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When female celebrities become mothers, magazines across the country provide coverage start to finish, including the drastic weight loss that nearly every celebrity mom seems to go through. In reality, these new moms are not just losing weight – they are getting mommy makeovers, a series of procedures that can help bring your body back to normal after giving birth. But what are mommy makeovers, and how soon is too soon to get one?

Your Body After Giving Birth

During pregnancy and birth, your body goes through many significant changes. While you are pregnant, your abdomen stretches to accommodate the baby growing inside of you. Your breasts also become engorged with milk for the new baby. After you give birth, your skin starts to contract to help your body return to its previous state. However, many women find that despite their efforts in terms of exercise and diet, they are left with excess skin in the lower part of their abdomen as well as saggy breasts that have lost their volume.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

“Mommy makeover” refers to the surgical procedures that are used to fix the problems described above that affect women after pregnancy. This may include liposuction, a tummy tuck, and either a breast augmentation, lift, or reduction. Other potential procedures include a nipple or areola reduction and a buttock lift. Such procedures are used to re-contour the body to more closely resemble its pre-pregnancy state, not to help women lose weight after giving birth.

When Can I Get a Mommy Makeover?

In order to make certain that the results of your mommy makeover are long lasting, new moms should both remain at their goal weight and have finished breast feeding for at least six months before having these procedures done. The breast feeding aspect is of particular importance because your breasts must cease milk production and go back to their typical shape and size prior to surgery. You may choose to wait to get a mommy makeover until you are finished having children, as your surgical results can be affected by additional pregnancies.

Finding the Right Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

When choosing a surgeon for your mommy makeover, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind. First, check that your Plastic Surgeon has received his or her board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery. You should also make sure that the surgical facility is accredited. Ask to see photos beforehand, and only go to a Plastic Surgeon whom you trust.