Recovery Time for Breast Lift and Augmentation with Tummy Tuck?
- Asked by kimmy34 in Canada
- 4 years ago
My husband will be home with me for two weeks after the surgery. Will I be able to lift my baby if I rest up for the 2 weeks or should I seek additional support?
Mommy Makeover Recovery Time?
Thank you for the question.
Although you may be the exceptional patient that will be returning to most activities at 2 weeks after surgery, you would be wise to find “additional support” for a total of 4 weeks after surgery.
A few additional words of advice may be helpful:
1. Make sure you are doing the procedure for the right reasons (for yourself) and that you have realistic expectations. Be aware that an improvement in the “problem area” may not translate to an overall improvement in your life situation. You are bound to be disappointed with results of the procedure if your motivation for doing the surgery is not internally driven.
2. Time your surgery carefully; generally, it is not a good idea to have surgery done during or immediately after a stressful period in life (for example divorce or death of a loved one). The additional stress of surgery will undoubtedly be more challenging to deal with if a patient's emotional reserves our already exhausted. Remember, that an improvement in your physical appearance will not translate to an improvement in your life situation.
3. If possible speak to patients who have undergone similar procedures and query them about the toughest times of their recovery period. Any practical hints previous patients can provide may be very helpful.
4. Make sure you are aware of potential complications that may arise how to reach your surgeon if necessary.
5. Make sure you have a strong and patient support system (several people if possible) in place who have time/patience to take care of you. Arrange for professional nursing if any doubt exists regarding the availability and/or stamina of your caretakers.
6. Be patient with the healing process, understanding that it will take several weeks to months to feel “normal” again. It may also take many months/year to see the end results of your surgery.
7. Be prepared to distract your mind with things of interest such as books, magazines, and movies.
8. Expect less of yourself; do not go back to work, school or chores too early and let others take care of you (for a change).
9. Pick your surgeon carefully (a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon) and trust in his/her advice. Keep in close communication with your surgeon and do not hesitate to communicate questions/concerns and the emotional swings that you may experience.
10. Resume all medications that you were using preoperatively when cleared by your plastic surgeon and stop the use of narcotics and sedatives as soon as feasible after surgery.
11. Keep in mind the end results as you go through the tougher emotional times after your surgery.
I hope this helps.
Recovery process after a mommy makeover
A mommy makeover is a popular procedure that combines abdominal and breast rejuvenation. After a tummy tucked in breast lift, the majority of the recovery process will be focused on the tummy tuck. After a tummy tuck, you should expect to have a 2 to 3 week recovery process where some of your activities will be limited. In our practice, we recommend that the patients walk as much as possible after their surgery to help open their lungs, increase their appetite and spur on the recovery process.
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I think that this is a reasonable amount of time to schedule for additional help.
Of course at two weeks, you should still exercise caution and do the vast majority of your lifting using your lower extremities rather than your stomach muscles and upper extremity. Begin a slow and gradual return to lifting and straining. Avoid sudden heavy lifting for at least 3-4 weeks.
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Not enough time
Thank you for your question.
It may be best to seek additional support. It could be enough time but I do not think that two weeks will be enough recovery time to be lifting your baby around. You want to make sure you don't put yourself at risk for more complications as that would take even more time away from your children.I would recommend waiting at least six weeks after your surgery to be lifting over ten pounds. Definitely consult with your plastic surgeon about this.
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Recovery from breast lift and tummy tuck
Recoveirng from multiple surgeries may take a bit more out of you then doing one. However, doing both of these operations together is usually reasonable. I would say recovery to go back to routine activities would take about 2 weeks. Heavy lifting and exertion 4-6 weeks.
Recovery time after tummy tuck.
You will recover from your breast surgery in just a few days. The tummy tuck is the limiting factor, but without complications, you shoud be able to lift your 5 month old in 2 weeks. That's certainly the experience of our patients.
Exercise after Breast Lift or Tummy Tuck
The amount of exercise and activities that you perform after surgery is very dependent on the type of surgery performed. Breast surgery, believe it or not, is not that debilitating. Most patients have minimal pain/discomfort following breast surgery. As a male I don't understand this but it seems to be true.
The plication or tightening of the abdominal muscles is where a majority of the pain will come into play. Repair of the rectus diastasis is done by vertically repairing the muscles so contraction won't necessarily be affected by muscle contraction, i.e. sit-ups or similar.
I have found that younger women, no offense intended, have a slightly harder time with recovery than older patients but it is very patient dependent. I think that if you're driven and understand the need to be back to functional status for your children after 2 weeks you'll be find. But you MUST use appropriate lifting techniques.
Breasts, bellies, and babies--all in two weeks
In healthy active individuals two weeks is an appropriate period of time to expect to resume a normal social schedule--work, school, shopping,etc. --Not for a dance class at the gym or a hiking trip in the Grand Canyon.
It is very important to plan ahead in order to make sure that you have the appropriate help available to assist you with not only your needs but also your childrens'.
You have done a great job in securing your husbands availabilty for those two weeks postop. If it takes you longer than two weeks, do you have a revised plan? Carrying a baby that weighs 10-20lbs after this two week period may not seem much but you may be suprised.
You and your doctor can best work out the specifics.
In summary, these procedures are commonly performed together on a wide range of patients with different needs.
Your husband's in trouble
I don't allow my tummy tuck patients to lift any more than 5 or 10 pounds for 6 weeks after surgery. Many surgeons have different postoperative instructions regarding return to activities. You should ask your surgeon his/her restrictions when you go for a consultation, but I don't think that 2 weeks will be enough with a 5 month old. Good luck!
Recovery for breast lift with implants and tummy tuck
Breast lift (mastopexy) with implants and a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) are commonly performed together. The recovery will vary between patients but about 2 weeks is a good guide. Most of my patients return to work between 10-14 days after the procedure, as long as there is no lifting or manual labor involved. I usually advice my patients not to lift anything greater than 10 pounds for 6 weeks - this will allow the abdominal muscles and chest muscles to heal. You will have to check with your doctor about his/her specific restrictions. Your young child may be an issue - you will likely not be allowed to lift him/her, but they can be on your lap if they are handed to you. This may require you to have extra help at home during this recovery time.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.