October 2019

What to Expect After Your Mommy Makeover

Undergoing a mommy makeover gives a woman a new chance to love the way she looks. In our last post, we focused on one of the top questions about this beneficial treatment: how to get ready. Here, we tackle the next big question: what to expect during mommy makeover recovery. Understandably, there is more to think about in this recovery process because there is more healing to do. There is a lot going on internally after a combination of plastic surgery procedures but that doesn’t mean the journey has to be long and unpleasant. Here, we discuss some of the recovery points you may not see everywhere.

Your surgery day may be a blur.

The day you come to the surgery center for your makeover, you will be very excited and probably slightly unnerved. Perfectly normal. Before your surgery, you are given general anesthesia. The sedative medication will take hours to wear off completely. For a short time after your surgery, the nursing staff will watch over you in the recovery area. Once your anesthesia has worn off a little and you can stand and take a few steps with assistance, a caregiver will be able to take you home. You will probably go straight to bed and be given your first dose of prescription pain medication within a few hours. The first 24 hours or so will most likely not be remembered at all due to the combination of medication and fatigue.

You may develop unusual sensations.

Most patients anticipate some tenderness and soreness in areas that are treated during surgery, such as the breasts and stomach. However, they may not expect to feel low back pain. This is a common effect of abdominoplasty, in particular, because the stomach muscles are unable to fully stretch for a few days. As a result, you are not able to stand upright. When you stand or walk, you will slouch forward, exerting more pressure on the low back than is normal. Once your posture straightens, your low back should feel much better.

Your medication may cause constipation.

This side effect is no fun, we understand. However, constipation is not a reason to stop taking prescription pain medication. There are remedies that can protect comfort as you recover from surgery. Make sure you are drinking plenty of clear fluids and consuming fresh fruits and vegetables as much as possible. If you do become constipated, talk with your doctor about the use of a stool softener.

Emotional disruption: someday you’ll look back and laugh.

Surgery is a major event both physically and mentally. Highs and lows are common after all kinds of surgical procedures, including the mommy makeover. If you’re calm and happy one minute and crying the next, you are doing what just about every surgical patient before you has done; you are instinctively releasing the stress your body and mind have held. Let it go as a part of your healing.

Is it time for your makeover to begin? We’re here to help. Schedule a consultation at our Cincinnati office by calling 513.985.0850.

Thinking about a Mommy Makeover? Here’s Where to Start!

Getting ready for a mommy makeover can take as much time, or longer, than it takes to get ready for parenthood. Although there are numerous benefits and joys that stem from customized cosmetic procedures, there are also questions. We know what they tend to be and will cover them in this month’s blog posts. If you’re in the beginning stages of considering your mommy makeover, here’s where you can start:

Put your Best Foot Forward

The whole purpose of a mommy makeover is to correct cosmetic changes that have developed as a result of pregnancy, breastfeeding, and Mommy-ing; to help you put your best foot forward. How can you start out this way? By arranging your very best experience from the get-go. Mommy makeover surgery is not something to schedule after a single consultation with a plastic surgeon, it is a life-changing journey that needs to begin with some good old-fashioned self-reflection.

Why do you want a mommy makeover? What exactly do you want to accomplish and what do you think your makeover will do for you? After you have answered these questions, do some research on local board-certified plastic surgeons. Choose a few and schedule a consultation with each. Yes, this process might take a few weeks or even a few months, but the results of your surgery can last forever, so you want to take care in choosing a surgeon you trust.

Next Steps:

  1. Make your health a priority. Eat well to nourish your body, priming it for recovery. Avoid alcohol as your surgery approaches, and do not use tobacco or nicotine products. Nicotine inhibits blood flow and can diminish the body’s capacity to heal. Tell your doctor all medications, drugs, supplements, and vitamins you are taking. Some may need to be stopped or modified to ensure a safe surgical procedure.
  2. Take time off. If you work outside the home, you may want as long as two weeks off work. It can take a good 10 days just to start feeling like yourself again, and another several days to regain optimal energy. If Mommy is your primary job title, arrange childcare assistance for at least two weeks.
  3. Prepare helpers. You won’t just need help with the kids during your recovery, you will need help with everything. For this short time, you will not be the one doing the cooking, you will not be caring for pets or doing household chores. No school lunches or carpools, only healing. Before your surgery, it is beneficial to prepare yourself and your helpers to know the extent of assistance you will need. Even getting to the bathroom is a two-person job.
  4. Get the necessary supplies. These may include gauze pads, compression garments, medications, extra pillows, magazines, pre-made meals, and more.

Cincinnati plastic surgeon Dr. Donna Krummen knows the ins and outs of mommy makeover treatment. To learn more about her training and experience, schedule a consultation at 513.985.0850.

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