I am 9w PO from a mommy makeover w breast lift and aug under the muscle, I can still not raise my left arm overhead? (Photo)
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Recovery and Activity Following a Mommy Makeover
A Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures to bring a woman’s body back to the way she looked prior to pregnancy. Most commonly some variation of a #TummyTuck and #BreastSurgery are performed. Additional procedures can include liposuction, umbilical hernia repair. The most common #breastprocedures include #mastopexy or #breastlift, #breastaugmentation, or #breastreduction.
Healing after a #tummytuck will require time. Some patients are out of bed and walking the night of surgery and every hour while awake. I allow my patients to return to work at one to two weeks with 14 days preferred. However, no lifting or straining. At three weeks, increased level of activity and full with no restrictions, at 6 weeks. #MummyTummy is a term given to modified tummy tucks which can use liposuction and skin tightening with radiofrequency such Vanquish, Vela3, thermage, thermiRF and others. The actual fat contouring can be done non-surgically as well with #UltraShape or Cool-Sculpting.
As I advise my patients, if your work keeps you sedentary, you may return whenever you feel up to it. If your work is strenuous, wait until your work activity does not cause any superficial pain.
Some employers will modify a person’s job duties so they can back sooner, but without physical activity. Our office can provide our patients with a note stating they are not to engage in strenuous activity for a specified period of time. The note will not disclose what procedure they have underwent. Therefore, you may have to request a similar note from your surgeon if you are not independently employed. I recommend avoiding heavy lifting and strenuous #activity for six weeks following your surgery. With that said, it may help you plan your return to work accordingly.
As for heavy lifting and other #strenuous #activities, it should be avoided for until you have clearance from your surgeon. You may, however, do normal activities at any time if they cause no pain or #discomfort. Let your body tell you what you can or cannot do. Aerobic exercise will raise your blood pressure, which could cause late bleeding and harm your result. Once you begin exercising again, start gently and let your body tell you what it can tolerate. Don’t rush!! If you have concerns about your healing, or pain that you question to be unusual, it is important to call your plastic surgeon to discuss these further asked to be examined.
Can't raise arms overhead following breast aug-lift.
Rarely, I have seen patients have some decreased range of motion in elevating the arms following sub muscular augmentation. In these cases, the arms could be elevated above the shoulder and were treated by the patient walking up the wall with their fingers until they felt discomfort, and then hold there for a minute several times a day. This is similar to physical therapy.
It really sounds and appears in your photos (especially the third one showing under the breast) like your inframammary closure is tethered by scar to your underlying ribs. Your arm position in the picture is really low. You need to see your plastic surgeon asap. A release of scar may be needed followed by aggressive physical therapy.
All the best,
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I am 9w PO from a mommy makeover w breast lift and aug under the muscle, I can still not raise my left arm overhead?
At 9 weeks after breast augmentation and lift surgery, usually patients have full range of motion in their arms. There are two possibilities: The tight tendon that you describe could be evidence of Mondor's disease which is superficial phlebitis of the veins under the breast that is tender and cord like. You should consult with your doctor for treatment, which usually includes anti-inflammatory medication, heat application and time.
The second possibility is that you are stiff from several weeks of inactivity with your arms and shoulders. Some physical therapy can improve this situation.
Regardless, the best policy is to go see your surgeon for evaluation and treatment of this problem as soon as possible.
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