After going through nine long months of pregnancy, plus labor or a c-section, you’re more than ready to get your pre-baby body back. However, losing the extra weight and working out may not be enough to get you back to “normal,” and that’s okay. Most women struggle with stretch marks, a belly “pooch,” and sagging, and cosmetic surgery is often the only way to restore your pre-baby body. Dr. Ortiz, a leading board-certified plastic surgeon in Raleigh, is sharing how long you should wait after having a baby to get the cosmetic procedure you want.
Most Common Postpartum Cosmetic Surgery Procedures
Having a baby affects your entire body, but the most common procedures for women after having a baby include
- Tummy tuck to repair damaged muscles and remove damaged skin to restore a flat, toned midsection;
- Breast lift or breast augmentation to repair sagging and restore a loss of volume after pregnancy and nursing;
- Brazilian butt lift transfers fat from one area to the buttocks to create a rounder, curvier shape;
- Liposuction removes areas of stubborn fat deposits that don’t go away with weight loss and exercise;
- Labiaplasty reduces the size of the inner labia that can stretch or become enlarged due to hormonal changes with pregnancy.
The “mommy makeover” is a customized series of cosmetic procedures performed as a single-stage procedure. It can involve breast augmentation, liposuction, BBL surgery, or other procedures, and is dependent on your body and goals. Dr. Ortiz will sit down with you to discuss what you want for your procedure and create a custom surgical plan.
How Long to Wait After Having a Baby
There isn’t a specific wait time for all cosmetic surgeries. It really depends on what you want to have done that determines how long you should wait after having a baby. However, pregnancy and childbirth are hard on your body, so it’s important to wait a minimum of six months after giving birth to have a tummy tuck or fat transfer procedure such as a BBL or liposuction. This ensures you’ve properly healed and will safely get the results you want.
If you are considering a breast augmentation, breast lift, or other procedure, it’s important to wait at least a full year after you have finished breastfeeding. This allows the ducts and tissues to settle into their “normal” state, providing you with the most accurate results that will last.
Waiting Until You’re Done Having Children
Before making the decision to have cosmetic surgery, one thing to consider is whether you are done having children. We would highly recommend waiting to have a cosmetic procedure to restore your pre-baby body until six months to a year after you are completely done with childbearing and breastfeeding.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Ortiz Today
Whether you want liposuction or a full mommy makeover, Dr. Ortiz and our experienced team at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery are here to help you look and feel your best. Reach out to our team today at 919-532-2270 or fill out the form below to schedule a consultation today.