Mommy Makeover Recovery
A mommy makeover refers to a combination of surgeries that aim to restore the patient’s pre-pregnancy appearance.
This cosmetic surgery procedure usually focuses on the abdomen and breast areas. At the time of initial consultation, the surgeon will explain various aspects of a mommy makeover, including its recovery process.
The surgeon will inform the patient of the estimated time that it will take to resume normal activities and work after the procedure. After the procedure, the patient and their caregiver will receive guidelines regarding post-surgical care. This information can include details regarding:
- Drains, in case they are placed
- Normal post-surgical symptoms
- Indications of potential complications
- Avoiding smoking and blood thinning medications for a certain time period
Immediately After the Surgery
The incision sites will be wrapped in bandages, and the patient may have to wear compression garments in some of the treated sites. She will experience some pain after the anesthesia subsides, which can be addressed with prescription pain meds.
But the patient should contact the surgeon is the pain is significant or persistent. There will be some inflammation after the procedure. Some patients may experience inflammation for many weeks or even months. In case the swelling does not progressively subside or appears abnormally, the patient should inform the surgeon and understand whether it is an indication of a problem.
Recovery in the First Two Weeks
The downtime in a mommy makeover plastic surgery procedure can be about one to two weeks, depending on the extent of surgery. Patients should consult their surgeons regarding the use of pain pumps and medications to relieve the initial post-surgical discomfort and pain. This will enable the patient to move about and sleep comfortably.
The tummy tuck aspect of a mommy makeover procedure may involve a major part of the recovery. The patient should follow the surgeon’s instructions carefully to minimize the recovery. The discomfort level will decrease substantially within the first 5 to 7 days.
If the patient has several procedures done simultaneously, it does not increase the recovery time. For instance, the recovery time for breast augmentation is almost seven days, and it is 14 days for a tummy tuck surgery. Therefore, the recovery duration for both these surgeries will be between 10 days to two weeks.
Care during the Recovery
The patient must follow all instructions for recovery after the surgery. This includes details on taking the prescribed medications, wearing compression garments, and the correct level of activity for a safe recovery.
Some universal precautions that patients can follow for a safe and speedy recovery are:
- Arranging a caregiver to help around the house and with medications for a minimum of 24 hours post-surgery.
- Sleeping with many pillows under the back and keeping the legs bent at the hips to reduce pressure on the incisions, minimize the pain, and lead to a thinner scar.
- Avoiding lifting heavy objects, jogging, and contact sports for six weeks after the procedure.
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