Things I Wish I Knew Before My “Mommy Makeover” Surgery
A mommy makeover Chicago from Dr. Kotis can be a life-changing procedure. In the interest of improving doctor-patient communication, and giving you the information you need to succeed, here are some key facts to know about the mommy makeover:
Two weeks before your procedure, you will need to make sure you stop all aspirin (Bayer, Excedrin, Bufferin, Ecotrin, etc.), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, etc.), Aleve, extra Vitamin E (the amount in a multivitamin is OK), fish oils, and herbal remedies, as these are blood thinners and can interact unfavorably with anesthetic drugs. You will need to keep them out of your system starting two weeks prior to your procedure.
You will at the same time need to stop all tobacco products and nicotine products, including gum, spray, patches, or even exposure to second-hand smoke, as it is the same as if you are smoking yourself. You will also have to make sure your pre-operative physical is completed.
A week before your mommy makeover you will need to stop all alcoholic beverage consumption as it is very important to get all the alcohol metabolites out of your system before anesthesia. You will also need to make sure you’ve arranged for help with the mothering duties you took care of before surgery. After this plastic surgery, you cannot vacuum, lift heavy laundry baskets, shop for groceries, or pick up after the kids and your husband, especially for the first few first days.
This is why it is also important to buy groceries, including easy-to-digest foods for yourself (for the first day or two), easy to prepare foods for your kids, and several bags of frozen peas or corn to use as reusable ice bags.
Cats are great, and we all love cat pictures in our social media feeds, but when it comes to your mommy makeover, if you own cats, consider getting them out of the house, or at least out of your bedroom and the main living areas, and clean all areas where the cats go with antibacterial wipes. Don’t handle any animal and then touch your incisions or drains during your recovery.