What to Expect for Your Mommy Makeover Recovery

Portrait of a happy mother and her children lyingA Mommy Makeover is a beneficial way to restore confidence in your self-image after pregnancy and childbirth. While becoming a mother brings countless blessings as well as life-changing and enhancing experiences, it can wreak havoc on a woman’s body, leading many women to seek out cosmetic help afterward. Mommy Makeover surgery traditionally involves some combination of tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction to address all of the features impacted by pregnancy. While your specific recovery will vary depending on the combination of procedures you undergo, here are some common things to remember.

There Will Be Pain and Swelling

Surgery is no walk in the park. Regardless of the combination of procedures, you will have had surgery on more than one part of your body, which means that there will be multiple areas of discomfort. Following your procedure, you can expect bruising, swelling, and pain. Prescription medication will help with the pain and discomfort, which will subside within the first few days after your surgery. The bruising and swelling, however, can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. You will need to wear compression garments over your incisions during the initial recovery period to aid in the healing process and promote blood circulation. Dr. Mesbahi will provide you with a detailed explanation of how long to wear these protective garments, and in the case of breast procedures, when you can switch to a sports bra.

You Will Need Help

While all mothers want to prove their strength, toughness, and ability to handle anything, now is not the time to do so. Now is the time to relax and heal. It is essential to accept the fact that you will need help during your recovery, even with the simplest of actions, such as getting dressed, preparing food, and even moving around. If your children are still small, make sure you have someone there to help you take care of their day-to-day needs. If your children are in school or participate in activities, arrange for someone to drive them. Additionally, if you had a tummy tuck or breast procedure, you will need to be cautious about lifting or carrying anything over 10 pounds for a couple of weeks after your surgery.

Expect Two Weeks Off From Work

Traditionally, you will be required to take two weeks off of work, though this could be longer if your job is especially strenuous. It is also expected that you refrain from any heavy exercise for four to six weeks; however, it is beneficial to get on your feet and walk around as soon as possible to encourage blood circulation and promote healing.  

Your Results May Seem Gradual

Although you will start seeing changes immediately, it will take a few months for your final results to show, as it takes this amount of time for swelling to subside and your results to settle. Don’t worry if everything doesn’t seem perfect right out of the gate since your body takes time to heal.

 

Any woman who has ever been pregnant is familiar with the intense changes that occur in the female body during those short nine months. One of the areas that is most affected by pregnancy is the abdomen. While some new mothers are able to reclaim a firm, flat abdomen, many others struggle fruitlessly to do so. Tummy tuck surgery can eliminate excess fat, trim away loose skin, and tighten the abdominal muscles to help women recover their narrow, smooth waistlines after pregnancy.

The Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery

before-and-after-tummy-tuckWhile exercise and a healthy diet can help the body shed excess weight, these tactics cannot target particular areas of the body. The tummy tuck procedure can directly target specific body issues that occur because of pregnancy. First, the procedure can eliminate the excess fat that has accumulated around the abdomen to protect the mother and baby during pregnancy. Second, the procedure can get rid of the loose skin that resulted from the skin stretching to make room for the growing baby. Third, tummy tuck surgery can treat diastasis recti. Diastasis recti occurs when the abdominal muscles separate during pregnancy and create a perpetual belly pooch. Many formerly pregnant women are never able to fully correct diastasis recti with exercise and will need tummy tuck surgery to once again have a flat abdomen. Tummy tuck surgery can trim your waistline and help emphasize your feminine curves in all the right ways.

Timing Your Procedure

Even if you want to undergo tummy tuck surgery immediately after your pregnancy, it is important to give your body time to heal after giving birth. Most women should wait at least six to 12 months after childbirth before undergoing tummy tuck surgery. During this time, the tissues of the abdomen can heal and contract on their own, especially with the assistance of exercise. Furthermore, women who plan on having multiple children should wait to undergo tummy tuck surgery until after their final pregnancy so as to maintain the best surgical results.

Consider a Full Mommy Makeover

before-and-after-mommy-makeoverFor many women, a tummy tuck is not enough to fully reclaim their pre-baby figure. Sagging, deflated breasts and localized pockets of fat all over the body can prevent women from feeling youthful and attractive. Those who would like a full feminine makeover should consider a Mommy Makeover. The Mommy Makeover is a group of surgeries that are commonly combined to enhance a woman’s figure after pregnancy. Tummy tuck surgery, breast augmentation, breast lift surgery, and liposuction are usually part of the Mommy Makeover, although other procedures can also be included. A full makeover can tackle the specific concerns you have with your body and restore an attractive, feminine, youthful figure.

