When to Get Mommy Makeover?

My children are very young 5, 3 and 8 months, when should I get a Mommy Makeover? I really want a Tummy Tuck, Breast Implants and Liposuction but I don't know when it would be a good time to get it done. Should I wait until the baby is at least 2?

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Breast-Feeding & Lactation Should Be Complete Before Undergoing A Mommy Makeover

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Pregnancy causes significant changes in a woman’s body.  These changes vary from patient to patient and are permanent in most cases unless surgery is undertaken to reverse them.  They can affect the breast, abdomen, and lead to fat accumulation in the hips and thighs.  Many patients attempt diet and exercise, but this isn’t always helpful.  This problem can ultimately affect self-confidence, self-esteem, self-image and the quality of day-to-day life.  For these reasons, many patients request breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction.
The timing of surgery following pregnancy is important and several issues should be considered before proceeding with surgery.  It takes time for a new post pregnancy body to reach its new baseline following pregnancy.  During this period, stretched skin may contract, a swollen uterus may shrink, and the weight gained during pregnancy may gradually disappear.
The breasts also undergo significant changes with pregnancy and breast-feeding.  This results in breast enlargement, which continues with nursing.  After nursing is stopped, it takes time for the breasts to return to their new baseline.  At this point, the breasts may be smaller and have sag.  This process takes three to six months to occur.  All of these changes need to occur before a mommy makeover is considered.
In addition, we recommend that patients be done having children if they are considering abdominoplasty.  Breast-feeding and lactation should be stopped three to six months before proceeding with cosmetic breast surgery.  Ideally, patients should be within 10% of their ideal body weight and be in good health otherwise.  They should have adequate childcare and support available to them.
If all of these criteria are met, you should be an excellent candidate for a mommy makeover.  Consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon will help you make this determination.

When to get a Mommy Makeover

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Busy moms always have time for the result of a mommy makeover, but finding time for recovery can be challenging. There is no ideal time, provided you are finished with pregnancies. The timing is up to your lifestyle, and possibly the kind of help you might be able to have during your recovery. 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 121 reviews

When to Get Mommy Makeover?

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The time to get a mommy makeover in your case is whenever you can fit it in to what sounds like a very busy life. You should plan on having help with the children and chores around the house for at least two weeks.

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Timing of a mommy makeover

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There is no one right time to get a mommy makeover.  A tummy tuck should ideally not be performed if your are planning on having additional children.  Other than that choose the time that works best for you and your family given the recent addition to your family.

All the best,

Dr Repta

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 171 reviews

When to have a Mommy Makeover

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You should consider a Mommy Makeover (Tummy Tuck, Breast Implants and Liposuction) after you are done having children and you have stopped breast feeding.  You need time to physically recover from the ordeal of pregnancy, and allow time for your breasts to return to normal.  Although liposuction and breast augmentation could be done before you complete your child-bearing years, a tummy tuck needs to wait until you are finished. 

Randy J. Buckspan, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Timing of mommie makeover

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After a mommy makeover, we ask that our patients limit their lifting, especially in the first two weeks after their procedure. If patients are able to get help for two weeks such as a relative or a nanny, this helps greatly. However I know that mothers lift their babies despite our limitations, and do fine nonetheless.

While waiting until the kids are at least 2 may seem to be a good idea, scampering toddlers are more uniredictable and difficult to deal with than an 8 month old who can only crawl.

After women are finished having children and done with breast feeding for a period of 4-6 months, they generally feel ready to have their mommie makeover.

Brent Moelleken, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 191 reviews

When to Have a Mommy Makeover After You Are Finished Having Children

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Excellent question.  The first thing to consider is your weight.  Are you at the weight you want to be as you will get your best result if you are where you want to be after surgery?  In other words, have you lost all your pregnancy weight?  The next thing is when you finished nursing.  You should wait until after nursing until your breasts have no more milk and have quit changing in size (shrinking).  This is usually a month or so but may be more.  Finally, if you are mentally ready, then go ahead.

Many women worry about how they will deal with their children after a tummy tuck, but that should not be much of a problem if you have a NO drain or drainless tummy tuck combined with a rapid recovery.  With this technique there are no narcotics and you should be up and around the next day.  

I have added a video and web reference for you that may help.

Brian Windle, MD
Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

When to Get a Mommy Makeover

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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.
#Combining these procedures decreases anesthetics, costs, and recovery time.  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.
It is imperative you select a plastic surgeon who is #board-certified and has a great deal of experience with the procedures included with a Mommy Makeover. . Aside from checking board-certification, 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.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

The Right Time for a Mommy Makeover

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Thank you for your question. When to get a mommy makeover is one of the most common questions we are asked during a consultation in our Maryland office. The right time to get a mommy makeover depends on several things including:

1. Are you done having children?

2. Are your children at a relatively self-sufficient age? Or, do you have help at home to care for them while you recover?

3. Are you currently breastfeeding? Have you breastfed within the last six months?

4. Has your body fully recovered from childbirth? This can take up to a year because your uterus will revert to its normal size, and your skin also needs to recover after being stretched during pregnancy.

The best way to know if it's the right time for you to have a mommy makeover is by meeting with a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area. We wish you luck!

Michael Chiaramonte, MD
Washington DC Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 35 reviews


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You can have a mommy makeover as soon as you've waited at least 6 months after you've stopped breastfeeding. If you did not breastfeed, then wait at least 6 months after giving birth. 

However, you can wait longer if you're actively trying to lose weight. Once you reach your ideal weight, you can consider a mommy makeover.

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

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