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Tips to Prepare for a Mommy Makeover Surgery

Choosing to have a Phoenix Mommy Makeover is a huge decision. Not only have you made the decision to regain your pre-pregnancy body, but you have made the decision to restore your self-confidence. Recovery time from a Mommy Makeover is typically about two weeks, and you’ll need to take the time leading up to your Phoenix Mommy Makeover to prepare for your surgery and recovery time period. Below are tips on how to prepare for your Phoenix Mommy Makeover surgery.

Two Weeks Before Surgery:

  • Don’t take any aspirin or ibuprofen, as both medications can interfere with blood clotting. You may take Tylenol (or generic versions of it) if needed.
  • Stop taking any herbal medications, as they may also interfere with blood clotting, negatively impact your blood pressure or interact with your anesthesia.
  • Whether prescribed or not, do not take any diet pills. These medications may cause cardiovascular problems or interfere with your anesthesia.
  • Restrict your usage of vitamin E (thought multivitamins with vitamin E are okay).
  • If you smoke, you must quit now and for two weeks following your Mommy Makeover surgery. Smoking can interfere with your blood flow during surgery, and also inhibit the healing process. Better yet, use your Phoenix Mommy Makeover as the reason to quit smoking altogether. If you need help quitting smoking (whether for good or just the required 4-week time period), ask Dr. Meger about a smoking cessation program.

One Week Prior to Surgery:

  • Fill your pain medication prescriptions now, so that you won’t have to worry about doing so after your surgery.
  • Don’t drink alcohol or take any drugs, as these can interfere with both anesthesia and blood clotting.
  • Begin using a germ-inhibiting soap, such as Dial, Lever 2000 or Safeguard to fight off bacteria.
  • Let Dr. Meger know if you are showing any signs of a cold, virus or infection. We know you are looking forward to your Mommy Makeover, but it just isn’t worth risking the potential negative side effects if you are sick during your procedure. Your Mommy Makeover can always be rescheduled for a more convenient time.
  • Don’t take any cold or cough medication unless Dr. Meger gives you permission to do so.
  • Make sure that you secure a responsible adult to transport you from your surgery. You will not be able to drive yourself home after your Phoenix Mommy Makeover.
  • Make sure that you find a responsible adult to stay with you for the first 24-48 hours after surgery, to assist you with your pain medications, getting in and out of bed or a recliner, and to observe you for any complications. This person must also be prepared to bring you to the hospital if you are showing any rare, but serious side complications after your Mommy Makeover.
  • Prepare your home for your Mommy Makeover recovery time period. This includes:
    • Making sure you have plenty of pillows in your home, including a body pillow, which you may find comfortable to sleep with on your side.
    • Go grocery shopping and have lots of healthy, easy to serve and low sodium foods and snacks on hand.
    • Bring down any hard to reach items, which will be difficult for you to grab especially if you have a breast augmentation as part of your Mommy Makeover.
    • Clean your home, so you won’t be tempted to do so as you are recovering.

By following these tips, you are preparing yourself for an easier recovery process following your Phoenix Mommy Makeover. Do you have any other questions about preparing for or recovering from a Mommy Makeover? If so, call Dr. Meger to schedule a consultation to discuss your questions and concerns at (602) 957-6000.