If you’re considering a mommy makeover to help you get back to your pre-baby body, you’re not alone. Many women find it challenging to get their figures to snap back after going through the significant changes brought on by pregnancy. The two parts of the body that are most affected are the breasts and the abdomen, and a mommy makeover usually includes surgical procedures to address these two areas. The changes in the size of the breasts during pregnancy and breastfeeding can leave the breasts looking deflated. The abdomen can also be left with sagging skin, deposits of unwanted fat, and lose muscle tone even long after childbirth. Even with exercise every day and a healthy diet, your figure may not meet your expectations. With a mommy makeover, you can expect dramatic results. However, you should know what to expect during your recovery so you can plan ahead.
You Need to Give Your Body Time to Heal After a Mommy Makeover
You can expect to take at least two weeks to give your body a chance to recover before returning to work and normal activities. You can expect some swelling and discomfort, as well as some bruising at your incision sites. Your breasts will be sore and you will need to sleep on your back to avoid agitating your incisions. You should wear a supportive surgical bra to keep the implants in place and reduce stress on the incisions. Additionally, you should wear a compression garment on your abdomen as well. You will have to avoid lifting anything that is heavy for at least two weeks. You should not return to strenuous work or a full fitness regimen for at least six weeks following a mommy makeover. .
What Can I Do While I Recover?
While you may be eager to get back to your normal routine, you will need to be patient with your body. Doing too much too soon can result in an injury that will cause a setback in your recovery. Follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions concerning care for your incisions as well. You should ask for help when it comes to any heavy lifting. Walking is a great form of exercise after a mommy makeover, although you should be sure to listen to your body. Begin slowly and pace yourself. As you heal, you can walk farther and pick up your pace. Once your plastic surgeon approves more activity, you can ease your way back into your regular workout and other activities.
Learn More About a Mommy Makeover
Dr. Michael Bohley is a board certified plastic surgeon with years of experience in achieving great mommy makeover results. To get started on discussing your options, schedule a private consultation where we can plan the mommy makeover that fits your goals best. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.