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Mummy Makeover (Part 2) – What you need to know

Mummy Makeover by Dr Milovic : 35 yo had breast augmentation and mini-abdominoplasty[/caption]Following on from my previous post, Mummy Makeover (Part 1) – What you Need to Know, this post will provide an overview of Recovery and Aftercare once you have a Mummy Makeover procedure.   If you haven’t read Part 1, it’s a good idea to go back and read it.

Mummy Makeover by Dr Milovic : 35 yo had breast augmentation and mini-abdominoplasty

Mummy Makeover Recovery

The important thing to remember, with the Mummy makeover procedure and all cosmetic and plastic surgery, is to pace your recovery – don’t rush it.  Two steps forward too soon can set you back a number of steps, ultimately delaying your recovery or leading to less than desirable results. Make sure that you have a dedicated support person/people to help take care of not only the kids, but you as well.  It is our experience that patients recover better when they have their support organised before surgery.

For the most common Mummy makeover procedure combination, ie  breast augmentation and/or breast lift and abdominoplasty, the recovery can take up to 3-4 weeks before you are back to work (unless you feel up to it and it is non-strenuous), and 6 weeks before you are back at the gym doing regular exercise.

After surgery, my patients can expect, amongst other things:

Rapid Recovery Approach

Together, my experienced Anaesthetic team and I specialise in what is often called the ‘rapid recovery’ approach to tummy tuck and breast surgery.   This doesn’t mean that the healing process is fast tracked – this is something that your body do in it’s own time –  but it refers to increasing your comfort level immediately after surgery.

The way it works with the tummy tuck procedure is via trans-abdominal anaesthetic blocks (TAB’s), and pectoral blocks for breast surgery, which are administered during your surgery in most cases.

I want my patients to feel as comfortable as is possible after surgery. The use of TABs intraoperatively for tummy tuck patients has shown to be successful in helping achieve that goal.

My patients experience the following advantages:

The administration of TABs is a team effort and and is performed by an experienced Anaesthetist who sub-specialises in regional block anaesthesia.

Mummy Makeover Aftercare

Before your surgery, we will provide you with information on how to look after yourself after your mummy makeover procedure.   As surgeons, we rely on our patients to ensure that they follow our post op orders and recommendations.  We find that patients who adhere to the post-op protocol, have a better experience after surgery.

Some important things to remember, and there is more than is listed here,  are:

Golden Rule:  If you have any questions after surgery, resist turning to websites or forums which offer answers to medical questions.  These sites are meant to provide generalised answers,  not specifics,  because the advising doctors are unable to examine you, know your medical history and your unique circumstances.

Please remember:  Your plastic surgeon is the person you trusted to perform your surgery, and should be the first port of call for any questions or concerns if you have a good relationship with him/her.  I always advise my patients to contact me with any concerns, even after hours.  That is one reason we are here – to help guide our patients to a successful recovery.

All the best, and if you want to know more, please visit my website : Mummy Makeover Surgery

Want to talk about it?  Please contact our office on (02) 9389 9065 – Sydney or (02) 6260 4882 – Canberra, or complete the contact form below.