Do's and Don'ts the Day Before Surgery for Mommy Makeover?

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Dos and Don'ts Before Mommy Makeover Surgery.

First, read "10 Things I Wish I Knew Before a Mommy Makeover" (it's on this site if you do a search). This is honest, accurate, and well-written by an actual patient. Here are plastic surgical recommendations that I make for my patients!

Two weeks before:

   1)  Make sure you stop all aspirin (Bayer, Excedrin, Bufferin, Ecotrin, etc.), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, etc.), Aleve, extra Vitamin E (the amount in a multivitamin is OK), fish oils, and herbal remedies. These are blood thinners or can interact unfavorably with anesthetic drugs--keep them out of your system. Even one baby aspirin can cause bleeding!

   2)  Stop all tobacco products and nicotine products, including gum, spray, patches, etc. Zyban or Chantix are OK to use. Second-hand smoke is the same as you smoking--NOT ALLOWED

   3)  Make sure your pre-operative physical is completed. The one you had a month or two ago is not sufficient; your surgeon and anesthesia provider need to know you are OK for surgery and anesthesia NOW, not several months ago! Sure, if you're healthy there won't be any changes, but let your own doctor verify this!

5 days before:

   1)  Stop all alcoholic beverages. It's important to get all the alcohol metabolites out of your system before anesthesia.

   2)  Make sure you've arranged for help with the mothering duties you took care of before surgery--you SHOULD NOT vacuum, lift heavy laundry baskets, shop for groceries, pick up after the kids and your husband, etc. after surgery. YOU WILL NEED HELP, especially for the first few days. The rest can wait. REALLY!

   3)  Buy groceries, including easy-to digest foods for yourself (for the first day or two), easy to prepare foods for the kids and husband, and several bags of frozen peas or corn to use as reusable ice bags (Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts do not work as well!)

   4)  If you own cats, consider getting them out of the house (at least your bedroom and main living areas) and clean all areas where the cats go with antibacterial wipes, spray, etc. Consider that cats do their business in litter boxes, walk through the litter boxes and get all kinds of fecal (poop) bacteria on their fur, then spread that EVERYWHERE they walk. I'm not anti-cat, but I AM anti-infection! Dogs are OK since they go outside, do not walk in it, and (usually) stay on the floor. Don't handle any animal and then touch your incisions or drains.

2 days before:

   1)  shower with Hibiclens to reduce skin bacteria (see 4 above, but do this even if you don't own cats!). Also, shave your legs for the last time before surgery, and shave the upper pubic area (where the drain(s) will exit your body).

   2)  Consider filling your prescriptions for your post-op meds (that way you won't have to stop on the way home after surgery when you really want to get out of the moving car!)  While at the drugstore buy stool softeners (not laxatives) to start the day after surgery. Get a twin-pack of Fleets enemas (Small green-boxed pre-filled easy to use enemas). You'll thank me for this later!

1 day before:

   1)  Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. If you have night-time medicines to take, this is OK before bedtime. This is critical to minimize the risk of throwing up as you are going asleep and getting food, liquid, and stomach acid in your lungs (This is BAD!).

   2)  Take a Fleets enema before bedtime. This will help empty your lower bowel and reduce painful constipation during your recovery. 

The Morning of surgery:

   1)  Take your second Fleets enema, then shower with Hibiclens. Do NOT shave--this increases the risk of infection, which is why you do this two days before. You can brush your teeth, but do NOT drink. DON'T chew gum--it stimulates stomach acid and is just as bad as eating! Mouthwash, rinse, and spit is OK.

   2)  Take any morning medicines with you to your surgeon's facility. Take them only if your surgeon AND anesthesia provider give the OK, and then only with a sip of water. Read about food, liquid, and stomach acid in the lungs above. (It's still BAD!)

   3)  Make sure you have a nice recliner chair to sleep in, or consider putting a sofa cushion under your mattress at the head of the bed (to keep your head and chest elevated after surgery to reduce swelling, and to keep tension off your tummy tuck--pillows under knees).

   4)  Wear comfortable clothing with elastic at the waist and front zipper on the top (Running outfit or clean sweats are easy to dress you in after surgery, and easy for your husband or caregiver to help you with after you get home). Style points are not given after surgery! PS: You can skip the cute underwear; you won't be wearing them home anyway!

   5)  Be calm and excited! Questions and worries should have been dealt with by now. Highly motivated and excited patients have a MUCH BETTER recovery than those who are anxious or worried.

