How to Prepare for Your Mommy Makeover
Despite the joy that comes with it, having a baby can take a toll on your body. If you’ve been struggling to get your body back to where it was before pregnancy, you’re not alone. Many women experience difficulty losing fat and loose skin that is leftover from the changes that happen during pregnancy. One great option is the mommy makeover, and it’s well-known for its transformative results. If you’re considering your options, it’s important to meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon so you know what to expect. You’ll also need to be prepared for your surgery, so here’s what to keep in mind as you schedule your consultation.
Prior to surgery, your plastic surgeon will have a long discussion about your health and whether a mommy makeover is right for you. It’s important to consider whether you’re recovered from childbirth and if your body has returned to its normal hormonal state. If you have any health concerns, you may need to have bloodwork done so Dr. Nakamura can create a safe and effective surgical plan for you. You’ll also discuss your goals for a mommy makeover and what you hope to achieve so your plastic surgeon can determine the right surgical approach.
Your plastic surgeon will discuss any medications you’re currently taking, including supplements and over-the-counter pain relievers. You’ll be advised about any medications that should be discontinued prior to surgery. Pain relief medications and some herbal supplements can increase your risk of bleeding, so you may need to adjust your regimen accordingly.
Smoking can also increase your risk of bleeding during your procedure. It can also result in complications and a longer recovery. It’s recommended that you stop smoking at least one month before your procedure. You should not begin smoking again for at least one month after your surgery. If possible, this is a good time to quit smoking permanently to benefit your health.
Shaving before a surgical procedure can increase your risk of developing an infection because it leaves your skin more exposed to outside contaminants. To be safe, hold off on shaving a few days before the day of surgery. This also includes plucking and waxing.
You should not have alcohol the day before your procedure. You will also need to fast before surgery to make sure your general anesthesia goes smoothly. In most cases, you’ll be advised to avoid eating or drinking anything after midnight the day before your surgery. If you don’t follow these instructions, your surgery may need to be rescheduled for your safety.
Dr. Nakamura can create the ideal mommy makeover procedure for you during a consultation at our Arlington office. To get started, we invite you to contact us by calling or filling out our online form.
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