Preparing for a Mommy Makeover
A mommy makeover is a term used to describe a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures that address the aspects of the body that are most changed by pregnancy and childbirth. A mommy makeover can be tailored to your individual requirements, targeting the areas that give you the greatest cause for concern. However, the vast majority of mommy makeovers include three core procedures… abdominoplasty/tummy tuck, breast lift/augmentation surgery, and liposuction. This is because it is the stomach and breasts that change the most during pregnancy and childbirth, whilst liposuction helps moms to tone up those wobbly areas that might not be responding to diet and exercise.
One of the biggest advantages of a mommy makeover is that you only need to undergo one preparatory period, as well as one recovery process. As you know, as a busy mom, preparation for everything is essential, and this includes doing everything that you need to before your mommy makeover procedure. Here are some of the key things that you will need to think about.
Ensure Your Family is Complete
This may be pretty obvious, but there is little point undergoing a mommy makeover surgery if you plan to have more children in the future as the changes that your body will go through will reverse the effects of your surgery. Whether or not your family is complete will be something that your surgeon discusses with you at your consultation, but you should make certain that you have the necessary precautions in place to stop you from falling pregnant again.
If you smoke, ahead of your mommy makeover is the best time to quit. Smoking automatically increases your risk of developing complications during your surgery, as well as lengthening the time it takes you to recover. This is because the flow of oxygen around the body and to the wounds is compromised, slowing down the healing process.
Boost Your General Health
Any form of surgery is likely to go more smoothly if you are in the best possible health. It will also help improve the rate at which you recover. As you will be having several surgeries in one during a mommy makeover, you should do everything possible to ensure you are in good health. Eat a healthy, balanced diet, drink plenty of water and take some supplements to boost your immune system as this will help reduce the likelihood of infection.
Prepare Your Home and Children
As a mom, you are no doubt at the very heart of everything that happens at home. This means that you will be very much missed whilst you are out of action during your recovery. One of the most effective preparations you can make is getting your home and children ready for your surgery as this will dramatically reduce the likelihood of stress whilst you recover. Organize a cleaner and someone to take over the childcare, prepare and freeze some meals, and stock the cupboards. Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family to step in and help with some of the days to day jobs such as running your children to and from school or extra-curricular activities or popping in to drop off basic groceries.
Follow the Advice of Your Surgeon
Your surgeon will give you specific advice to follow in the days and weeks leading up to your procedure. It is essential that you follow these as they will help to ensure that your mommy makeover goes as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
For more advice on preparing for a mommy makeover, please don’t hesitate to contact our discreet and knowledgeable cosmetic surgery team in Metairie, LA.