As surgeons, we often get the question “when’s the best time for me to get a procedure?” This is definitely the case with a mommy makeover since busy moms have a lot to consider when thinking about taking a little time away from their families.
The short answer is that the best time for a mommy makeover is whenever you’re ready and it makes sense for your schedule and your family’s needs. But if you have an option, should you schedule it for a particular time of year? Summer months can make healing from surgery uncomfortable (as if sweltering heat isn’t uncomfortable already) and are usually quite busy with kids, vacations, and travel. Here are a few reasons why it might be right to wait for winter.
Healing from a mommy makeover often requires compression garments. These garments can aid in recovery, but they’re not exactly built for keeping you cool. Waiting until winter to have your mommy makeover can help you avoid having to strap into tight-fitting garments in the dead of summer.
Waiting till winter also means being able to bundle up and conceal compression garments and surgery scars under your favorite fuzzy sweater. Your surgical scars, which should already be pretty well hidden, will have time to flatten and lighten, making them even less visible when you’re ready to put on a bathing suit the next summer.
You’re going to need help for the first few weeks after your mommy makeover, and this will likely include finding someone to help take care of your kids. Waiting until school is in full swing means you won’t have to find someone to care for the kiddos all day long. Plus, you may even get a little time to yourself during the day to recover.
Your mommy makeover will be as unique as you are, and your healing should be too. But there are certain universal truths to the best time for a mommy makeover. You’ll need to avoid prolonged sun exposure, intense activity and submerging your surgical incisions — all of which are part of a great trip to the beach. Sticking to healing in the cooler months means you won’t have to miss out on your favorite summertime activities.
The decision on the best time for your mommy makeover is entirely up to you, but keep in mind there might be some perks until waiting for winter to schedule your surgery.
A native of the Tampa Bay area, Dr. Joseph Castellano offers a full range of breast enhancement, body contouring and facial sculpting options at his practice, Castellano Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Castellano received his board certification from the American Board of Surgery in 2010 and is also board certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.