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Body Reshaping After a Baby

 by: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

With the increasing acceptability of cosmetic surgery, it is becoming more common for women to enhance their bodies after the changes that occur post-pregnancy. In fact, Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Kourosh Tavakoli says that up to 30 percent of women in his practice come to see him because they would like to improve their post-pregnancy body.

He stresses that before embarking on cosmetic surgery there has to be a grace period after a pregnancy so that the body has time to normalise. 'This period can range from 12 to 24 months,' he explains. 'I would not recommend any cosmetic work within a year after a pregnancy. Mums also need to keep in mind that they will need support after their surgery because for a period of time they will have difficulty picking up their baby.'

According to Dr Tavakoli, the top three procedures that this group of women requests are breast enhancement, abdominoplasty and liposculpture.

Breast Enhancement

Dr Tavakoli says the degree of change women experience in their breasts depends on whether they have breastfed and the duration of their breastfeeding. 'The more women have breastfed, the more dramatic the changes that occur to their breasts are,' he explains.'Two things that can happen to breasts are a reduction of volume and a loss of shape. In assessing the breasts, these two parameters need to be closely considered and adjustments made accordingly. If a woman has droopiness, her main option is to have a breast lift. The third problem is excess breast tissue and this usually requires a breast reduction.'

Abdominoplasty   (continued...)

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About The Author

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli - Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon Sydney, MBBS, BSc (med), MS (unsw), FRACS (plast.) Dr Kourosh Tavakoli is a fully qualified Australian trained Plastic Surgeon specialising in Cosmetic procedures.