While recovery from any surgical procedure is difficult, mothers with young children who undergo mommy makeovers are often left to face an even more challenging recovery. It is important to plan ahead and have realistic expectations for your recovery process. Below are some key tips and tricks to help ensure an easier mommy makeover recovery:

Before Surgery

1) Know what to expect.

Do your research ahead of time so you are aware of the average length of recovery. It is important to understand how much downtime will be necessary following surgery.

2) Plan ahead!

Plan for this downtime by stocking up on food and frozen meals, arranging care for children and pets, and filling your prescriptions before your surgery day.

3) Stop taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.

NSAIDs such as Advil and Motrin increase bleeding and bruising which can negatively affect your surgical recovery.

4) Quit smoking!

Smoking can hinder your body’s recovery process. Also, smoking affects the circulation of blood through your body, and adequate blood supply is always of great concern during any surgical procedure.

After Surgery

1) Drink plenty of clear liquids.

It is absolutely essential to stay hydrated following any surgical procedure. This helps to avoid complications such as infection and deep vein thrombosis.

2) Stay on top of your pain medications.

Your caregiver should help you stay on top of your pain medication schedule. It can be helpful to track what medications you need to take by writing down times and setting alarms.

3) Eat healthy!

Your body needs protein, iron, nutrients and fats (in moderation) to recover properly. Try to avoid salt, as salty foods will increase swelling during your recovery process.

5) Wear your post-surgery garments.

After surgery it is important to wear your compression garments around the clock to help control swelling and support the new contours of your body.

6) Just relax!

Don’t do anything stressful after surgery and simply allow yourself time to heal. Fight the temptation to do too much too quickly!