How painful is a Mommy Makeover?
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Recovery After a Mommy Makeover
The 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. #Healing will continue for 2-3 months following your #Augmentation #Mastopexy procedure. There may be some swelling, bruising, malposition, color differences. Sensation will be abnormal. Scars will also be changing. But, it can be up to one year see your final result. Your doctor may require you to move or massage the implants within the breast pockets during the #postoperative period. #Textured implants do not require breast massage. You will be informed about this at your post-operative visit.
Also, the two breasts commonly heal quite differently so #asymmetry is not unusual. One breast may swell more, feel more uncomfortable, or have a different initial shape. After complete #healing, they will be more similar and natural. You must have patience, but if this causes concern, ask questions of the doctor or the nursing staff.
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.
How painful is a Mommy Makeover?
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
Pain from a Mommy Makeover
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Mommy make over post operative pain.
Tummy tucks without drains are typically more comfortable, as are lipo-abominoplasties as there is limited dissection with this procedure.
There is generally more pain if you have your surgery at the time of your period, also, if the dentist has a difficult time numbing you,you might expect more post operative pain. Patients with frequent use of recreational pharmaceuticals require more pain medicine,
When these procedures are performed with IV sedation or local mac, numbing medicine is injected at the beginning of the procedure and recovery is more comfortable.
Jon M. Grazer, MD, MPH, FACS
Newport Beach, CA
Pain experienced by mommy makeover patients is diverse.
Mommy Makeover does not have to be painful!
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 approach can offer better results with less surgical time and less trauma. Our patients are typically walking 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.
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.
Pain Management After a Mommy Makeover
How painful is a mommy make-over?
The technique of the surgeon will influence the degree of pain after surgery. I always inject a significant dose of long acting local anesthetic in the skin and into the area of muscle plication. This seems to reduce pain significantly. If the initial pain can be reduced, the need for medications such as narcotics that cause nausea, vomiting and grogginess can be reduced. This speeds up recovery for most patients.