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Different Types of Facelift: Which Technique Is Best for You?

Different Types of Facelift: Which Technique Is Best for You?

Clever terms and catchphrases are the bread and butter of facelift surgery for many cosmetic surgeons. They entice patients to their practices with the mini-facelift, MACS lift, composite facelift, deep plane SMAS lift, mid face lift, lunchtime facelift, and an assortment of other complicated facelift terms. This sea of possibilities leaves patients wondering, “Which facelift technique is right for me?”

Many of these terms are simply marketing ploys, ways to encourage patients to seek facelift surgery. Dr. Sayed doesn’t need or use these terms to attract potential patients. Our facelift patients come to us for our results, and many travel great distances for facelift surgery with our double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tim Sayed. Forget about the MACS lift and the mini facelift and choose a surgeon that will customize your approach, creating a natural looking facelift result, no fancy terminology needed.

A Customized Facelift Approach for Better Results

Your face is one of a kind. Your facelift surgery should be too. We believe in providing a personalized facelift experience to each of our patients. Dr. Sayed will work with you to customize your surgery and to integrate the surgical techniques that will yield your best results. He is well versed in the many different types of facelift surgery available, and will create a custom-to-you facial rejuvenation plan that taps into these techniques for a smooth, natural looking result.

Dr. Sayed begins the facelift process with an in-depth consultation. This consultation is the key to his success as a plastic surgeon. Dr. Sayed will examine your face and pinpoint your biggest areas of concern. We’ll talk about lifestyle, goals, and priorities for your surgery. We’ll review your medical and health history to ensure facelift surgery is a safe option. Once he understands your objectives for surgery, Dr. Sayed will share his recommendations for facial rejuvenation. We typically recommend a comprehensive approach that combines facelift surgery with other procedures like a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or laser rejuvenation. Your plan will be meticulously crafted to address your concerns and goals. We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all.

Achieving Your Best Facelift Results

Although we don’t use marketing jargon and branded terms to describe our facelifts, we do rely on carefully developed and executed techniques. Dr. Sayed is a double board certified plastic surgeon with extensive training in plastic surgery for the face and body. He performs facelift surgery using sophisticated techniques that address the underlying causes of aging, creating a result that will last and age gracefully as the aging process continues.

Our facelift does more than simply tighten facial tissues, it addresses aging deep within the face, lifting and tightening the deeper layers under the skin. SMAS, a layer of connective tissue and musculature under the skin, is tightened and lifted using internal sutures. We may also use fat grafting to restore a youthful facial volume or internal grafting to support facial tissues. Since each procedure is customized to the patient’s needs, your facelift may use these techniques or others. One thing is consistent through all of our facelifts and that is our commitment to achieving the best possible results.

What type of facelift is best for you? Come in for a consultation with Dr. Sayed. With our personalized approach, you won’t need to worry about terminology. We’ll create your one-of-a-kind facelift.

Body Contouring After Extreme Weight Loss

Body Contouring After Extreme Weight Loss

Weight loss is a journey, not an event, especially when there’s a lot of weight to lose. Surgical weight loss procedures like gastric bypass, intragastric balloons, and gastric sleeve restriction are helping thousands to conquer lifelong weight problems and achieve a healthier body, but many of these patients are disappointed by their results. Not by the weight loss, as these procedures are very effective for helping patients to drop pounds, but by the excess skin that remains after the extra weight is gone.

Finish your weight loss journey with post-bariatric surgery in Southern California with Dr. Tim Sayed.

Excess Skin and Weight Loss- What to Expect

Skin is highly elastic, expanding as the body grows or gains weight and contracting when weight is lost. There are limits to skin contraction. Genetics, total weight loss, skin quality, age, the amount of time that a patient was overweight, and other factors determine the extent of skin contraction after weight loss. Patients that undergo bariatric surgery often lose a significant amount of weight, so much that the skin is unable to contract sufficiently. This leaves loose, sagging skin on areas like the abdomen, waist, back, arms, and legs.

This excess skin is heavy, often keeping patients from achieving their final weight loss goals. Bacteria can easily grow under the flaps of skin, creating odor, rashes, and infection. Excess skin also makes exercise difficult and uncomfortable. Many patients struggle to find clothing that fits well with their new body shape. Our patients report feeling disappointed and embarrassed by their post-weight loss appearance.

Diet and exercise will help maintain weight loss and build muscle, but they won’t significantly shrink skin. Post-bariatric surgery is one of the most effective options for body contouring after extreme weight loss. Body contouring helps patients to finish their weight loss journey, rediscover confidence, increase hygiene, and maintain their results after bariatric surgery.

