As a plastic surgeon and as a woman, I understand the physical and emotional changes that pregnancy and childbirth can bring. A Mommy Makeover is a transformative procedure that can help you reclaim your pre-pregnancy body and boost your confidence. To ensure a successful surgery and smooth recovery, it’s important to be well-prepared. In this comprehensive guide, I will walk you through the essential steps to get you ready for your Mommy Makeover surgery.
Book a Consultation with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
The first step in preparing for a Mommy Makeover is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During this initial meeting, your surgeon will evaluate your medical history, discuss your goals, and perform a physical examination. This consultation is an opportunity for you to ask questions, express any concerns, and establish a personalized surgical plan.
Decide on the Procedures for Your Mommy Makeover Procedure
Typically, a Mommy Makeover combines multiple surgeries such as breast augmentation or lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction. Your surgeon will explain the details of each procedure, including the expected outcomes, potential risks, and recovery process. This knowledge will help you set realistic expectations and make informed decisions about which procedures you’d like to include.
Get a Medical Evaluation and Preoperative Testing
Before undergoing a Mommy Makeover, a thorough medical evaluation is necessary to ensure your safe health during and after the surgery. Your surgeon will request medical records, perform a physical examination, and possibly order additional tests such as blood work or an EKG. This evaluation will help identify any underlying health conditions that may affect your surgery or recovery.
Adopt the Following Lifestyle Adjustments
To optimize your surgical outcome and recovery, it’s important to make certain lifestyle adjustments leading up to your Mommy Makeover. These may include:
- Quitting smoking: Smoking can impair healing and increase the risk of complications. All surgical candidates must quit smoking at least six weeks before surgery and refrain from smoking during the recovery period.
- Maintaining a healthy diet: Eating a balanced diet rich in nutrients will promote healing and support your overall well-being. Ensure that you’re consuming adequate protein, vitamins, and minerals to aid in your recovery process.
- Exercising regularly: Engaging in regular exercise before surgery can help strengthen your body and improve your overall fitness level. This will help you heal faster and optimize your aesthetic results from your Mommy Makeover.
If none of these are adjustments for you because they are already a part of your life, way to go! That will be a huge advantage to you as you prepare for your Mommy Makeover.
Prepare Your Home
Before your surgery, make sure your home is ready for your post-operative recovery. Create a comfortable and relaxing space where you can rest and recuperate. Stock up on comfort items and essential supplies such as loose-fitting clothing, medications prescribed by your surgeon, and any necessary medical items.
Prepare Meals in Advance
Prepare meals in advance, or consider meal delivery services, to ensure that you have nutritious and easily accessible food during your recovery. Stock up on groceries and household essentials before your surgery to minimize the need for shopping trips during your initial recovery period (at least 1-2 weeks).
Follow Preoperative Instructions
Your surgeon will provide you with specific preoperative instructions to follow. These will likely include guidelines on what to eat, medications or supplements to avoid, showering before the surgery, etc. Adhering to these instructions is crucial to ensure a safe and successful surgery.
Arrange for Help and Support
Recovering from Mommy Makeover surgery will require assistance, especially during the initial days. Arrange for someone to help you with household chores, childcare, and transportation for at least 2 weeks, with some continued aid through 6 weeks (it will be approximately 6 weeks before you will be ready for strenuous activities). If you have young children, coordinate with family members/friends or hire a trusted caregiver to ensure your children are well taken care of while you focus on your recovery. Having a support system in place will alleviate stress and allow you to focus on your recovery.
Preparing for a Mommy Makeover involves careful planning. By following these steps and working closely with your plastic surgeon, you can enhance your surgical experience and achieve the best possible results. Remember, the journey towards recapturing your pre-pregnancy body starts with a well-prepared mindset and a commitment to self-care.
To start getting ready for your Mommy Makeover, schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Joyce Aycock. Call (720) 634-7400 or contact us online today.