Becoming a mother is a beautiful thing, but not everyone feels beautiful when they see their new physique. Pregnancy and childbirth can significantly alter a woman’s body, resulting in loss of breast volume, stretched skin, weakened abdominal muscles and stubborn fat around the stomach and other areas. A mommy makeover is a highly customizable package of procedures that can sculpt a smoother, slimmer, tighter and more youthful figure and restore your confidence in your post-baby body.
Because Dr. Newman personalizes each mommy makeover according to the patient’s needs, the recovery period after the procedure also looks different from person to person. Your recovery time will increase or decrease depending on the combination and extent of the treatments selected as a part of your mommy makeover. As you make plans for your procedure, consider whether your schedule allows for sufficient recovery time. A full mommy makeover that combines multiple procedures will have a significant recovery period. While not all of it will require you to remain in bed or at home, you will have restrictions on the activities you can perform in the weeks and months following surgery. It is crucial to pick a surgery date that accounts for the needs of both your professional and personal life.
Thoughtful planning goes a long way toward making your mommy makeover a calm and comfortable experience.
What to expect: the first day of recovery
Your mommy makeover will be performed under general anesthesia. Because of this, you will not be able to drive yourself home. A friend or family member must pick you up and drive you home when you have been released. They, or another caregiver, should remain with you overnight. You will be given aftercare instructions that may include medications to aid healing, how to care for the surgical site(s), concerns to watch for and when to return for a follow-up with Dr. Newman. Be sure to ask any questions you have about what to expect during your recovery period and what you can do to facilitate a healthy healing process.
What to expect: the first week of recovery
Patients heal at different rates, but for everyone, the first week is the most critical period of recovery. The initial days after your procedure will be devoted to resting and allowing your body to recuperate. You will need assistance to help you perform basic everyday tasks during this time, especially if your family includes small children. Physical activity will be extremely limited. You will not be able to pick things up (including children) and should remain at rest except for short walks to use the bathroom and prevent blood clots. Try to limit physical and emotional stress as much as possible. You can expect to feel sore and uncomfortable during the first week, with bruising and swelling. This is normal, and though it can feel challenging at the time, it is temporary and medication will help manage the pain. Preparation ahead of time can make this phase of the process easier. Prepare a comfortable recovery area for yourself where everything you will need — including snacks, water, entertainment and medications — is within easy reach.
What to expect: the first month of recovery
Significant strides are made during weeks two to four of recovery. Patients begin the process of resuming daily tasks and many are able to return to work within this period. Some discomfort may remain, including muscle and skin tightness, soreness, numbness, tingling, general sensitivity and fatigue. Heavy lifting, strenuous activities and exercise should continue to be avoided. Rest is still essential during this stage. Depending on the extent of your procedure and the age of your children, it may be beneficial to continue receiving assistance from a caregiver. This period is not the most physically painful, but some patients experience mental frustration when the end of recovery appears to be on the horizon and they do not yet feel “normal.” Try to be patient with your body as it heals, and don’t be afraid to seek emotional support from friends and family if needed. By the end of the first month, you will start to look and feel noticeably better.
What to expect: two months of recovery
Patients often begin to enjoy their results in week five or six. A month and a half into recovery, swelling and soreness are significantly reduced. Many activities, including light exercise, can be resumed. Help with housework and childcare can be limited or stopped altogether. It’s important to continue making healthy choices for your healing body and to avoid any activities that cause discomfort. For many patients, the second month is a good time to celebrate their mommy makeover transformation by buying clothing to fit their new, sleek physique. The healing process will continue over the coming months. With each passing week, side effects will diminish, scars will look better and results will be revealed. Your results can continue to improve for six months to a year after a mommy makeover procedure.
Tips For Mommy Makeover Recovery
Remember that these milestones are general guidelines. Each body heals at a different rate and everyone experiences recovery differently. It’s always better to plan for more recovery time than you think you’ll need. Make all recommended follow-up appointments with Dr. Newman, and when you are at home, follow his suggestions for a healthy recovery. Eat a healthy diet and stay hydrated with water. Do not smoke. Wear your post-surgery garments if required. Take sufficient time away from work and other activities. Pay attention to your body if something is causing it discomfort. Take care of your mental and emotional health. Allow your body to rest and get full nights of quality sleep. If you are unsure about any instruction or have concerns about the healing process, ask. Last but not least: enjoy your results. Healing takes time, but you will see dramatic, beautiful results from your mommy makeover when recovery is complete.
Dr. Newman is a skilled plastic surgeon with years of experience making the process of recovery as quick and comfortable as possible for his patients. To learn more about the mommy makeover procedure, contact Newman Plastic Surgery & Laser Center today at 212-472-6100 to schedule a free initial consultation.