October 11, 2015
Mommy makeover automatically tends to pique mommy’s interest and naturally they would be more than inclined to get this surgery done. It is therefore important that you are acquainted with what mommy makeovers are and what do they entail.
Mommy makeover is basically an umbrella term for a number of cosmetic surgery procedures. These include breast uplifts, breast implants, tummy tucks, liposuction etc. After pregnancy, particularly after multiple pregnancies, many women suffer from changes in their physique such as stretch marks, sagging of skin, extra skin etc. Mommy makeovers with their multiple cosmetic procedures take care of such problems and would make you look young and well-toned again. The procedure may vary from person to person depending upon individual requirements and thus the cost may range from $10,000 to $50,000. To put it bluntly, what mommy makeovers do is either restore or at times even improve your pre-pregnancy bodies.
These options which are now available to women do seem very enticing, but it is extremely important that you make an informed decision. This includes comprehensive knowledge not only about what mommy makeovers are and what happens during the surgery, rather you should also be completely aware of what happens after the surgery i.e. what is the approximate recovery time for the surgery, what can be the possible complications, what to expect after the surgery and what does post-operative care include?
What is the approximate Recovery time for Mommy makeovers?
Once you are done with the surgery, you need to be well-prepared for lots of bruising and swelling. However, they would subside over time. Generally, you may get rid of the majority of these bruises after an estimated period of three weeks, however, the recovery wouldn’t be complete yet. When we speak of full recovery then we are very often talking about a healing period as long as 6 months. The scars left behind after the surgery would take almost a year and a half to get completely healed. This healing process of the scars begins as soon as the surgery is over. During the first 6 to 8 weeks, while the body is recovering, the scars would turn to a shade of red. Once this time period is over, you will notice that the scars appear to be much thinner and less red.
What is the recovery time to get back to your daily chores?
Dealing with Work
You may feel that your energy levels at work might be a bit low at the beginning but eventually (almost after three months) they would get back to normal. If you have a sedentary job, then you might get back to it's after 2 weeks, however, it is highly recommended that you do not over exert yourself and avoid working full time. This recommendation holds true during the first 3 to 4 weeks, after which you may resume your pre-surgery work pace. Also, try avoiding excessive movements of your shoulder and abdomen. You can set up your workstation in such a manner that it complements these requirements of yours.
Dealing with Housework
After getting your mommy makeover done, you may not be able to undertake big housekeeping projects. You may tire out very easily, however, it is possible to do simple, easy tasks which do not require a lot of exertion.
Keep away from tasks which require you to put pressure on your breast muscles. This means you have to say no to any task which includes reaching above to your shoulder level.
Also, do not undertake any tasks which would propel you to bend your waist or twist your abdomen. In situations where you have to rotate and there’s no way out, rotate with the help of your feet and not with your abdomen.
Neither is vacuuming allowed nor laundering for approximately 4 to 6 weeks.
Your Handling of Children
For the initial two to three weeks, it is best if you get some help to take care of your children, particularly for infants since you wouldn’t be able to lift them for approximately 2-3 weeks. You can hold them in your lap but lifting them would put pressure on your abdomen and shoulder muscles.
As far as older children are concerned, you may tell them that you are currently recovering from a major surgery and thus devise ways for your kids to help you out. You can always benefit from the services of a baby sitter during this period.
In the beginning, you doctor will probably keep you on some narcotic medications. DONOT drive while you are still on these medications. Afterward, the ideal recovery time that allows you to drive varies from person to person. You may begin to drive as soon as you feel that your reflexes are adequate enough. This recovery period may last from 7 to 10 days.
As a precaution, take someone with you when driving for the first time after the surgery. If you don’t feel up to the task, he/she can take over and save you from lots of trouble.
When can you start working out?
The recovery time for each body differs from another depending upon a lot of factors. The important thing to note at this juncture is your body’s response towards your working out. If your body hurts then it means that it is not ready to take the strain yet. You may be able to start walking as soon as you are done with the surgery. It may take almost a week for you to go out for a brisk walk or workout on a stationary bike. Light weights may take as long as six weeks and you may recover perfectly by the eighth week to start jogging or do some sit ups.
Also, ask your doctor to monitor your progress regularly and advise you in the light of your individual progress.
When can you resume your sexual activity?
The ideal recovery time to resume your sexual activities again depends upon your individual progress. Here too your own body will give you the key answer. If you are hurting AVOID IT. You may be perfectly healed by the third or fourth week to resume them though.
Although every case differs from the other in terms of its results and recovery. Yet the key factors for an early recovery are lots of rest and negligible stress. Take care of yourself and hopefully you will be able to make a swift and successful recovery.
Dr. Amjadi MD, DDS, FACS
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons
915 Gessner Rd #870
Houston, TX 77024
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