Profound changes occur to the body both during pregnancy and immediately afterwards.
Many mothers never fully recover their pre-pregnancy body shape, especially if they have had several pregnancies. For most women, this is not a problem, and they lead a full and healthy lifestyle.
Some women do have concerns about their bodies after pregnancy and breastfeeding. The most common requests for post-pregnancy cosmetic surgery are for ‘tummy tucks’, breast enlargement or lift, and liposuction.
When should I time my surgery?
Procedures, such as abdominoplasty and breast reduction/uplift are best performed once you have completed your family. This gives the best long term results. A subsequent pregnancy following these procedures will not cause any harm to you or your child but may ‘undo’ the effects of any previous surgery.
Cosmetic surgery following pregnancy is ideally performed at least 6-12 months after childbirth or breastfeeding. Procedures such as tummy tuck and breast reduction have recovery periods of up to 6 weeks, and it is essential to bear this in mind when there are young children to look after.
Loss of breast volume
Breast augmentation is the most commonly requested post pregnancy procedure. Many women experience loss of breast tissue following pregnancy, especially if they have breastfed their child. Lack of volume may result in droopiness (ptosis) of the breasts. Mild sagging can usually be treated with breast implants alone. More severe droopiness may require an uplift combined with an implant (augmentation mastopexy).
Please take the time to read more about the process below…