• Recovering from a Mommy Makeover

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    Mommy Makeover Before and After Pictures

    Most women who take the big step to reclaim their bodies after having children tell me that it’s the best money they have ever spent. By rejuvenating their breasts, tummies, hips and thighs, my Mommy Makeover patients can finally free their heads from that annoying little voice that constantly reminds them of their “problem” areas. Besides, don’t moms have enough little voices in their heads already?

    Looking at Mommy Makeover before and after photos can help you know what kind of results to expect, including understanding the post surgical scars and how I minimize the visibility of tummy tuck and breast surgery scars.

    Click here to visit my Mommy Makeover pictures – http://drkim.com/before-after-gallery/body-makeover-photos.html/

    Preparing for Your Mommy Makeover

    Remember back when you had your first baby? While waiting to go into labor you likely used a check list to get all ready for the big day. After the baby came home, check lists and “to do’s” went out the window, and you were on your own! Well, we know moms can use all the help they can get, and this is even truer as you prepare for and recover from your Mommy Makeover surgery.

    Here is a handy check list of things to buy/do/arrange for BEFORE your big day:

    _____ Choose books/magazines to read

    _____ Get DVDs to watch

    _____ Set up laptop computer near the bed

    _____ Buy groceries to last at least 1 week (healthy, high in protein)

    _____ Fill prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medications

    _____ Buy ice packs to reduce swelling

    _____ Set up nightstand with snacks, bottled water, remote controls for entertainment

    _____ Put extra sheets, pillows and towels near the bed

    _____ Get extra surgical dressings

    _____ Arrange for pet care

    _____ Arrange for child care

    _____ Secure companion to drive you home and stay with you for 1-2 days post surgery

    Recovering from a Mommy Makeover

    The most common mistake that busy moms make after undergoing a Mommy Makeover is trying to do too much too soon. It is very tempting to step back into the role of care giver, especially in those first few days after surgery. You often feel fairly good after coming home because of the pain medications used during your surgery. Do not make this mistake! Taking the time to properly recover from your Mommy Makeover is just as important as the surgery itself. You’ll feel better faster if you take the time to properly recover from your Mommy Makeover.

    You will need consistent help at home for the first 2-3 days to make sure you take your pain medications, stay hydrated and have help getting in and out of bed or to the restroom. You may choose to recover for a day or two at a post-op recovery facility. These are like hotels that specialize in post cosmetic surgery care that can offer you experience and comfort that well-meaning family and friends may not have.

    Drains will likely be placed in your incisions after surgery and measuring the output of fluid helps your surgeon to determine when to remove the drains. You may also go home with a pain pump, which is a magical ball that reduces pain by delivering numbing medication directly to your surgical area.

    You should spend the next 3-5 days at your house with a caregiver who can help with meal preparation, cleaning, etc. Allow for a full 7-14 days before returning to non-strenuous work and longer if you happen to be an aerobics instructor or carpenter.

    You should be fully “recovered” after 14 days but you may still be bruised, swollen and stiff after two weeks. Be sure to plan your calendar for travel, special events and work accordingly. Finally, after all of that preparation and recovery, you have just one thing left to do … enjoy your new body!

    If you’d like more information on a Mommy Makeover, please contact my Patient Coordinator, Caroline. She can be reached at 415 362 1846 or info@drkim.com. We look forward to meeting you!

     

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