What's an Acceptable Amount of Time to Wait Before a Mommy Makeover after the last Child?

When do most women get mommy makeover procedures? What are treatments and procedures recommended first to get one on their way to feeling beautiful and youthful again — including both non-invasive and surgical?

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Timing of mommy makeover - wait several months after breast feeding

A mommy makeover surgery often entails some sort of breast procedure (augmentation and/or lift) and some sort of body contouring procedure (e.g. CoolSculpting, liposuction and/or tummy tuck).  Thus you should wait until your breasts to return to their non-lactating baseline and also for your weight to stabilize.  If find you are actively loosing weight  after pregnancy, then it is a good idea to also wait a little.  It doesn't hurt at all to do some research and find a board certified plastic surgeon that you are comfortable with.  Good luck!

Mommy Makeover layover

After having your last child there are things you can start immediately to make yourself a better surgical candidate. 

First off, stay healthy.  This means eating right and beginning a small amount of exercise early.  Nobody wants to keep putting on weight during this stage.

Most women need about 4 months to allow their bodies to stabilize after giving birth.  If you're breast feeding you'll want to wait about three months after you stop to allow your breasts to return to their new size, and shape.

Although this waiting period can seem to take forever, it's time well spent.  Your surgeon wants to see your pre-op body as it really is, not still temporarily altered by the pregnancy, which could effect the results.

Donald F. Roland, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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When to Schedule a Mommy Makeover Following Pregnancy

The Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures to bring a woman’s body back to the way she looked prior to pregnancy. Most commonly some variation of a #TummyTuck and #BreastSurgery are performed. Additional procedures can include liposuction, umbilical hernia repair.  The most common #breastprocedures include #mastopexy or #breastlift, #breastaugmentation, or #breastreduction.  #MummyTummy is a term given to modified tummy tucks which can use liposuction and skin tightening with radiofrequency such Vanquish, Vela3, thermage, thermiRF and others.  The actual fat contouring can be done non-surgically as well with #UltraShape or Cool-Sculpting. Also, such #combined operations are often performed with our Gynecology colleagues. Tubal ligation is a common post pregnancy procedure which is done at the time of many of the surgeries included with Mommy Makeovers. Therefore, if you require a gynecologic operation or study (laparoscopy) and are considering a plastic surgery procedure, discuss these issues with your doctor. Combining these procedures decreases anesthetics, costs, and recovery time. It's suggested to wait at least 6 months after pregnancy to undergo a Mommy Makeover. Additionally, your weight should also be stable for at least 6 months. 

Most importantly, your procedures should be performed by a #PlasticSurgeon who is board-certified and has a great deal of experience specializing in cosmetic #surgery. You will then greatly improve your chances of getting the result you desire, and, without the need for a revision surgery. It is suggested that you look at before and after photos of the surgeons actual patients, and read patient reviews. Gathering all of this information will help you make a well-informed decision. 
All surgical procedures carry some degree of #risk. Always discuss your issues and concerns with the Plastic Surgeon during and following your consultation. Information that you read online may not apply to your personal situation.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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How long to wait?

In general, I suggest about 6 months after pregnancy - to see how the tummy looks, and about 6 months after you finish breast feeding - to see what shape the breasts are in.

This allows us to plan the mommy-makeover more accurately, and to determine whether a breast lift is needed, or what type of tummy tuck is required, and whether liposuction would be beneficial or not.

 

All the best!

What's an Acceptable Amount of Time to Wait Before a Mommy Makeover after the last Child?

3-6 months after being done breast feeding is a reasonable amount of time, but if there is anticipated further weight loss, I would wait longer.  There is usually not much for the correction of most mommy issues that non-invasive techniques can help with.

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Timing

Your weight should be back to your goal or pre-pregnant state and I recommend about 3 months after delivery as the earliest time to have a tummytuck.

Several months should separate your mommy makeover procedure from your last childbirth

After you're finished having children, I would recommend waiting about 3-6 months after your last child in order to let your body recover.  C-sections, weight gain/loss, breast volume change, and other variables may affect this waiting period.  However, when you're ready a full mommy makeover (tummy tuck and breast lift/augmentation) is usually required to get your body back into pre-childbirth shape.

Mommy Makeover after childbirth

The core procedures of a mommy maker are breast lift with or without implants and tummy tuck. Other procedures include liposuction and labiaplasty.

I recommend a six month wait period after having your last child before proceeding.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 164 reviews

What's the best time for Mommy Makeover

The answer to your question is two fold:

1. For the breasts, it's best to wait until 3 months after you have finished breast feeding and when your body weight has stabilized.  A change of more than 10 pounds in your weight can affect the surgical results of your breast lift/ augmentation. The problem is usually more with losing weight rather than gaining weight.  Breasts sag more when you lose weight.

2. For the tummy or areas of excess fatty pockets it is best to wait at least 3 months for the tissues to recover from their stretched state and for your body weight to stabilize.  This might mean that you are back to you pre-pregnancy weight or that you are now consistently at a weight which is above your pre-pregnancy weight, but your new body weight is stable from week to week in a 5-7 pound range.

Ramin Behmand, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Wait at least 6 months after last child to have Mommy Makeover or Tummy Tuck

It is best to let your abdominal tissues recover and tighten naturally and lose extra "baby fat' before having a Mommy Makeover or Tummy Tuck. Generally 6 months is a minimal time period , one year is even better.

If you are having a Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift then certainly wait at least 6 month after you are no longer nursing your baby.

Waiting this extra time will allow your body to recover and will definitely improve your chances for an excellent result and speedier recovery

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