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Guidelines for Diet and Exercise After a Mommy Makeover

After having a baby, most women are eager to get back to their pre-baby bodies. At Walters Plastic Surgery in the New Orleans, LA, we employ a combination of surgical and nonsurgical procedures as part of mommy makeover surgery. A mommy makeover can transform any part of the body affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters uses a combination of skin tightening and fat reduction methods, usually through procedures such as a tummy tuck and breast lift, to help you reclaim your figure. 


When considering any elective surgery, it’s important to be aware that you’re putting your body through a significant amount of strain. Diet and exercise play an important part in the healing process and have an impact on your recovery. By following Dr. Walters’ instructions as well as a healthy diet and exercise regimen following your mommy makeover, you can reduce side effects such as swelling and inflammation while ensuring successful healing. Learn more about these guidelines by scheduling a private consultation at Walters Plastic Surgery today. 


Mommy makeover surgery options

Ideal candidates for a mommy makeover are individuals who have tried to achieve a slimmer appearance through a healthy lifestyle but have seen little improvement. Many women who consider surgical intervention are displeased with issues such as deflated breasts or an undesirable abdominal area. During your consultation, Dr. Walters will take your medical history and learn about your problem areas. He will then create a personalized surgical plan to reshape the areas of concern. One or more surgeries can be grouped together, such as liposuction of the flanks and abdomen as well as a tummy tuck and breast lift. The surgeries are usually outpatient procedures performed under general anesthesia, lasting 3 – 6 hours based on the complexity.


Mommy makeover recovery expectations

While Dr. Walters uses breakthrough technology to address excess skin and fat with liposuction, tummy tuck, breast lift, and more, body contouring surgeries are considered invasive since they cover a large portion of the body. As such, recovery is a gradual process that must be taken seriously. The knowledgeable staff at Walters Plastic Surgery will supply you with postoperative instructions to follow at home as you rest. On the day of surgery, you will need a responsible adult to drive you home and help you take any required medications for 2 – 3 days. Additionally, patients should plan to have assistance with getting in and out of bed, childcare, meal preparation, and other simple chores around the house. It is best to make these arrangements ahead of time to make your healing journey as seamless as possible. 


Mommy makeover exercise plan

Patients should expect that moving and walking around will be difficult for the first week. Though the initial recovery could take a few months, the majority of patients can return to a relatively normal routine within a month. Here’s what you can expect in terms of exercise post-surgery: 


  • Two weeks after surgery: Once the swelling has gone down, we encourage you to participate in light walking around the house to promote healthy circulation. Try not to push yourself too hard during this time. 
  • Four weeks after surgery: Patients can begin to add more exercise to their routine. Light versions of your favorite workouts, such as yoga, are popular. Avoid any activities that may aggravate the incision areas. 
  • Six weeks after surgery: Regular exercise can be resumed with the doctor’s approval. See Dr. Walters before you begin strenuous abdominal workouts such as crunches, as these need to be cleared on a case-by-case basis. 

 

Mommy makeover diet plan

As for diet, many of our patients in New Orleans and Metairie, LA, like to pre-plan their meals and snacks so they won’t have to spend time preparing food while in recovery. We suggest placing everything you need, such as water and healthy snacks, within easy reach of your bed or rest area. In the time leading up to your mommy makeover surgery, eat vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables to fight future inflammation and infection. You should also get plenty of exercise and sleep prior to surgery. 


Good post-surgery foods include whole grains, green leafy vegetables, and lean proteins. Foods high in vitamin A, C, and E are great for the skin, while vitamin C can promote collagen production within the body. Try to avoid sugary foods as much as you can. At Walters Plastic Surgery, we recommend speaking with your primary care physician or dietician about a diet that will help you maintain the results of your mommy makeover. They can help you create a custom plan based on your health and lifestyle. 


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No matter how good you feel, it’s essential to follow all postoperative instructions given by Dr. Walters and the staff at Walters Plastic Surgery. Take medications as prescribed and wear any compression garments given by our team. Be sure to attend any follow-up appointments so we can continue to monitor your progress. 


Certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Jules Walters performs the latest treatments in cosmetic surgery. If you are interested in a mommy makeover including a tummy tuck, breast lift, and other methods of body contouring, schedule your appointment in New Orleans or Metairie, LA, today for your private consultation. 


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