Every day Dr. George Sanders meets women whose bodies have been permanently altered by having children. These women are usually bothered by sagging, “deflated”-looking breasts, belly fat and/or loose, hanging skin, and often feel uncomfortable in their own post-baby bodies.
Dr. Sanders offers a terrific solution for these women: the mommy makeover. By combining plastic surgery procedures like breast lift and tummy tuck that target problematic areas, mommy makeover can help women reclaim their pre-baby bodies.
If you are considering plastic surgery to restore your femininity and confidence, Dr. Sanders encourages you to read the following do’s and don’ts of mommy makeover.
Before Mommy Makeover
Do make arrangements for your recovery. Ask for time off from work well in advance. Most patients take at least two weeks off, and some take three weeks. You will also need a loved one or babysitter to watch your kids during your initial recovery, as you will not be able to bend over, lift anything heavy, run after your kids or prepare meals.
Do prepare for surgery by nurturing your body. Eat nutritious meals, get plenty of rest and do not smoke or drink a lot of alcohol. Stop all aspirin, fish oil and other blood thinners and herbal remedies and drugs that can interact poorly with anesthesia. (Dr. Sanders will provide a full list of medications to stop taking.)
Don’t forget to arrange for a ride to and from surgery. You will spend your first night at a recovery center. You will then require a ride home on the day after surgery.
Do decide how you will talk to your children about surgery. Remember that your family wants you to be happy, and focus the conversation on how a Mommy Makeover will help you feel better after surgery.
After Mommy Makeover
Do give yourself a break. You will be tired and sore after your operation, and you should get a lot of rest. Your range of motion will be limited and your energy levels may feel low for a few weeks. Allow yourself adequate time to recover and don’t push yourself to get back to your regular activities.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It might be difficult to ask for help, but you will need it while you recuperate. Recruit your spouse or a family member to help you with cooking, cleaning and running errands after surgery.
Do call our office if you have questions or concerns. If you have a question or concern at any point during your recovery, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We want to hear from you!
Do anticipate a range of emotions. Many patients experience many emotions — both positive and negative — during recovery. Know that any negative emotions will pass and try to be patient with yourself.
Questions? Call or Email Dr. Sanders
If you have questions about any of the information in this post, or you would like to book a mommy makeover consultation with Dr. Sanders, please call 818.981.3333 or email our office today.