Plastic Surgery Recovery in Voorhees and South Jersey

Recovery Tips for a Mommy Makeover

Mommy makeovers can be a completely transformative experience, and leave many women feeling more confident, secure, and self-assured. However, it’s important to know the right way to recover, especially when juggling recovery and motherhood. Here are tips on how to recover from a mommy makeover in a healthy and stable way.

Preparation Is Everything

Before and after picture of a mommy makeover by William FranckleThe first step of recovery actually takes place before the surgery. This can mean having all necessary prescriptions on hand, preparing a comfortable place to rest, and asking family members for help during recovery. Especially important can be ensuring that a loved one can care for the children since mobility will be limited for the first few days following the procedure.

Take It Easy

As with all surgeries, a mommy makeover is followed by a period rest to allow the body time to heal. For the first one or two days after the surgery, it’s important to rest as much as possible, with small breaks to get some movement in. It is just as important to set aside time to allow the pain medication to do its job and allow scars to heal before pushing oneself too hard after surgery. This may mean taking a break from spending time with children until energy is restored.

Expect Emotions

It is perfectly common for emotions to run wild after any intensive surgery, and mommy makeovers are no different, especially because the changes can be so drastic. The body has just been put through an invasive procedure and feeling overly emotional is a common occurrence. The best way to address these emotions is to remember that they are perfectly normal and will be reduced a few days after the procedure.

Keep Up With Pain Medication

With mommy makeovers, there will be more pain involved than non-invasive procedures; specifically selected prescriptions can make it significantly more manageable. Pain medication for surgical procedures are only meant to be taken short-term, but neglecting to take them or taking them incorrectly can put patients in unnecessary pain. It’s a good idea to set a phone alarm or write down when a dose was taken to prevent any issues.

Above all, remember that healing takes time, and it’s not going to happen overnight. Be realistic about what a recovering body and mind are capable of, and don’t push past those expectations.

 

Timing Is Everything When Getting Plastic Surgery

No matter what type of plastic surgery you are considering, timing is a big consideration. How far ahead should surgery be scheduled? Are some procedures better undergone during certain seasons?

Here are a few tips for choosing the right time for your cosmetic surgery procedure, taking into account recovery time, maximizing comfort, and common schedule constraints.

Autumn and Winter

The cooler weather and more overcast conditions make autumn and winter ideal times for scheduling more intensive procedures. Not only is recovery more comfortable during this time, but the weather also calls for bulkier clothing—big sweaters, scarves, hats—that can more effectively hide the signs of recent breast procedures and other body contouring surgeries.

You may be surprised by some of the other benefits of scheduling during autumn and winter months. There are a handful of holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas that provide ample vacation time, perfect for recovery from a procedure. Also, consider the “wow” factor of getting a procedure done toward the end of the year. Who wouldn’t want to start a new year off right?

Spring and Summer

A woman on a beach after plastic surgery

The warmer months are often a popular time for cosmetic procedures because it’s the time of year when “beach bodies” are on our minds. Spring breaks and long summer vacations can provide the time needed for healing from major procedures without raising questions from friends or co-workers. If summertime is ideal for your situation, keep in mind the hot, humid weather. Be prepared to resist going out into the heat and limiting your sun exposure for the entire recovery period.

Timing a plastic surgery procedure is ultimately left up to you. Consider our suggestions above and take a close look at your day-to-day life. The most important thing to consider is finding enough time for healing and recovery, a topic best discussed with a board-certified physician, like Dr. Franckle, at a consultation.

 

Taking Care of a Tummy Tuck After Surgery

It has been said that the recovery period following a plastic surgery procedure is just as important (if not more important) as the surgery itself. In the case of a tummy tuck recovery, healing will go more smoothly if the patient is informed and willing to comply completely with the post-operative instructions we provide. Here are a few things to keep in mind as your recovery progresses: 1502-PremierPlasticSurgery-BAImage-TummyTuck-KK-A-02

Right After the Procedure

A degree of swelling and bruising in the affected area should be expected. This is common, normally subsiding a few weeks after surgery. Immediately following the procedure, you will leave the surgical center with drain tubes in place. These will remain in place for about a week. These tubes help to prevent fluid buildup. Post tummy tuck patients are also given a special compression garment to help reduce swelling and fluid retention. The first few weeks after your surgery it is critical to keep the treated areas compressed as the skin is conforming to your new shape. You post-operative instructions should be closely followed to take care of the tubes, the garment, and the treated region.

