I love a Texas summer: backyard barbecues, cookouts, pool days and float trips.I look forward to them every year! This summer, I’ve been focusing on getting more active, improving my health, and losing weight. If you follow my Instastories, you know that I rock that R&B Lovesong station and Pandora and get to work! I’ve almost perfected my squat technique and my buns are thankful for it! Besides growing muscle, actually losing weight has been harder than I expected. Who knew the mom pooch could literally withstand months of sit ups?!
So, I’ll just say it, I’ve been looking into cosmetic surgery. Specifically, I have my eyes set on getting a Mommy Makeover — a combination of procedures that improve areas of a woman’s body affected by pregnancy and childbirth (think tummy and breasts) – for the beginning of next Summer.
I know it sounds crazy (give up my summer vacation?!), but summer is a convenient time to recover from plastic surgery — especially for moms. The kids are out of school so you don’t have to worry about school drop-off and pickup. I have at least a few weeks of vacation time stashed away for summer trips, which means more free time for surgery and recovery, and maybe even a staycation!
Of course, with Summertime comes precautions (even if you aren’t having plastic surgery). According to Dr. Bob Basu, a board-certified plastic surgeon offering Mommy Makeover surgery in Cypress and Houston, the warm weather and summer activities can pose a few challenges. To prepare for a successful recovery, I’d have to keep these things in mind:
- Stay out of the water. I know it’s tough advice, especially in the Texas heat, but Dr. Basu doesn’t recommend sitting in water for several weeks after plastic surgery. That includes hot tubs, pools, lakes, rivers, or oceans. Swimming before your incision is completely healed exposes your wound to contaminates in the water that can cause infection. Most incisions heal within 4–6 weeks, so you may still be able to get a few pool days in if you plan it right.
- Use sunscreen. Exposure to UV rays can lead to worse scarring. Sunlight creates pigmentation changes in the skin and can make scars redder and more obvious. Many doctors don’t recommend sun exposure or tanning for several weeks or even months after surgery. But if you simply can’t stand the thought of losing your summer glow, apply sunscreen with at least SPF 15 to your incisions before you soak up the sun.
- Drink lots of water. In the summer, and after surgery, you are especially prone to dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of water — both before and after your surgery — to help promote healing and even reduce some post-surgery symptoms, like nausea.
- Plan to stay cool. Certain procedures that are commonly included in a Mommy Makeover — such as liposuction, a tummy tuck, and breast augmentation — require you to wear a compression garment after surgery. Compression garments are worn for a few days or weeks to help speed healing and help your body conform to its new shape. While necessary and beneficial, they can get hot. So be prepared to spend a little extra on your AC during this time. You’ll also want to dress lightly and possibly invest in a floor fan to help keep you cool.
As I work on my health and body for the next 9-10 months and contemplate the Mommy Makeover, tell me your thoughts!