Your little bundle of joy has arrived, and you are enjoying motherhood. However, you yearn for your pre-pregnancy figure and are anxious to get it back. While exercise and a healthy diet are encouraged after childbirth and are a great way to start working on getting your baby weight off, stubborn spots of fat may have you frustrated.
Liposuction, whether traditional, VASER high def® lipo or 360 degree lipo, is a great way to address those stubborn areas of fat, you can’t just jump into lipo after childbirth. Understanding the process of healing after pregnancy can give you a good idea of when your body will be ready for liposuction.
Pregnancy Causes Many Changes to Your Body
It can take up to a year for the body to recover from changes that occur during pregnancy.
When you are pregnant, your body releases the hormone relaxin. This relaxes joints and ligaments throughout the body to allow for the growing fetus. As your uterus grows, not only does your belly expand outward, but your organs shift position. While you may believe this relaxin is responsible for your wider hips during pregnancy, that is only partly true. During pregnancy, extra fat accumulates on areas with more fat cells, such as the hips.
Your Body Needs Time to Heal
After delivery, your body can take up to a year to reverse the effects of the bodily changes that occurred. In addition, the hormones released throughout pregnancy affect your weight causing you to store more fat to support your growing baby. It can take up to a year for pregnancy hormones to normalize and your body to get back to its normal routine.
Reaching Your Weight Yields the Best Results
After pregnancy, your goal is to enjoy your new baby and gradually work on getting your body back to your pre-pregnancy figure. Regular exercise and a healthy diet are the best way to start. Having liposuction means you will have to plan for recovery time and will not be able to pick up and carry your new bundle of joy or breastfeed. Be sure you have completed breastfeeding and have the support in place that you’ll need while you recover.
When considering liposuction after baby, make sure your body has had time to heal, you’ve finished breastfeeding and you are closer to your ideal weight in order to achieve the best results.
To learn more about how liposuction can benefit you after pregnancy, set up a consultation with Dr. Gordon Andan today.