One concern we hear over and over again is how to plan for plastic surgery when you have small children. This is definitely something to be aware of and it’s good to be prepared for before your procedure. The steps to take will vary a bit based on the procedure and also on the individual patient and how you are feeling. While it will take extra planning, it’s not impossible to have plastic surgery when you have children.
In general, the most important information to pay attention to is that you don’t do anything to raise your blood pressure within the first 48 hours after surgery. This could lead to swelling or other potential issues, such as seroma or hematoma. Try to stay calm and take it easy for a few days and then ease back into life as you feel comfortable.
Breast Augmentations tend to be the easiest and quickest to recover from because Dr. Diederich uses a Rapid Recovery technique. To read more about this process, please click here for our blog post.
Tummy Tucks have an additional requirement when recovering. You are not allowed to lift more than 20 pounds for the first 6 weeks after surgery. This is very important to the healing process as lifting more than that could negatively affect your results. This is definitely something to consider if you have a small child who needs to be carried a lot or even to keep in mind when lifting strollers or sports bags in and out of the car. The good news is that Dr. Diederich performs a Drainless Tummy Tuck so you won’t have to worry about any drains after your procedure. Read more about the Drainless Tummy Tuck here.
While you can shower the day after each procedure Dr. Diederich performs, you are not able to fully submerge in water for 2 weeks. This is something to consider, especially during the summer if you spend time in pools, lakes, oceans, etc.
Several procedures will include an overnight stay at Anderson Hospital which will help in your recovery but will require you to make plans for your children. These procedures include tummy tuck, arm lift, and thigh lift just to name a few.
Each patient and their individual needs are different. We will be able to provide a more detailed recovery expectation at your consultation. It’s also important to listen to your body and don’t push it too far. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. We are more than happy to help! Please call 618-288-7855, option 4, to ask questions or to schedule a consultation.