Top 10 Tips For Before and After Your Mommy Makeover
- Seattle, WA
- Last updated: 2 years ago
1. Do your homework! This is a big investment (average cost: $12,300) and includes multiple invasive surgery and weeks of downtime, so be thorough in your research to make sure you get the results you want. Consult with at least 2 to 3 board-certified plastic surgeons and ask these questions.
2. Time to flush those cigarettes down the toilet... Once you've chosen your surgeon and scheduled your surgery, make a point to drop that nasty habit. In other words, if you're a smoker, now's the right time to quit. Aside from other negative affects on your health, nicotine can inhibit healing!
But don't take our word for it! Dr. Lewis Andres explains, "The issue with nicotine is that it also acts as a vasoconstrictor, clamping down of blood vessels. Blood supply is always of great concern during any surgical procedure, but especially in such a procedure as a mommy makeover where the viability of the skin/tissue, belly button, and nipple-areolar complex is obviously important. Since the vascularity to the area is already tenuous since it will be raised by cutting around the area, maximizing blood flow to the tissue is critical."
3. Fill prescriptions ahead of time and ask your doctor which vitamins, supplements, and other medications you should STOP taking before surgery. Also, talk to your doctor about what pain medications he or she will prescribe, and be sure to tell them if you've had any poor reactions to anesthesia or pain meds in the past. Trust us: Ask about starting a stool softener before surgery — you'll be happy you did.
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Impressive before-and-after mommy makeover pictures from Nichole36974
4. Line up help ahead of time. Make sure you have a family member, friend, or hired help around to assist you during the first few days after surgery. This is no time to go it alone. We're not going to lie: Recovering from a mommy makeover is tough, and you'll need someone to help you remember to take your pain medication, get to the bathroom, get you water and food, etc.
5. Communicate with your doctor. Speak to your doctor about incision placement and the type and size of implants you want. Be explicit with your surgeon about the sort of results you're hoping for.
6. Get your supplies ready and set up your recovery station. You'll be spending a lot of time here, so you'll want it comfy in either a recliner, or a bed with lots of extra pillows and to be surrounded by everything you need.
Some supplies pictured in newlook2014's review
7. Clean your house, prepare meals to freeze ahead of time, and arrange extra childcare. I know this sounds sexist, but this stuff is still often up to us moms. Get organized now to make it easier on everyone else, including you, post-op.
8. Take at least 2 to 3 weeks off work for your recovery. Most doctors say to take 2 weeks, but most RealSelf ladies advise asking your boss for 3 weeks, if possible.
Looking fantastic after her mommy makeover! Photos from solesister
9. Discuss expectations and hopes for recovery with your significant other. Communication is key, so you don't end up feeling resentful that your partner isn't doing enough or so your partner doesn't feel too overwhelmed.
10. On the day of surgery, throw your vanity out the window. Wear loose-fitting clothing that's easy to get on and off, don't bother putting on makeup, and remove all jewelry. Follow all doctors orders for preparing for surgery. Stay calm and take deep breaths.
1. The first day or two will be a blur of sleeping and pain meds. You will need lots of help. Try to rest as much as possible, but take short breaks to move a bit. Your main goal is to heal. Dr. Jason Lichten advises, "I tend to tell my patients to expect each phase of the recovery to be broken down into "2 to 3." This means that it is usually 2-3 hours to "wake up" from the anesthetic so your head starts to clear; 2-3 days that you can expect pain that probably requires pain medication (narcotics) around the clock or on some set schedule; 2-3 weeks that you taper off the medications and start increasing your activity; 2-3 months to feel like yourself again; and 2 years for your scars to fully mature. I think there have been excellent comments about things like the On-Q pain pump and other assessments about the pain with each of these surgeries, but I wanted to give you a basic time frame to block out your recovery from your mommy makeover."
2. Keep your drain incisions clean and record the amount of fluid you're draining.
3. Eat light foods and drink plenty of clear liquids.
Some food ideas from Chiklet3's review
4. Ask your doctor about showering a day or two after your mommy makeover. With the right precautions, many doctors say this is a-ok!
5. Expect to walk hunched over with some back pain for at least the first week after surgery. Most doctors want you to be standing straight after a week or two.
6. Don't be alarmed if your emotions are all over the place. RealSelfer Jenbob remembers, "This is a BIG one. Having your body cut upon, stitched up, and hung up to dry is traumatic. Throw a few pain meds into the mix and you will turn into an emotional tornado. I was known to go from ecstatic to tears in 6.9 seconds flat. Top that!! Be aware that this will be an issue, and emotions will be crazy."
7. Know what to expect as far as pain goes and stay on top of your pain meds. It's helpful to have someone set an alarm for the first few days so that you and your caretaker know when it's time to re-dose. Writing down when you take your medications is handy as well, especially if you're in charge of your own meds.
Photo from Nomoresaggyskin's review
8. Fight the temptation to do things around the house too quickly. Dr. Shahrem Salemy advises, "One helpful hint is to make sure you continue to have lots of help at home — this cannot be stressed enough. You'll be tempted to try to help around the house quickly, but you won't feel like yourself for at least 7 days (10-14 in many cases) and you still shouldn't do any heavy lifting for 4-6 weeks."
9. "Swell Hell" is real. Ask your doctor what you can do to reduce that uncomfortable swelling.
10. Try not to feel frustrated if it takes longer than you anticipated to get back to feeling 100%. Try to set realistic expectations for yourself, and remember that this is a major surgery. Be gentle with yourself (your body and your mind!) for weeks to months post-op.