Recovering from a Mommy Makeover
By Sheryl Pilcher on December 06, 2016
There are numerous benefits to having a baby, but it is safe to say that the physical changes the body undergoes is not one of them. During the nine months leading up to childbirth, the body is bombarded with fluctuating hormone levels and added fat stores. The skin of the breasts and belly are stretched well beyond what most women would imagine are their limitations. Many women hope that their body will go back to its pre-pregnancy figure. Instead, most women are left with loose, saggy skin.
Body contouring can eliminate loose skin and excess fat to restore a firmer and more toned figure. When combined with breast surgery to enhance the bust line, women can achieve a full mommy makeover. Dr. Sheryl Pilcher often combines body contouring and breast surgery procedures to help women regain the pre-mommy figure they desire. Here, patients can learn about the typical mommy makeover recovery following treatment at our San Antonio, TX plastic surgery practice.
Side Effects of a Mommy Makeover
The biggest aspect of any surgical recovery is the side effects that develop while the body heals. A mommy makeover combines multiple procedures (most commonly a tummy tuck and breast lift) to restore a woman’s pre-pregnancy figure. Because multiple areas of the body are being treated, patients should expect pretty significant side effects. Some of the most common side effects of a mommy makeover include:
- Swelling: There is likely to be significant swelling around the treatment sites. This swelling is most obvious in the first couple of weeks after surgery, but it can persist for several months. Compression garments will be provided to encourage the reduction of swelling.
- Bruising: Bruising will also develop on the treatment area and surrounding skin. Bruising may be dark during the first week of recovery, but will gradually begin to fade about two weeks after surgery.
- Discomfort: Patients will experience some discomfort as they recover from a mommy makeover. It is important for patients to work within their comfort zone rather than push themselves beyond their limit. Dr. Pilcher will also prescribe pain medication that can be used as directed to maintain a suitable comfort level.
- Fatigue: Again, the alterations made during tummy tuck surgery are pretty dramatic, so it is perfectly normal for the body to feel worn down. Rest is an important part of the recovery process, especially during the first week after surgery.
How Long Will Recovery Last?
A mommy makeover is customized to each patient’s specific needs, so every procedure is unique. Each body also recovers on its own timeframe. Because of these variables, it is not possible to say exactly how long a mommy makeover recovery will last. In general, patients should plan to be off work between two and four weeks, although some patients feel well enough to return sooner.
Tips for a Smooth Recovery
Although every patient will recover from a mommy makeover on her own timeframe, there are some tips we can offer to ensure a smooth, timely recovery.
- Be sure to ask for help with day-to-day tasks and errands, especially during the first week of recovery
- Walk as frequently as possible, but do not push the body beyond its limits
- Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for at least four to six weeks
- Report any unusual side effects to Dr. Pilcher
Schedule an Appointment
After pregnancy, many women find it difficult to get back their figure, even with strenuous diet and exercise routines. Fortunately, plastic surgery can help. If you’d like to learn more about a mommy makeover procedure and how it can help you restore your pre-pregnancy body, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sheryl Pilcher at your earliest convenience.
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