Considering Mommy Makeover but Want to Have One More Child in the Future

im a 25 year old mom of two toddlers. i am interested in having a 'mommy makeover' but i do want to have another child in about 5-6 years. i understand i may need to have revision surgery after pregnancy and i'm okay with that. i just dont know if i should or not? i really want to enjoy my body while i'm still young as i live an active lifestyle and want to enjoy while i can. i've had one c-section and one natural birth.

Doctor Answers 12

Considering Mommy Makeover but Want to Have One More Child in the Future

It is not dangerous to have another child after "mommy makeover" surgery, but you should understand that if you do some revision may be required to tune up the results. If your next child is not planned for another 5 or 6 years then you can make an informed choice as to whether this approach is worth it to you.

Columbus Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Tummy Tuck Before Children or After?

The vast majority of women who undergo tummy tuck surgery are done having children. Rarely, women who have undergone abdominoplasty change their minds about additional pregnancies or accidentally become pregnant. Under these circumstances, tummy tuck has no negative impact upon the pregnancy. Unfortunately, pregnancy has a negative impact upon the patient’s previous abdominoplasty. Pregnancy re-creates many of the patient’s original problems, including loose saggy skin, weakened abdominal muscles and stretch marks.
Because of the significant investment in time, money and effort, we strongly recommend that patients be done having children before proceeding with abdominoplasty. Even when women don’t plan on having additional children, their life circumstances change and they become pregnant. Under these circumstances, revision of the original tummy tuck can be undertaken with success.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover now is fine.  You may or may not need a revision in the future.  The surgery, if done correctly, seems to have good persistence and holds up well.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Children post mommy makeover

Ultimately, this is a personal decision. I recommend my patients to wait until they have completed having children to prevent additional surgery. Some patient opt to have the operation, nevertheless understanding that the additional surgery may be necessary. Your photos indicate you are a good candidate for a full (standard) tummy tuck. A full tummy tuck involves repair of the rectus muscles and removal of the majority of loose and excess skin to provide a tightened abdomen area. Liposuction is usually included in the procedure to help improve body contours.

On this site, I do my best to give advice without a physical examination but I want you to know that a physical examination by a board certified physician is always the best way to get the most accurate information.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,488 reviews

Mommy Makeover Candidate

A Mommy Makeover consists of several operations on different areas of the body. Since you have not made it clear in your questions and your available photographs show a two view picture of your abdomen I assume you are interested in abdominal procedures such as Liposuction or Tummy Tuck.

The photos offer a limited angle that indicate you do not have excessive hanging tummy skin nor do you have a bulging tummy. This is indication that your procedure of choice may be liposuction of the abdomen, flanks and hip rolls which should not have any effect on your future pregnancies.

  • At age 25 and what I can see in your photos, you certainly don't seem to need a tummy tuck.

Ivan Thomas, MD (retired)
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Mommy makeover timing

A mommy makeover is an excellent solution for the woman who has had children, is active, and just wants her body back!  That said, there are costs, risks, and recovery associated with the procedure.  While a mommy makeover can technically be performed at any time, the changes that a woman's body goes through with pregnancy will usually reverse some of the contouring created by a mommy makeover.  Your breasts are likely to sag again to some extent and your abdominal skin will stretch again.  Furthermore, most tummy tucks involve a muscle plication or reinforcement.  Those rectus muscles will separate if you become pregnant again.  I'm not saying that the procedure can't be done, and if the appearance of your body now bothers you so much that you can't wait, then maybe it's the right decision for you.  That said, I usually encourage my patients to wait.  Best of luck! 

B. Aviva Preminger, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Mommy makeover now or later?

Of course a future pregnancy will impact your results from a mommy makeover, and as long you understand this, you can feel free to go ahead - it's your body, and you can certainly make your own decisions.  On the other hand, personally, I would want you to wait until you are done bearing children before having a tummy tuck.  Revision surgery will not necessarily be easy, and result may not necessarily be as good as the first time around.

Nirav Savalia, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Should I get pregnant after a mommy makeover?

As long as you understand that you may require further surgery after a pregnancy to maintain your surgical results it is reasonable to get pregnant again. 

Neal Goldberg, MD
Westchester Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

When to get a Mommy Makeover

Yes you are definitely a candidate for a mommy makeover. Generally if my patient wants to have more kids in the near future 1-2 years I have them wait and then proceed with surgery at a later date. However in your case you plan on waiting and it appears that you realize you may need a revision. As long as you know all the pros and cons and have discussed your ideas with a board certified plastic surgeon you will get a great outcome. Hope this helps.

Ritu Chopra, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Future pregnancy and mommy makeover

If you have a tummy tuck as part of a mommy makeover you can still become pregnant later,however, this may result in some loose skin again.  Since you aren't planning on having more children for 5-6 years, it's reasonable to have a tummy tuck now, as long as you understand that you may need a revision (removal of more skin) after all your children are born.

Based on your photos it appears that you have some stretch marks but your abdomen looks relatively flat. I recommend consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon to determine if you are a good candidate for this type of surgery.

Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 377 reviews

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