A mommy makeover is any combination of cosmetic procedures that aims to restore your “before pregnancy appearance,” typically focusing on the breasts and abdomen. A typical makeover might include a tummy tuck, a breast procedure such as an augmentation, lift, or reduction, and liposuction of the legs, arms or trunk. The term “mommy makeover” may be new, but the procedures involved have a long, successful, and safe track record.
When to Consider a Mommy Makeover:
- If your pregnancy has negatively affected the size and shape of your breasts
- If you’re distressed about your sagging tummy and stretch marks
- If pockets of fat on your waist, abdomen, arms or thighs do not improve with diet and exercise
How do I prepare for a mommy makeover procedure?
Your surgeon will provide thorough preoperative instructions, answer any questions you may have, take a detailed medical history, and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for surgery. If your surgeon recommends weight benchmarks or lifestyle changes, do your best to achieve them to ensure the best results and minimize the chance of complications. Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery and optimal outcomes. Since a mommy makeover procedure places heavy demands on your body for the healing phase, there are special recommendations
- Achieve your desired target weight first, but not in the month before surgery.
- Make sure you are exercising at least thirty minutes per day.
- Be sure to have a healthy diet with a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants.
- Keep alcohol consumption at less than two to three drinks per week.
- Stop smoking at least six weeks before undergoing surgery to promote better healing.
- Avoid taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs: Advil, Motrin, Aleve), and vitamins/homeopathic regimens that can increase bleeding.
- Establish a no-fail support system for the full recovery period dictated by your surgeon. This is most critical to your recovery. Lifting, driving, laundry, and cleaning are absolutely prohibited.
· Prepare your home for recovery. Your doctor can suggest many conveniences that may help you, depending on your procedure. For example, if your mobility is limited, it may be helpful to move objects from high shelves. Have everything you need around you.
· If your surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, arrange for someone to take you home and stay with you.
If you would like more tips on how to prepare for your mommy makeover procedure, give Atlantic Center of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery a call at (954) 983-1899 to request an appointment with Dr. Stelnicki.