Mommy Makeover: How Soon is Too Soon?
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK – It seems like all eyes have been on Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton – famous moms of late. We watched and waited in anticipation of their babies’ names, sex and now, the ability of Kate and Kim to get back into their slamming pre-pregnancy figures. The question now on many women’s minds is, are they going to have a mommy makeover (plastic surgery) and when.
This is a question we would be happy to address.
To understand how long they must wait – if they were to opt for plastic surgery – it’s important to understand the dynamic of how a woman’s body changes during pregnancy.
You see, women don’t just instantly snap back into pre-baby shape once the baby is delivered (See Kate’s still existent bulge to the left). It takes several months for the hormone levels that signaled for the abdomen to grow and breasts to engorge with milk to die down and allow the skin to somewhat retract. How much the skin retracts, in which places and how fast, is dependent on the individual.
Plastic surgery following pregnancy is not meant for weight loss but for body contouring. Many women find they have lax skin in their abdominal and breast area even after they return to their pre-baby weight, problems that won’t respond to exercise. This is where the mommy makeover comes into play.
The mommy makeover is a combination of a tummy tuck, liposuction and either breast augmentation, breast reduction or a breast lift. This combination of procedures is ideal for returning a body back to its pre-pregnancy state but, you can’t have the mommy makeover the day after you have your child.
“Women should have maintained their goal weight and stopped lactating for six months before they schedule a consultation for plastic surgery,” says Dr. Elliot Heller, a mommy makeover and New York breast augmentation specialist. “At this point, we can identify the improvements that need to be made surgically.”
Keep in mind that if you want to expand your family even further, the results of your initial mommy makeover may not hold true following recurrent pregnancies. If you are opposed to touch up procedures such as additional SmartLipo or traditional liposuction in New York, it would be best to postpone your mommy makeover.
When you are ready make sure you schedule an initial consultation with an experienced NY plastic surgeon at an accredited facility. Have all of your concerns addressed and check out their before and after photos to confirm that the results they achieve are similar to what you had in mind. In the mean time, enjoy your health and baby and leave the figure tweaking to us.