Planning ahead for your mommy makeover recovery is a great way to make sure you’re prepared for a smooth, safe and seamless process at every step along the way. While every woman will recover at her own pace, there are a few general guidelines you should follow to make your healing process a breeze. Here’s what you can expect in the weeks and months after your mommy makeover.
Take 1 to 2 Weeks off Work
Again, this is not a hard-and-fast rule, since everyone recovers differently. But generally speaking, plan to take 1 to 2 weeks away from work and other obligations to give yourself enough time to recuperate after surgery. Rushing your recovery and heading back to work too soon can not only be uncomfortable, but it could lead to complications and hinder the development of your final results.
Some Swelling and Bruising Is Normal
Wearing a compression garment as instructed by your plastic surgeon can help to reduce swelling and make you more comfortable.
Don’t be alarmed if you look and feel bloated and bruised when you wake up the next morning. These are normal side effects after any major surgery. Unless you are also experiencing other symptoms like excruciating pain, bleeding or signs of infection, some swelling and bruising aren’t cause for medical concern.
Your plastic surgeon may send you home with instructions to take prescription medications for a few days, if needed for pain. Most women find that after the first day or so, over-the-counter pain medications are enough to keep them comfortable. Double-check with your plastic surgeon before taking any medications or supplements after surgery, though.
Get Plenty of Rest
Above all, many women say they felt very tired in the initial healing stage after their mommy makeover. After all, your body does have a lot of work to do to heal and recuperate, so don’t feel guilty about lying around the house and staying off your feet. Chances are, you’ll sleep a lot in the first few days after getting a mommy makeover, and that is perfectly fine.
Avoid Heavy Lifting at First
Your plastic surgeon should provide you with a detailed set of guidelines for physical activity restrictions after your mommy makeover. For the first stage of recovery, you’ll need to avoid heavy lifting, including picking up your kids and strenuous chores around the house.
For this reason, it’s important that you’re able to arrange for some extra help with childcare, pet care and other daily duties while you heal. Help yourself by getting grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning, meal prep and other chores out of the way before your mommy makeover so you’re not worried about them when you come home.
At follow-up appointments, talk to your plastic surgeon about physical limitations and when you might be able to start introducing more strenuous activities into your routine. But until you get the go-ahead from him or her, take it easy.
Resume Regular Exercise and Activities by Week Six
In most cases, women are able to get back to their regular workout routines and other activities around week six of recovery. That said, communicate with your plastic surgeon to make sure this timeline works for you. Remember that not everyone is going to heal at the same pace, so don’t worry if it takes you a little longer or shorter to get back into the swing of things.
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.