Plastic Surgery after Pregnancy

plastic surgery after pregnancy

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Although pregnancy is one of the most life-changing experiences for women, it can also affect every part of the body. Many women don’t get pregnant realizing how many ways their bodies will permanently change when they’re carrying a child and delivering a baby. Although it’s common to experience sagging breasts and excess skin on the midsection, it’s possible to reverse the lasting effects of pregnancy with plastic surgery.

Body Changes After Pregnancy

There are many ways your body changes during the nine months you’re pregnant, which includes spider veins and varicose veins that develop on the legs. Due to abdominal muscles that shift and a uterus that becomes enlarged to accommodate the infant, you may notice that you’re now stuck with a bulge or pooch on your belly when it was once flat, which doesn’t always shrink with exercise.

Although the uterus may shrink back to its original size after six to eight weeks, your stomach will not appear as taut as it was with your pre-baby body.

Why get plastic surgery after pregnancy?

There are many advantages that come with undergoing plastic surgery after pregnancy. It can include liposuction to remove excess fat that developed on different parts of the body, allowing you to slim down and contour the body.

If you developed excess skin during the pregnancy, which is now sagging, you can undergo a tummy tuck and fit into smaller clothes. The belly button can even be repositioned if it moved when you were carrying a baby.

You can also restore the shape and size of your breasts, which are prone to shrinking following pregnancy and breastfeeding. With a breast augmentation, you can return to your previous cup size or even increase it by a few sizes. A breast lift will also prevent the breasts from appearing saggy. If you’re not happy with the large size of your breasts, you can even opt for a breast reduction, which can reduce the strain that is placed on your back.

The improved confidence you achieve can allow you to feel good in your own skin. You can wear more types of clothes without having the need to cover up.

How long after giving birth can you have plastic surgery?

It’s important to wait at least six months before having plastic surgery after you’ve given birth. This will allow your body to heal from delivering a baby and will prevent your body from reacting poorly after placing more strain on it. It’s important to be cleared by your physician before scheduling a procedure.

Post-pregnancy plastic surgery procedures

There are many post-pregnancy plastic surgery procedures to consider, depending on the results you want to achieve.

Problematic Area: Breasts

The breasts are one of the most common areas of the body where changes occur during pregnancy. Some women end up with smaller breasts, while others struggle with breasts that sag. There are many types of plastic surgeries available to improve the shape and size of your breasts.

Breast Lift

A breast lift involves tightening the skin around the breasts and also removing excess skin that is present to elevate the breasts. This allows the breasts to appear more youthful without changing their size, which is ideal for women who are happy with their current breast size.

Breast Augmentation

Many women choose to undergo a breast augmentation to increase their cup size after the connective tissue shifts during pregnancy and breastfeeding. You’ll have the option of choosing between saline and silicone implants and can choose between multiple cup sizes. It’s important to avoid choosing an implant that will be too large for your proportions, which can place excess strain on the back.

Breast Reduction

A breast reduction can be performed three to six months after delivering a baby when you’re no longer breastfeeding. Excess fat, skin, and breast tissue is removed from each breast to achieve your desired cup size. This can allow you to fit into smaller clothes and experience less bain pain.

Problematic Area: Abdomen

The skin can stretch, and excess fat can develop on the abdomen during pregnancy. There are a few common procedures to address these concerns.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy tucks involve removing tissue and fat from below the belly button when the stomach stretches during pregnancy. It’s effective in improving the appearance and shape of the midsection.


Liposuction can be performed on the abdomen, which is also known as stomach liposuction. A plastic surgeon permanently removes fat cells that are present to remove fatty deposits on the love handles, stomach, and waist when diet and exercise have proven to be unsuccessful.

Problematic Area: Vaginal

The vaginal area is another common area where changes occur after delivering a baby when it’s stretched ten centimeters to accommodate the baby passing through the birth canal. Several procedures are available to restore it to its original size.


A vaginoplasty is a form of genioplasty that reshapes the vulva and vagina after it’s been stretched out after delivering a child. It repairs the vagina and restores it to its original size by tightening it up. For many women, the procedure is effective in improving sensitivity in the region, which can enhance sexual arousal for a heightened sexual response. This type of surgery also creates more symmetry for a more attractive appearance.


As a common outpatient surgery, labiaplasty reduces the size of the labia, specifically the tissues inside of the female genitalia, via different types of surgical techniques. Although pregnancy can lead to enlarged labia, labiaplasty can make it easier to return to wearing form-fitting clothing, performing more types of exercises without any limitations, reducing the risk of urinary tract infections, and enhancing sexual activity.

This type of surgery provides women with a higher level of confidence, specifically when participating in sexual activity.

Choose a Mommy Makeover for an All-in-one Contouring Procedure

If you’re ready to transform your appearance with a Mommy Makeover, reach out to our team today. Our experts at Boutinic Aesthetics will provide you with more information and can answer your questions to ensure you’re one step closer to improving your physique with the help of a board-certified plastic surgeon.

While talking to a plastic surgeon during a consultation, you can discuss the specific areas of your body that you want to improve. Your plastic surgeon will tailor your Mommy Makeover to the results you want to achieve and can help you reverse the effects of pregnancy and achieve an attractive and youthful physique.

Dr. Ernesto Torres

Dr. Ernesto Torres

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Dr. Ernesto Torres specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery in Miami, FL


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