Post-Partum Reconstructive Surgery Sydney NSW

The female body experiences many changes during and after pregnancy. Post-pregnancy body contouring is a procedure that combines a number of different surgeries to help restore the female figure. This generally involves one breast procedure, such as a breast lift or augmentation, combined with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery. By designing a unique surgical plan for each patient, we are able to help women restore their physique and body confidence after pregnancy.

At our clinic, specialist plastic surgeon Dr Laniewski provides excellent care to patients in the Central Coast and Hills regions. Our patient-centred consultations will ensure the development of a surgical plan that suits your unique needs and goals after pregnancy.

What is a post-pregnancy surgery

Although a healthy lifestyle and diet are important when it comes to achieving body goals, sometimes surgery is required to help a woman restore her pre-pregnancy figure. This reconstructive surgery addresses multiple areas of the female body to improve both aesthetic and functional concerns post-pregnancy.

Depending on the unique needs of the patient, a post pregnancy surgery generally includes abdominoplasty. This involves adjusting the abdominal tissue, removing excess skin and tightening the underlying muscles. The surgery not only creates a firmer and leaner appearance, but it can also improve muscle function and address diastasis recti. Along with abdominoplasty, a breast procedure is also performed to help reduce a sagging or stretched appearance that can result from pregnancy and breastfeeding. This may involve a breast lift, augmentation, reduction, or a combination of these. Dr Laniewski will ensure your surgical plan is specifically tailored to you and your body goals in order to give you pleasing results.

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How post pregnancy body contouring procedure works

This procedure combines abdominoplasty with a breast procedure, targeting the most common changes that can occur in women’s bodies after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Dr Laniewski will guide you through your surgical journey to help you have a positive experience.


Abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) generally involves a horizontal incision across the lower abdomen. Since pregnancy can result in diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation), the procedure can involve repairing and restoring these muscles to improve their function. Any unwanted or excess fat and skin tissue will be removed, and the incision will be closed carefully with sutures.

Breast procedure

The type of breast procedure you choose will depend on the aesthetic outcomes you wish to achieve. Options include:

  • Breast lift, also called a mastopexy, to lift the breasts and correct a sagging appearance
  • Augmentation, which involves the use of breast implants to restore volume and shape to the breasts
  • Reduction, to reduce the size of breasts that are overly large, heavy, or disproportionate

These breast procedures can also be combined to suit the patient. For example, a breast lift with augmentation can be performed for women who wish to increase both the size and the elevation of their breasts.

Good candidates

To identify whether the post-pregnancy body contouring surgery is right for you, you will need to book a consultation with us. During your consultation, Dr Laniewski will give you the opportunity to discuss your health, physical and aesthetic concerns, as well as your medical history. He can then develop a plan for your procedure that compliments your unique needs and physical goals.

Typically, good candidates are women who are concerned about excess or loose tissue on the breasts or abdomen, which does not respond to diet and exercise alone. They should also be non-smokers, physically healthy and active, and not planning on having more children in the future. If you are unsure whether you are a candidate for post pregnancy body contouring, Dr Laniewski will provide professional guidance and explain your options.

Cost of a post pregnancy surgery

The costs of post-pregnancy surgery will be influenced by a number of factors. These factors can include the chosen type of breast procedure, the complexity of your procedure steps, total operating time, the number of nights spent in the hospital, and anaesthesia fees. During your consultation, Dr Laniewski can outline the details of your procedure and provide you with a personalised quote.

In some cases, Medicare may provide some rebates for this type of surgery, provided that it is necessary for health reasons. If you are eligible for a Medicare rebate, a GP will be able to assess your condition and provide a referral. For more information on procedure costs, contact us today or book your consultation at your preferred location.

Surgery aftercare

After post-pregnancy body contouring, you can expect to experience some swelling and discomfort, which should resolve well over time. You may need to wear compression garments to help reduce swelling and aid the initial healing process. Dr Laniewski will provide further aftercare instructions to help you recover and encourage positive outcomes.

Although every patient may have different experiences during recovery, there are some general instructions that will promote efficient and optimal healing. These may include taking adequate time off work, avoiding any exertive or strenuous movement, avoiding smoking and alcohol, and eating a healthy diet. If you experience any worrisome side effects after surgery, contact your surgeon and he will advise you based on your health and adverse symptoms.

Why choose Dr Laniewski?

Dr Laniewski is a skilled and experienced medical practitioner who is dedicated to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals. A consultation with Dr Laniewski and his friendly team will help you to understand your treatment options based on your individual concerns and desired outcomes. We will develop a bespoke treatment plan to help you look and feel your best, as well as answer any questions you may have about your chosen procedures. Book your consultation today to find out more about the great benefits of post-pregnancy surgery.

Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of combining surgeries?

Undergoing both surgeries after childbirth within one procedure reduces the recovery time of undergoing each procedure separately, achieves multiple aesthetic goals, and increases overall confidence and comfort in one’s body.

Is post-pregnancy contouring surgery painful?

Dr Laniewski and his team aim to ensure patients are comfortable by performing surgery with general anaesthetic. However, pain medication may be prescribed to help you during the recovery period.

Will I have visible scarring after the procedure?

Incisions are placed in inconspicuous areas, making any scarring easily concealable. Any visible scarring should fade over time and can be minimised by implementing scar prevention steps during recovery.

What are the risks?

The risks and complications associated with a procedure can be discussed in further detail during your consultation, with consideration to any personal factors, such as health conditions or lifestyle factors. Risks and complications of a post-pregnancy contouring surgery can include:

  • Pain, swelling and other experiences of discomfort throughout recovery
  • Infection
  • Excessive bleeding from incision sites
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Implant rotation or rupture (if receiving implants)
  • Temporary or permanent loss of sensation in areas of the breast or the nipples
  • Reactions to anaesthesia
  • Poor scarring

How long is the downtime after surgery?

Recovery from surgery generally requires four to six weeks. Patients can then return to work or their usual daily routine.