Mommy Makeover: Your Post-Surgery Questions Answered
Even though national plastic surgery organizations don’t compile statistics for mommy makeover procedures, at my Fort Worth practice it’s clear that the number of women seeking this post-pregnancy surgery continues to increase.
A mommy makeover is a phrase that encompasses a range of cosmetic procedures that address the physical changes experienced by women during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. The most common combination includes a tummy tuck, liposuction, and some form of cosmetic breast surgery. That could include a breast lift, either alone or with implants, standalone breast augmentation, or breast reduction.
Questions from mommy makeover patients during their consultations often involve queries about what to expect during the recovery period. I cover most questions in the post-op instructions provided to all patients. In this blog post, I address a few questions about specific situations.
When Can I Take an Airplane?
If your mommy makeover includes a tummy tuck (as most do), I recommend waiting at least a month before flying. Healing from a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) typically takes the longest of all the mommy makeover procedures. After a month to 6 weeks, the incisions and muscle tightening involved in the surgery should be well-healed. One of the primary concerns of flying after surgery is the risk of blood clots and thrombosis. These are related to trauma experienced during the surgery and the change in altitude involved in flying. Avoid taking a long flight and try to walk around as much as possible during the flight.
Other considerations related to flying involve the physical activity associated with airports. Running to catch a flight or lifting heavy luggage can pose risks and affect your healing. Plan to arrive well ahead of your flight and ask for help, if necessary.
How Long Before I Can Swim?
First, relaxing in the pool and swimming are 2 very different things and the timetable is different. Swimming laps can be a strenuous activity that involves muscles that need at least 6 to 8 weeks to heal following a mommy makeover. Another issue is that a tummy tuck and breast surgery involve several incisions and even after the wounds appear healed there may still be small openings through which bacteria can enter. When you are cleared to get in the pool, take it easy at first and gradually resume exerting more energy.
When Can I Resume Intense Workouts?
We have a lot of active women who get mommy makeovers at our practice, and it requires a lot of patience and willpower for them to stay away from the gym. As I mentioned, it typically takes incisions at least 6 weeks to heal. But the healing process is unique for each patient, and it may take 8 weeks or more in some cases. Intense exercise, such as cross-fit training, can put extreme strain on the incision sites. Disrupting the healing process will set you back even more time, so be sure to get your plastic surgeon’s clearance before resuming physically strenuous exercises.
If you’re considering a mommy makeover and want to see the kinds of results my patients enjoy, you can visit the before-and-after photo gallery. Use our online form to contact us if you have additional questions or want to request a consultation, or call our office at (817) 228-4315 to schedule an appointment.