Most women who undergo a mommy makeover report excellent results and are delighted with their decision to have the procedure. However, as with any surgery, a period of recovery is required to ensure optimal results. Here is what you can expect during your mommy makeover recovery.
After your surgery, you will be moved to a recovery area where you will be closely monitored for up to an hour or so. You will be given a compression garment or surgical bra to help minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal, assuming your mommy makeover included breast enhancement. It is normal to feel some discomfort after surgery, but you will be given pain medication to help keep you comfortable. You may also have drainage tubes in place to help prevent fluid build-up.
During this period, it can be beneficial to have someone else stay with you to help with any tasks or chores you may need to complete. Also, get plenty of rest and avoid any strenuous activity or heavy lifting for at least the first week if not longer.
Most women feel well enough to go home within a day or two of their surgery. It is essential to have someone there to help you with moving around for the first few days. You should avoid any strenuous activity, lifting anything heavy or bending over for at least two weeks. Walking is encouraged as it helps increase circulation and prevents blood clots from forming.
Also, keep your incisions clean and dry to prevent infection. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on caring for your incisions.
During this time, you will likely still feel some pain and discomfort. You will also have swelling and bruising, which should improve after the first week. It is important to continue following your doctor’s instructions and avoid any strenuous activity.
You may also have drains in place to help prevent fluid build-up. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on caring for your drains.
Bruising has resolved and swelling continues to dissipate. You may still have some pain and discomfort, but it should now be manageable with over-the-counter medication. You can also expect to see a significant improvement in your results.
It is important to continue following your doctor’s instructions and avoid any strenuous activity or lifting anything heavy if so instructed.
After the first month, you should start enjoying the best of your new figure. You will likely have some residual swelling, but it should not be significant. You will also continue to see improvements in your results as any remaining swelling dissipates.
At this point, you can usually return to all normal activities. However, be sure to listen to your body and take things slowly.
It is important to remember that every person is different and will heal at their own pace. Dr. Fichadia is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in mommy makeovers and will work with you to ensure a smooth and successful recovery for whatever rejuvenation and body contour enhancement you may want. The procedure she uses is designed to help you feel confident and comfortable in your own skin again, and Dr. Fichadia will do everything he can to help you achieve your goals. If you are considering a mommy makeover, contact Dr. Fichadia’s office today to schedule a consultation.