Mommy makeover plastic surgery typically involves multiple cosmetic procedures, both invasive and non-invasive. Recovery process will vary from one patient to another, depending on the type and extent of procedures performed. The benefit with a mommy makeover is that the patient will go through recovery only once for several procedures.
The goal of the cosmetic surgeon will be to minimize the invasiveness of the procedure so that a safer and faster recovery is possible. The patient should be prepared to follow the surgeon’s post-operative instructions for a more effective recovery. Dr. Paul Fortes provides mommy makeover and other procedures to patients in Houston, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Texas TX, and surrounding communities.
Following mommy makeover cosmetic surgery, the patient may have to go through a downtime of about 10 to 14 days. Moms with little kids or babies may have to arrange for childcare in advance so that they can have adequate rest during the first few days of recovery. Mild pain and discomfort will be experienced in the first week, which can be address with pain meds prescribed by the surgeon.
Swelling and bruising may be more pronounced in the first week, but will begin to subside from the second week. Light walks and minor activities at home are encouraged after the first one or two days to promote blood flow and improve healing. Swelling will go away gradually over several weeks or months, but bruising will reduce much faster.
The surgeon will remove the temporary drain tubes and sutures after the first or second week. At this time, the patient will be ready to return to her normal routine or go back to work. However, strenuous physical activity, sports, lifting of heavy objects, and excessive bending should be avoided for at least three to four weeks.
The patient will start feeling much better as the swelling subsides and results of the procedure become more apparent. Carefully following the surgeon’s instructions will help her to recover fast. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Fortes receives patients from Houston, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Texas TX, and nearby areas for mommy makeover.
The post-operative compression garment, surgical bra or other medical accessories should be worn as instructed by the surgeon for the required time period. Medications such as blood thinners and vitamin E in oral form should be avoided during the early recovery phase.
If the patient is a smoker, she will be required to refrain from smoking before and after the mommy makeover for a certain period of time. Nicotine in tobacco interferes with the flow of oxygen in the blood, and delays healing. Scarring can be unfavorable in case of smokers and their risk of post-op complications is higher.
The patient should increase the intake of lean proteins in her diet for a few weeks to support healing. The diet should include a sufficient amount of whole grains, fruit and vegetables, and low fat dairy products. Healthy eating habits will not only help in short term recovery, but will also help the patient to maintain the results of her mommy makeover surgery.
For more information about the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul F. Fortes please click here or call 713-354-5123. Serving patients in Houston, Katy, The Woodlands, Beaumont, Port Arthur and other surrounding areas of Texas.