When planning your mommy makeover, there are a number of things you will need to consider, including the timing of your treatment. The best time to schedule your mommy makeover will depend on several factors, which Dr. Christopher Craft can review with you during your initial consultation. Here, the Miami plastic surgeon discusses the factors at play when timing your mommy makeover.
Weight Stability and Future Pregnancies
Ideal candidates for mommy makeover (or any surgical cosmetic procedure) are women who are at or near a healthy and stable weight. A stable weight is important because weight fluctuations before and after mommy makeover can limit the cosmetic effects of the treatment.
Although it is completely safe to become pregnant after mommy makeover, any reputable plastic surgeon will advise you to postpone having the treatment until you are done having children. This is because pregnancy and childbirth can also undo the cosmetic effects of mommy makeover.
How soon you can undergo mommy makeover after your last pregnancy depends on your health and recovery from pregnancy. Most women are cleared to undergo surgery six months after giving birth. If you are considering having breast lift or breast augmentation as part of your mommy makeover, you are advised to wait six months after you have weaned your baby.
In addition to a current stable weight, you must be committed to maintaining your healthy weight following your mommy makeover, as dramatic weight gain could sabotage your results.
Ample Time to Recover
The recovery period is critical to the success of your mommy makeover. Rushing your recovery (i.e., not taking enough time off from work and other normal activities) not only compromises the beauty of your results, but puts you at risk of serious complications.
When planning the timing of your mommy makeover, consider the recovery phase. Most women need to take one to two weeks off from work. Because your energy and mobility will be limited, you should consider enlisting a loved one to help with household chores and childcare. Scheduling your mommy makeover when you have ample time and help to recover ensures you heal as safely and quickly as possible.
To find out if you are an ideal candidate for mommy makeover, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Craft. Contact his Miami office by calling (305) 596-9700 today.