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Pregnancy After Having a Mommy Makeover: What You Need to Know

Published by Dr. Brandon Richland, MD

If you are considering a mommy makeover, it is recommended to finish having children before proceeding with the surgery. While the procedure doesn’t affect pregnancy, future pregnancies may impact the results of your mommy makeover. Breast tissue may change during pregnancy, leading to sagging or deflated breasts.

Your abdominal muscles may separate, which may require additional surgery to retighten your abdomen and reshape or lift your breasts. It is important to remember this and discuss any concerns with your physician before deciding to undergo a mommy makeover.

Key Takeaways of Pregnancy After Mommy Makeover

  • Pregnancy after a mommy makeover is safe for both the mother and the baby.
  • The ability to conceive and carry a baby successfully is unaffected when undergoing a mommy makeover procedure.
  • Subsequent pregnancies can reduce or even undo some of the results achieved by a mommy makeover. Changes in breast tissue, size, and shape are expected during subsequent pregnancies.
  • Women should understand potential ramifications before deciding on getting pregnant after surgery as this may require revisions afterward. Discussing plans with plastic surgeons can help better manage expectations from this procedure.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

The mommy makeover surgery is a customized combination of various surgeries based on the patient’s preferences. The procedures can include tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, and vaginal rejuvenation surgery. A mommy makeover entails a tummy tuck surgery and breast augmentation, but the patient can choose any combination of the procedures mentioned above.

These procedures aim to help regain sagging skin in targeted areas of excess skin, while restoring volume diminished due to pregnancy changes over the time of giving birth.

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Can You Get Pregnant Again After a Mommy Makeover?

It’s natural to be concerned about becoming pregnant again after undergoing a mommy makeover. Studies have shown that it is safe and possible for many women to get pregnant after a mommy makeover without risking her or her baby’s health.

Mommy makeover addresses changes in the body brought on by motherhood, loose skin, lax abdominal muscles and stretched skin due to the baby weight gain during pregnancy. Still, it does not affect your body’s ability to conceive and carry a child safely.

How Pregnancy Can Affect Mommy Makeover Results

It is important to note that the mommy makeover procedure does not have any impact on the health and wellness of the mother or the baby during pregnancy. However, it is possible that future pregnancies may have a negative impact on the results of the mommy makeover. This is because pregnancy and nursing can bring about changes in breast tissue and skin elasticity, which may affect the shape, size, and position of the breasts taking away the pre-baby body look.

Even if the breasts have been surgically lifted, they may start to sag again due to breastfeeding. A subsequent pregnancy after a mommy makeover can stretch out the abdomen and separate the muscles again, undoing the results of the surgery.

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Can a Mommy Makeover Affect Future Pregnancies?

Having a mommy makeover before pregnancy does not affect the safety of getting pregnant and carrying a baby. Despite any misconceptions or fears that many women may have, there is no evidence suggesting that a mommy makeover increases any risk when becoming pregnant or having more children in the future.

Medical experts reassure patients that undergoing a mommy makeover now won’t reduce their chances of conception afterward, nor pose a danger to themselves and their future baby’s health.

As long as you maintain good habits before and during pregnancy, like eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise with modifications as your body changes, most doctors affirm that it will be perfectly safe for pregnant moms who previously underwent a mommy makeover.

Preparing for Pregnancy After a Mommy Makeover

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial for women, especially for mothers who have undergone a mommy makeover and are planning to get pregnant again. A balanced diet, staying hydrated, and engaging in regular exercise are essential to any prenatal care plan.

Open Communication with your Surgeon

It’s important to discuss your plans and goals with your surgeon before getting pregnant to get personalized guidance about potential risks and considerations.

They can provide information about how future pregnancies may affect the results of the mommy makeover as well as advise on how long they might need to wait before trying to conceive.

Open communication also allows women to make informed decisions about their post pregnancy goals and expectations. This helps them understand what procedures may be necessary to restore or preserve their desired results so that they can take any necessary steps accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pregnancy After Mommy Makeover

1. Is it Safe to Become Pregnant After a Tummy Tuck or Mommy Makeover?

Yes, it is safe and healthy to become pregnant after having a mommy makeover procedure, but the results of the procedure may not be permanent if you wish to have more children in the future. It is recommended that patients wait until they are done having children before undergoing such procedures, as some treatments cannot withstand pregnancy related changes and weight fluctuations afterward. 

2. Will I Need to Redo My Mommy Makeover Again if I Get Pregnant?

Some parts of your mommy makeover may require adjustments or touch ups after getting pregnant once again, as any gain in weight or changes due to breastfeeding can change your figure significantly afterward, resulting in different contours than what was originally achieved with your procedures initially.

3. What Types of Treatments are Affected by Mommy Makeover Surgery? 

Breast augmentation, tummy tucks, liposuction, and other body contouring and reshaping treatments may not remain unchanged for several months post pregnancy as hormone levels rise and accompany corresponding shapeshifts on certain areas of the body that were operated on earlier during a mommy makeover surgery. These should always be considered beforehand when deciding whether to seek out such treatments while planning for any potential secondary pregnancies in the future. 

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Conclusion and Summary of Pregnancy After Having a Mommy Makeover: What You Need to Know

Pregnancy after a mommy makeover procedure is safe for both the mother and the baby. While undergoing this type of cosmetic surgery does not affect future pregnancy, subsequent pregnancies can reduce or even undo the results achieved by a mommy makeover. Changes in breast tissue, size, and shape are to be expected during subsequent pregnancies, though these effects may also depend on individual factors.

When considering undergoing a mommy makeover, it is important to remember that potential future pregnancies could impact its results. You must keep an open dialogue with your plastic surgeon about those concerns before committing to such a procedure.

Please note that this article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Before making any changes to your treatments, please consult with your healthcare provider to discuss the appropriateness and safety of such changes.

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About the Author

Dr. Brandon Richland, MD is a respected Board Certified Licensed Plastic Surgeon in Orange County / Southern California specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries.

Driven by his passion for medicine, Dr. Richland obtained his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the prestigious program at Saint Louis University (SLU) School of Medicine in 2013. His exceptional skills were recognized when he received the McGraw Hill / Lange Medical Student Academic Achievement Award, and graduated top of his class with Honors. For his undergraduate degree, he attended University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and graduated with Honors in 2009.

To further enhance his surgical expertise, Dr. Richland completed his Residency in Plastic Surgery at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) from 2013 to 2019 earning the Academic Achievement Award twice during this period. A total of 14 years in dedicated schooling and medical residency.

Dr. Richland is actively involved with healthcare and medical societies, as a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, and the California Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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