I'm 17 days po mommy makeover; is my swelling "normal"?? Advice please (photo)
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2 weeks after mommy makeover
Healing and Recovery after a Mommy Makeover
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
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Swelling after tummy tuck
Swelling (especially in dependent area such as pubic area) is common after tummy tuck. Swelling can last for couple months.
However, please follow up with your plastic surgeon to make sure that you are wearing an appropriate compression garment and that you have not developed a seroma.
Good luck with your recovery.
Swelling 2 week post op
The swelling of the pubic area is also normal and can be more significant if liposuction was performed of the pubic area. Just think of it as being gravity dependent. The most dependent parts of the body where your operation was performed will swell the most and that is probably why your pubic area looks so swollen.
Hopefully you were able to discuss the "tightness" of your garment with your plastic surgeon. You want the garment to be snug but sometimes if it is too tight it can be uncomfortable. Typically I start my patients on a garment that is relatively snug but I let them know that as the swelling comes down they will probably have to down size to a smaller, tighter garment.
After any type of surgery, that part of the body that is operated on will swell. The amount of swelling and the rate at which it decreases really varies from patient to patient and also depends on the surgical procedure performed. Typically, I tell patients that they will continue to see their contours improve after tummy tuck for the first 3-6 months after surgery. The first 3 months one will see the biggest difference in the reduction in swelling. From 3-6 months it is still possible to see reductions in swelling but the difference will not be as noticeable as it was in the first 3 months. Swelling can even decrease from the 6 month to 1 year mark after surgery but typically this reduction is minimal. The amount of swelling will be different if you have a tummy tuck alone vs if you have a tummy tuck and liposuction performed at the same time. With tummy tuck and lipo at the same time, the surgery is more involved and therefore you will see more swelling. I hope this helps and i wish you the best of luck in your recovery period.
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Post op swelling
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