Body Contouring After Weight Loss- What Are My Options?

A lower body lift is one of our most popular options for body contouring after extreme weight loss. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Sayed and learn more about the body lift and your options for post-bariatric surgery body contouring.

What is a lower body lift? We like to think of it as an extension of a conventional tummy tuck, one that addresses the entire mid-section including the front, back, and sides. Since the lower body lift provides 360 degree results, we occasionally call it a “360” lift. This procedure isn’t one-size-fits-all; we customize surgical options for each patient to carefully address their problem areas.
A lower body lift may include:

– Removing excess skin from the abdomen, thighs, waist, and other areas
– Tightening muscle and rebuilding structure in the abdominal core
– Lifting the pubic triangle
– Lifting and reshaping the buttocks
– Belly button enhancement

A lower body lift may be combined with liposuction to address stubborn areas of fat that remain after weight loss. This isn’t a weight loss treatment, but many patients lose significant weight due to the fat, skin, and tissue removal required for the procedure.

Body Contouring After Weight Loss in Southern California

We’ve built our practice on the simple belief that everyone is a VIP. As a VIP, we believe that you deserve the very best medical and aesthetic care available. From body contouring to breast augmentation to facelift surgery, we strive to ensure that each patient has a positive experience when they visit one of our beautiful Southern California offices. If you’ve considered body contouring after weight loss, come explore your options with Dr. Sayed.

The first step is a consultation, a one-on-one exploration of your options. Visit one of our offices in San Diego or Newport Beach for your personalized consultation. We provide information, but never hard sell or pressure patients into treatment. After exploring your options, we’ll create a customized body contouring plan that corrects your areas of concern.

Dr. Sayed has performed many body lift procedures, on patients from around the world. He prioritizes safety, aesthetic results, and compassionate care. Call us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Tim Sayed, double board-certified plastic surgeon.

Reach Your 2019 Goals with Liposuction

Have you started crafting your 2019 goals? For many, the first few weeks of January are often a time for reflection as well as looking ahead to goals for the remainder of the year. While some may choose to pursue professional goals, others are looking to 2019 to be the year they finally achieve the perfectly sculpted body of their dreams. If that sounds like a familiar goal for you, what better way to reach this long-term goal than with liposuction?

Why Liposuction Should Be Part of Your Sculpting Strategy

There’s more than one reason why liposuction is among the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the United States. Consider just these few:

Honing the Perfect Body Takes Work

Unless you’re blessed with perfect genes and time to spend hours upon hours in the gym, chances are you have some stubborn fat pockets across your body. Furthermore, following vigorous workout routine and strict diet doesn’t always mean total fat removal. Unlike other cells, fat cells are never truly eliminated from the body unless physically removed. Instead, excess fat cells shrink, expand, and multiply in relation to weight loss and weight gain. As a result, in order to truly achieve a toned, sculpted physique, you’ll need a treatment that removes this unwanted fat.

While there are numerous body sculpting procedures available, liposuction is the only minimally invasive, long-lasting treatment that removes fat cells permanently while providing near immediate results. For individuals who have worked hard to achieve their best figure through diet and exercise, liposuction is the ideal “final touch.”

Liposuction is Highly Versatile

While many associate liposuction with flatter, more sculpted tummies, the procedure is among the most versatile plastic surgeries currently available. At Tim Sayed MD Plastic Surgery, liposuction has been used by both men and women to target stubborn fat pouches around the stomach, legs, arms, and back. Our San Diego and Newport Beach plastic surgeon has even used liposuction to remove unflattering submental fat, or double chins, leaving patients feeling confident in their appearance from the neck up. So long as patients are healthy enough to undergo surgery and are not using the procedure as a weight loss alternative, nearly all individuals can be eligible for liposuction.

With so many opportunities and treatment areas available, the consultation of every liposuction appointment is very important. During your visit, you’ll work with Dr. Sayed to discuss your treatment goals and identify how liposuction can help you reach those objectives. For patients who are thinking of more extensive, full body makeovers, our team will work with you to ensure your liposuction treatment works with the rest of your goals.

The Plastic Surgery Procedure Yields Long-Lasting Results

Not all body-sculpting procedures are the same. Although there are many non-surgical solutions available for fat removal, achieving lasting results in a timely fashion can be difficult. Liposuction’s minimally invasive nature and use of a thin cannula make the treatment a much less invasive option compared to traditional surgery and yields better, longer lasting results than non-surgical treatments. When you maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise before and after surgery, many can enjoy long-lasting results.

