Really have been wanting a mommy makeover! Really scared of the after pain. Any suggestions?
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Mommy Makeover post op pain control options.
Post-Op Mommy Makeover Healing
Mommy Makeover Pain
Most every surgeon will offer financing that can be customized to your needs. The Tummy Tuck portion of the Mommy Makeover requires an overnight stay. Most people can return to work by the second week, depending on the activity required for their occupation. Patients can begin mild exercise after 3 weeks of recovery (any earlier causes swelling) and full exercise routines can begin after 6 weeks of recovery from surgery.
You have asked appropriate questions. Wishing you all the best in finding the right surgeon and care team to support you!
Dr. Steve Byrd
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Combination procedures are safe and very effective in the right hands. The surgeon HAS to be an expert in EACH procedure and must have a lot of experience in performing combination procedures and can minimize the operative time. For example, we work in a team and would take around 4-5 hours for the complete operation. This allows us to get better results with less surgical time and less trauma. Our patients are typically wlking the same day and tapering off of pain medications by 4-5 days. By a week, our internattional patients are generally touring around Cartagena enjoying the sites of this UNSECO World Heritage City. Patients progress to unrestricted activities by 2 months, just as the final results are settling in.
Combination procedures can give powerful results but SAFETY is KEY. You definitely have to choose your surgeon correctly and make sure that he/she has the training and experience to meet your goals with absolute safety. Don’t settle for less than a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with specialized expertise in this procedure.
Mommy make-over but scared of the pain
- The muscle repair of a tummy tuck and the muscle stretch from under-the-muscle implants do cause severe pain - usually for a full 3 days.
- The pain can be greatly reduced - usually to minimal levels - by your surgeon injecting Exparel, a long lasting anesthetic, into the muscles before the end of surgery.
- Most plastic surgeons offer some kind of financing - and a hospital stay is rarely needed.
- Initial recovery is about 2 weeks, return to exercise is 6 - 8 weeks and the final result takes 6 months.
- Have a person consultation to determine what exactly you need - your surgeon can then give you an estimate for the cost.
Always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Best wishes. Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS
Really have been wanting a mommy makeover! Really scared of the after pain.
Typically, liposuction of the thighs can be performed at the same time. In terms of price, it would depend on the procedures you choose to have performed. If breast implants are involved and/or if you need a breast lift or mastopexy the costs could vary somewhat.
In our practice, like most others, there are various financing plans available patients to choose from.
A hospital stay is generally not required but can be arranged if you want, but this will add to the price
In terms of pain control, our goal is to keep your pain as well controlled as possible. After the first few days, your need for pain medication generally decreases steadily. You can elect to utilize a pain pump for a small extra charge, and these generally help to decrease the need for oral pain medications.
Down time varies by occupation. Physical jobs require 2 or possibly more weeks, whereas more sedentary jobs (desk work) only require 8-10 days, depending on the procedure(s) you select.
A "Mommy Makeover" procedure can refer to a variety of procedures.
Thank you for your question. It appears that you have some specific areas that you wish to improve. As far as to what combination of procedures you will benefit the most from this should best be addressed in a personal consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon.
The common combination to this type of procedure is an abdominoplasty, with a breast enhancement procedure. Oftentimes, liposuction is also performed to the inner, and or outer thighs. As far as pricing, this is best obtained after a proper evaluation.
I hope this helps, and best wishes!
Sergio Pasquale Maggi, MD, FACS
Austin Plastic Surgery Center
As far as recovery, we have been VERY impressed with Exparel in our tummy tucks. It cuts the pain considerably. It adds $315 to the cost.
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