A Mommy Makeover is a term used by many people for women wanting body rejuvenation after having their babies. This surgery is recommended when a mother has decided she has completed her family.
According to percentages by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Mommy Makeovers are steadily increasing. In the lead, is a tummy tuck increase of more than 80 percent since 2000, followed by breast lifts in the same timeframe at around 70 percent.
San Diego Mommy Makeovers are a popular procedure.
While mothers adore their children, many yearn to have their pre-pregnancy day physique back.
And they can, with a mother rejuvenation procedure which includes a tummy tuck, breast lift and/or breast augmentation surgery.
Generally, these rejuvenation surgeries for the abdomen and breasts are combined during one procedure.
While women adore the idea of having these areas of their bodies renewed, naturally, they are concerned about their recovery time.
A board certified San Diego plastic surgeon will tell patients that recovery varies with each patient.
For those who only require a breast lift or breast augmentation, recovery may last about 7 to 10 days. However, if a tummy tuck is included, recovery may take two to four weeks.
Also known as an abdominoplasty, healing could vary, as well. Some patients may only need redundant skin removed, while others, may need muscle repair which takes more recovery time.
In any event, pain management is the most important role in recovery, especially regarding a tummy tuck.
The good news is pain management has vastly improved. Conversely, when pain management starts in the operating room, it has a direct correlation in terms of patients doing well in the long term.
There are three top-tier management methods which are being utilized:
One-Stick: This long-lasting opiate is injected into the spine, via a one-stick. For up to 18 hours pain is well managed. A one-stick requires less general anesthesia during the course of the surgery which means patients awaken more lucid, less nauseated, and are in limited discomfort. Hospitalization for one night is required with the one-stick.
TAP Block: A TAP Block delivers local anesthesia into the abdominal wall, thereby anesthetizing the intercostal nerves. This anesthesia can be administered during or immediately after the surgery. A TAP Block can last up to a few hours, however, if Exparel is utilized, pain management may last a few days.
Local Anesthetic Pump: Local anesthesia is administered by a catheter and directly to the surgical site. Typically, these pumps are used for a few days.
Do discuss pain management options with a board certified plastic surgeon, and by doing so, choose the best one for a particular procedure.
It’s also important to point out that if liposuction was used during the tummy tuck, a compression garment will be worn for a few weeks.
During the recovery phase, it’s highly recommended for mothers to get the assistance they need by means of a certified nurse’s assistant, friend, or family member for a few days. Proper healing will allow a patient to make great strides in their recovery.