Some women who have had their children often wonder about having a mommy makeover, also known as a rejuvenation procedure for mothers. San Diego Mommy Makeovers are a popular procedure.
When a woman has had her children, she may desire a breast lift and/or breast augmentation, along with a tummy tuck.
A common concern, of course, is what their recovery will be like particularly if they have young children. The apprehension they may feel may surround the topic of, “pain.”
Firstly, every patient recovers at a different rate and their surgical needs may also differ.
A breast lift or breast augmentation, for the most part, is very well tolerated in terms of discomfort.
More than likely, patients will require a larger recovery period for their tummy tuck procedure.
But patients should be empowered to know that postoperative pain management is tantamount to drastically reducing discomfort from this surgery. Likewise, when pain is managed exceptionally well from the start, patients do great for the long term.
So getting a handle on pain management early on is the best thing. And over the years, these methods have improved greatly.
The three top pain management methods are the following:
One-Stick: Right before anesthesia, a long-lasting opiate is injected into the spine, via a one-stick. Pain is well managed for 18 hours, less general anesthesia is necessary during surgery, and patients generally awaken from their procedure more lucid and in less discomfort. Patients who opt for the one-stick do require an overnight hospital stay.
Local Anesthetic Pump: Local anesthesia is delivered via a catheter directly to the surgical site. These pumps are generally used for a few days.
TAP Block: A TAP Block sends local anesthesia into the abdominal wall muscles and anesthetizes the intercostal nerves. The anesthesia can be delivered either during the surgery or immediately following. This pain management can last a few hours. But if one uses Exparel, pain management can increase up to three days.
These three pain management options should be discussed with a board certified plastic surgeon during the consultation, the preoperative appointment, and once again the day of surgery with the surgeon and anesthesiologist.
In terms of recovery time, for patients who only require excess skin removal from the abdomen, healing will be easier.
If the abdominoplasty requires muscle repair, recovery will be longer. Again, starting pain management early will make the recovery process so much smoother.
While a patient’s surgeon will provide postoperative care instructions, it will be important to have assistance when healing at home, especially if there are children running about.