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Recovery following a Mommy Makeover will depend on several different factors including the specific procedures performed as part of your Mommy Makeover, the number and extent of such procedures, the severity of the issues to address, the specific techniques employed and the skill with which they are done, operative time and one’s health and unique individual factors. Although a Mommy Makeover typically includes both breast enhancement and abdominal contouring (tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck or liposuction), it is virtually always the tummy tuck (when done) that dictates the nature of and time necessary for the recovery.

When a tummy tuck is done as part of the Mommy Makeover (which is usually the case), most women will need approximately one to two weeks to recuperate before returning to either school or a non-physically strenuous job. It is very normal during this period of time to feel weak and tired. You are strongly encouraged to be up and around rather than lying in bed as this will actually help you to recuperate faster, reduce the risks of developing blood clots in your legs and lungs and reduce the risk of you experiencing lung problems.

Normal, non-strenuous activities can typically be resumed as tolerated though true aerobic activities such as using a treadmill or stationary bicycle should be avoided for around four weeks. Heavy lifting, straining, sit-ups and other similar activities generally can be resumed at around eight weeks postoperatively as can virtually all activities.

When only liposuction of the abdomen is performed in combination with breast enhancement surgery, recovery will be significantly easier and shorter. Most patients feel well enough to return to non-strenuous daily routines within approximately four to seven days and they are generally able to fully resume all activities (with a few exceptions) after about three weeks.

For an individualized outline of the Mommy Makeover recovery process, you should meet with an experienced and reputable board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your unique concerns and aesthetic desires. Based on this information, a customized treatment plan and expected recovery process can be formulated and reviewed.

If you would like more information from my office or to schedule a consultation, please call 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D.

Scottsdale and Phoenix

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

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