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When Is the Right Time for a Mommy Makeover?

a mother holding her child in the air

“When is the right time for a Mommy Makeover?” is a question that I get often. And I understand why that’s important to know. Giving birth and becoming a new mother can be exhilarating for sure, but pregnancy can also cause your body to change. Many of my patients are eager to get back to their pre-pregnancy body or to improve their body in general with some enhancements – either surgical or non-surgical. But there’s a time for everything, and the best time for a Mommy Makeover is not right after you’ve given birth.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

A Mommy Makeover typically combines surgeries. Some of the most common ones that I perform are:

Obviously, you can choose what best suits your needs, and we can discuss that during your consultation. First of all, when it comes to timing, I always recommend that you don’t rush into these surgeries right after childbirth. Here are some factors to consider, which can help you determine when to get a Mommy Makeover:

Your Body Needs Time to Heal

when to get a mommy makeover

Giving birth is a major event and it can be traumatic on the body, impacting different women in various ways. Your body is not equipped to jump right into surgery. Added to that, caring for a newborn can be challenging. Depending on which surgery or surgeries you choose, you might be restricted from doing any kind of lifting. Again, your body needs time to heal.

Your Body is Still Changing

The breasts are still evolving post-pregnancy. They will continue to change until the breastfeeding stops. A general rule of thumb for this surgery is to wait 3 to 6 months after you’ve finished breastfeeding, and if you’re not breastfeeding, 3 to 6 months after delivery. Another example is the Tummy Tuck. It’s best to wait until you’re at your normal weight again, and the uterus has shrunk back to normal. I also want to mention labiaplasty. As you may or may not know, giving birth can cause your labia – the inner lips of the vulva – to stretch, even tear. Labiaplasty surgery reshapes that area. My recommendation is six months after giving birth.

Cosmetic Surgeries Require Anesthesia

Something else to keep in mind. All of the Mommy Makeover surgeries require anesthesia. That’s not recommended if you’re still breastfeeding.

You Might Want More Children

If you’re planning to have more children, you should wait until after you’ve done that before getting a Mommy Makeover.

Let’s Talk About Your Mommy Makeover

As you can see, much thought has to go into your decision about when to get a Mommy Makeover. Of course, the wait time will depend on the surgeries you choose.  We can discuss my recommended wait times when you come in for your consultation.

The average amount of time most women wait is at least one year after childbirth. To learn more about this procedure, visit the Mommy Makeover section of my website. Call 301-656-6398 today and make an appointment for a consultation.

March 14, 2019 8:49 am
Categories: Blog, Mommy Makeover

Written by Dr. Adam Tattelbaum

Dr. Adam Tattelbaum is a highly skilled and compassionate plastic surgeon with over two decades of experience.

Double-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Tattelbaum believes in providing personalized patient care and customizes his treatment plans to suit the individual.

Dr. Tattelbaum's candid and realistic approach has earned him recognition, not only with his patients but in the Top Doctor lists of the Washingtonian and Bethesda magazines. He is also a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a mark of distinction in the field of cosmetic surgery.

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