A mommy makeover is any combination of plastic surgery procedures used to restore your pre-pregnancy appearance. This cosmetic process usually focuses on the abdomen and breasts. A typical mommy makeover involves a tummy tuck, breast lift/augmentation, and/or liposuction of the legs and arms.
You should consider a mommy makeover if:
Before surgery, you will meet with the doctor to discuss expectations, procedure risks and benefits, and available options. You must avoid smoking for 6 weeks because it interferes with circulation and wound healing. In addition, certain blood-thinning agents are to be held for 2 weeks before the surgery, so you must notify the doctor of all medicines and supplements you are taking.
You will need to arrange to have someone drive you home from the surgical center. You may stay overnight for observation. In addition, you will need help at home for a few days, and should arrange to take some time off from housework, school, and/or work. Bruising, mild discomfort, and swelling is expected after cosmetic surgery, but this gradually improves over 3-5 days.
After surgery, you and your doctor will discuss how long you must rest. You may have drains near incisions, as well as bandages. A compression garment is worn after a breast lift, breast augmentation, and tummy tuck. You must avoid rigorous activities for a few weeks, but should move about your home as much as possible.
Recovery varies from a 1-6 weeks, depending on how many procedures you have, your general state of health, and your motivation. You will avoid heavy lifting for 6 weeks. In 3-7 days you return to see the plastic surgeon to have drains, sutures, and bandages removed, but you must continue to wear the compression garment for the full recovery period.
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