When Should I Schedule a Mommy Makeover?
Childbirth and motherhood are some of the greatest joys in a women’s life! However, pregnancy can cause significant changes to the body. Many women who struggle to lose the weight, even with proper diet and exercise, are turning to surgery to get their pre-baby bodies back. A Mommy Makeover with board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Stan Castor, might be just what you need!
The timing of surgery after pregnancy is important and several issues need to be considered. As the media pressures new moms to go from baby bump to bombshell almost immediately, some women are scheduling their surgery too soon after childbirth. Dr. Castor usually recommends that his patients wait six months after childbirth before undergoing a Mommy Makeover. The closer you are to your pre-pregnancy weight, the better the results. He also recommends not having the surgery until you are done having children. It takes time for a post pregnancy body to reach its new baseline. Every woman is different and the time it takes for the body to return to its “normal state” is variable.
Breast-feeding also causes significant changes to the breasts. After nursing is stopped, it takes time for the breasts to return to their natural state. Dr. Castor recommends waiting about three to six months after breast-feeding before considering a Mommy Makeover. This allows time for your breasts to return to their pre-pregnancy size and decreases the risk of infection and mastitis.
It is also very common for women to wait until their children are older before scheduling a Mommy Makeover. Many choose to wait because the surgery requires that the patient refrain from most household activities for about two weeks post-surgery. However, as long as the patient has adequate childcare and support available to them, a Mommy Makeover is possible with an infant.
A new baby is an exciting time for you as a Mom and you deserve to be happy during this time. A new baby brings many joys…but the changes having children does to your body can leave many mothers feeling insecure and unconfident. Happy mothers raise happy kids so take time for yourself and schedule a consultation with Dr. Castor!
Be sure to check out our photo gallery for before and after pictures of Mommy Makeovers!