Summary: If you’re struggling to get your pre-baby figure back, you’re not the only one. Many women find that it’s difficult or even impossible to achieve their pre-pregnancy body shape after having kids through diet and exercise alone. The good news, though, is that a mommy makeover can help you to fine-tune your physique for the smoother, more toned look you want, and a boost of self-confidence to go with it.
Once you’ve consulted with an experienced plastic surgeon and decided that this procedure is right for you, you’re probably anxiously awaiting the big day. It’s really never too soon to start preparing for mommy makeover surgery, so there are plenty of things that you can do, starting right now, to help the process go as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.
1. Start a Great Workout Routine
Although liposuction and a tummy tuck are two procedures that are commonly included in a mommy makeover, this surgery isn’t a weight loss tool. Therefore, you’ll still want to maintain great exercise habits leading up to your procedure in order to ensure that you get optimum results.
In fact, the best candidates for a mommy makeover and other body contouring procedures will already be at or close to their ideal weight before the day of their surgery. If there are small pockets of fat that don’t seem to respond to your weight loss efforts no matter how hard you try, that’s okay. This is where a tummy tuck or liposuction can help.
2. Eat Clean
Along with adopting healthy exercise habits, eating a balanced, clean diet can go a long way when it comes to reaching your weight loss goals before surgery. Stock up on plenty of fresh fruits, veggies and whole grains, and try to limit sugary drinks, candy and processed food as much as possible.
Not only can clean eating help you hit your target weight, but eating right can also boost your body’s immune system to help minimize the risk of complications during and after surgery. As you recover from your mommy makeover procedure, continuing these same healthy eating habits can help to speed the process by giving your body the nutrients it needs to heal efficiently.
3. Stop Smoking
Another way you can significantly reduce the risk of complications during your mommy makeover surgery is to quit smoking at least 45 days before your procedure. Numerous research studies have found that cigarette smoke greatly impairs your body’s natural wound healing process, as it contains over 4,000 toxins, including nicotine and carbon monoxide.
As a result, your bloodstream is not able to carry as much oxygen to the areas of your body as it needs, especially during the recovery process. Even more, smoking may increase the risk of infection after surgery because of these same concerns.
While you’ll need to refrain from smoking for 45 days before and after your mommy makeover, many women find that this is an excellent opportunity to kick the habit for good.
4. Prepare Your Recovery Area
In the last week or two before your mommy makeover, start thinking about where you’ll want to rest and recover and what you might need during that time. Choose a quiet, relaxing area of your house, and do all your cleaning and preparation ahead of time so that you’re not worrying about dust bunnies and dirty laundry while you recover.
Further, keep in mind that you’re going to be focused on doing nothing but resting and relaxing for the first 1 to 2 weeks after your mommy makeover surgery, so make sure you have plenty of entertainment for yourself. Treat yourself to a new book or two, stock up on DVDS and crossword puzzles and make sure the TV remote, tissues and anything else you might need are within reach.
5. Get Some Help
As your mommy makeover date draws nearer, make sure you arrange for childcare, pet care and help with housework and daily duties beforehand. Although all moms are superwomen, that doesn’t mean that you need to take care of the world while you take care of yourself after your mommy makeover.
Don’t try to take on too many responsibilities too soon, or you could slow the recovery process and hinder the quality of your results. Having enough help lined up ahead of time can not only help you avoid straining your body during recovery, but can also give you the peace of mind that everything—and everyone—is taken care of.
6. Check In With Your Plastic Surgeon
As you’re preparing for mommy makeover surgery, keep an open line of communication with your plastic surgeon. He or she can address any questions or concerns that you might have leading up to the day of your procedure, as well as provide detailed guidelines for what you should be doing to prepare.
Further, your plastic surgeon should provide you with a list of medications to avoid a few weeks before and after your mommy makeover, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen or even herbal supplements. If you’re ever unsure of something, don’t hesitate to contact your plastic surgeon’s office, as they are your go-to mommy makeover resource.