Q: Am I a good candidate for a mommy makeover?

March 9, 2011
by Dr. Carlin Vickery

Q: I'm 41 in good health except for HBP controlled/w meds.... am I a good candidate for a mommy makeover? Also, I am an officer in a state prison. How long will it be before returning to work after surgery?

A: Many factors are considered in preparing a patient for Mommy Makeover Surgery. High Blood Pressure does not rule you out as a candidate, but it must absolutely be adequately controlled. You will need a medical clearance from your treating physician before you can safely be considered for anesthesia. Most patients can return to work approximately two to four weeks after surgery. If your job involves a great deal of standing, then you may require a longer delay before returning to work. Standing without being able to put your feet up will increase the swelling in the lower abdomen and make your work difficult at the two week mark. Ideally if you need to return to work at two weeks, you can arrange a change of duties to some desk work which would let you put your feet up. Mommy Makeover Surgery is worth the investment in healing, but I find for busy mothers and working mothers that it does require some postoperative planning.
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