Tips on How to Maintain Your Mommy Makeover Results
The mommy makeover is a surgical procedure specifically tailored to restore women’s post-pregnancy bodies. Pregnancy is an exciting time for many mothers, but it results in sagging breasts, loose abdominal skin, and stubborn fat – factors that you don’t look forward to. The mommy makeover addresses all these concerns with a combined breast lift or reduction, liposuction, and tummy tuck surgery. To maintain your beautiful results after surgery, follow these tips for a successful recovery:
Mommy makeover surgery involves a combination of plastic surgery procedures, so it will take your body time to fully heal. For the first week, let yourself relax and avoid movement as much as possible. Ask a family member or friend to help with meal planning, chores, and trips to the pharmacy or grocery store. If you overdo it before you are healed, there is a chance that you could open your incisions and set back the healing time.
Most patients can resume more strenuous activities six weeks after their mommy makeovers. Staying physically active and maintaining a healthy diet will prevent weight gain that could impact your results. Weight gain or loss of more than 15 pounds will stretch the skin on your abdomen and cause the breasts to enlarge or sag, undoing the results of your mommy makeover.
Just like weight gain, pregnancy will undo the results of your mommy makeover. After all, it’s the reason why women choose to have this cosmetic procedure. A tummy tuck tightens loose abdominal skin and strengthens weakened abdominal muscles and breast augmentation, lift or reduction improves the look of sagging breasts caused by breastfeeding. Before scheduling your mommy makeover, make sure you are ready to stop having children so that you can enjoy the results of your surgery for years to come.
Nicotine constricts the blood vessels which prevents healthy blood flow to the healing areas of your body. Without good blow flow and oxygenation, your body cannot heal wounds as effectively which will make your recovery process much longer. It’s difficult to quit smoking, but if you are planning for surgery, it’s the perfect time to try and stop the bad habit. In general, we recommend patients stop smoking for six weeks before and six weeks after their surgery.
Direct sunlight can increase inflammation and your risk of dark, prominent scars. Although scars are inevitable, they will heal over time and gradually become light in color. Dr. Angelchik will also carefully place the incisions in easily concealed spots like the bikini line and natural creases of your breasts. Sun exposure will prevent scars from healing properly and you might be left with thick, dark scars that detract from your beautiful results.
To achieve great surgical results, you need the expertise of a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in all the cosmetic procedures you plan to incorporate into your mommy makeover procedure. Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is acquired after years of training and a lengthy examination. Dr. Angelchik is board-certified and has been named one of the Top Doctors in America by Castle & Connolly every year since 1996. He can help you achieve fantastic results customized to your individual goals.
If your body has undergone significant changes after pregnancy, a mommy makeover in Glendale, AZ, can help you regain your curves and your confidence. Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Angelchik to discuss your customized procedure at our office located just outside Phoenix, AZ.