Are you yearning to have your pre-pregnancy body back?
Are you struggling with saggy skin in your stomach area or breasts that look deflated? You can get your body back with a mommy makeover day designed to address different areas in one procedure. Dr. Smita R. Ramanadham is double board-certified in general surgery and plastic surgery, making her an expert with mommy makeover procedures and helping women reclaim their pre-pregnancy bodies. Being prepared ahead of time and knowing what to expect with your mommy makeover recovery can help you get back to your routine sooner rather than later while loving your new look.
What is a mommy makeover?
Many women struggle with saggy skin and stubborn pockets of fat in certain areas after pregnancy or childbirth. While many women turn to diet and exercise to get back in shape, others simply want to feel confident about how they look, so they turn to cosmetic surgery. Full mommy makeover surgery is a customized set of two or more body contouring procedures to help patients achieve the silhouette they desire. While not all women choose the same surgical or nonsurgical options, it is a makeover day tailored to what every woman needs. Some New Jersey women may need a breast lift and liposuction, while others may need a tummy tuck or a combination of treatments based on their aesthetic goals.
Is there a mommy makeover recovery timeline?
One of the significant benefits of a mommy makeover is that patients can undergo multiple procedures simultaneously, allowing for one recovery period. While every woman’s recovery will vary depending on each procedure’s extent, most patients can expect to take a few weeks off from their routine. Mommy makeover recovery will go smoother if a patient is prepared and ready beforehand. Read on to get a general timeline of what you can expect.
This will be the most intense period of your mommy makeover recovery. Getting plenty of rest is imperative while doing some light activity, like walking to the bathroom or around your recovery space to keep the blood flowing to promote the healing process.
By the second week, most patients notice a difference in how they feel. Surgical sites are still sore and tender, while you may feel more tired. Take naps when you feel the urge to sleep. You want to continue giving your body the rest it needs for proper healing. If possible, some patients do work from home and take brief walks outside.
During this period of your mommy makeover recovery, post-operative swelling should be down while you start to feel more energized. It is still important to allow as much time as possible to heal correctly, so don’t hesitate to rely on friends and family should you need help or want to rest.
Once you hit week five or six, you will feel more like your old self. At this point, most patients are generally cleared to resume their regular exercise in moderation (except for tummy tuck recovery as core work is still off-limits for a few more weeks). Incisions should be fully closed, and swelling should have receded. However, it can take up to a year for swelling to subside fully, so be patient.
Listen to your body, and be patient
While it is just as important to be prepared beforehand, your recovery is vital to have a successful mommy makeover and get back on your feet again. Full mommy makeover surgery can include a combination of procedures, such as a tummy tuck, liposuction, breast augmentation, and breast lift. Rest is key! Listen to your body and be gentle with yourself. Even if you feel better, you need to make sure you don’t do too much too soon. Taking it easy and being patient with your recovery only makes it go smoother and will also benefit your final results. It is also imperative to listen to your plastic surgeon, as they are the expert. Dr. Ramanadham will provide mommy makeover recovery instructions and a detailed protocol to follow. These post-operative guidelines allow you to have a safer recovery and feel more comfortable during the healing process.
A mommy makeover is an excellent way to boost your confidence and feel better about how you look. If you’d like to learn more about mommy makeover surgery or other body contouring procedures, contact double board-certified New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Smita R. Ramanadham today. We look forward to hearing from you.