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Mommy makeovers provide personalized combined surgery for women who are done having children. Most mommy makeovers include breast surgery (breast augmentation and/or a breast lift), a tummy tuck, and liposuction. However, individuals may choose to change this combination, depending on their needs. 

As with any surgery, mommy makeovers require a substantial recovery period. In fact, many surgeons consider this recovery period to be part of the procedure itself because of how important it is to the outcome of your surgery.

Below, we’ll look at what you can expect from your mommy makeover recovery and how you can plan ahead to have as smooth of a healing process as possible.

What to Expect During Your Mommy Makeover Recovery

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The best way to have a smooth recovery after mommy makeover surgery is to start with your recovery in mind. Know that you’ll need at least six weeks to take it easy (no exercising) and around two to four weeks off from work or school. For more specific numbers, speak directly with your surgeon

Once you have this time blocked off, you can start preparing for it mentally and in reality. The majority of patients are most concerned about pain and soreness. And to be sure, some pain and soreness after surgery is normal. It will likely be the worst during the first few days post-surgery, and it will get better from there. 

You’re also going to have some bruising and swelling. These are all common symptoms no matter what procedures you choose to include in your money makeover. On the other hand, where these symptoms are located and how severe they are will vary. 

Most patients will need assistance with pain, which will be provided where necessary. Pain management options will include prescriptions as well as some at-home treatments you can try on your own. 

Fortunately, after the first week of your mommy makeover recovery, you’ll notice your symptoms improve greatly. Patients can usually switch to over-the-counter medicines to manage pain at this point, and you may be encouraged to start moving around as well. Usually, this is just taking short walks around your home or yard, but it can make a big difference in your recovery and the way you feel. 

As your mommy makeover recovery progresses to the third week, you may start to notice more of your results under all that swelling. Some patients say they start to have more energy at this point too. Although you likely won’t be able to go back to your regular exercise routine just yet, don’t worry — you will soon. 

By week four, you’ll see even more of your results shining through, and you may even be cleared for some light exercise. Most support and compression garments won’t have to be worn often (or at all) by this point.

Weeks five and six of mommy makeover recovery will depend on the patient and their overall health and lifestyle — as well as what procedures they are recovering from exactly. The vast majority of patients will be nearly completely healed, though. In this case, healed means that incisions are closed, swelling is mostly gone, bruising is gone, compression garments are no longer needed, and most (if not all) of your results are fully visible.

FAQ: Mommy Makeover Recovery

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How long does it take to heal from a mommy makeover?

The average recovery time for mommy makeover surgery is around six weeks to two months. 

For the most part, patients who’ve undergone mommy makeover surgery are able to return to work and start getting back to their normal routines after six weeks. This depends on your job, however. If you have a physically demanding job, you’ll need more time off. Desk jobs usually only require a minimal amount of downtime.

In terms of complete healing, it may take several months before your incision sites are fully healed and all of the swelling has gone down. In some cases, the full results from your surgery won’t be completely visible until the one-year mark.

What is the fastest way to recover from a mommy makeover?

There is no shortcut to recovering from mommy makeover surgery — or any surgery, for that matter. You simply have to follow the aftercare instructions given to you by your surgeon and make sure that you stay on top of daily maintenance of your incision sites. 

As far as mommy makeover recovery tips go, you can certainly aim to maintain steady recovery progress by eating a healthy diet and getting back to gentle exercise as soon as your doctor gives you the go-ahead.

How hard is mommy makeover recovery?

It depends on what types of procedures you opt for. Most mommy makeover patients want a tummy tuck, and this tends to come with a lengthier recovery. Likewise, recovery from breast lift surgery tends to be more intense than breast augmentation recovery. Again, however, all surgeries are different and all patients have unique bodies that require different lengths of time to heal.

What is sure is that you should plan ahead for your recovery. You will certainly have some discomfort and soreness in the first few weeks after your procedure. Whatever you can do beforehand — such as getting groceries, filling prescriptions, or buying necessary mommy makeover recovery supplies — can be a big help.

How long are you sore after a mommy makeover?

Soreness and discomfort after a mommy makeover will be most severe over the first few days post-surgery. This is when most of the swelling will occur, and you also experience some bruising as well. As your mommy makeover recovery timeline progresses, you’ll notice the soreness dissipate, and you will begin to feel more comfortable and less swollen and tight.

Request Your Mommy Makeover Consultation Appointment

Whether you would like a mommy makeover to address excess skin on your abdomen, small pockets of unwanted fat, deflated breasts, or all of the above, a mommy makeover is the perfect solution. To book your mommy makeover consultation appointment and learn more about your options, contact Hill Country Plastic Surgery in San Antonio today.


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