Dr. Max Pekarev helps women reclaim their bodies from the effects of pregnancy and childbirth with a mommy makeover. While restoring a patient’s body back to a younger, more attractive state is the goal, Dr. Pekarev sees success as more than the physical outcome.
Often, patients go into a plastic surgery procedure such as a mommy makeover, fillers, or procedures focused on the end result instead of the process. Mommy makeovers may involve two or more surgical procedures, including a tummy tuck, liposuction, or breast augmentation. Combining the procedures allows for a more dramatic improvement and a faster overall recovery time.
These are still surgeries, however, and so Dr. Max recommends that patients plan ahead to ensure that the procedures fit into their lifestyle.
Family Responsibilities and the Mommy Makeover
Many women have a mommy makeover shortly after they have decided that they are done having children and are ready to restore their bodies to a younger, firmer state. Moms should also take into consideration what their responsibilities will be after surgery and how they will cope with these demands.
For example, mothers with a one-year-old or a young child who must be constantly lifted may need to reconsider having a mommy makeover immediately. Dr. Max typically recommends that patients do not lift any weight greater than 15 pounds for 6 weeks.
At the very least, patients must ensure that they have the proper resources in place to be able to handle the rigors of raising young kids. The typical mommy makeover leaves patients with incisions, soreness, and restrictions on physical exertion for a period of time. Make sure that you have all of the help you need to take care of your family commitments and to heal properly.
Before your surgery, you’ll have the opportunity to speak with Dr. Max at length about what to expect before, during, and after your procedure. Important among these details is the time you can expect to be away from work and the limitations you will have on physical activity.
If you are employed in an office and have the flexibility to take time off, these restrictions may not be as important in your decision to have a mommy makeover. However, if your job is physically demanding, it may be necessary to make arrangements so that work can continue (and your job will be secure) while you are recovering.
Even office jobs may be difficult to manage as you are healing from abdominoplasty, facial surgery, or other procedures. Depending on your level of comfort, you may want to make arrangements to get ahead on work or provide appropriate coverage as you adjust to life after surgery.
Whether you are the main earner for your family or you contribute in other ways, your surgery can have a financial impact. Beyond medical costs, your spouse may be helping you during and after your procedure. This can mean missed days at work or lower productivity. By planning (and saving) ahead, you can make this transition easier and enjoy the rewards of your new, improved appearance.
Talk with Dr. Max about other mommy makeover questions. Call his practice at (817) 529-9199 to schedule a consultation.