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Mommy makeover is a major plastic surgery, usually involving multiple procedures. Therefore, the recovery process can take several days. The initial recovery period for this cosmetic surgery may range between two and three weeks, depending on a particular patient’s ability to heal and other factors. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Hisham Seify discusses the recovery period with his patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and surrounding communities during the initial consultation.

Overall Recovery Process

The cosmetic surgeon will advise the patient to remain confined at home for the first 10 to 14 days, depending on how fast the healing occurs. Mild to moderate bruising and swelling should be expected during this period, which will subside to a large extent by the end of the third week. However, the complete resolution of swelling may take several months. Patients should follow the surgeon’s guidelines for a safer and faster recovery. The plastic surgeon will also discuss the possible scarring with patient. For the first two months, the scars will appear red as the healing process occurs. Over the next several weeks, the redness of the scars will reduce and they will appear progressively thinner. Complete scar maturation may take more than a year.

Taking Care of the Kids

The patient should preferably have someone available to look after little kids at least for the first two to three weeks. The patient should avoid lifting the baby or any other significant weights in this period. If a family member is not available to take care of the children, the patient may consider hiring a temporary nanny or a babysitter.

Household Chores

For the first three to five days after the cosmetic surgery, the patient should avoid doing any significant home tasks. The patient will tire very quickly during this period, so she should be mentally prepared for this. Elbows should be kept closer to the body, and movements above shoulder level should be avoided as that can irritate the breast muscles. Activities such as laundry and vacuum should be avoided for at least one month because these will involve bending at the waist or twisting the abdomen.

Office Job

The progress for each patient will differ in mommy makeover plastic surgery. On average, it may take about three months to recover full strength and energy levels. For office jobs that involve sitting, the patient can expect to be back to work within two weeks. However, if the job involves considerably physical movements and strain, it may take about a month to return to work.


Most patients will be able to begin driving in about a week to 10 days when they feel their reflexes and overall strength are adequate. However, if the patient is taking pain medications that can induce sleep, driving should be avoided.

Exercise and Fitness

The simple rule to follow is that if there is pain, the exercise must be stopped. Most patients can begin walking within a few hours after the surgery. Exercises such as brisk walking and using stationary bike can be started within a week. See more procedures and treatments by plastic surgeon Dr. Hisham Seify in Newport Beach | Orange County
Women’s health often consists of screening for everything from breast cancer to ovarian cancer. According to a recent article tests that are routinely recommended to screen healthy women for ovarian cancer may do more harm than good and the recommendation is that they should not be performed according to a panel of medical experts. Dr. Virginia A. Moyer concluded that there is not an existing ovarian cancer screening that reduces death. The screenings which used blood test and ultrasound scans to examine the ovaries do not lower the death rate from the disease and the panel said that they are likely to yield false positive results that could lead to unnecessary surgeries that have high complication rates. Dr. Virginia A. Moyer, the chairwoman of the expert panel, the United States Preventive Services Task Force stated that “In fact, a high percentage of women who undergo screening experience false-positive test results and consequently may be subjected to unnecessary harms, such as major surgery.”

Women’s Health Screenings Controversial

The panel advice against testing applied only to healthy women who have an average risk of ovarian cancer, and not to those who have suspicious symptoms or are at high risk because they carry certain genetic mutations or have a family history of the disease. The panel has also been vocal in making recommendations concerning the routine mammogram screenings for breast cancer for women under 50. Ovarian cancer is among the fastest and most fatal forms of cancer. This year alone 22,280 new cases and 15,500 deaths are forecasted to occur in the United States according to the American Cancer Society. According to the article many doctors will still order the test mostly because currently it is the best screening that we have available. Dr. Seify remains on the cutting edge of women’s health issues and concerns.

Women’s Health and Plastic Surgery

As an ASPS board certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon his practice involves women’s health on a daily basis. Cosmetic surgery which is elective is indicated for healthy patients and Dr. Seify is careful to explain to patients the need for certain medical screening test prior to surgery when necessary. Patients who are considering procedures that are popular such as breast augmentation or abdominoplasty are sometimes surprised to learn that Dr. Seify may require medical clearance or a routine mammogram prior to surgery. For some patients this can seem like an inconvenience especially if they have had a previous consultation with a doctor who did not require the test prior to surgery. It is important for patients to remember that health and safety remain the priority especially in cosmetic and elective surgical procedures. Patient should never compromise their health rushing into a cosmetic surgical procedure or searching for a doctor who will not require test prior to surgery. It is Dr. Seify’s hope that patients will understand his concern for their health and embrace his recommendations for testing prior to surgery if he deems them as necessary.