How Soon After Having My Baby Can I Get a Mommy Makeover?

WriterMama on 10 May 2012 at 9:00am

mommy makeover before and after

Many women who struggle with weight gain and body distortion after childbirth are turning to surgery to get their pre-baby bodies when diet and exercise aren't enough. The increasingly popular "mommy makeovers" typically include a tummy tuck and breast implants and/or lift. As media pressure increases to go from baby bump to bombshell almost immediately, some moms are scheduling this procedure not long after childbirth -- but is it safe?

RealSelf member Slimsoon is among the strugglers. After giving birth to a baby girl, she says, “I would spend up to 2 hours a day exercising and watched everything I ate. Even with all the hard work and nutrition my stomach (skin) would sag to the floor when I did planks, or push-ups.” She also adds: “My breasts, which were always large, DD38, completely deflated after breast feeding and would hang very low.”

Slimsoon made the decision to have a mommy makeover in March soon after she gave birth to her son. She scheduled a consultation for June, and plans to have the procedures completed by August.

Doctor opinions

One of the points cosmetic surgeons agree on regarding mommy makeovers is that every woman's safe period is different. “It is quite variable on how long it takes a woman to get to the point where everything has returned to its 'normal' state,” said plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Pelletiere. “For some women, it’s 6 weeks. For others, it’s a year.”

mommy makeover before and afterHere's what else they agree on:

  • Hold off on a mommy makeover until you're sure you won't have any more children
  • Try to make sure your body has fully recovered from pregnancy
  • If you're breastfeeding, wait until at least 3 months after you've stopped (some extend this to 6 months) to ensure that your breasts are done changing

When it comes to scheduling a consultation, opinions vary widely. Some surgeons recommend waiting until you're ready to actually have the procedure done—possibly because all those residual pregnancy hormones might affect your decision. Others, like plastic surgeon Dr. Aaron Stone, say there's no reason to wait.

“You can consult with a surgeon anytime after giving birth—a week, a day, a month,” Stone says. However, he cautions, “The optimal time to have the actual surgery depends on what the surgery is.”

If you're thinking about a post-birth mommy makeover, there's something else to keep in mind: you have to refrain from most household activities for about two weeks, -- and you'll still have an infant in your care. 

Find out more about mommy makeover recovery in our Q&As:

Do/did you feel pressured to get your pre-baby body back right after childbirth? Sound off in the comments.

Lead photo: Grant Stevens, MD