since mobility will be limited for the first few days following the procedure.

Take It Easy

As with all surgeries, a mommy makeover is followed by a period rest to allow the body time to heal. For the first one or two days after the surgery, it’s important to rest as much as possible, with small breaks to get some movement in. It is just as important to set aside time to allow the pain medication to do its job and allow scars to heal before pushing oneself too hard after surgery. This may mean taking a break from spending time with children until energy is restored.

Expect Emotions

It is perfectly common for emotions to run wild after any intensive surgery, and mommy makeovers are no different, especially because the changes can be so drastic. The body has just been put through an invasive procedure and feeling overly emotional is a common occurrence. The best way to address these emotions is to remember that they are perfectly normal and will be reduced a few days after the procedure.

Keep Up With Pain Medication

With mommy makeovers, there will be more pain involved than non-invasive procedures; specifically selected prescriptions can make it significantly more manageable. Pain medication for surgical procedures are only meant to be taken short-term, but neglecting to take them or taking them incorrectly can put patients in unnecessary pain. It’s a good idea to set a phone alarm or write down when a dose was taken to prevent any issues.

Above all, remember that healing takes time, and it’s not going to happen overnight. Be realistic about what a recovering body and mind are capable of, and don’t push past those expectations.