After the birth of a child, it takes several months for your body to return to its pre-pregnancy form. During pregnancy, the body makes hormones and changes to allow for the birth and growth of the new child. Not only does the abdomen have to stretch to accommodate the growing child, but breasts engorge to help provide milk for the baby. Once these changes are no longer necessary, the skin will contract to varying degrees in an effort to return the body to its pre-pregnancy state.
Following pregnancy, despite regular diet and exercise, some women may find that they have excess skin in the lower abdomen, and others may find that they have breasts that have lost volume and "sag," even after returning to their pre-baby weight. A mommy makeover describes the surgical procedures done to correct these changes and may include an abdominoplasty (also known as a "tummy tuck"), liposuction, and either a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation.
These surgeries are body contouring procedures, not weight loss procedures. To ensure that you have a long-lasting result, you should be at your goal weight for at least six months and have stopped breast-feeding for 6 months. It's important to have stopped breast-feeding because your breasts need to return to their normal size and shape and stop producing milk. Additionally, I advise patients to have completed childbearing before proceeding with a "mommy makeover." You can have a successful pregnancy after a "mommy makeover," but you may require more procedures if you have more children or large weight fluctuations after your initial surgeries.