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5 Things to Do While You Recover from a Mommy Makeover

Posted on November 8, 2019 by: Dr. Rocheford

A mommy makeover is a set of cosmetic procedures done to restore a woman’s body to its pre-pregnancy state. The patient will have a trimmer and more streamlined profile with perkier breasts.

Understanding what a mommy makeover does

Pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing all cause unwanted changes in a woman’s body. The hormonal changes caused by pregnancy often result in her developing fat deposits. Pregnancy also stretches the abdominal muscles and skin. Nursing, similarly, causes a patient’s breasts to expand. When the woman stops nursing, her breasts often deflate and sag. A mommy makeover corrects all of these problems.

What steps/procedures are involved in a mommy makeover?

Mommy makeovers will often involve some combination of abdominoplasty, breast surgery, and liposuction. In most cases, the surgeon will perform all three procedures during a single operation. The patient will be put under general anesthesia. During an abdominoplasty, the surgeon will make an incision that usually extends from one hip bone to the other. The skin and fatty tissue will be lifted away from the muscle, all the way up to the breasts.  After that, they will stitch the abdominal muscles back together to give the patient a flatter stomach. The surgeon will trim away any excess skin, taking special care to remove skin with stretch marks. A patient will also often undergo a breast lift, in which the surgeon tightens the breast tissues and removes excess skin. The patient may also undergo breast augmentation in which they will get silicone or saline implants.

What is the process for recovery?

Most women will spend the first two weeks of recovery at home. They will be on medication for approximately one week.  Walking around the house and stairs are fine during recovery. The patient will have to wait at least a month before she can perform more vigorous exercises like lifting weights. So, what can the patient do during those two weeks? Here are some suggestions:

1. Sleep

Undergoing major surgery is exhausting. The body will have to devote most of its energy to healing itself, so the patient is going to feel tired, especially during the first few days. The best thing to do is to simply get some sleep.

2. Read a good book

Many women have a list of books they would love to read but haven’t had the time. Now is the chance to read at least some of them.

3. Watch a show or movie

Many women also have a list of shows or movies they would like to watch.

4. Plan for the holidays

Toward the end of the recovery period, the patient may be getting bored. They’ve gotten caught up on their sleep and reading, and they’ve seen “Game of Thrones,” – but they still aren’t quite up to doing anything around the house. On the other hand, they can think about how to celebrate a given holiday and talk to their husband and children about it.

5. Shop over the internet

Shopping over the internet will enable the patient to get a jump on their Christmas shopping, so they don’t have to immediately go to a crowded store once they’re able to drive. To learn more about the mommy makeover, call our office or fill out the contact form.

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