Ready to Schedule? Call Dr. Sayed Today!

With 2019 right around the corner, its never been a better time to turn a new leaf. Call Dr. Sayed at (858) 247-2933 to start your journey to your dream body.

Plastic Surgery for the Fall Season

Leaves are falling, pumpkin spice lattes are pouring, and fall has officially arrived. Another great thing about fall is that it is the optimal time for face, breast and body procedures. Whether you’re looking for comprehensive procedures, body contouring or minimally invasive facial rejuvenation, read our infographic below to learn more about plastic surgery in the fall.


If you’re interested in plastic surgery, contact us today.

Breast Implant Settling: What to Expect and When?

When thinking about the steps involved in breast augmentation, most patients are familiar with consultation, the pre-op appointments, and recovery. Often, the settling step goes overlooked, leaving patients confused as to when they can expect to enjoy their final results.

Breast Implant Settling: The Next Step in Recovery

Settling, sometimes known as “drop and fluff”, is the process that follows recovery post-implant surgery. During your operation, the implant is placed into position. In the first few weeks following treatment, patients may notice or feel that their breasts look much higher than they had initially intended. This is because while the implant has been placed, the muscle and tissue around the breast react slightly to having a new implant placed. This creates additional pressure behind the muscle, creating extra volume at the top part of the breast. Over time, swelling decreases and the muscle and tissue gradually accommodate the new implant by creating a small “pocket” around it.

Once it has expanded enough, your silicone or saline implant gently drops or settles into its final position in the breast. At this point, patients achieve the gentle teardrop shape that is so characteristic to the look of natural breasts.

What Factors Impact Drop and Fluff?

While nearly every patient will experience some form of drop and fluff, certain factors can influence how and when you can expect your implants to finally settle. These include:

Implant placement

Most patients today have their implants placed in a submuscular manner, or beneath the muscle rather than over the muscle. In the long-run, this creates a more natural appearance and helps ensure that over time the augmentation remains as realistic looking as possible. However, augmentations conducted below the muscle tissue can also require a longer settling period, this can be up to three months post recovery.

Implant Type

When it comes to implants, size and shape matter. Smooth, rounded implants generally settle about the same way and can be inverted without compromising the overall appearance of the breast. However, textured teardrop shaped implants must be placed in a specific manner to attain their ideal shape. As a result, it is precisely placed during surgery and monitored post-operation to ensure it settles correctly.

What to Expect When Your Breasts are Settling

One of the biggest concerns patients have in the first few days following surgery is that their breasts are not positioned where they wanted them. Trust us – we understand how frustrating and underwhelming that can seem. However, it’s important to keep in mind that breast augmentation surgery is not a simple, one size fits all procedure. Not only is every patient going to have a uniquely planned treatment strategy, they’re also going to experience a very personalized recovery. For some, full recovery including settling can take under four weeks while others may not finish the drop and fluff process until they’re three months post-surgery. Give your body the patience and time it deserves to heal properly.

Ready to Begin? Call Dr. Sayed to Schedule Your Consultation!

As with any other plastic surgery, your procedure is a unique treatment strategy planned around you, your unique anatomy and long-term goals. When it comes to choosing the right breast augmentation solution for you, we take the time to ensure you know exactly how each procedure can improve your overall appearance and help you reach your goals as well as what each treatment looks like from start to finish.

To learn more about settling following breast augmentation and what other side effects you can expect from this treatment, call our offices in Orange County and San Diego to schedule your consultation.

The Most Requested Liposuction Treatment Areas

For many of our patients, liposuction has created an important boost in their self-confidence by spot reducing fat in the areas that make them most self-conscious. While the abdomen is the most common area treated by liposuction, not all patients store excess fat in their bellies. In our practice, we find these to be the most requested liposuction treatment areas:

The Abdomen

For many, the midsection is where the body stores excess fat and where additional fat cells first develop. While it can be easy to shrink fat cells, once new ones have developed it can be almost impossible to achieve the completely fat stomach or washboard abs of your dreams.

Perhaps the most popular and best-known treatment areas, liposuction of the abdomen and love handles are always top requested procedures for men and women at Dr. Sayed’s practice. Depending on where within the midsection fat accumulates, patients may have liposuction completed on the upper abdomen, lower abdomen, love handles or across the entire midsection. Likewise, abdominal liposuction has often been included as part of larger body contouring strategies like mommy makeovers to help new mothers finish reaching pre-baby goals.

