Many moms experience a range of emotions when they finish having babies and breastfeeding. Of course, there’s the relief of being “finished.” But many women also experience a strong desire to “get their body back” now that their family planning is completed. Only a mother knows the strain that their bodies endure because of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. These incredible ordeals can cause sagging breasts, loose skin on the tummy, and stretch marks around the body also. Even for moms that diet and exercise, they often get to a point where they need a little extra help, which is exactly why we’re here today to talk about the mommy makeover. Austin moms that are ready to get back into fighting shape should call Dr. Tjelmeland today at (512) 617-7500.
What Is A Mommy Makeover?
Austin moms deserve a lot of gratitude from their families for the months and years of sacrifice, pain, and hard work they put into creating and birthing kids. Because of the tremendous toll that pregnancy and breastfeeding puts on your body, the mommy makeover procedure is often a combination of several procedures, including but not limited to:
Now, because of how extensive the mommy makeover can be, the recovery process needs to be handled very carefully.
10 Recovery Tips for Your Mommy Makeover
Austin moms will have plenty of time to discuss both their treatment plan and their recovery plan with Dr. Tjelmeland. The recovery period is one of the most critical parts of the whole process. In fact, your results partly depend on how well you follow Dr. Tjelmeland’s instructions. Here are a few tips. Keep in mind that Dr. Tjelmeland will give you all of these instructions (and lots more) before the procedure.
- Get help from friends or family – Not only do you need someone to drive you home from our licensed and accredited surgical center, but you’ll also need someone with you for 24 hours afterward and periodically for 4-5 days.
- No exercise or activity – This is a big one. Austin patients should avoid any exercise, movements, or strenuous activities for at least 6 weeks. You should avoid lifting things heavier than 10 pounds, as well.
- Don’t stay in bed – But patients also need to get out of bed and walk around several times a day. This will keep you from getting blood clots in your legs.
- Don’t use over-the-counter meds – Don’t take Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and acetaminophen until given the okay by Dr. Tjelmeland. These can interfere with your healing and other medications.
- Use your compression garment – Many patients will leave the hospital with compression garments. These are critical to your results because they help tremendously with swelling and shaping
- Careful with your drains – You may also have drains in place. These help your body heal quicker, prevent fluid build-up, and are critical to the recovery process. Be careful with them as you shower, too.
- Diet – Austin patients should eat the foods they can tolerate. Often this is soft, bland foods. But you do need to eat so you can keep your strength up and also so you can take your medications.
- Drink fluids – Water is the best way to flush out all of the medications and anesthesia and give your body plenty of fluids to heal.
- Wound care – Another big factor is wound care. Your incisions need to be monitored and cared for so that they heal quickly and with minimal scarring.
- Stay out of the sun – Finally, do not go in the sun or expose your incisions to the sunlight. Doing so can darken your scars and make them permanently more visible after your mommy makeover.
Austin moms that are ready to get their pre-pregnancy body back should call Dr. Tjelmeland today at (512) 617-7500. We would love to help you love the way you look so contact us today!