Secrets to a Quicker Recovery After a Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover San Diego, CALast fall, we had a couple of months of blogs on mommy makeovers. When is the right time? What’s involved? Lately we’ve moved to Dr. Kearney’s expertise with breast augmentation and breast implant revision procedures.

But if you’re considering having a mommy makeover, now could be a good time to start making plans. Part of those plans will be thinking realistically about your recovery. These are involved surgeries, so recovery isn’t a walk in the park. Here’s some advice on having the easiest recovery possible after your mommy makeover with Dr. Kearney.

What is a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover is the combination of usually three procedures into a single surgical session. Dr. Kearney usually includes a breast lift (with or without augmentation), a tummy tuck, and liposuction in his mommy makeovers, and patients love getting their pre-baby body back, and maybe then some.

But these are major surgeries. Here are a few tips to make recovery from your mommy makeover as easy as possible:

  • Heed Dr. Kearney’s instructions

It’s always important to heed your surgeon’s post-surgery instructions, but a mommy makeover demands it. You can’t lift much for a period of time. Doing so can stretch and distort your incisions. You have to limit movement. You’ll need to wear your surgical support bra 24 hours a day. All of Dr. Kearney’s instructions need to be religiously followed because they are meant to help you have the smoothest recovery.

  • Call in reinforcements

This is no time to be the lone ranger. For at least the first 48 hours, preferably a week or more, you’ll need to have someone with you at your home. This is because you’re not going to be able to move much without help. This is due to the tummy tuck portion of your mommy makeover. It will be difficult to stand upright initially. Getting in and out of bed and getting dressed will be very hard without help. Optimum would be having someone there with your for the first 2-3 weeks, taking care of child care, doing chores such as vacuuming and laundry, and cooking.

  • Walk

It may feel like the last thing you want to do, but moving your body is of paramount importance to prevent possible complications such as the formation of blood clots. You cannot do strenuous activity, but walking is important to help with the tummy tuck portion of your recovery. And it will make you feel as if you’re making progress in your recovery. Dr. Kearney will give you goals for how much time to walk each day.

  • Prepare your recovery area

Get your recovery area ready long before you head off for surgery. Fill your pain medication prescriptions and get your space ready. Lots of pillows and blankets. Lots of entertainment (but avoid anything that will make you laugh a lot). Have a table within easy reach of your bed. You may want to invest in a toilet seat booster, to lessen the pressure of squatting. And you’ll need to be off work for two weeks, maybe more.

  • Don’t overdo things

This is a difficult recovery involving two major surgeries combined with liposuction. Don’t be a hero and brag about how you were exercising two days into it. All that will do is place unnecessary stress on your incisions and your repositioned muscles. That will increase your recovery pain and the duration of your recovery. Fully rest and allow yourself to heal properly. That way you will ensure the quickest recovery and the best ongoing results.

Interested in getting your pre-baby body back with a mommy makeover from Dr. Kearney? Call him at (858) 677-9352 to schedule your consultation.

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After careful consideration and at the request of our state, and concern for the health and safety of our patients, we are cancelling all non-essential appointments and surgical procedures starting on 3-20-20. Please take note below of the ways that we are available to you over the next couple of weeks:

  • Appointments:Dr. Kearney will still be seeing a small number of post operative appointments over the next couple of weeks as well as any patients that require immediate attention or medical care, by appointment only. We are calling and emailing all patients who currently have appointments scheduled in the next 2 weeks to notify them and reschedule
  • Phone: We will be working remotely and able to answer questions as well as schedule future appointments and surgeries by calling our main number: 858.677.9352. Please note, however, that we will have reduced hours over the next couple of weeks so be sure to call during these times: M-F 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you have an urgent matter outside of these hours and need to speak to Dr. Kearney please call 619-270-4935.
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  • Email: We will have access to email and our patient scheduling system and will be available to check and respond to emails M-F from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you reach us outside of these hours please allow 24-48 hours for a response. You can continue to email the patient coordinator you’ve been in contact with or simply use [email protected]
  • Virtual consultations: Can’t come in for an appointment right now? No problem! Dr. Kearney is able to offer phone consultations during the next couple of weeks. Simply email us at [email protected] or call 858-677-9352 during the above hours and we will let you know the simple steps to take.

We apologize for any inconvenience the above changes may cause and are hoping things return to “normal” as soon as possible. Please stay safe and healthy and let’s all try to remain as positive as possible during this time of uncertainty.

We appreciate all of you and look forward to seeing you again very soon!

Sincerely,

Dr. Kearney and staff

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