In many ways, a mommy makeover can be just as life-altering as having children. You have decided to undergo a process that will surgically reshape and enhance your body, and you can expect to experience both physical and mental benefits as a result.

Taking good care of yourself after a mommy makeover – and allowing yourself plenty of time to rest and heal – is essential to achieving your ideal appearance after surgery. After all, when you get a mommy makeover, you’re investing in yourself. It’s well worth your time to prepare for a successful recovery, especially when you have young children to care for.

What to Expect When Recovering from Your Mommy Makeover

Because a mommy makeover surgery is highly customizable, and every woman’s body is different, there’s no one-size-fits-all recovery timeline or process. Your healing time and experience may be entirely unlike your friend or neighbor who underwent a mommy makeover, because you and Dr. Alderman may decide on a different series of procedures to attain your ideal outcome.

We will send you home with detailed post-operative instructions that include:

  • How to clean and care for your incisions and drains after surgery
  • Medications that speed healing and reduce the chances of infection
  • Changes to be aware of around the surgical sites or in your general health

Your full recovery process may take up to six weeks.  Over that time,  swelling decreases and the shape of your newly enhanced body reveals itself. Continue to follow Dr. Alderman’s instructions to the letter and attend all follow-up appointments.

Preparing for a Successful Recovery

As a mom, you know all about the importance of planning ahead, from packing your kids’ lunches the night before school to laying out a week’s worth of clean clothing on Sunday night. When it comes to your self-care after mommy makeover surgery, don’t overlook the difference preparation can make.

Here are four tips to make your mommy makeover recovery as easy and comfortable as possible.

 1. Decide Who Will Be Your Caretaker

Ask your partner, your family members, or your closest friends to help you after your surgery. Not only will you need someone to look after your children and make sure they get to school on time and are fed and clothed; you’ll also need someone to look after your needs in the first few weeks.

Arrange for someone to babysit your children for the first 48 hours after your surgery. This period is a critical time for recovery, and you should rest as much as possible to avoid complications such as bleeding.

 2. Prep, Prep, Prep

In the days leading up to your surgery, take care of any major household chores. Clean the house, do the laundry, make and freeze a week or two of meals ahead of time, and stock the kitchen with all the groceries, medications, and medical supplies you need. After your surgery, you need to focus on healing, not on running around doing chores and errands. Even if you feel like you can, don’t try to push yourself to do household tasks too soon – you don’t want to have any setbacks in your healing process.

3. Create a Recovery Area

Before undergoing your mommy makeover, dedicate space for your rest and recovery area. Load up a bed or couch with plenty of pillows and blankets. Download books and magazines to your e-reader and organize your binge-watching queue. Put drinks, snacks, and any medications within easy reach.

If your young children are home during the day and nobody is around to help you, modify the space to include a safe, childproof area for them. Fill this space with some beloved toys or books, bring a DVD or two of their favorite movies, and have some of their favorite snacks available. Being able to spend time with you as you heal can help your child feel loved, not ignored.

4. Explain to Your Kids

A six-week healing process can seem like forever to kids who don’t understand why Mommy can’t run and play with them anymore, and you may also feel frustrated by your limited physical activity level.

If your kids are old enough to understand, explain you are following your doctor’s orders to rest and get well. You may even consider asking them to help you by taking over a few small household tasks.