Motherhood can be one of life’s most profound experiences, yet the physical tolls of childbirth and breastfeeding can leave individuals with a number of lingering aesthetic concerns. In the midst of the excitement, many new mothers inquire how long they should wait after giving birth before pursuing the cosmetic treatments that can help them restore their pre-pregnancy figures. Dr. Leber advises that the recommended waiting period depends on which procedures you are considering; however, generally speaking, every patient should delay their Mommy Makeover for six months to one year postpartum.
The biggest changes from pregnancy and nursing typically develop in the abdomen, breasts, and labia. Accumulation of excess fat is also common throughout the childrearing process, and these localized fatty deposits can build up in the upper arms, flanks, and thighs, among other regions. If you are considering liposuction, you may be able to pursue the procedure sooner than other, more invasive surgeries that cause a large amount of tissue disruption. Abdominoplasty, labiaplasty, and all breast surgeries should be postponed until at least six months after giving birth, although waiting until the one year mark is usually advisable. This is because the breasts and skin still continue to change for months after childbirth, requiring time for your body to settle before undergoing elective surgery. For these same reasons, we also recommend waiting three to six months after nursing is completed to pursue any type of breast procedure.
While some patience will be required until you can safely start your Mommy Makeover treatment plan, most women find the restoration of their pre-baby body extremely rewarding. This enhancement often allows them to more confidently take on the challenges associated with motherhood and building their families.
For additional information about a Mommy Makeover, or if you would like to see Dr. Leber in a consultation, please contact our practice to learn more.