The Upper Body

The chest, back, and arms are other areas where fat can quickly accumulate and be difficult to erase. As a result, liposuction across the upper body is another popular option chosen by many of our patients. For men, targeting the chest and back with liposuction can recontour areas that may have lost definition over the years due to aging. For women, removing “bra rolls” and “bat wings” can greatly restore an individual’s confidence in their appearance and the way their clothes fit.

The Lower Half

While commonly associated with the innovative procedure behind smooth tummies and taut chests, liposuction has also become the go-to treatment for smoothing skin below the waist. Even individuals with minor weight fluctuations can quickly find themselves left with stubborn pockets of cellulite around the hips, inner and outer thighs, and even below the abdomen. Even with vigorous exercise and a restrictive diet, it can be very difficult to eliminate these unsightly bumps, leaving men and women feeling self-conscious about their appearance in shorts and other warm weather clothing.

At Dr. Sayed’s office, liposuction is one of the most effective treatments available for recontouring these delicate and often highly visible areas. As the treatment fully eliminates unwanted fat cells without having to spend time in surgery.

Considering Liposuction? Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Sayed

When it comes to helping patients choose the right solution for their body, we understand the importance of a thorough consultation. While liposuction may not be as invasive as other cosmetic procedures available at our office, the results can be just as life-changing. To learn more about the benefits of liposuction and to determine whether this solution is the right one for you, call our locations in Newport Beach and San Diego to schedule your consultation. We look forward to helping you reach your goals!

 

Why Choose Fall for Your Facelift?

Now that the summer season is finally ending, many are preparing to enjoy a quick break in traveling for vacation or playing host for visiting friends and family members before the winter holiday season gets underway. While both are filled with excellent memories, chances are they’re keeping you busy and leave you with little time to focus on your own health and wellbeing. If you’ve been putting facelift surgery on hold until you had the time to prepare and recover, fall may be the perfect season!

Schedule, Schedule, Schedule

If you’re going to invest the time and financial resources into a facelift surgery, you’ll want to visit the best surgeon you can. However, consultations and appointment slots can quickly book up as the weather warms and as patients get ready to see family and friends for the holidays. Rather than stress yourself out trying to schedule in any appointment you can with any surgeon during the busy season, use the fall lull to your advantage. Take the time you need to research top surgeons in your area and schedule consultations to meet with them one-on-one. Having the luxury of time will make a difference in your relationship with your surgeon and your final results.

Restful Recovery

Like any other plastic surgery, recovery plays an important role in the final results of your facelift process. Whereas getting enough uninterrupted rest can be challenging during the summer and winter, the fall season is fairly relaxed in terms of hectic holiday planning and travel. As facelifts can require up to a week of recovery at home, now is the excellent opportunity to take time off from work and sequester yourself into focusing on recovery. Busy professionals don’t need to worry about competing with colleagues in taking personal time off while parents have school to keep kids out of the house for the bulk of the day. Both scenarios make it more feasible to make important follow-up appointments as well as focus on healing.

Enjoy the Holidays

Planning on visiting family this holiday season? Why not show off a more youthful, invigorated appearance? Depending on the extent of your treatment, facelift recovery can be completed in as little as two to three weeks. With that in mind, it is possible for patients to start the treatment process and complete initial recovery by Thanksgiving. While there can be some minor swelling and bruising, the treatment results will be healed enough to be noticeable.

Ready to Rejuvenate? Schedule a Consultation

Have you been waiting for the perfect time to schedule your cosmetic surgery? With the fall just starting, now is the time to take the plunge and schedule your facelift consultation with San Diego surgeon, Dr. Sayed. During your visit, we’ll walk you through an estimated timeline and develop a strategy that maximizes your time and leaves you with the results you’ve been waiting for. Call 858-247-2933 today and get started!

 

How a Breast Reduction Can Improve Your Health and Comfort

In recent years, breast reduction surgery has become a popular option for women frustrated with heavy breasts. In addition to helping improve the self-confidence of these patients, new studies also suggest that the procedure offers health benefits.

Breast Reduction and Your Health

Simply put, larger breasts weigh a lot. Every increase in cup size adds about a pound to a woman’s weight. Additionally, larger breasts are denser, heavier, and ultimately add to the upper half of the body. This, in turn, puts immense pressure on the back and spine, affecting nerve endings in this area; it is not uncommon for a woman with extremely large breasts to also experience pain in her fingers and arms.

