Here is a universal truth: Moms are overworked and underpaid.
Still, most moms feel guilty about taking care of themselves in even the most basic ways. They forgo exercise, salon appointments, shopping for themselves, and sometimes even showers and general care in order to be there for their children and families.
The truth is, taking care of yourself as a mother should rank high on your list of priorities. You deserve time alone, time to relax, and time to improve your well-being. One way that many mothers are finally doing something important for themselves is through mommy makeovers.
In this article we’ll be discussing mommy makeovers and how to maintain your mommy makeover surgery results once you’ve gone through the procedure. With the right post-operative maintenance and care, you can enjoy the benefits of a mommy makeover for years to come.
What Is a Mommy Makeover? The Basics
A mommy makeover is a set of personalized procedures that addresses common physical issues mothers face. Those women who have gone through pregnancy, childbirth, and breast-feeding may struggle with the sagging breasts, excess skin on the abdomen and elsewhere, and other issues that can be fixed with typical cosmetic procedures.
Most mommy makeover surgeries involve a combination of the following procedures:
How Can You Maintain Surgery Results After a Mommy Makeover?
Once you’ve had money makeover surgery, it’s incumbent upon you to maintain your surgery results.
In other words, there are scenarios in which a lack of attention to your physical health may cause your results to diminish, returning your body closer to its pre-surgery state.
If this happens, you may need to get secondary surgery or take other steps to get your body back to its postoperative peak. In some cases, however, secondary surgery will not be an option, and/or achieving your initial results will not be possible. This is all the more reason to take the necessary maintenance steps now.
Fortunately, it doesn’t involve too much to maintain your mommy makeover surgery results. Dr. Sieber will certainly discuss maintenance and self-care with you, but in general, you can expect to have these guidelines to follow:
1. Don’t do too much too fast.
One of the most important parts of your mommy makeover is the recovery period.
Those patients who fail to follow the postoperative care instructions given to them by Dr. Sieber risk diminishing their results by a large margin. They also risk seriously hurting themselves.
Caring for your body after surgery means not doing too much too fast. Especially when it comes to busy mothers, however, it’s unfortunately not uncommon for patients try to get up and move around before they should. They’re lifting heavy things when they shouldn’t, exercising before their doctor has given them the okay, and generally not looking after themselves during this delicate period.
Be sure to give yourself adequate rest after this major surgery. Have someone watch the kids for a while, take time off from work, and get some help around the house if you can. The recovery period won’t last forever, and in the end, you’ll be glad you took the time to heal properly.
2. Maintain a healthy weight through your diet.
After allowing for a proper recovery, the next most important factor influencing your surgery results is maintaining a healthy weight. Ideally, this should be done through eating a proper diet.
Eating a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, healthy fats, and plenty of water is the best way to maintain a healthy weight. Some women find that keeping a daily food diary and counting calories works for them while others simply try to eat healthy most of the time.
Indulging in your favorite treats and snacks is certainly not forbidden when it comes to weight maintenance, but focusing on nutrition for the majority of your meals will not only keep your weight within a healthy limit, but it will also help you feel better and be healthier in the long run.
3. Stay toned and heart-healthy with exercise.
In addition to eating a healthy diet, you should participate in regular physical activity. Walking, jogging, or riding your bike, are all great ways to stay physically active. If solo sports are for you, try exercising with a buddy, taking a workout class, or playing group sports like volleyball or soccer.
Regular exercise will help you maintain a healthy weight, but it will also keep your muscles strong and defined. This, in turn, will help you maintain a good posture and a nicely toned abdomen and arms and legs.
4. Stay out of the sun or wear sunscreen.
Finally, try to keep your surgery scars out of the sun — especially while they are still healing. This is often a surprising tip for patients, but it’s an important one. Of course, you want your scars to be as unnoticeable as possible, and keeping them out of the sun will help them avoid thickening and darkening in color.
If you do plan on being out in the sun, make sure to wear sunscreen if appropriate or cover your scars with protective clothing.
Book a Consultation Appointment
If you’re a mom who’s been struggling with the physical after-effects of pregnancy, childbirth, and breast-feeding, a mommy makeover may be just what you’ve been looking for to boost your confidence and feel great about your appearance.
To learn more about the mommy makeover procedure and whether you’d be a good candidate, contact Dr. Sieber’s office today and book your consultation appointment.