For many women, a mommy makeover is key to reclaiming their body and their sense of self. But this comprehensive procedure requires quite a bit of prep before the day of surgery — more than most plastic surgeries. If your procedure is on the horizon, it is time to start thinking about mommy makeover prep.
How to Prepare for a Mommy Makeover
First things first: follow the instructions of your plastic surgeon. There should be a full list of things you need to do to prepare for your surgery, and many of them will be individualized to you. This includes stopping certain medications, dropping bad habits and when to start fasting before your procedure.
When it comes to the medical aspects of mommy makeover prep, let your plastic surgeon be your guide.
In addition to following the individualized mommy makeover prep instructions from your plastic surgeon, there are also some more universal things you can to do to get ready for your procedure. So, what should you focus on? Let these questions guide you.
1. Do You Want More Kids?
You could get a mommy makeover between pregnancies if that is what you feel is best. In cases where you plan to go many years between children, it might even be ideal. However, most plastic surgeons suggest holding off on a mommy makeover until after you are done having children, since it can undo the results of the procedure.
2. What Do You Need to Be a Healthier You?
To get the best results from your mommy makeover, you want to go into it as healthy as possible. This means eating well, staying hydrated and being active. You will also want to drop any habits that harm your respiratory or circulatory system, such as smoking and drinking. The healthier you are before your procedure, the faster you should recover after.
3. What Is Your Ideal Weight?
Your mommy makeover will contour your body, but for the best results, you want to be at or near your ideal weight. Any significant changes in weight — gains and losses — could undo some of the results of your procedure. At the same time, you don’t want to struggle to reach that weight; being at a stable weight prior to surgery is better than being as skinny as you can get if you can only maintain that weight short term.
4. What Will You Need Assistance With?
As a mom, you have a lot of responsibilities at home. While you are healing, especially in the first week, you shouldn’t be attending to any of them. Instead, set up help with kids, pets, household chores and whatever other responsibilities you have. It is critical that you do not push yourself too soon, as you can increase your risk of complications and slow down the healing process.
5. What Comforts Will Make Recovery Easier?
It is a good idea to set up a dedicated recovery space in your home. Typically, this is the bedroom, as you should be spending a lot of time resting in bed. Start thinking now about what you will need for a comfortable recovery, and put these items within very easy reach.
6. Do You Already Feel Guilty?
Not that you should feel guilty. However, most moms who get a mommy makeover do. The fact that they are focusing on themselves for once can be foreign, and knowing they won’t be able to take care of their children for a few days can leave them questioning if they are making the right choice. If you are feeling some guilt, know that it is normal, but also take the time to work through it. Remember, moms deserve the good things too.
Dr. Francesco Campanile is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is also fellowship trained in hand and microsurgery. Dr. Campanile knows that making a lasting change to your appearance is a big decision. His calm, professional approach and deep caring for his patients set a tone that will help you feel confident and relaxed while reviewing your options and learning all about the procedures that can benefit you. Request a consultation today to meet with Dr. Campanile in person.