Overview on the recovery process.
We find it useful to think of the recovery period after mommy makeover as occurring in phases. We have categorized the postoperative recovery into 3 stages or phases in order for you to better understand the entire recovery experience. The 3 phases of mommy makeover surgery include:
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The Mommy Makeover Recovery phase begins as soon as surgery is completed and you enter the anesthesia recovery unit. Our nursing staff in the recovery unit will make sure you come out of anesthesia gently and have the appropriate level of pain control when you go to your private overnight recovery suite. This is where you will spend a very comfortable first night. Before going home the next morning, the nursing staff will provide you with additional instructions.
The Mommy Recovery phase lasts 14 days and focuses on post-op comfort. Once you arrive home, you can begin taking medications such as muscle relaxants and oral pain medications. Patients describe tightness and pressure in the breasts and abdomen after mommy makeover surgery. The combination of muscle relaxants and pain medications is noteworthy for creating the most positive experience after mommy makeover surgery. A great number of patients can stop the pain medication after 5 days. Breast massaging for saline and MemoryGel® silicone breast implants will start during this phase. No massaging is performed for MemoryShape® silicone breast implants. Patients typically return to some activity, including light-duty work 10 to 14 days after surgery. We do not recommend any vigorous exercise, which raises your heart rate above 100 beats per minute until 2 weeks after surgery. This includes avoiding heavy lifting.
Most important phase.
After 2 weeks, we you begin the Mommy Makeover Renewal phase. This is the most important phase of the entire recovery process. The mommy makeover renewal phase focuses on continuing incision healing, breast implant positioning, reduction of swelling and increasing activity. At this time, it is recommended you apply silicone sheets 12 hours a day to reduce inflammation on the incisions. To reduce swelling, we advise a program of lymphatic massaging to dramatically eradicate swelling and improve the feeling of tightness.This is performed over the next 4 to 6 weeks and allows patients to perform normal activities with comfort. No massaging is recommended for those receiving MemoryShape® breast implants. You should also continue to wear your supportive garments throughout this period. At this point, we allow patients to resume more vigorous activity including exercise. Limited physical activity is restricted to aerobic exercise keeping your heart rate around 100 to 130 beats per minute. You should continue this light regiment until 8 weeks after mommy makeover surgery.
Getting back to normal.
Patients are considered healed from their mommy makeover surgery when the swelling in the tummy has dropped by 90%, the incision has made nice progress, and the breasts implants have settled nicely. This typically takes 8 to 12 weeks after the surgery. When this occurs, we inform patients they are cleared to live a normal lifestyle. We call this the mommy makeover Clearance Phase. The rate of healing for each individual is variable. For some, the ability of the swelling to dissipate is slower. For some patients, including those with elastic abdominal skin, the ability to lose swelling seems expedited and they may return to full function sooner. On the other hand, patients with tighter skin should expect that a longer period of settling with the healing proceeding at a slower pace. Sit-ups will likely not be required and if you decide on sit-ups, we recommend you wait 6 months after surgery to perform this type of exercise.