For many women, a Mommy Makeover is a logical step to take once they have completed their families. Although there’s no specific definition of what constitutes a Mommy Makeover, in general, they usually involve a tummy tuck and some kind of breast enhancement, which could be a breast augmentation, breast lift or reduction, depending on the woman.
How soon can a woman have a Mommy Makeover?
It is my opinion that a woman needs to stabilize emotionally and physically after childbirth prior to contemplating cosmetic surgery of any kind. If they have extra weight, it is best to lose it as soon as possible; if there are any medical problems resulting from the surgery, these need to be addressed, and if there are any emotional issues, such as postpartum depression, this too needs to be treated and resolved before making such an important decision as cosmetic surgery. It is absolutely normal for any woman who undergoes cosmetic surgery and makes a substantial change in their physical appearance to undergo emotional “ups and downs.” We warn all our cosmetic surgery patients about this well before the date of surgery. Emotional depression is a normal result of the surgery, both physiologically as well as emotionally. Fortunately, as long as there is no underlying depression, it is very short lived.
To answer the question as to when to time a mommy makeover, I would recommend not making any important decisions about surgery until any post-partum depression has lifted. That said, if the depression is a direct result of the changes in your body due to pregnancy that can be easily surgically corrected such as restoring fullness to your breasts or removing excess hanging skin from your abdomen, then in those cases it might be worthwhile to make the decision to make a physical change sooner.
To your health and beauty,
Dr. Mark Epstein