A mommy makeover is an effective way to regain your pre-baby body because it combines several procedures. Most women opt for a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, or breast lift because these areas are typically the most affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding. Diet and exercise can tone your body, but they may not help with issues like sagging skin and stubborn fat deposits—that’s where a mommy makeover comes in.
As a mom, though, you likely juggle many responsibilities, and it may seem challenging to fit mommy makeover recovery time into your schedule. The beauty of a mommy makeover is that it consolidates multiple surgical recoveries into one time frame. Still, you may be wondering what to expect during recovery and how you can ensure you get the best mommy makeover results possible. This blog post offers some insight into a typical mommy makeover recovery week by week.
Mommy Makeover Recovery Timeline
Because we customize mommy makeover procedures to your particular needs and goals, each patient’s recovery is slightly different. However, you might expect the following milestones.
You got through your procedure like a champ! Now is the time to rest your body so you can heal. The first week can be challenging, so have someone help you around the house. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe medication to help you manage discomfort, but most people usually switch to over-the-counter pain relievers after the first few days.
During Week 2, you will still feel tender, sore, and swollen. If you have drains and sutures, we’ll remove them during this second week. Don’t forget to take slow walks when you can to help with blood circulation and healing.
Weeks 3 & 4
You can likely head back to work this week, depending on how you feel and if cleared by your plastic surgeon. If you have a strenuous job, it’s a good idea to rest for another week or so.
As you progress in your recovery, you will start to feel stronger and more energized with less swelling. Keep getting as much rest as possible and focus on a healthy diet. You can also increase the intensity of your walks if you feel up to it.
You should be getting close to full recovery at the 6-week mark. Any swelling and bruising should have mostly subsided, and you can get back to your normal workout routine. If a tummy tuck was part of your mommy makeover, it’s a good idea to avoid exercises that strain your midsection for another couple of weeks.
If you still have some residual swelling, don’t worry! You may have some minor swelling for up to a year, but you should be enjoying the results of your mommy makeover at this point.
Questions To Ask Your Plastic Surgeon
You should gather as much information as possible when preparing to navigate mommy makeover recovery. Here are some helpful questions to ask your plastic surgeon–you can learn more from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
- Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
- What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
- Are there any non-opioid long-lasting pain relief options?
- Will I have dressings or bandages after surgery? When will they be removed?
- Will there be drains? For how long?
- When can I bathe or shower?
- When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
- When do I return for follow-up care?
Most women find their results are well worth a few weeks of recovery time, and you can see why in these before and after photos. If you are ready to contour your body with a mommy makeover, request a consultation or call us at (859) 277-9435 to schedule an appointment.