Dr. Franckle also provides prescriptions to take. Medications typically include pain management drugs as well as antibiotics to avoid infection. A laxative may also be recommended to maintain healthy bowel function. Alcohol should not be consumed with these medicines.

In most cases, it’s not necessary to be bedridden, but physical activity should be kept to a minimum. Avoid any strain on the incision sites, but feel free to walk around and carry out simple daily tasks. This is a healing period, so take it easy and get plenty of rest.

The First Eight Weeks

Avoid strenuous activities and exercises, including lifting heavy objects, during those critical six to eight weeks following surgery. During the recovery period, it’s extremely important to abstain from smoking or using any nicotine products.

There are three types of tummy tucks: mini, standard, and extensive. Depending on which procedure was completed, a patient will receive different instructions and different recovery times.

The incisions should heal after about two weeks. Depending on an individual’s job and its physical requirements, it can be anywhere from one to three weeks before you are given the green light to return to work. This will all be discussed with Dr. Franckle prior to your surgery so you can plan ahead.

Ask Questions

If at any point you have questions about your tummy tuck recovery, be sure to contact our office. We are here to help and happy to address any concerns and clarify any confusion.

 

4 Things to Expect During Your Plastic Surgery Recovery

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Many patients concentrate all their energy on preparing for the procedure itself, when in fact the plastic surgery recovery is just as important. Recovery time and instructions vary depending on the type of procedure, but there are some basic steps that all of our patients can expect to experience as they recover. If you’d like to prepare yourself before the surgery, here are four things that you’ll want to keep in mind:

Listen to the Instructions We Give You!

After your procedure, we’ll provide you with instructions to help your plastic surgery recovery. This may include what medications to take to ease pain, how to apply ice to reduce swelling, and a schedule for when you can resume daily activities and exercise. To ensure the best results from your procedure, you must follow these instructions to a tee, and call us if you have any questions!

Be Healthy

It’s always a good idea to eat a well-balanced diet, drink enough water to stay hydrated, and get plenty of sleep, but when you’re recovering from surgery, it’s even more important. That’s because maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help boost your immune system, so you heal as quickly as possible.

You’ll Need Help

During plastic surgery recovery, you may experience some pain and discomfort, and your activities will be limited according to our instructions, particularly for the first few days after the procedure. It’s important to have someone at home with you who can help with day-to-day activities, such as caring for children and cooking. You may need assistance with keeping the surgical area clean and bandaged, so make sure you have a friend or family member available to stay with you after the procedure.

Your Skin Should Be Protected

When you’re feeling better and can run light errands outside the home, you’ll need to protect your healing skin. The sun can actually make your scars more obvious, so you should always wear sunscreen when you’re headed outdoors during your plastic surgery recovery. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that offers UVA and UVB protection. It’s also a good idea to wear a wide-brimmed hat for added protection.

 

Breast Augmentation 101: Breast Implant Recovery

If you’ve read all four parts of this blog series, by now you know all about breast implant types, sizes, and placement. But when you’re ready to finally have the surgery, perhaps the most important question is, “What will breast implant recovery be like?”

Immediately after the surgery, you will be taken to the recovery area where you’ll be monitored for a few hours. Unless complications arise, you will be able to leave the hospital the same day as your surgery. Your breasts will be wrapped in gauze or elastic bandages to aid in breast implant recovery. You will be given a special support bra, which will also aid in your healing.

You are given specific instructions on how to care for your breasts after surgery, including how to clean the incision wounds to prevent infection. Medication may also be give to help with pain or to minimize the risk of infection.

You will need to wear your support bra around the clock as you heal. We encourage our patients to rest for two weeks after the surgery, but you will definitely need to take at least one to two days off with minimal activity. After that, you’ll be able to resume some activities as allowed by Dr. Franckle, but expect to be sore for a few weeks. Depending on how the healing process goes, Dr. Franckle will clear you to resume normal activities within 4-6 weeks.

Within 2 months, you should expect to have completed your breast implant recovery. This means you should be able to resume all normal activities, feel more like yourself again, and feel comfortable with your new body. We will schedule periodic follow-up appointments within the first year after your surgery to assess the condition of your new breasts. In the meantime, enjoy showing off that new body!