Mommy makeover is a comprehensive surgery involving a combination of multiple surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Recovery time in case of a mommy makeover can significantly vary according to the type and number procedures performed.
The benefit with this combined surgery is that the patient is required to undergo recovery just once for multiple procedures.
The surgeon’s goal should be to recommend an optimal combination of procedures that can meet the patient’s aesthetic needs, while minimizing the recovery time in a mommy makeover. Dr. Gary Motykie MD is a board certified plastic surgeon providing mommy makeover and other surgeries to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.
The patient should plan to take time off from her workplace as well as any major household activities for about two weeks following a mommy makeover. A mom with little kids should preferably arrange for childcare during the first few days. On the day of the surgery, the patient will need someone to drive her back home. The after-effects of general anesthesia may linger on for a few hours after the procedure.
The patient will experience mild bruising, swelling and discomfort in the incision areas. However, the inflammation and soreness will mostly subside by the end of the first week. The surgeon will provide pain medications to keep the patient comfortable in the first few days. While it is important take plenty of rest in the first week, the patient should perform short walks and light activities around the home. This will stimulate blood circulation and support healing.
In about a week’s time, the patient will have a post-op appointment with the surgeon to get the drains and sutures removed. Additional post-operative appointments may be scheduled at this time. Even when the patient has resumed her normal routine in about two weeks, she should continue to avoid heavy lifting and vigorous exercises for at least two more weeks.
Swelling will subside gradually over several weeks and months as the body permanently settles into its new, youthful shape. As long as the patient diligently follows the surgeon’s recovery instructions, the healing will take place without much concern. Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie MD receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for mommy makeover.
How to Promote Faster Healing?
To expedite healing, the patient can take several steps during recovery. The surgeon will most likely advise her to wear a compression garment in certain treatment sites for a few weeks. This can help to improve swelling and allow for quicker healing of the skin. Certain medications, including blood thinners and vitamin E, will have to be avoided during early recovery.
If the patient is a smoker, the surgeon will require her to quit the habit at least during the recovery phase. Smoking restricts blood flow, and can delay healing. Risk of complications is higher for smokers and scarring can be more pronounced. Therefore, it is essential to stop smoking at least a few weeks before and after the mommy makeover surgery.
Though it is proven that smoking is not healthy so anyone who can refrain from this activity is helping themselves out on a number of levels but any patient can still sign up for a mommy maker if they still plan on continuing to smoke after the surgery. There is not any doubt about that.
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