When Is the Right Time for a Mommy Makeover?

Mommy Makeover La Jolla CAHaving a baby is tough on a woman’s body. Of course, the 18 years or so to follow aren’t necessarily a piece of cake either! But the aftereffects of pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding definitely take a toll on a woman’s body.

As we discussed in last month’s blog, a mommy makeover can address some of the changes created by the localized weight gain — enlarged (and then decreased) breast size, and the accumulation of pockets of stubborn fat. And when they realize the way their bodies have changed, many women are eager to have a mommy makeover with Dr. Kearney.

But when is the right time?

What is a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover is a name for a combination of surgical procedures that specifically target changes in a woman’s body after pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding. A tummy tuck targets the abdomen, where localized weight gain may have separated the stomach muscles and left a pooch that doesn’t respond to exercise. A breast lift with or without augmentation targets breasts that have flattened and sagged due to the increase and subsequent decrease in size, coupled with breastfeeding. If the woman wants to return lost volume, or even gain some size, she can opt to have implants placed along with the lift. Liposuction is used to address stubborn pockets of fat that may be leftovers from the weight gained during pregnancy. This is usually used on the abdomen, upper thighs, and possibly the flanks.

When is the right time to have a mommy makeover?

Most women are less than thrilled by the changes wrought by pregnancy and childbirth, and they can be eager to reverse the effects with a mommy makeover. But Dr. Kearney notes that a degree of patience is necessary.

First, if you’re considering a mommy makeover, you have to be sure you’re not going to have any additional children in the future. Why is this important? Another pregnancy will reverse all of the changes made by these surgeries. Plus, gaining weight can place extra stress on the scars from the procedures, making them more noticeable.

Second, you’ll need to have finished breastfeeding for at least a couple of months to allow your breasts to return to their natural size. And you should have lost basically all of your pre-baby weight and be at, or close to, your ideal body weight.

If you’re less than pleased with the changes having a baby made to your figure, a mommy makeover could be a good option for you. Call Dr. Kearney at (858) 677-9352 to schedule a consultation.

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After careful consideration and at the request of our state, and concern for the health and safety of our patients, we are cancelling all non-essential appointments and surgical procedures starting on 3-20-20. Please take note below of the ways that we are available to you over the next couple of weeks:

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