How long should I wait to pick up my baby?
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How long to pick up my baby after surgery
After a mommy makeover with a tummy tuck, I recommend no heavy lifting (more than 15-20 pounds) for 6 weeks. Unfortunately your 14month old, like a lot of 14month olds :), is over that limit. The restrictions are not given to decrease keloid formation but to give your body enough time to heal after a big surgery. The body gets about 80% of the scar strength around 6-8 weeks. This includes the visible scar you see on the skin but more importantly it also includes the scarring going on underneath the skin that is holding everything tight and in place. Keloids can occur no matter how much or how little you limit your activities. They can be frustrating. There are scar treatments that can be used to try to decrease scar or keloid formation. If your kiddo is clingy at this point it may be best to wait until he is older and understands you cannot pick him up all the time after surgery. I also tell my patients that it is easier to have their children climb onto the couch and pick them up off the couch versus lifting them from the floor. Of course, only if it is safe to do so with your child and the stage of his/her development. You are going to go through a mommy makeover to look your best so you want to give your body the best chance to heal.
How long should I wait?
My post-op recommendations are for patients to wait at least 6-8 weeks before heavy lifting. However, every Plastic Surgeon has different protocols. My suggestion would be to hold off on surgery until you can curb the need to pick up your child. Lifting your child will not necessarily have a direct effect on the likelihood of keloids, but it can impact your recovery negatively. Keloids are often more of a genetic trait and certain locations on the body can also be more prone to healing this way. You have to ask yourself if you are ok having keloids as this is a distinct possibility.
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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.
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You should follow your surgeon's instructions for how much and when you can lift your child, as he/she knows what all your surgery involves. In general, you should be able to lift your baby after about two weeks, but there is still so much you can do in the meantime. You can still sit and snuggle together, it's just the lifting that needs a short break. In any case, lifting or not lifting will not affect your chance of keloids, but it can impact your recovery.
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