Recovering from any surgery is no walk in the park, but when you combine multiple plastic surgery procedures like a Mommy Makeover it can really take a toll and leave you wondering what you got yourself into. That’s why it’s important to be as informed as possible when it comes to exactly what to expect and the steps you can take to optimize your mommy makeover surgery recovery.
Comprising different procedures, Mommy Makeover is typically a breast rejuvenation, a tummy tuck and buttock rejuvenation. However, because it’s a full-body rejuvenation for those who have had multiple children or drastic weight loss, you can usually customize your surgery for the most Mommy Makeover options to help get the body in proportion. A dramatic and life-changing surgery, it’s important to go into it with your eyes wide open, and understand that such major changes require adequate downtime and recovery.
The Breast Rejuvenation
Some just need a simple breast augmentation for deflated breasts after breastfeeding, which can be done with traditional implants or with a fat transfer to the breasts; others need a breast lift in addition to an augmentation. And others need (or choose) a breast lift with no augmentation at all. Your size goals will determine if you need augmentation, but a breast lift is needed in cases where the nipples drop down below the inframammary fold. An easy way to tell if you’ll need a breast lift (other than, and in addition to consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon) is to take a q-tip or pencil and place it in your inframammary fold; if your nipple is below the q-tip or pencil, you’ll likely need one.
The Tummy Tuck
Usually a fairly straightforward procedure, the complexity (or lack thereof) of your particular tummy tuck will depend on any past hernias or surgerys, like a c-section, gallbladder removal, appendectomy, past liposuction or even CoolSculpting. If none of these apply to you, your tummy tuck will likely be pretty straightforward, with much less time needed on the operating table. But if they do apply to you, don’t worry—this likely won’t make you a bad candidate, it just means it takes a little more time and detail for the tummy tuck aspect of your Mommy Makeover.
The Buttock Rejuvenation
The fat transfer to the buttocks, otherwise known as the Brazillian Butt Lift, is a two-part body contouring procedure that includes liposuction and fat transfer to the butt. It’s a great option for those who have some deflation to the buttocks, and delivers that coveted “S” curve to your silhouette. It should be noted that not everyone gets this part of the Mommy Makeover—and if it’s not for you, that’s totally fine
What’s the Recovery Time for a Mommy Makeover?
In most cases, you’ll go home within hours after your mommy makeover. However, some patients are required to stay in an aftercare facility for observation and care, depending on your preferences and the recommendation of Dr. Barrett. You’ll be given postoperative instructions to help you care for your incisions and increase your comfort level throughout the recovery process. He’ll also see you in his office weekly for the first six weeks, and then regularly after that to ensure your mommy makeover recovery process is progressing smoothly.
In nearly all cases, when you undergo a mommy makeover, you can return to most of your activities within two weeks. However, you’ll be restricted from strenuous exercise for four to six weeks to avoid complications caused by performing activities before your body is ready. Dr. Barrett will be able to advise you throughout the recovery process as to when activities will be safe to resume.
What Supplies are Used for a Mommy Makeover Recovery?
Over his decades of experience, Dr. Barrett has researched hundreds of products aimed at ensuring his patients have the best mommy makeover recovery possible, and his mommy makeover recovery supplies reflect a holistic approach to health and wellness. Barrett Recovery Oil, in particular, a full spectrum organic CBD that’s formulated with 1500mg of pure, therapeutic cannabidiol per bottle, is really a game-changer for pain management, anxiety and sleep. CBD can also help with post-op swelling by affecting the signals in the body’s endocannabinoid receptors, which are found in the body’s central and peripheral nervous systems.
Magnesium Breakthrough is also essential to control the muscle spasms that may occur as you go through your mommy makeover recovery. It can also help with constipation and sleep. Arnica Recovery Complex contains both arnica and bromelain, and is an effective, holistic way to decrease the inflammation after surgery that occurs in your body without causing a leaky gut that can happen with traditional anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen or aspirin. Formulated to provide the optimal level of nutrient support, for enhanced recovery after surgery, Healfast Post-Op gives your body the necessary nutrients to heal and helps you detox from anesthesia, in addition to also reducing swelling, bruising and inflammation, and aiding in pain control. MassZymes, a digestive enzyme supplement, breaks down the debris created from the wound healing process, improves tissue remodeling and actually reduces the lab markers of inflammation, making it one of the best supplements for healing after your mommy makeover. Finally, starting at two weeks post-op, you should start using scar gel. Skinuva® is surgical scar healing cream that’s backed by science and uses highly selective growth factors which are shown to be twice as effective as silicone cream.
Another game-changer: Red light therapy. A key therapeutic treatment for inflammation, it works by penetrating the body at the cellular level with specific wavelengths of light, reducing swelling and supporting tissue repair and regeneration. LightStim in particular, combines this therapeutic light energy with patented technology as an inflammation after surgery treatment in an easy-to-use, at home device. It accelerates the body’s recovery process by increasing circulation and is even FDA cleared to relieve pain. When used right after surgery (and beyond), it can help significantly with swelling, bruising and even with post-surgery scarring.
Dr. Barrett has also curated a mommy makeover recovery kit to set his patients up for surgical success with the least amount of down time and discomfort possible.
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