How Long Is The Recovery After A Mommy Makeover?
Learn More About Mommy Makeover Surgery
A Mommy Makeover is a term in plastic surgery lexicon that describes a set of advanced body contouring procedures for mothers who want to restore their post-pregnancy bodies to a more youthful and flattering figure. Many women experience a sense of renewed confidence after the procedure, due to its ability to deliver natural-looking results and minimize signs of childbearing. Mommy Makeovers are personalized to meet the needs of each individual patient but commonly include a breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, liposuction, and body lifts. A combination of the above procedures can be performed as needed to achieve your goals.
Surgery & Recovery
Like any procedure, a Mommy Makeover involves two important steps: the surgery and recovery period. To achieve the desired results, the healing process is just as essential as the surgical procedures performed. Hence, a Mommy Makeover is a collaborative experience between the patient and their plastic surgeon.
Although planning for a Mommy Makeover is an exciting journey, it is crucial to be aware of what to expect during recovery. It is also important to recognize that each individual patient has a unique rate of healing, so while you may hear of another patient returning to work faster or experiencing little swelling, your body will have its own recovery schedule.
Mommy Makeover Procedure
Mommy Makeover procedures are generally classified as same-day procedures, depending on the types of cosmetic treatments being completed. This means that patients are able to return home a few hours after their surgery. When combining treatments, the number and type of body contouring procedures will determine the length of recovery needed. When several procedures are performed, the recovery period is typically a bit longer as it would be for a single procedure. Typically, healing from a Mommy Makeover takes between four and six weeks. It is suggested that you schedule one or two weeks off from work as depending on the extent of the treatment, you may initially need help getting around and completing daily tasks.
Most patients experience some bruising and swelling after the procedure, however these side effects subside by three weeks post-op and are completely resolved around the six month mark. However, scars will take a longer time to fully heal. For the first six to eight weeks, the scars become red. Afterwards, the redness dissipates and the scar becomes thinner. Complete healing of the scars will take at least a year and a half. Throughout the recovery period, it is essential to have regular check-ups with your plastic surgeon, who may offer additional medication, advice, and treatments to help with the process and minimize your discomfort.
Many patients wonder how soon after surgery they can show off their new and improved silhouettes. On average, patients that undergo a tummy tuck as part of their Mommy Makeover can enjoy their new bodies within two to three months of their surgery.
If you are interested in having a Mommy Makeover, we invite you to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Craft, in order to discuss the recovery process and your goals for the procedure.