How Does Breast Augmentation Fit Into a Mom’s Life?

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How Does Breast Augmentation Fit Into a Mom’s Life?

Motherhood is a beautiful thing. I’m so grateful to be living the mommy life. But while the process of becoming a mom made a huge positive impact on me as a whole, it definitely changed my body in ways that I hadn’t expected.

I loved my body before I had a baby and I love my body now, but I do miss some of the youthfulness and confidence I felt pre-pregnancy. 

Many moms consider breast augmentation to help get back to their pre-baby body and reignite their confidence. Undergoing a procedure is a big decision, though, and you may not be sure if the process will realistically fit into your life and all your body’s day to day mom duties.

I’ve heard some of my fellow moms mention the same concerns: How long would they be out of commission? What results would they get? How would life be different after?

I did some digging of my own, and here’s what I learned. 

What are the options?

Some of the most popular types of augmentation are silicone implants, saline implants and fat grafting. Silicone implants come in a teardrop (anatomical) or round shape; saline implants are silicone shells that are filled with saltwater; and fat grafting is a subtler option that uses fat taken from another part of your body. The option you choose depends on your personal preference, body type, and the look you’re going for, and you can even mix and customize procedures to create your own unique size and shape.

How long does recovery take?

Recovery is a step-by-step process. According to Dr. Derek Ford, who specializes in plastic surgery and breast augmentation in Toronto, you can be back on your feet and moving around the same day and back to most types of work in about a week. You’ll need to stay away from heavy lifting for a few more weeks. Your surgeon will clear you for more activities at your follow-up appointments and will give you specific instructions to follow so you can be totally back to normal ASAP.

What will the results be after?

Practices like Dr. Ford’s now offer 3D previews that can show you an in-depth look at what your results may be so you can get a feel for your new look before you commit. It takes some of the guesswork out of your decision and will give you a glimpse into what your post-surgery body will be.

What is life after surgery like?

Once you’re recuperated, you get to go forward with a new bod and new and improved sense of confidence. A study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons showed a “very large” improvement of quality of life after breast augmentation. No regrets there.

If you’re one of many moms out there wondering if a breast augmentation makes sense in your life, know you’re not alone. With so many options and new ways to get back on your feet more quickly than ever, it’s definitely possible to fit into your busy mommy life. 

We all deserve to love the bodies we’re in. If plastic surgery can help you reach your body confidence goals, it’s a beautiful thing. 

Rhinoplasty Recovery Tips for Parents

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Caring for Kids After a Nose Job

Parents that are planning to get rhinoplasty, the clinical name for what most people call a nose job, may worry about how they’ll handle child care in the first days and weeks after the surgery. The number 1 rule: Be careful, especially if you have toddlers. Sudden movements of a child’s head can do serious damage to a recently reshaped nose. 

Aside from protecting yourself from unintentional bumps, there are several other things to consider and steps you can take to ensure that your rhinoplasty recovery goes as smoothly as possible. Here’s a chronological overview of what to expect:

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Before surgery: Planning ahead is a must, especially if you’re a child’s primary caregiver. If your spouse or significant other can’t take time off from work, then you’ll need someone to help with the children for a few days, at least, and especially if the kids are too young for school. It’s also a good idea to have a few pre-made meals in the refrigerator because cooking won’t be high on the list of things you want to tackle. It’s also a good idea to plan how you’ll explain why you have bruises and swelling in a way that’s appropriate for the children’s ages. Check out these tips for making that discussion easier here.

Day 1: Rest. Rest. Rest. All plastic surgeons provide post-op instructions to patients, and rest is at the top of the list for the first day or 2 after the surgery. This is when your partner or child care provider who you lined up before surgery starts earning their keep. 

Days 2–3: Rhinoplasty patients are sometimes surprised how soon after surgery they feel well enough to start taking care of light chores. “In general, the recovery after rhinoplasty depends on the how the person responds to the trauma of surgery and what was done to the nose,” says Toronto rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Richard Rival. “You can expect some bruising and swelling especially around the eyes and in the cheeks. There is some pain, but most people do not find it too bad. The biggest complaint is usually nasal congestion or pressure and a sore throat.”

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After 1 to 2 weeks: By the end of the first week, you’ll probably feel capable of taking care of the kids on your own. If you work outside the home and don’t mind people knowing you had a nose job, you could even return to work after about 10 days. 

Even after you feel you no longer need help with taking care of the children, there are other factors to consider. These include:

Heavy lifting: Most surgeons recommend that their patients take it easy for the first 2 or 3 weeks of the recovery. That includes avoiding heavy lifting, so carrying a 20-pound child will require extra care. You’ll have to be careful about picking up your children too often; if you must, try to move as slowly and mindfully as possible.

Safe play: You’ll need to take care during playtime, too. Quiet activities are fine but, for the first 2 weeks after your rhinoplasty, try not to engage in rowdy activities with your kids that could result in a hit to the face.

Breastfeeding: New moms need to ask their surgeon if prescription painkillers are safe to take if they’re breastfeeding children. Some moms prefer to pump and store breast milk for their baby prior to rhinoplasty.

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Taking care of your children after surgery is possible with a little help and preparation.  These tips even work if you are recovering from a sickness that leaves you unable to fulfill your regular mom duties. Make a plan and ensure everyone is on board and you’ll be back to Super Mom status in no time.

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