So you’re a mom to cute a little kid or two — and you’re about to get surgery. You know that means that you need to rest afterwards…so what happens to the little ones?
Typically, people who undergo liposuction surgery need several weeks to up to three months of rest from all kinds of physical activities, such as bending, running and moving around the house.
This is a problem for moms who take their kids to school, do the groceries, cook and help with homework. How do you possibly deal?
The number thing to remember is you aren’t alone.
Choosing to get cosmetic surgery is not always an easy decision to make. That’s why it’s important to get as much support as possible from family and friends, especially when you have children to look after.
No matter what kind of surgery you’re getting, be it dermal fillers or liposuction, it’s important to have a support system who will help you with your daily activities as your body recovers from the surgery.
For the super moms who’s looking to strike a balance between taking care of themselves and taking care of others, here’s a quick guide on how to get through the first few months post-surgery.
What do I tell my children before my surgery?
How much you tell your children about your surgery is solely up to you, of course, but it’s important to be mindful of their age and stage of development when deciding what to say.
Older kids (think eight years old and above) can be helpful when they understand what you’re going through.
Of course, babies and toddlers need constant attention, which is why it’s also essential to have a supportive partner who’s willing to devote more time to the kids while you’re recovering.
Before you even discuss anything with the kids, it’s important to sit down and talk with your partner, your parents, your closest friends and anyone you know that’s willing to help you take care of the kids.
This is reassuring for the kids, as well, as they know they will still be taken care of even when mommy’s resting and can’t take them to school today.
Other particularly useful tips when dealing with children before your surgery are:
- Explain that your surgery will benefit your well-being. Tell them the surgery is necessary, if it is, and that it is something that will make you feel better afterwards.
- Talk about the clinic and the doctors in a positive light, so they don’t harbor any fears about any medical procedures and so that they feel reassured that you will be alright.
- Don’t say “pregnancy ruined my body” or other negative terms to refer to your post-pregnancy body, as it implies that having children is a burden to mothers. It might also make children feel bad about themselves since you implied that having kids (like them) made you look and feel worse.
Different procedures also differ in how long operations are. Some take less thirty minutes, while others may take longer.
Regardless, it’s best to have your partner or a relative take care of the children for majority of the day, so you don’t have to worry about them, and so you can relax and focus on your treatment.
Remember, the surgery is for you! You shouldn’t be stressed and worrying on the day you’re supposed to pampering yourself, should you?
How do I take care of my kids after surgery?
Kids under the age of six often want to be picked up and carried by their moms. Unfortunately, that’s not always a possibility after surgery.
Again, having someone around to help will make things easier. Schedule for your mom to drop by on weekdays, have your sister over for lunch, invite your friends over for a movie… the choices are endless and can turn out to be a great time to catch up with loved ones!
You might also want to consider getting in-house nurses or care assistants who are tasked to help you 24/7, especially with babies and very young toddlers.
When your children cry and insist on being picked up, however, here’s a quick trick on how to calm them down:
- Sit on the couch or on a bed and have your child sit next to you.
- Gently hug or cuddle them without overexerting yourself or straining your incision lines.
- Console the child until they calm down.
Other great activities that can be done while sitting side-by-side are:
- Reading a book together
- Watching a movie
- Playing with child-friendly games on a phone or an iPad
- Playing board games
Even if you have very young kids, that shouldn’t be a reason to stop you from feeling and looking your best.
As long as your cosmetic doctor tells you that you’re good to go, don’t hesitate to go the extra mile to feel young and beautiful. A confident mom can only inspire kids to be confident, as well!
Not yet sure if you can undergo cosmetic surgery? Book an appointment today, and be advised by Skin Club’s team of expert doctors. Simply dial (03) 9999 7368 or book online!