The increased strain on the shoulders and neck caused by large breasts also puts a good amount of stress on the neck, leading to severe headaches and neck aches. As a result, these women are more likely to suffer from poor posture, in which the shoulders start to roll forward to alleviate the additional weight. Poor posture on its own is the source of many health complications, including impacting rib cage size and lung position as well as compromising the spine’s position and increasing the risk of scoliosis later in life. Extreme breast size can even compromise sleep, making it difficult for women to enjoy a full night’s rest without the stress of additional weight pulling chest muscles out of position.

With breast reduction, the patient will find that a heavy weight has been lifted off her shoulders – quite literally. The ability to sit up or stand straight for long periods of time and sleep comfortably does wonders for an individual’s mental and physical wellbeing.

Restoring Comfort

Larger breasts don’t just affect posture and back pain. Chafing is a common side effect for many and can occur when the breasts rub on the upper abdomen. Women with larger breasts may also find wearing traditional bras uncomfortable as the straps dig into the shoulders, creating deep welts when worn over extended periods of time. Sports bras are especially problematic for many of these women. Most athletic bras are extremely tight to keep breasts close to the chest during exercises. For women with larger breasts, multiple bras are often necessary to make exercise tolerable. At the end of the day, the discomfort tied to trying to get active keeps many from pursuing physical activity, contributing to unhealthy weight gain and poor health.

Something that is often overlooked that also contributes to the discomfort associated with larger breasts is how they can change the fit of clothing and the role that plays into a woman’s self-confidence. Large breasts often create the appearance of being much heavier, requiring the patient to buy a size up that may not fit the rest of her body. Disproportionate breasts can also lead a woman to feel self-conscious about her appearance and insecure or uncomfortable with unwanted attention. For many, these factors can undermine the individual’s self-confidence, leading to anxiety and even depression.

Breast reduction surgery offers the patient the opportunity to take control of her appearance in ways not traditionally accessible with diet and exercise. By giving her the opportunity to reduce and recontour disproportionately large breasts to a size that better matches the rest her body, she may find a new sense of freedom in being able to choose clothes without worrying about appearing overtly sexual or frumpy. For many, even fitting into a normal bra is a new and wonderful advantage.

Considering Breast Reduction? Contact our San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Choosing breast reduction surgery can be a life changing decision for countless women. At Tim Sayed MD, MBA, FACS Plastic Surgery, our San Diego and Newport Beach plastic surgery team is here to help you regain confidence, comfort, and exceptional health. Call (858) 247-2933 today and schedule your breast reduction consultation.

 

Brazilian Butt Lift Safety: How to Ensure Beautiful Results Safely

In recent years, Brazilian butt lifts have grown dramatically in their popularity. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of glutoplasties performed jumped 10% between 2016 to 2017, and current projections suggest the procedure will continue to grow. For patients, the opportunity to remove stubborn fat cells from one part of the body to the derriere can help them achieve two goals with only one trip to the operating room. However, a warning from the same Board suggests that this procedure carries a much higher mortality rate than other procedures.

What is the Risk Associated with Brazilian Butt Lift?

Pulmonary fat embolisms (PFEs) or fatal fat embolisms occur when the pulmonary veins are blocked due to fat particles. Usually, the result of widespread trauma such as a broken leg, these obstructions prevent blood from traveling to the heart for oxygenation and can travel through the veins to the heart, blocking the arteries. During a Brazilian butt lift, fatal fat embolisms are caused when the cannula delivering transplanted fat cells injures a vein or directly injects the adipose tissue into the vein. This can happen if a surgeon injects too deeply or accidentally nicks a vein.

Stay Safe During Your Butt Lift with These Tips

In addition to the risk of fatal fat embolism, Brazilian butt lifts also present other risks associated with surgery. Anesthesia risks, poor healing, and infection can all compromise your health and results. With these complications in mind, it’s important to be picky about who you visit for your surgery.

When choosing your Brazilian butt lift plastic surgeon, be sure to look for the following:

Board Certification

Only board-certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Sayed have undergone the extensive training required to successfully perform any cosmetic procedure. For high-risk procedures like butt lifts, having the expertise of a peer-reviewed, highly qualified professional is especially important. These individuals are highly trained to identify risks and treat them before they can compromise your surgical results and life.

