Mommy makeover is a major plastic surgery procedure involving a combination of different surgical and non-surgical procedures. Recovery time from mommy makeover will depend on the number and type of procedures to be performed. The advantage with a combined procedure is that the patient has to go through recovery only once for multiple surgeries.
An experienced plastic surgeon will choose an optimal combination of procedures to minimize recovery time in a mommy makeover and produce desirable outcomes. MBody provides mommy makeover to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and surrounding locations.
The patient should plan to take time off from work for about two weeks following mommy makeover plastic surgery. Mothers of young children may need to arrange for childcare during this period. On the day of the surgery, the patient will need someone to drive her back home. Mild swelling and discomfort will be experienced in the incision sites.
In most cases, the irritation and inflammation will be relieved by the end of the first week. The surgeon will provide pain medications to keep the patient comfortable in the first few days. While she should take adequate rest in the first week, she should also do light walking around the home several times a day. This will stimulate blood circulation and support healing.
Drains and sutures may be removed around the end of the first week. Additional post-operative appointments may be scheduled at this time. Even after 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 settles into its new, youthful shape. Board certified plastic surgeons at MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and nearby areas for mommy makeover surgery.
To expedite healing, the patient can take several steps during recovery. The surgeon may instruct her to wear a bandage or compression garment over the treatment area for some time. It can help to mitigate swelling and allow easier healing of the skin. Certain medications, including blood thinners and vitamin E, will have to be avoided during recovery.
If the patient is a smoker, she will have to completely stop smoking during the recovery phase. Smoking restricts blood flow, and slows down the recovery. Risk of complications is higher for smokers and scarring can be more pronounced. Therefore, it is essential to stop smoking at least two week before and after the surgery.
The patient should eat a healthy diet full of lean protein, whole grains, veggies and fruits, and low fat dairy products. Such diet will stimulate healing, and long term healthy eating habits will enable the patient to maintain the results of her mommy makeover. Mild emotional side effects may occur for a few weeks after a mommy makeover, and a positive frame of mind should be maintained.
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