Finish Having A Family
It is best to do this surgery after your family is complete, without plans for further pregnancies. Pregnancy will affect both tummy Tuck and breast surgery, possibly requiring revision. So have all your kids first, and then reward yourself with this makeover. Also plan on waiting at least 6 months after your final pregnancy to allow your body to recover. Longer time is needed if breastfeeding.
Get As Close To Ideal Weight As Possible
It is best to try to get as close as possible to your pre-pregnancy or or ideal weight to optimize your result. Weight loss after surgery may leave you with redundant skin in the abdomen or breasts. Losing the weight prior to surgery allows your surgeon to aggressively trim all unwanted skin from your tummy, and if necessary, your breasts.
Try To Decide Exactly What You Want
Prepare for your plastic surgery consultation by taking a long hard look at yourself and deciding exactly what you want. For example, do you want your breasts lifted only, or would you also like to be bigger, requiring implants? Do you prefer silicone or saline implants? There are pros and cons regarding types of breast implants and implants in general. Some women opt for liposuction of other areas, like upper arms or thighs. I tailor each of my Mommy Makeover Operations to the desires and needs of each patient. Body types differ, demanding an individual approach.
Map Out Your Recovery
Multiple procedures performed simultaneously require recovery, and it is best to understand exactly what that means. The first few days after surgery are the hardest, most likely requiring pain medications. However you need to walk around a bit and keep taking deep breaths to keep blood circulating, preventing blood clots. I recommend no heavy lifting or cardio workouts for approximately 4 weeks after surgery. You should be able to return to work in 1-2 weeks if your job requires no heavy exertion, longer for more physical jobs. Most swelling and bruising resolves within 4 weeks, but all swelling may not subside for 3-6 months. You will look pretty good weeks after the operation, but your final result will not be realized for 3-6 months.
Choose A Plan To Maintain Your Beautiful New Body
Once fully recovered, embrace a sensible diet and exercise regimen to maintain your weight and keep your muscles toned. Hire a personal trainer to show you the best and safest way to exercise. This will perpetuate your wonderful surgical result for years to come and provide the bonus of better health.
About the author: Dr. Tornambe is a renowned plastic surgery expert specializing in the cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body. He has lectured in Europe and the United States, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.