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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.