Once you’re done having children, it’s okay to want to reclaim your pre-pregnancy body. The changes which take place after having children can often be surprising, as Dr. Parker chronicles in his new book, What to Expect After You’re Done Expecting.
A mommy makeover is one of our most popular surgeries because it allows you to combine treatments and transform your appearance during a single procedure. But did you know how you approach your mommy makeover recovery can significantly impact your healing and results?
Knowing what to expect before you undergo your procedure can empower you to have a better experience. With this in mind, we encourage you to use these mommy makeover recovery tips to set yourself up for success following a mommy makeover surgery.
Your Mommy Makeover
A mommy makeover is a multi-step procedure that can last several hours, depending on the treatments being performed. A typical mommy makeover surgery addresses issues such as sagging breasts, loose skin, stretched abdominal muscles, and unwanted body fat. Your surgery may include a combination of breast augmentation, tummy tuck, liposuction, and other tightening and contouring treatments. Each procedure is customized to address your specific concerns, so recovery experiences vary.
Post-Mommy Makeover Tips
A mommy makeover is a major surgery that requires a strict post-op protocol. However, if you follow our aftercare instructions, including resting, wearing compression garments, and having a solid support system in place, you can ensure a smoother recovery.
These tips can help ease the mommy makeover recovery process:
We encourage moms to use their planning superpowers ahead of surgery. This includes scheduling your mommy makeover during a period that gives you ample time for rest and recovery, especially during the first 2 weeks. Mommy makeover surgery that includes a tummy tuck will lengthen recovery time. Stock your house with mommy makeover recovery supplies ahead of your procedure. Allow others to pitch in while you prioritize rest and healing.
Although rest is critical following surgery, getting up and periodically moving about is essential to avoid complications. Short walks will help boost your circulation and your spirits. Periodic movement will also help decrease swelling and prevent blood clots from forming.
Following surgery, the best and safest way to sleep is on your back with your head and shoulders slightly elevated. This position will help minimize swelling and discomfort while directing blood flow throughout the body to aid healing tissues. Many patients find sleeping on a recliner the most comfortable option immediately following surgery.
As you start to feel better, it can be tempting to don your supermom cape and take on too much too soon. We understand how eager you are to return to your routine, but overdoing it can jeopardize healing. You run the risk of opening sutures and increasing swelling. Follow your aftercare protocol, and don’t be tempted to return to work—or workouts—too soon. Trust the healing process and remember that allowing for a full recovery will be well worth the wait.
Mommy Makeover Recovery Timeline
In general, we recommend patients set aside plenty of rest and downtime for the first 2 weeks following their procedure. Most patients can resume their normal activities within 2 to 4 weeks but should still avoid doing anything physically strenuous until 4 to 6 weeks. You will see your final results within 6 months, but scars will gradually fade up to 12 months following your procedure.
Recovering from a mommy makeover can be smooth and seamless if you know what to expect and plan accordingly. Are you ready to regain your body and self-esteem with a mommy makeover surgery? Please use our online form to request a consultation or call us at (201) 967-1212.