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Mommy Makeover & Healing: Helpful Habits for a Better Recovery

Mother and Daughter Laughing in Mirror

“Mommy Makeover” surgery at our Denver practice addresses a woman’s breasts and tummy post-pregnancy in a single surgery. The surgery usually consists of a tummy tuck and breast surgery such as a breast reduction, breast augmentation, or a breast lift with or without implants.

The combination of 2 or 3 surgeries saves the patient recovery time, adds minimal additional risk, saves patient from taking more time off from work, and, in most cases, saves money. The school of thoughts is: if you are going to recover from a tummy tuck, you might as well have your breast surgery at the same time as it won’t add additional time in bed. We all know moms don’t have a lot of spare time!

Take Enough Time Off

Our surgeons recommend that women take at least 2 weeks off from a desk job and at least 3 weeks off from from a physically demanding job. Mothers of small children will need additional childcare at home during the recovery period. Ask your doctor for healing guidelines in advance.

Embrace These Healthy Habits

Healing from any surgery isn’t fun. However, arming yourself with the following healthy habits before Mommy Makeover surgery will keep your spirits higher, stress levels lower, and aid your body in optimum healing:

1. Lower stress

Moms wear many hats which means, we are managing several things at once. Preparedness will help keep your stress levels low. Enlist help from friends and family. Things to try:

  • Ask the carpool members pitch in while you are out.
  • Create a chore chart with your family before surgery.
  • Have your kids and hubby take over laundry, grocery shopping, pet care, and house cleaning.
  • Meal prep and shop beforehand so that they have quick, healthy meals at their fingertips.
  • Designate who is picking you up from surgery and who will stay take care of you.
  • Be sure to handle all loose ends at work beforehand. Tell your staff and co-workers you are unreachable for at least a week. Leave an outgoing message on your cell phone stating you will return from a vacation in 10 days.
  • Have your house cleaned the day before surgery so that you are walking into stress-free zone upon return from our surgery center.

2. Stay hydrated

The daily recommendation is to drink at least 8 8-ounce glasses of water per day. A side effect from most pain medication is dehydration. Up the daily recommendation to at least 10 8-ounce glasses per day while you are healing.

  • Have a large water bottle near your bedside so that you can drink with ease. Keep your taste buds interested by adding sliced cucumbers, mint leaves or lemons to the water.
  • Run a humidifier in your room. Colorado is one of the driest states in the Union. Adding extra humidity to your living environment will help keep your skin supple.
  • Eat foods high in water such as melons, celery and citrus fruits.

3. Eat mostly whole foods

After surgery, your body is sending increased blood flow to your incisions in order to heal them. Blood houses oxygen and healthy nutrients that allow for our bodies to heal from trauma. This is why eating a nutrient rich, whole food diet is so important. Whole foods are plant-based foods that are unprocessed and unrefined before consumption.

  • Try to eliminate boxed foods that have several ingredients and words that are difficult to pronounce. Food loses its nutritional value with boiling, dying, bleaching, added sugar and with frying.
  • Do your best to eat salads containing dark green leafy lettuce, a rainbow of veggies, and lean protein.
  • Add healthy oils such as cold pressed olive and sunflower to make salad dressing. Your skin LOVES foods high in vitamin C, A, E and healthy omega three fats. Vitamin C is the one ingredient that promotes collagen production within your body. It aids in keeping skin strong and healthy.

4. Read

After a Mommy Makeover, you will be unable to exercise for several weeks, so it is important to keep your brain active. How many books do you have on your shelf that you have meant to read over the past 2 years? Reading during recovery will make your mind active and keep the blues at bay. Feed your mind with knowledge. Listen to podcasts or watch a documentary. Bottom line: an idle mind is a depressing state of mind. Consume all of those magazines, books and blogs you haven’t had time for!

5. Surround yourself with positivity

By and large, women link personal happiness to their ability to be productive. Keep in mind, productivity is low when the body is healing from a Mommy Makeover. It is important to remind yourself that the healing stages of sleeping and resting are temporary. Exercise, play and productivity are on the horizon in your new body!

  • Post positive quotes in your bedroom or on your bathroom mirror.
  • Ask your fun, supportive, inspiring friends to visit. Do not speak to “Debbie Downers” or invite naysayers over.
  • Write in a journal.
  • Add a few drops of good-smelling essential oil to your humidifier.
  • Listen to feel-good music.
  • Open your shades to let some light in.

6. Fill your recovery room with creature comforts

You have most likely donated your childhood teddy bear to charity by now. However, if you haven’t, dust her off and bring her to bed! Healing from your Mommy Makeover will happen with ease if you wear your most comfy pajamas and wrap yourself with the softest blanket available. You may want to adorn your bed with soft, pretty sheets before surgery as you will live in your bedroom more than usual for the first week of recovery. Have your favorite slippers bedside and the pantry stocked with quality tea and dark chocolate (high in antioxidants). Put a pretty, vibrant plant in your bedroom. Recovery is a time to heal in soft surroundings.

7. Inhale fresh air daily

Get outside even if it’s for just 5 minutes. The fresh air will enliven your spirits and help you feel refreshed. Sit outside in a comfortable chair and read your book or take a few steps outside.

For details about Mommy Makeover recovery, review our timeline blog post. If you have questions, feel free to contact us online or call us at (720) 279-1926. For inspiration, visit our online photo gallery of Mommy Makeover patients.

Kari Fisher White
Patient Counselor
kari@denverccs.com

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