The planning and preparation for mommy makeover is an exciting experience. Hearing from women that have had the operation can give you a better idea about what to expect on the day of surgery and afterward. Dr. Richard Lee, a trusted Newport Beach mommy makeover surgeon, has compiled a list of things many mommy makeover patients wish they had known before surgery. If you have any questions about any of these items, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.
- The decision is up to you. Some mommy makeover candidates waver in their decision to have surgery. They worry what people will think of them, or whether it is frivolous to spend money on elective surgery. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks of your decision — it is yours alone. Go with your gut.
- Do your research. Mommy makeover is a serious procedure and you want the best surgeon possible performing the operation. Research your plastic surgeon extensively and make sure he is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Try to talk to someone that has had mommy makeover surgery (possibly with the surgeon you have chosen) to hear their perspective.
- How to tell your children. Many moms find it difficult to tell their children that they are having surgery and explain why. Know your child and try to predict how much information will satisfy them; some children accept limited information and others require an in-depth discussion.
- It is normal to be a little nervous. Most women have some pre-surgery jitters. As long as you have selected a qualified and experienced surgeon, rest assured that you are in capable hands.
- Active women have smoother recoveries. Active and healthy women typically heal faster than women that are out of shape. Prepare for surgery by working out regularly and eating well-balanced, nutritious meals.
- Don’t be too proud to ask for help. Let people take care of you! After major surgery, you need to recruit a spouse, family member or friend to help you out with childcare, meal preparation, laundry and housekeeping. Give yourself the time and space you need to heal.
- Your emotions may fluctuate during recovery. The combination of surgery and pain pills can cause your emotions to flip-flop within a second’s notice. If you start feeling upset, vent to a friend or visit an online support forum. Know that your emotions will stabilize sooner than later.
- Swelling is normal. Some women swell up to two sizes during recovery. Wear loose clothing and stay off the scale until your body has stabilized.
- Don’t expect an instant recovery. Healing from mommy makeover can take several weeks. Most women take two weeks off work (three if possible) to recover.
For more information about mommy makeover with Dr. Richard Lee, please call our office at (949) 548-9312 today.