Mommy Makeover Recovery
Most women are prepared for the physical changes that their body goes through during pregnancy and the process of breastfeeding. However, many are surprised by how difficult it is to get back their pre-pregnancy body after they have given birth and stopped breastfeeding. Even those who practice strict diet and exercise routines often find that the skin and muscles are stretched beyond what can be repaired through simple lifestyle changes.
A mommy makeover enhances the waistline and breasts to restore a firmer, shapelier figure. This is a completely personalized treatment that combines breast surgery techniques and body contouring treatments to help each woman address her unique needs. By combining treatments, Dr. Ken Smart saves busy mothers the time that would be needed for two separate surgeries and recoveries.
Still, patients should be prepared for a lengthy recovery period after treatment. Dr. Smart discusses the typical mommy makeover recovery with his Frisco, TX patients so they have realistic expectations regarding how long it will take the body to heal.
Mommy Makeover Side Effects
As is the case with any surgical procedure, patients will develop side effects while recovering from a mommy makeover. The side effects of a mommy makeover are pretty substantial because this treatment combines multiple procedures. Some of the most common side effects of a mommy makeover include:
- Swelling: Swelling is one of the most severe side effects of mommy makeover treatment. A patient is likely to notice substantial swelling around the breasts and waistline. Swelling is usually worst during the first week of recovery, and will slowly improve from there.
- Bruising: The skin directly around the treatment areas is likely to develop noticeable bruising. Each patient reacts differently, but bruises are usually a deep purple color toward the beginning of recovery and then will gradually fade to light green or yellow.
- Discomfort: After a mommy makeover, the patient may feel soreness or tightness around the breasts and abdomen. Dr. Smart will prescribe pain medication that can be used as directed to keep discomfort to a minimum.
- Fatigue: Fatigue is a natural side effect of surgery, especially after complex surgeries such as those performed during a mommy makeover. Rest is a vital part of the recovery process. Patients should rest as needed and avoid pushing the body beyond its capabilities. While light walking is encouraged, heavy lifting and strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks.
How Long Will Recovery Last?
A mommy makeover combines treatments so that patients do not have to undergo multiple procedures and recoveries; this does shorten overall recovery time. However, because it involves multiple procedures, mommy makeover recovery is slightly longer than the typical plastic surgery recovery.
Patients should prepare to be out of work for between one and two weeks. Even upon returning to work, patients may still be experiencing light side effects, including swelling and lower energy levels. By the end of the third or fourth week of recovery, most patients report feeling back to their usual selves, but it can take six to eight weeks for the body to completely recover and for the full results of treatment to be obvious.
If you have been frustrated by failed attempts to restore your pre-pregnancy figure, you are not alone. Plastic surgery can address sagging skin and stretched muscles so that you can finally enjoy the body you’ve been working for. Contact us at your earliest convenience to set up a consultation with Dr. Ken Smart so you can discuss your aesthetic goals.