Mommy Makeover: How to Recover Like a Pro

Mommy makeover procedures combine to address multiple cosmetic concerns in one fell swoop. By combining 2 or more procedures into one surgery, patients gain the most benefits while keeping both surgical risks and recovery to a minimum. What we often find is that women are interested in what’s possible with a mommy makeover but not so interested in the idea of recovery. Here, we discuss simple ways to breeze through like a pro.

Schedule Accordingly

Time off is necessary to ensure proper healing. Women who work at a desk are typically able to return to work about 2 weeks after surgery. More physically-demanding work should be postponed for 3 to 4 weeks. When we say physically-demanding work, we also have to toss motherhood into the ring. Taking care of children, pets, and a household is a lot of work. It includes tasks that are so familiar that a woman may forget that someone else will need to take the reins for a few weeks. If you’re considering a mommy makeover, we cannot stress enough to schedule time off accordingly

Manage Stress

Recovery from surgery can be much more stressful if you’re not adequately prepared. In addition to taking time off work, mommy makeover patients have to think about the various hats they wear and how to delegate tasks well before they fall behind.

  • Wrap up all projects at work. Create an out-of-office email response and voicemail greeting. Then “set it and forget it;” do not engage in work tasks until your formal return to work.
  • Create a list of daily chores and tasks, then make a chore chart for family and caregivers as needed. Go over the chart so everyone knows what is needed of them. If it feels right, create a reward chart to go along with the chore-giving to keep everyone motivated.
  • Ask a friend or loved-one to walk and feed pets for at least one week. If needed, hire a dog-walker or pet-sitter.
  • Do a little “spring cleaning” the day before surgery. Home will be your recovery center. The last thing you need is to return from surgery to a house that is dusty and messy.
  • Prepare healthy meals that can be frozen and reheated easily.

Staying Occupied

One of the things that can be most difficult after surgery is how many hours there are in a day. Usually, our hours are occupied with tasks, chores, work, and socializing. After a mommy makeover, time can linger on far too long if not prepared. And this can lead to the blues. Prevent this by gathering magazines, books, a journal, coloring books, podcasts, blogs, and all sorts of entertainment. When the body cannot be active, the brain can.

Mommy makeover treatment offers big rewards. Learn more in consultation with Dr. Schaffer. Call our San Antonio office at 210-227-3223.

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