A mommy makeover combines various cosmetic procedures to address the physical changes that occur after pregnancy and childbirth. The most common procedures include Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Breast Augmentation, and Liposuction.
Embarking on this journey is a transformative experience for many women, offering them the chance to regain their confidence. However, the road to recovery after this procedure can be filled with questions and uncertainties. In this blog post, we’ll explore 6 valuable tips that can help guide you through your mommy makeover recovery.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure. Your surgery will require general anesthesia so you will not be able to drive yourself home. Ask a friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you overnight. Please don’t drive for at least 2 days after your procedure or while taking prescription pain medication.
- Take it easy. It is crucial that you give your body time to heal. You’ll want to avoid resuming sports or heavy exercise for at least 6 weeks. Too much initial activity can prolong your post-operative swelling. How long it takes for you to return to regular activities, like exercise, varies based on the extent of your procedures and your own healing rate. However, most patients can start light activities within a few weeks and gradually increase their level of activity over time, as advised by Dr. Zubowski.
- Sleep in a comfortable position. If you receive a mommy makeover, you most likely will undergo a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty. Because this procedure involves the removal of extra abdominal skin and (usually) tightening of the abdominal muscles, it may be more comfortable for you to lay in bed with your head and shoulders elevated and with a pillow or two placed under your knees. The tightness will disappear over time as you heal and use your body muscles. Please make no special attempts to stretch or pull your abdomen straight for the first 2-3 weeks of your healing journey.
- No smoking. Smoking can reduce capillary flow in your skin. We advise you to not smoke at all for two weeks prior to surgery and during the first 10 days after surgery.
- No drinking. Alcohol dilates the blood vessels and could increase postoperative bleeding. Please do not drink until you have stopped taking the prescription pain pills, as the combination of pain pills and alcohol can be dangerous.
- Take medications as prescribed. You may be prescribed medication to keep you comfortable throughout the healing process. It’s important to take these medications as directed.
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For more information and to explore the best options for your individual needs, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zubowski. We are committed to helping you achieve your desired transformation safely and with the utmost care.