Post Pregnancy Surgery FAQ
A: Ideally 12 months, to allow your body to return to as normal as possible. If you’re breast feeding – surgery can only be performed after 3 months when you completely stop breast feeding. Even if you are not having surgery on your breasts, you should not be breastfeeding when you have surgery, because of all the antibiotics, pain relief medication, etc. which are not recommended.
Q: Can I pick up my baby after surgery?
A: It is not recommended to pick up any heavy object, including children for at least 6 weeks following breast or tummy tuck surgery. This could potentially do a lot of damage to muscles and alter the results of your surgery. We offer excellent help and babysitting to allow you to travel with your baby.
Q: Can I have more kids after having surgery?
A: Although physically it is possible to, we recommend for you to finish having all your children before considering a tummy tuck or breast surgery.
Q: I’ve been really insecure after having my C-section. I’ve tried exercising and dieting but nothing works. What are my options?
A: Unfortunately, daily trips to the gym do nothing to tighten skin.
A tummy tuck will address the loose skin on your abdomen and will completely remove all the skin below your belly button. It also tightens the muscles all the way down the abdomen in the midline, which cinches the waist and flattens the tummy even more. And you can have liposuction of the waist, hips, and back at the same time for even more pronounced mid-body contouring.
Q: Is it possible to get a breast augmentation/lift, tummy tuck and liposuction in one visit?
A: Yummy Mummy is usually combination surgery of breast and body. Most commonly after pregnancy, moms will need breast augmentation with or without lift and tummy tuck. The operative time varies depending on the extent of surgery. Your procedures of breast augmentation/lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction can be done at the same time as long as you are medically healthy.
Q: Can vaginal rejuvenation be included in a Yummy Mummy?
A: A vaginal rejuvenation or Designer Vagina can include reduction of stretched out labial tissues and possible tightening of the vaginal opening. (Some patients also opt for a Bladder Sling as well during this time)
Certainly, a straight forward reduction of stretched out labial tissues could be accomplished at the time of the Yummy Mummy surgery if the procedures can all take place within a six hour operative window. The operative time will be determined by the extent of your breast and abdominal surgery. Extensive vaginal surgery at the time of surgery is likely to increase your operative time and therefore, increase your risk of post-op complications.
Q: What is recovery like with a Yummy Mummy? I have scheduled both a breast augmentation with lift and a tummy tuck and am pretty scared. I am worried that the pain will be unbearable.
A: Plastic surgeons use many ways to make these procedures less painful, numbing the muscle lining or using pain pumps. Pain pills are used to shave the pain off so it is not too bad but are not meant to be taken until you become incoherent or comatose and unable to do the walking and deep breathing expected of you in the immediate after surgery period.
Patients usually go home the night after surgery and have to take 10-14 days from desk jobs and as long as 3-4 weeks for more demanding work. You may also wish to discuss this at greater length with your surgeon.
Q: I need the Yummy Mummy procedures but can’t afford it and my credit sucks? What alternatives do I have?
A: These procedures can be performed in one stage or multiple stages depending on your goals, health status and other screening criteria. Combined procedures often carry more significant costs. It is very common for patients to opt for some form of financing options. If financing is definitely not an option for you, then we recommend coming up with a savings plan. Break down the procedures to smaller, more affordable/achievable goals – get the procedure (either breast or tummy) that bothers you most the first. Also while considering affordability, do remember to choose only qualified, experienced and board-certified plastic surgeons.
Q: How long after the procedures can I have sex?
A: Sex is considered a heavy physical activity and therefore must be limited for 4-6 weeks. After that, it’s whenever you’re both comfortable and avoid any possible strain on the incision site. If you’re still unsure, get clearance from your surgeon to avoid ruining a great result.
Q: What is the best way for me to prepare for surgery?
A: Keep healthy habits – proper diet, exercise and take multi-vitamins. Keep a stable weight and refrain from smoking 4 weeks pre and post surgery. For best results, please see our guidelines for surgery preparation.