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Mommy Makeover Recovery: What Patients Can Expect

By Peter Fisher, MD on October 18, 2017


A mother playing with her child at the beachA mommy makeover refers to a combination of body contouring procedures that is designed to address the loose skin, stretchmarks, and other issues that impact a woman's appearance after having a child. These surgeries tend to target the lower abdominal area, the breasts, the thighs, the shoulders and upper arms, and even the neckline and lower face.

Patients who come to San Antonio Plastic Surgery Center for a mommy makeover will receive detailed information about pre-op and post-op matters. Right now, we want to consider recovery from a mommy makeover so patients know what to expect as they heal.

Taking Time Off from Work

A mommy makeover involves different body sculpting surgeries, including tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast lift (mastopexy), thigh lift (thighplasty), and arm lift (brachioplasty). As you can imagine, healing from these surgeries can take some time.

In general, mommy makeover patients will want to take at least three weeks off from work, and possibly up to four weeks. This will give the patient time to fully heal. Even when returning to work, patients will want to take things slow, easing back into their normal duties. More time off may be recommended for women who have strenuous/physical demanding jobs.

Side Effects After a Mommy Makeover

Some of the most common side effects that women experience after a mommy makeover include the following:

  • Pain and Discomfort – Soreness after surgery is common, and is most pronounced in the first days of recovery, fading as time goes on. Patients can manage their pain and discomfort with the use of prescription pain killers and over-the-counter pain medication.

  • Bruising – Bruising is an unavoidable reality after surgery, though it fades as patients continue to heal. Bruising is most pronounced in the first two weeks after surgery, with the discoloration completely fading by the end of a month to six weeks.

  • Swelling – Swelling after surgery is most noticeable in the first two weeks or so after a procedure, with additional swelling lasting for another two weeks afterward. Some minor swelling may persist for several weeks after a procedure, so keep that in mind.

  • Drainage from Incision Sites – Drainage tubes may be placed at certain treatment areas to help control swelling and prevent complications. These tubes are typically removed after a week, with patients following drainage instructions provided.

  • Numbness and Tingling – Numbness, tingling, and other issues with sensitivity along incision sites are common after a mommy makeover. As nerves and tissue heal, these changes in sensation will fade away.

Walking After Surgery to Prevent Complications

Walking a little bit each day after a mommy makeover is important for healing. This simple act can prevent blood clots from forming in the legs. Your surgeon will provide you with simple guideline about how much to walk each day as you recover. Be sure to follow these instructions to the letter.

Attend Follow-Up Visits with Your Plastic Surgeon

Patients will have multiple follow-up visits with their plastic surgeon after a mommy makeover is performed. These follow-ups are designed to ensure patients are healing just fine without any complications or issues. Attend all of these visits as scheduled to help with your recovery process.

Learn More About Mommy Makeover Treatment

For more information about mommy makeover treatment and how it can help you look years younger, contact an experienced plastic surgeon today. The team at San Antonio Plastic Surgery Center will go over the basics of the surgery as well as what to expect as you heal.

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