Once you’ve seen how outstanding a woman can look after mommy makeover surgery, you’ll understand why it’s one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the country.
Mommy makeovers are actually combination plastic surgeries. Each one incorporates multiple sub-procedures. For example, one woman may opt for a breast lift, tummy tuck, and some light liposuction around her waistline. Another woman may want breast implants (breast augmentation), a tummy tuck, and lipo in several areas. Your mommy makeover will be truly unique and catered to your own personal desires and goals.
One subject that many potential mommy makeover patients have questions about is recovery.
- What should I expect during mommy makeover recovery?
- Is it painful?
- How long will I be out from work?
- When will I be able to exercise again?
These and other questions are quite common for patients as they move toward surgery. Let’s go over some of the answers, starting with what to expect in terms of a mommy makeover recovery timeline.
Mommy Makeover Recovery Timeline
Your recovery from mommy makeover surgery will depend largely on what procedures you’re having done. However, we can make some estimates as most mommy makeovers involve at least some liposuction and usually a tummy tuck and breast surgery.
The average recovery time for mommy makeover surgery is around two to four weeks. Patients will want to take at least two weeks off from work.
The first few days following surgery will be the most difficult. It will involve a lot of swelling, some numbness, and bruising. During this time, the anesthesia will wear off, and you will also be left with some discomfort and pain.
Your surgeon can prescribe pain medications to help with this. Fortunately, any discomfort should begin to dissipate at the end of the first week, but it may persist minimally for a bit longer.
During week two, you’ll notice you’re more mobile, and it’s easier to get around. Continue to get up and walk frequently to promote circulation. Swelling will still be present, but it may start to go down around week three.
Leading into weeks three and four, most patients are starting to feel a lot better. More movement is possible, and going into the sixth week of recovery and beyond, you’ll be able to start thinking about incorporating more exercise and going back to your normal routine.
Swelling and some other residual side effects may persist for several months after you’ve returned to work and your normal routine. This is to be expected.
Mommy Makeover Recovery Tips
In addition to closely following your doctor’s instructions, pay attention to the recovery tips below as well.
- Arrange for someone to take you home after surgery
- Arrange for help at home
- Set up your sleeping area before surgery
- Preplan and precook as many meals as possible
- Have easy-to-grab healthy snacks on-hand
- Keep track of your sleep and movement patterns
- Consider purchasing a wedge pillow for easier resting and sleeping
FAQ: Mommy Makeover Recovery
How painful is the mommy makeover?
The surgery itself is not painful as general anesthesia will be used. Directly after your procedure, you will be in some discomfort, but this can be managed with pain meds. Fortunately, the most intense pain should only last for a few days.
For how long are you in pain after a mommy makeover?
The first few days after surgery will be the most painful, but your surgeon will offer you solutions for pain management, including prescription medications. Soreness and discomfort will persist after this period but should taper off over the next two to three weeks.
How long is bed rest after mommy makeover surgery?
You’ll probably need to stay in a reclined position for at least the first few days after surgery. Keep in mind that this does not mean you should simply stay in bed all day and all night without getting up. In fact, you should try to get up as soon as possible to walk around. This will help promote better circulation.
What is the fastest way to recover from a mommy makeover?
There is no shortcut to recovering from mommy makeover surgery, but your best bet for an efficient recovery is to simply pay close attention to your surgeon’s postoperative self-care instructions and to follow them as closely as you can.
Will I have a mommy makeover scar after surgery?
All mommy makeover surgeries will result in some scarring because the procedures included require incisions.
Book a Consultation With Dr. Lahar
Because mommy makeovers are such complex procedures, it can be difficult to know what to expect before and after surgery. This is all the more reason to choose a doctor you can fully trust for this procedure.
Dr. Nicholas Lahar is a highly educated and well-trained Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who specializes in mommy makeover procedures. To learn more about this surgery and find out if you’d make a good candidate, contact our office today and schedule your own one-on-one appointment with Dr. Lahar.