Do Your Research

There is nothing wrong with vetting multiple plastic surgeons during the initial stages of your surgical journey. It is an incredibly important step in verifying that you have all the information necessary to choose the right procedure and practice. While looking for your plastic surgeon, be sure to ask about the risks, what you can expect from the surgery and recovery, and about the benefits of the butt lift. A good plastic surgeon will help you understand what realistic results will look like for your unique scenario.

Choose an Accredited Facility

While the Brazilian butt lifts may be marketed as an easy, minimally invasive way of achieving great curves, the procedure is still surgery that requires anesthesia. Choosing a facility that has a strong reputation for excellence and has the support staff in case something goes wrong will provide you with the peace of mind that you’re in safe hands at every step of the treatment process.

Have Questions? Call our San Diego and Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon

At Tim Sayed MS MBA FACS Plastic Surgery, your safety is our utmost priority. Whether your upcoming procedure is non-invasive or includes full surgery, Dr. Sayed and his team take all necessary precautions before, during, and after your treatment. Our goal is to educate patients on their options as well as the health risks or concerns that may be associated with any procedure. During your consultation, we discuss at length your medical history to ensure your safety throughout the procedural process. If you have any questions regarding your upcoming visit, we encourage you to call our team. By putting your safety first, Dr. Sayed is able to provide patients with beautiful, long-lasting results.

 

 

Tips to Make Your Mommy Makeover a Breeze

As a woman, you already know your body is capable of miracles. You not only carried a baby to term, but you gave birth and even nourished your child with your breast milk.

However, all these amazing feats came with a cost – stretch marks, sagging breasts, and a poochy belly you can’t shake, no matter how much you diet and exercise. But you shouldn’t lose hope: A mommy makeover is the key to restoring your pre-pregnancy form and helping you regain your confidence after having a baby.

What Is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is an umbrella term for a combination of cosmetic surgical procedures used to address some of women’s most common post-pregnancy complaints. While the process is highly customizable, it generally encompasses the following:

If desired, Dr. Sayed also offers fat grafting to enhance the buttocks – a procedure called the Brazilian butt lift.

How to Prepare for a Mommy Makeover

The first step in getting ready for a mommy makeover is to get as close to your target weight as possible through diet and exercise. Being in good physical health is essential to successfully recovering from surgery. You should also wait until your hormone levels are back to where they were pre-pregnancy, which usually takes at least half a year after childbirth and breastfeeding.

If you are a smoker, you should also quit before your surgery. Smoking cigarettes causes blood vessels to constrict, which will reduce the amount of oxygen in blood cells and negatively impacts your body’s ability to heal quickly.

The final – and perhaps most crucial – tip in mommy makeover preparation is to arrange for someone to help you around the house during your recovery period. This person could be your spouse, a neighbor, a family member, or a close friend. Successful recovery from a mommy makeover requires you to commit fully to a recovery period of at least two to three weeks. You’ll need someone to help you with daily tasks such as looking after your children, doing laundry, and preparing meals, in addition to medical needs such as keeping your incision sites clean and disinfected. For the best healing, you’ll need to be as stress-free as possible, so make sure whoever you ask to help you is trustworthy and capable.

Things to Know as You Recover From a Mommy Makeover

First, you’ll need to plan at least two weeks of downtime for your mommy makeover recovery. If your OB-GYN put you on bed rest at some point during your pregnancy, you’ll already be familiar with this concept. However, that doesn’t mean you should be immobile all day, every day. Getting up and walking around – in moderation – can help with your recovery process. No, you shouldn’t expect to be able to do an intense workout, but make a point of standing up and moving around for a few minutes each day.

Before your surgery, it’s best to prepare your recovery room with plenty of comfortable pillows, soft blankets, and anything you need to keep yourself entertained – whether that’s curating the perfect playlist, stocking up your Netflix queue, or downloading plenty of books or magazines to your e-reader. As a mom, you’re probably not used to having much “me time,” but since you’re on doctor’s orders to take it easy, you might as well seize the opportunity.

Put those super-mom planning skills to work in the week or so ahead of your surgery and make time to meal prep, laundry, cleaning, ironing, and other chores you won’t be able to do while you recover. You’ll be glad you did – and so will your designated caretaker.

Also, be prepared to be on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster during your recovery period. Surgery itself can be an intense experience, and combined with the effects of the pain medication, you should expect some mood swings – often, your emotions will fluctuate from elation to sadness minute by minute. Make sure you and your family are ready for this side effect.

Talk to Us About Your Mommy Makeover

Getting a mommy makeover is the best way for women to reclaim their bodies after pregnancy and restore a firmer figure. Is this surgery right for you? Contact our office to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Sayed.