Pregnancy and childbirth can cause a woman’s body to completely transform. This is because of all the stress that the body goes through during this time. Often these physical changes are not easily fixed through diet and exercise alone. This is when a combination of procedures known as a mommy makeover can solve these appearance problems. There are many different procedures that can be performed during a mommy makeover, these include breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, tummy tuck, and labiaplasty. The results are a slimmer and more youthful appearance, much like before pregnancy. But what happens after the procedure?
Recovery after a Mommy Makeover
Combining multiple surgeries into one procedure can make recovery time longer when compared to a single surgery. This recovery time is still much shorter than recovering from each individual surgery separately. In the weeks following the completion of your procedures, during your recovery process, your doctor will want to see you for follow ups. This will ensure that you are healing properly. Most of the surgeries involved in a mommy makeover require extensive rest to properly heal. The more invasive the surgery is the more time is required for healing. The amount of time it will take to recover will vary from patient to patient and what procedures were included in their makeover. Your doctor will let you know when it is safe to return to your normal activities. The level of pain and discomfort felt after the procedures will also depend on the patient’s pain tolerance and what procedures were performed. Although there are many factors that make each recovery process after a mommy makeover unique, there are a few universal tips which help you to make mommy makeover recovery faster. Here are some of the top tips for a speedy and healthy recovery.
Tips for a Faster Mommy Makeover Recovery
For most of the surgeries that are performed during a mommy makeover, getting help around the house is recommended for at least the first 24-48 hours. This is because you will have trouble performing normal tasks, like getting out of bed or getting dressed. You will be able to get better rest if you have help for the first 2-3 weeks following your procedures. This includes help with child care as well, especially if your children are young. This will allow you to heal properly without having to risk opening any incisions chasing small children. Having this support will help your recovery process. It is best to plan to have a friend, relative, or service to help you while you are healing before your surgery date.
When healing from invasive surgeries, such as a tummy tuck, it is important move your body to avoid complications. Although strenuous activity is not suggested, walking is highly recommended to help your body heal. If your doctor says that walking is okay, you should do it. It speeds the mommy makeover recovery process and reduces the risks of complications. For example, many doctors recommend walking short distances as part of the tummy tuck recovery process to keep the body from becoming tight, stiff, decrease swelling, and to stop the formation of blood clots.
Prepare Your Recovery Area
For you to properly rest and recover, setting up a recovery area before your surgery may help you to feel more comfortable. This means comfortable blankets and pillows. Have plenty of entertainment on hand, try to avoid comedy as laughing can bust the stiches on certain incisions. Make sure there is a table next to your bed that is easily accessible for you to use when you are resting. Buy oversized comfortable undergarments to make undressing easier. Also, some patients recommend buying a toilet seat booster, if your recovery will involve pain when squatting low. Make sure to take off enough time from work, in most cases 2 weeks is recommended but talk to your doctor about what they think would be best.
Follow Your Post Op Instructions
Following your doctor’s instructions after surgery is essential for proper mommy makeover recovery. The most common reason for complications following procedures is because of patients not following the instructions and advice of their doctor or surgeon. To some this tip may seem like common sense, but it doesn’t hurt to be included. The information and instructions provided to you after your procedures is meant to help you heal correctly and to get you your desired results. Your doctor is the one that will give you the best advice following your surgery. This tip also includes attending all follow up appointments to ensure that you are healing properly and that there are no complications.
Don’t Try to Do it All
Mothers are super heroes, but you are allowed to take a break to take care of yourself. You did this mommy makeover to feel more confident in your appearance and to be happier. So you need to rest to make sure you heal correctly. Do not try to still do all of your normal activities and take on your everyday responsibilities while trying to recover. It won’t work. You could end up causing yourself more harm and having to rest for even longer. Take this time to relax and heal. Do not try to do it all!
Although none of these tips will magically help you get back to your normal activities within a week or two, they will help accelerate your recovery process. Following the instructions of your doctor, resting, walking, and getting help with things around the house will make a huge difference. If you have any questions about your mommy makeover recovery process, call your doctor. When you heal properly, your doctor is able to give you the go ahead to return to your normal life faster.
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