How soon can I have cosmetic surgery after pregnancy?

Pregnancy can really take it out on your body. Luckily, cosmetic surgery can help restore your original shape. But when will you be ready to take advantage of our services?

The short answer is: it depends. Every woman handles pregnancy and the post-natal stage in different ways – both physically and mentally. Consequently, there is no set timescale when it comes to post-pregnancy surgery, if the client is not fully prepared for the procedure – and the recovery period – no professional practitioner will consider taking them on.

Abdominoplexy (the Mummy Makeover)

First off, if you’re intending to have more children, don’t even think about abdominoplexy. Post-maternity tummy tucks tighten the abdominal muscles and remove excess skin, to avoid a saggy overhang. If you’re intending to have more children, you’re going to need that skin. So don’t even think about having a Mummy Makeover until you’re absolutely certain that you’ve undergone your last pregnancy – and then, consult a reputable clinic, who will assess you.

Breast surgery after pregnancy and breastfeeding

There is a range of procedures which can help you restore the shape of your breasts – but again, it’s a question of timing. If you’re breastfeeding – and even if you’re not –  you can rule out a breast lift or reduction until at least three months after your breasts cease lactating – and in some cases, six. There are two main reasons for this: firstly, because even if you’re bottle-feeding, your breasts are very unstable, increasing in size during pregnancy and at the start of the breastfeeding stage, and then losing volume afterwards. There’s very little point in modifying anything until the surgeon knows what state they’re in.

In both cases, our advice is to consult your GP and make sure the chemical reactions your body has gone through have finally calmed down before you take the next step. And don’t forget:  there will be at least two weeks of post-procedure downtime to factor in.

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