Mommy Makeover Surgery: What To Expect During Recovery
Posted June 03, 2014 in Mommy Makeover, by Dr. Fiorillo
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Pregnancy is undeniably hard on a woman’s body. After eating for two for nine months and watching their stomach and breasts swell to an incredible size, most new mothers will experience difficulty losing weight after their child is born. To make things harder, abdomen and breast skin do not return to its pre-pregnancy firmness, regardless of how much you exercise or how well you eat.
As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael A. Fiorillo offers Mommy Makeover surgery to mothers who are not satisfied with the way their bodies look following childbirth. A Mommy Makeover involves a personalized combination of tummy tuck surgery, breast lift surgery, breast augmentation surgery, and liposuction surgery.
Since these procedures are often performed simultaneously, there may be some downtime during the first few weeks of your recovery. While this time may seem significant, there are many ways to keep yourself occupied and relaxed so that you will be back on your feet as soon as possible.
What Can I Expect While Recovering From a Mommy Makeover?
Mommy Makeover incisions are closed with sutures, surgical bandages, and medical gauze that protects the sites and expedites healing. Many women wear compression garments or surgical bras to support the abdomen, breasts, and all liposuction sites during recovery. These garments help to conceal the incisions, reduce swelling, and promote blood flow to make your recovery as quick and painless as possible.
Despite the comfort that these garments provide, many women still experience some pain. It is often recommended that women take up to two weeks off of work for a desk-type job and even longer for a more strenuous job, which requires you to be on your feet all day.
During your time at home, you will want to rest often, getting up for leisurely walks that promote circulation (and, therefore, reduce the risk of blood clots). Because you will be so limited, you will need to have extra hands around the house to help with chores and childcare.
Dr. Fiorillo will provide you with a complete list of what you should and should not do during your Mommy Makeover recovery.
Most women will experience swelling, bruising, and achiness after their Mommy Makeover. Because of this, it is important to avoid stressing your body or lifting anything over 10 pounds for at least one month. By avoiding strenuous activities, you can help ensure that your incisions will heal as quickly as possible.
Additionally, you will want to make sure that you take in plenty of water and eat a nutritious diet. Most women return to their regular day-to-day activities and exercises after four to six weeks.
What If I Have Young Children at Home?
Recovering from Mommy Makeover surgery is far from a walk in the park. This recovery journey can be even more complicated if you have little ones running around, needing your constant attention.
You have to remember that you are strongly requested not to lift anything over 10 pounds (which is very likely your child). Because of this, you will need to have extra help present to take care of your child’s needs.
Fortunately, there are many things that you can still do with your children during this time of relaxation and healing.
Many mothers are not accustomed to having hours of free time to relax in their everyday, hectic lives. That makes your Mommy Makeover recovery special since it gives you more freedom than you would likely have otherwise.
Why not spend this time with your children, reading, singing, watching their favorite shows, and supervising them as they play.
Is Mommy Makeover Surgery Worth It?
If you are unsure of whether Mommy Makeover surgery is right for you, it may be beneficial to think of what you can achieve.
Some of the most noticeable benefits of Mommy Makeover surgery include:
- A smoother, leaner abdomen
- Youthful, firmer breasts
- Improved body contours
- Ability to wear clothes that actually fit
- Revitalization of your self-confidence and self-esteem
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