Being a mother is the ultimate goal for many women. However, women who have gone through the process know that pregnancy changes you from the inside out. Physically, there are a lot of changes – your abdomen made room for a growing fetus, your breasts grew and/or shifted, and you most likely gained weight in other parts of your body.
A mommy makeover is a popular procedure for moms wanting to restore their body back to its pre-pregnancy shape. In most cases, this procedure combines several surgical procedures, which may include abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction, breast augmentation, or breast lift surgery. Putting in a little extra time to plan at the beginning will pay off in the long run when you achieve the beautiful, rejuvenating results you’re looking for.
Here are five essential tips that you should consider prior to undergoing a mommy makeover.
Understand The Procedure
Not all mommy procedures are equal. Each procedure varies per patient and you should have a clear understanding of the mommy makeover. Dr. Chopra will provide you with all the information necessary about each of your procedures so you can prepare appropriately. It’s an integral part of making sure your mommy makeover is safe and successful.
Choosing The Right Surgeon Surgeon
First things first, you want the best results and to achieve that, you need to carefully choose a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon for your mommy makeover. When choosing a mommy makeover surgeon, there are many different things to think about while you are making your decision.
Dr. Chopra is one of the only few surgeons that has completed a cosmetic and aesthetic fellowship allowing him to perfect the mommy makeover for his patients.
Start Healthy Habits Before The Procedure
Prior to the procedure, you must observe healthy habits. No matter which procedures are included in your mommy makeover, you should be at your healthiest before considering plastic surgery. People who are obese are discouraged from seeking treatment because they have chronic conditions that heighten the risks of surgery.
In connection with this, you should observe the following:
- Quit smoking a few weeks before and a few weeks after your surgery.
- Stabilize your weight before surgery.
- Stop taking medications that could increase bleeding and bruising.
- Eat nourishing well-balanced meals, including fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains
Make Proper Preparations
It can be tempting to schedule your procedure immediately after recovering from having your first child, but you need to make enough time to allow for rest and recuperation. As part of your preparation, it’s ideal to maintain your weight.
Keep in mind that your body will need time to heal before it can return to strenuous activities like lifting, carrying, or playing with your children. Given this, you may need to plan for child care prior to your mommy makeover. Physical and emotional preparation will help to ensure that your procedure and recovery are easily manageable.
Follow All Post-Procedure Instructions
During recovery, several things can be done to encourage the body to heal and reduce complications. Thus, it is very important to follow the surgeon’s post-op recovery guidelines so that your body heals properly and quickly.
Tiredness, soreness, and some pain are normal. To recover fully, you’ll need to take it easy and get plenty of rest before resuming normal activities. During your healing, remember to prioritize your care. Avoid all heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for the first six weeks. Make sure to equip your bed with extra pillows (including a full body pillow) so that your body will be completely supported while you rest.
Keep in mind that mommy makeover patients must recuperate from multiple procedures simultaneously. It is particularly important to prepare ahead to facilitate a smoother recovery. It is also important to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle in the days, months, and years following your Mommy Makeover to maintain your results. With the right surgeon and healthy habits, you can guarantee the best and lasting results. For more information or to schedule a consultation here at Chantilly Cosmetic Surgery, please contact us at 703-962-2520.