Mommy makeover surgery by definition is a body contouring procedure in which the goal is to reverse the effects of pregnancy. Perhaps the most common examples include tummy tuck, abdominal liposuction, and breast enhancement.
Aside from selecting a qualified surgeon, mommy makeover Beverly Hills expert Dr. Tarick Smaili says preparations will also play a crucial role in the success of your surgery.
These are the top five ways to prepare for mommy makeover surgery, as suggested by Dr. Smaili.
1. Nutrition. The goal is to nourish the body well in advance of the surgery to promote good healing. The general rule of thumb is to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meat or plant-based protein, and stay away from empty calories and highly processed foods.
Because the typical American diet lacks “diversity,” it is not uncommon for surgeons to recommend multivitamin, iron, and protein supplementations.
2. Weight. Your weight must be within normal range (or at least within 10-15 lbs. of your weight goal) that you can maintain long term, allowing you to achieve optimal results from tummy tuck or any type of mommy makeover surgery.
However, a month or two before the surgery you should not lose a significant amount of weight, which can lead to malnutrition and eventually poor healing after your mommy makeover.
3. Recover from childbirth. It is important that you have fully recovered from the trauma of childbirth before any body contouring surgery is attempted. While the general rule of thumb is to wait at least six months after giving birth, you may want to further postpone your mommy makeover if you choose to breastfeed your baby.
Keep in mind that breastfeeding involves the release of hormones, which can affect the elasticity of your skin.
4. Emotional health. Most patients focus on their physical health without realizing that they should also mentally and emotionally prepare themselves prior to the surgery, which involves temporary symptoms such as pain, swelling, and bruising. For this reason, postop blues are not uncommon during recovery.
Aside from taking care of your emotional health, you must also build a support system who will be there throughout your “journey.”
5. House preparation. Do all the house chores and buy all the “recovery period” supplies that you will need before your mommy makeover to avoid being stressed out during the healing phase in which your sole responsibility is to take care of your wellbeing.
Also, arrange an in-house care for at least three days postop.