Motherhood brings about so many rewarding experiences, but it can also come along with some not so welcomed changes to your body. Fortunately, there are a number of plastic surgery procedures that can be combined into a single surgery—called a mommy makeover—that can help you reach your post-pregnancy fitness goals.
Not sure when you can have a mommy makeover after having children? To help you plan your plastic surgery timeline just right, ask yourself these important questions first.
Have You Completed Your Family?
The ideal time to get a mommy makeover is after you’ve finished having children. Although it is perfectly safe to have children after body contouring procedures like a no-drain tummy tuck and liposuction, your results could be affected by a future pregnancy and you may require a revision surgery to get them back. Try to plan your mommy makeover accordingly so you can avoid revisionary procedures in the near future.
Have You Fully Recovered from Your Last Pregnancy?
Wait at least 6 to 9 months after childbirth to get your mommy makeover.
Pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding can affect your hormones and cause weight fluctuations and other changes to your body. It’s best to wait until your hormones and weight have stabilized and your body has had a chance to completely recover before moving forward with an elective procedure like a mommy makeover.
If you’re breastfeeding, wait a few months after finishing to ensure your body is ready for a mommy makeover and that you’re able to see the best possible results.
Do You Have Help with Childcare?
Most women are able to head back to work and light physical activity within 2 to 3 weeks after their mommy makeover. However, you will need to refrain from picking up your children and other heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for the first few weeks or so. Because of this, it’s important that you have some help around the house and caring for your children while you recover.
The length of your mommy makeover recovery will be influenced in part by the type and number of procedures you choose to include. Some of the most common include breast augmentation, abdominoplasty and liposuction, although you can pick and choose which procedures will best meet your goals. These are details that are best discussed with your plastic surgeon during your initial mommy makeover consultation.
Have You Found the Right Plastic Surgeon?
The fact of the matter is that it’s never too soon to pick a plastic surgeon and schedule an in-person consultation with them. Even if you’re not entirely ready to have your mommy makeover, it’s not a bad idea to start narrowing down your search and discussing your timeline with your plastic surgeon.
When searching for the right plastic surgeon for your mommy makeover, check for these important must-haves:
- Board-certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Affiliations with hospitals and accredited medical associations
- Before and after mommy makeover photos
- Online reviews
- Friendly, welcoming staff
- A clean, organized and inviting office
Pick one or two plastic surgeons with whom you’d like to schedule a consultation, then sit down with them to discuss your specific needs and goals in more detail. From there, you can work with them to plan the best date for your mommy makeover, even if it is months away.
Dr. Eric Mariotti, a board-certified plastic surgeon, is known throughout the East Bay for his genuine compassion and the remarkable results he creates. Women and men come to his plastic surgery practice in Concord because he is highly trained and experienced, and has a caring personality. His patients think of him as a down-to-earth guy who happens to be a talented plastic surgeon.