According to some gossip columnists, new mom Briana DeJesus already has a list of plastic surgery procedures she’d like to undergo. To be sure, plastic surgery after pregnancy isn’t exactly uncommon. But given DeJesus’s age (she’s 23) and how recently she gave birth (2 months ago), there are plenty of people who have questions.
DeJesus’s Plastic Surgery After Pregnancy
Now, we’re not here to discuss DeJesus’s case specifically. That’s between her and her surgeon, as it should be. And we have no intention for judging her in any way for what is ultimately a personal decision. But DeJesus is not the first person to want plastic surgery after pregnancy.
That’s why we thought it might be useful to have a discussion about what might be wise and unwise after you have a child. That said, this isn’t necessarily meant to outweigh the advice of your surgeon or doctor—this isn’t meant to be medical advice. It’s just supposed to get you thinking about any plastic surgery after pregnancy.
What Procedures are Common After Pregnancy?
Pregnancy does a few very specific things to the body (in addition to, you know, making a baby). For many women, a pregnancy might result in the following changes to their bodies:
- A significant development of excess skin around the tummy
- Increase or decrease in the size of the breasts
- Changes in the orientation of the breasts
- Slowing metabolism
- Changing in the way your stores fat
- The development and expansion of stretch marks
There are, of course, many other changes that might happen throughout the pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering processes (seeing as how “mothering” takes, you know, 18 years or more, that shouldn’t be surprising). Plastic surgery that takes place after childbirth is often, but not always, attempting to address these particular issues.
However, many new parents have questions about when it’s okay to head to their surgeon. Most surgeons simply won’t perform any procedures on pregnant women—even something like Botox is a no-go. And, for good reason. So some new parents are eager to get into the surgeon’s office right after they’ve given birth. As mentioned above, DeJesus has only waited two months before planning procedures and scheduling consultations.
Let Your Body Be the Judge
When it comes down to it, most surgeons are going to listen to two things: you and your body. Pregnancy, childbirth, parenting—they’re all massively transformative moments in life (sometimes they’re long moments, don’t get me wrong).
Planning a plastic surgery procedure when your body is in flux is usually seen as a somewhat risky proposition. It’s difficult to predict results when your body has not settled into a nice little status quo. And sometimes your body can continue changing after childbirth. The process of nursing and expressing milk, for example, can produce further changes.
That’s why most surgeons will wait until your body has settled down a bit to start planning procedures. The problem is that status quo is going to be different for everyone, so you’ll have to listen to your body to figure out what’s best (as well as you can).
Planning on Having More Children?
Because pregnancy and childbirth are both wildly transformative, they have a tendency to change your body. That’s what the plastic surgery is supposed to address. That’s why there are certain procedures that you may want to wait on until after you’re done having children. Procedures such as:
- Breast augmentation
- Breast lift
- Tummy Tuck
- Liposuction (depending on the area to be treated)
- Breast reduction
The reason you might want to wait on these procedures has a lot to do with how your body will respond to a second pregnancy. For most patients, a pregnancy will dramatically diminish their plastic surgery results. It might even reset you to square one.
A Personal Decision
Plastic surgery after pregnancy isn’t for everyone—and we’d certainly never recommend it on some kind of broad scale. There’s certainly an appeal for some, though, who want to get back their pre-baby bodies. And retaining that confidence of youth is not a trivial or shallow motivation.
That said, there’s no single time table. There shouldn’t be a rush to get back into your pre-baby shape. You should take it slow, listen to your body, and get your plastic surgery after pregnancy in a smart, methodical way. After all, the changes you make will likely be permanent. It’s a good idea to take it slow and think things through, whatever your decisions may be!
Above all, take some time to consult with a plastic surgeon. That’s the best way to get expert advice on what you can and should do with plastic surgery after your pregnancy.