Tummy tuck surgery and the Mommy Makeover are both excellent ways for women to enhance their figures after pregnancy. To learn more, schedule your personal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi. Call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form to book your appointment today.

A Mommy Makeover for Mother's DayMost of us know and love a mother in our life. We also know they sacrifice and do a lot for their children, their spouses, and their family as a whole. All too often, one thing many moms sacrifice is their bodies. Some mothers can seem to find the time to hit the gym and tone their bodies, but others simply can’t get their body to look and feel like it did before they had children.

In many cases, women find that their bodies struggle to regain the skin elasticity, tone, and firmness they had pre-baby. Pregnancy stretches the abdominal muscles, nursing causes decreased volume in the breasts, and the hectic lifestyle of a parent leaves little time to work off those stubborn fat deposits. So this Mother’s Day, say “thank you” to that amazing mom in your life and treat her to a Mommy Makeover.

What’s a Mommy Makeover?  

A Mommy Makeover is a set of body contouring procedures specifically designed to treat common problem areas that many new and experienced moms suffer from: the abdomen, breasts, hips, and thighs. Each procedure is tailored to the patient to remove unwanted fat, tighten the muscles, achieve a more toned body contour, and, above all else, restore her self-confidence.

  • Liposuction: Removes stubborn fat deposits from the abdomen, hips, thighs, and back. Through tiny incisions, a narrow tube (cannula) vacuum suctions out the unwanted fat. Recovery takes about two weeks. This procedure is ideal for patients with good skin elasticity, or it can be combined with tummy tuck surgery for a toned and contoured abdomen.
  • Tummy Tuck: Rids the abdomen of excess skin, tightens loose abdominal muscles, and pulls the remaining skin firm. A small incision is created across the lower abdomen through which unwanted tissue is excised and the abdominal muscles are stitched back together. Recovery time is about three weeks. This procedure is ideal for patients who have experienced a loss of skin elasticity and cannot achieve a toned abdominal contour through diet and exercise.
  • Breast Lift: Eliminates unnecessary breast tissue and sutures the remaining tissue into a firmer, more perky position on the chest. An incision is made that runs along the bottom of the areola and down to the crease under the breast. Tissue is removed, and the breast is lifted to a more pleasing position. The recovery period lasts just over a month. This procedure is best suited for women who experience breast sagging but have adequate volume. Women with both breast drooping and volume loss should consider combining breast lift surgery with breast augmentation.
  • Breast Augmentation: Increases the size and corrects the shape of the breasts with implants. Patients can choose between saline and silicone implants based on their desired aesthetic outcome. An incision is created around the areola, along the breast crease, or within the armpit. The implant is inserted and placed either in the subglandular or subpectoral location. Implant, incision, and placement type all depend on each patient’s aesthetic goals and body type. The recovery period is just over a month. This procedure is designed for women who have experienced volume loss due to pregnancy and nursing or who would like to enlarge their naturally small breasts.


This Mother’s Day, treat yourself or that special mom in your life to a Mommy Makeover. Moms give so much to the people in their lives, and it’s time they did a little something for themselves. Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Mesbahi and see how a Mommy Makeover can transform you from post-baby drab to new-mommy fab! Contact our office at 703-287-8277 or fill out our online contact form here for more information.

A Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures designed to improve the unfavorable effects that pregnancy can have on the appearance of a woman’s body. Mommy Makeover surgery consists of some or all of the following procedures to correct these conditions:

Procedure → What it Corrects

A smiling, attractive mother holding her baby on a white backgroundBreast lift → Drooping breasts with stretched skin

Breast augmentation → Loss of volume in the breasts

Breast reduction → Large breasts that cause back pain and discomfort

Abdominoplasty → Loose skin and stretched abdominal muscles

Liposuction → Excess fat deposits

Mommy Makeover Recovery Period

This surgery is tailored to meet the individual needs of the patient because every woman is affected by pregnancy in a unique way. Therefore, the amount of time needed to recover after a Mommy Makeover will depend on the specific procedures performed. