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Patience Is Important: Mommy Makeover Recovery Tips

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Many moms find that they dislike what their bodies look like after having children. Luckily, that’s where the mommy makeover comes in. No matter your concerns, a mommy makeover can combine a few procedures and have you looking and feeling your best.

But despite the benefits of the mommy makeover, it’s normal to struggle with the full recovery process. Moms worry about being off their feet for so long when they have kids and a family to take care of. They may get restless with the amount of downtime they need. They may even worry when the results don’t show up as quickly as they’d like. These feelings are entirely normal, and the best way to manage your expectations is by consulting a double-board-certified plastic surgeon. Here’s what to know about the mommy makeover, your recovery, and how you can ensure you make the most of it.

What is A Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is a combination of plastic surgery procedures that women often get after pregnancy to return their bodies to a pre-baby state. It typically includes:

The mommy makeover is completely customizable, and you’ll select the exact procedures that fit your goals during a consultation with Dr. Coan.

Tips On Recovery from A Mommy Makeover

After your mommy makeover, you’ll need approximately 2-3 weeks away from regular activities. You’ll also need to avoid strenuous exercise for at least six weeks. Finally, bending or lifting heavy objects (including children) should be avoided for the first few weeks. It’s these mommy makeover recovery instructions that often make the process difficult for many moms.

To ensure you get the most out of your recovery and can relax as much as possible, here are a few tips to prepare for your mommy makeover and help your recovery go smoothly.

Don’t Feel Guilty

This is easier said than done, but try not to feel guilty about undergoing your procedure – or needing to take time off. Moms are constantly told to put others before themselves, but in this case, your recovery should be your priority. Your body will need rest, relaxation, and self-care to heal.

Get As Much Rest as Possible

Being a mom usually means not getting much rest, but after a mommy makeover, it’s a must! To ensure you heal properly and don’t increase your risk of complications, you’ll need to take it easy. This means letting others help you – part of your pre-surgical plans should include arranging for a close friend or family member to help around the house during the first few weeks to alleviate stress and allow you to rest. 

Side Effects Are Normal

Like any surgery, a mommy makeover comes with side effects like bruising, swelling, numbness, and itching. You may even experience side effects from your medications. Dr. Coan will give you instructions on how to manage side effects and don’t hesitate to reach out to our team with any questions. Make sure to keep track of your symptoms and report any significant ones like severe pain, bleeding, or fever. 

Emotions May Run High

While surgery is undoubtedly a physical experience, it can also be a highly emotional one. Feeling tired and restless (not to mention any guilt you may be experiencing) can create highs and lows as you recover. Try to be as prepared as you can for those moments. Keep in mind that they may be a sign you are doing too much too fast. Try resting when you hit an emotional low, and be kind to yourself as you recover from a taxing experience like surgery.

Be Patient

After a mommy makeover, you will be excited to see your results, but they won’t be instantaneous. Keep in mind that everyone’s mommy makeover recovery timeline is different. There will likely be bruising, swelling, and some discomfort before you begin to see your final results emerge. This can be difficult to cope with, but selecting an experienced and knowledgeable plastic surgeon can help you trust the process as you heal.

Schedule A Consultation

Ready to start the mommy makeover process? Now that you have a few tips on what to expect during recovery, scheduling a consultation with Dr. Coan at CARE Plastic Surgery is your next step. As a double-board-certified plastic surgeon, he can answer any questions and concerns you have and walk you through the whole surgical process.

To schedule a consultation today, call our Cary, NC office at 919-335-9298 or use our online scheduling form.

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