Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life, but pregnancy and breastfeeding may take a significant toll on a woman’s body. Women often struggle to regain their pre-pregnancy figure after having children. Multiple pregnancies tend to make it even harder to bounce back.
Frequently, diet and exercise aren’t enough to correct the issues new mothers experience, including lost breast volume, loose skin, excess fat, and muscle laxity of the abdominal area. That’s where mommy makeover may be beneficial. An individualized combination of plastic surgery procedures may significantly improve these undesired physical changes. Here, internationally-known, double-board-certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr. Jay Orringer, discusses variables to consider in planning a mommy makeover, including possible procedures involved and the timing of the surgery.
Dr. Orringer believes that there are multiple considerations each woman will want to take into account when making the decision about when to undergo mommy makeover surgery.
Time to Recover
Following the birth of a child, a new mother’s body will need time to recover from the nine months of transformation that occurred during pregnancy. Over the next several months, the abdominal and breast tissues will begin to contract, to some degree.
If the mother is breastfeeding, her breasts will remain enlarged, and she will want to wait until her child is weaned before considering surgery. It is important to allow the body time to naturally recover before electing to undergo surgery.
In general, it is advisable to wait at least six months after childbirth before making any final decisions about having a mommy makeover. At that time, it will be more clear how much of the weight gained during pregnancy was temporary and which areas could benefit from a body contouring procedure. Breast and abdominal wall changes will then indicate if a breast lift, breast augmentation, or tummy tuck might be beneficial.
Future Family Planning
In considering the timing of a mommy makeover, a prospective patient should also weigh future family plans. Becoming pregnant, again, will potentially undo the results achieved through any mommy makeover procedures. For the best, long-lasting results, a woman should wait until her family is complete.
Dr. Orringer is a highly experienced and trusted resource for new moms navigating the decision-making process, answering specific concerns about the timeline for the surgery, and guiding patients as they explore which options are most suited to their individual concerns.
To learn more about mommy makeover, schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Orringer by calling 310-273-1663 or using our contact form. Dr. Orringer welcomes patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Newport Beach, Northern California, across the nation and throughout the world.