Best Wishes! (Luck is not needed). Dr. Tholen

Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 255 reviews

Mommy Makeover Do's and Don'ts Before Surgery

This is a great question as a lot of patients forget that there may be some preparation that will help you get a great result with less complications. The two big things are:

First, make sure that you quit smoking (even marijuana) at least a week prior and make sure that you stay away from 2nd hand smoke.

Second, stop any medications that can make you bleed in the surgery. Your surgeon should have a list of medications to avoid.

There is a long list of other things that can help make your life easier that you can find here on RealSelf but the most important is follow your surgeon’s advice and protocols. Many of these things are not that necessary if you are having a NO Drain, rapid recovery tummy tuck.

I hope that helps.

Best regards.

Brian Windle, MD
Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

Day Before Surgery- Mommy Make Over


- Get plenty of rest

-Stay hydrated!

-Make sure your recovery room and all areas in the house are clean and have easy access to use restrooms and walk around without any type of hazard.

-Make sure you have a friend or family member ready to pick you up after surgery and take care of you while you recuperate.

-Have “easy to put on clothes” for the next few days post op handy. It will be a little difficult to move and its best when the clothes have easy access. For example buttoned up shirts, sweat pants, etc.

-Have your pain meds ready or have your caretaker for the next couple of days have them ready for when you leave the operating room.

-DO relax and enjoy the process- you’re going to look amazing!


-Don’t drink alcohol or any type of over the counter medicine or prescription unless discussed with your surgeon otherwise.

-Don’t smoke any tobacco products.

-No food or liquids after midnight.

-It’s natural to be a little nervous. But DON’T over analyze it- you’re going to look and feel great! Smile!

Keith S. Berman, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Pre & Postoperative Instructions for Mommy Makeover Surgery

The vast majority of plastic surgeons give their patients extensive written pre and postoperative instructions prior to surgery. These instructions may vary from surgeon to surgeon and depend upon multiple variables. Immediately prior to surgery, it’s extremely important that patients meticulously follow these instructions.

             Once you’ve followed these directions, it’s important to get a good night’s sleep. Don’t eat or drink after midnight and take your regular medications as directed by your physician. Careful attention to these details will minimize your potential for complications and improve the quality of your overall experience. 

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Preparing for a Mommy Makeover

The most important thing you can do in repairing for your mommy makeover is selecting the right surgeon. Look for a plastic surgeon who trained at top tier medical school, graduated at the top of his or her class and went on for more intensive training at top notch university medical centers. After you have done research about a potential plastic surgeon's training and experience look at lots and lots of pictures. There should be many on their website and they should be consistent. 
Then you should schedule a consultation. be sure you feel 100% comfortable the plastic surgeon, his staff, and the facility where surgery will be taking place. Your surgeon and his surgical team will have instructions for you, often including supplements, garments, etc. Always follow your plastic instructions carefully. Following a mommy makeover surgery, you will be in your plastic surgeons office often so he and his staff can be sure you are comfortable and healing well. Should you have any concerns, contact your plastic surgeon's office right away.

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 118 reviews

Prior to Mommy Makeover Surgery

Thank you for your question.

I am sure that your surgeon (and his staff) have gone over what you can / cannot do prior to surgery at your preop appointment (which is normally a few weeks prior to the surgery).  The day before, you need to make sure you have directions to the surgery center, confirm your ride, and do not eat/drink after midnight.  Everything else should fall in place.

Best Wishes!

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,486 reviews

How to prepare for a Mommy Makeover

The day before should be very restful, don't eat or drink anything after midnight, and the day of the procedure should be relaxing until your surgery.  Good luck!

Jeffrey E. Schreiber, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 201 reviews

Surgeon Specific

The best way to be prepared is to review your instructions and follow the directives of your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes!!

Christine Sullivan, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Day before surgery planning

Make sure you are comfortable with choice of implant size, and that you have arangements for help at home during recovery. You will need both emotional support and help with practical issues such as timing of medications and meal preparation. Avoind alcohol and anything that may impair blood clotting. Do not take any herbs or supplements without letting your surgeon know.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Day Before Mommy Makeover Surgery

The first thing to remember is that you give so much of yourself to others as a mother, take time to care for yourself during the upcoming weeks.   It is important to have loved ones available to assist you in your recovery.   More importantly, it is important that you take the necessary time to heal properly from surgery and not step back immediately into the role of "universal caregiver".   It is finally time for you to play the role of care recipient.  I wish you a safe and healthy recovery!!

Paul S. Gill, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

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