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Mommy Makeover Recovery In Houston, TX

Mommy Makeover surgery is a customizable procedure that can allow mothers who have finished having children to return their bodies to a healthier, more youthful appearance.

A Mommy Makeover in Houston, Texas, often includes tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty), breast augmentation surgery, breast lift surgery (mastopexy), and liposuction surgery; however, it can be customized to the patients needs.

While many people believe that the surgical portion of cosmetic surgery is the only important aspect, the recovery period is just as vital to a patient achieving their cosmetic goals. That is why it is so important to know what to expect for your recovery before you have your surgery.

While the recovery time varies for all Houston Mommy Makeover patients, here is some information to better help you understand how to get yourself ready to recover from your Mommy Makeover surgery.

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How to Prepare for Your Mommy Makeover?

One of the most important aspects of any cosmetic surgery procedure is your consultation. At your Mommy Makeover consultation, you will be able to review your goals and desires with Dr. Schusterman. Additionally, he will evaluate your condition to see what procedures are best for you.

What Should You Ask Your Surgeon During Your Consultation?

At your consultation, it is important that you come prepared with questions to ask Dr. Schusterman about your surgery as well as your recovery.

Some good questions to ask include:

  • Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
  • What medication will I be prescribed?
  • How long will the surgery take to complete?
  • How long will the recovery period be?
  • What kinds of dressings or bandages will I have?
  • What do I need to know about my sutures?
  • How soon can I shower or bathe after my Mommy Makeover?
  • How long will I be off of work?
  • How soon can I begin driving again?
  • When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
  • When do I return for my follow-up appointment?

It is so important to listen to all of Dr. Schusterman’s pre- and post-op directions, as this is one of the best ways to ensure a safe and successful surgery and recovery.

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How to Prepare Your Recovery Space?

After your Mommy Makeover surgery, you will be limited in what you are able to do. Because of this, you will want to make sure that your house is adequate and prepared for your recovery needs.

In the weeks leading up to your Mommy Makeover surgery, we strongly recommend that you:

  • Stop all nicotine use, including smoking, vaping, and Nicorette gum, as smoking increases the chances of complications during and after plastic surgery
  • Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and NSAIDs, as these can increase the chance of bleeding during surgery
  • Stop or adjust certain medication or supplement use (during your consultation, you will review any current medications with Dr. Schusterman, and he will advise you on any adjustments that need to be made)
  • Reduce alcohol consumption and refrain from all alcohol consumption during the days before your procedure

Before your surgery, we recommend that you organize your living space by:

  • Establishing a recovery zone with easy access to everything you may need (pillows, blankets, entertainment options, water, and food)
  • Making sure that someone is available to help you with anything you may need, especially for the first 24 to 48 hours
  • Shopping for any food that you may need during the weeks after your procedure
  • Preparing healthy meals ahead of time so that you will not need to worry about cooking
  • Ensuring you have a ride to and from the surgery center
  • Filling any prescriptions ahead of time

What Should You Do the Night Before Your Mommy Makeover Surgery?

On the night before your Mommy Makeover:

  • Ensure that you have filled out all necessary paperwork
  • Make sure that you have someone to drive you to and from the surgery center
  • Do not eat or drink after midnight (except water)

What Should You Do on the Day of Your Mommy Makeover?

On the morning of your Mommy Makeover:

  • Do not drink or eat anything (besides water)
  • Make sure that someone will be able to stay with you during your first night after surgery

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What Can You Expect After Your Mommy Makeover?

Because Mommy Makeover surgery is a combination of procedures, the exact recovery time varies for each patient. However, here is a general timeline for what to expect after your procedure:

Day 1

Immediately after your Mommy Makeover, you will experience some bruising and swelling in the surgical locations. You will also feel tightness and soreness (and even some slight pain).

Many patients feel tired after their procedure. It is important that you allow your body to rest during this time, though make sure that you drink water to stay hydrated.

Days 2 Through 7

The first week after Mommy Makeover surgery is the most trying for many patients, as your body is healing from the injuries made by the surgery and adjusting to its new form.

Because of this, you will feel sore and tired.

Make sure that you are taking all your prescribed medications and resting your body as much as it needs. You will need to wear your compression garments.

Getting out of bed and taking slow, short walks is recommended, since moving your body helps your blood circulation. This will help your body recover even quicker and more fully.

Weeks 2 and 3

These weeks are characterized by heavy body fatigue, and this can be frustrating for many women. However, it is important that you allow your body continued rest.

Take naps when you feel tired, make sure to eat healthy food, drink plenty of water, and walk around your home as often as you are able.

You may be able to return to work, if you are able to work from your home, though you will not be able to physically return to your workplace.

At this time in your recovery, your bruising and swelling should be dissipating. You will still be feeling some soreness in your surgery areas, but your pain should be decreasing. If it is not, make sure to contact Dr. Schusterman.

During these weeks, you will need to continue to wear your compression garments.

Weeks 4 and 5

You should be feeling your body getting back to normal. Your swelling should be down, and you will be able to get up and be more active. However, make sure that you do not engage in any strenuous activities. Unless Dr. Scusterman directs you otherwise, you will still need to wear your compression garments.

Week 6 and Beyond

By this stage in your recovery, you should be feeling back to normal. You can start wearing your compression garments intermittently. Additionally, you will be able to engage in more normal exercises, though it is important that you do not push yourself too much.

Your incisions should be closed and healed by this point.

What Signs of Complications Should You Watch Out For?

Though rare, Mommy Makeover surgery does carry some risks and complications. If you experience any of these side effects, make sure to contact Dr. Schusterman immediately. These include:

  • Numbness
  • Bleeding at the incision sites
  • Persistent pain
  • Blood clotting
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Infection
  • Fever (over 101º

What Type of Exercise Should You Do After Mommy Makeover Surgery?

Light exercise is one of the most effective ways to help speed up your recovery and heal safely. This is because of the increased blood circulation that occurs during exercise.

While you do not want to engage in strenuous activities, slow walks and slight stretching are recommended during the weeks after your Mommy Makeover surgery.

Once you have healed a bit more, you can begin yoga, swimming, and riding a stationary bike. After you are fully recovered and cleared by Dr. Schusterman, you can begin jogging, dancing, and weight lifting.

How Can You Manage Pain After Mommy Makeover?

Most patients only experience mild to moderate pain after their surgery. Any pain and discomfort can be alleviated with prescription or over-the-counter medications and cold compresses.

It is vital that you follow Dr. Schusterman’s instructions and only use the medication provided.

Lifestyle Tips After a Mommy Makeover

While the results from your Mommy Makeover are long-lasting, they are not permanent, as they cannot keep away the natural effects of aging. However, by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you can prolong your rejuvenated results. Here are some ways to prolong your results:

  • Do not become pregnant
  • Maintain a stable weight
  • Keep active
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Quit smoking
  • Drink alcohol in moderation

Have More Questions?

Dr. Schusterman is dedicated to giving women in the Houston area the healthy, pre-baby appearance that they’ve been desiring. If you have any questions or think that you may be a candidate for Mommy Makeover surgery, please reach out to us and schedule a consultation.

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