What To Expect During Your Mommy Makeover Recovery Time (Updated 2024)

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A mommy makeover combines the benefits of several different procedures, such as breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction, to restore a woman’s figure after having children. However, because it involves multiple procedures in one surgery, a mommy makeover requires an extensive recovery period.

In this blog post, I’ll discuss what mommy makeover entails, provide an overview of the recovery process, and answer some of the questions patients frequently ask.

Understanding the Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover is a suite of procedures designed to address the physical changes experienced during childbearing. This can include a customized combination of the following:

These procedures work together to address issues such as separated abdominal muscles, stubborn fat deposits, and the loss of breast volume post-pregnancy, restoring a more toned and contoured appearance.

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Personalized Recovery Planning

The amount of time it takes to recover after a mommy makeover is an individual process that varies depending on your individual pain tolerance, the extent of the procedures performed, and your overall health profile.

Mommy Makeover Recovery Week by Week

Here’s a complete mommy makeover recovery timeline, which breaks down what you can typically expect week by week:

  • Week 1: Post-surgery, the focus is on rest and minimal movement to promote healing.
  • Week 2: Gradual increase in light activities; monitoring for any signs of complications.
  • Week 3-4: Incremental return to daily routines with modifications, continued wearing of compression garments.
  • Week 5-6: Reevaluation by your surgeon, with potential clearance for more strenuous activities.
  • Months 3-6: Ongoing reduction in swelling and continued improvement in scar appearance.

FAQs for a Safe and Comfortable Recovery

Recovering from a mommy makeover is a gradual process that brings up many questions for patients. To help you navigate this crucial period with confidence, I’ve compiled answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Will I Need Assistance at Home During My Recovery?

During the initial weeks of your recovery, you’ll need assistance with daily tasks, especially if they involve bending, lifting, or caring for young children. Planning for a friend, family member, or caregiver to help will allow you to focus on your healing.

How Can I Manage Pain After My Mommy Makeover?

Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help manage discomfort. It’s also beneficial to arrange your living space so that necessities are within easy reach, minimizing the need to move around too much. Gentle walks are encouraged to promote circulation and reduce the risk of blood clots.

What Should I Wear During My Recovery?

Post-surgery, you’ll wear a special compression garment to support the areas treated during surgery, as directed by your surgeon. Along with the compression garment, it’s best to wear loose, comfortable clothing that’s easy to put on and take off.

How Should I Sleep After a Mommy Makeover?

Sleeping in a reclined position, such as in a recliner or with pillows propping you up, is generally recommended for the first few weeks. This helps to reduce swelling and provides support to the areas of surgery.

How Long After a Mommy Makeover Can I Drive?

You can typically drive once you are off prescription pain medications and can react without hesitation. This is usually after 2 to 3 weeks, but consult with your surgeon before getting behind the wheel.

Can I Speed Up My Recovery?

While recovery time shouldn’t be rushed, following a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and strictly adhering to your surgeon’s guidance can facilitate a smooth healing process.

When Can I Resume Exercise?

You should avoid strenuous exercise for at least 6 weeks post-surgery. You may start with light walking as soon as you feel up to it, gradually increasing activity as recommended by your surgeon.

Take the Next Step

To speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon about a mommy makeover or to discuss your recovery timeline in detail, please call us at (817) 442-1236 or to request a consultation.

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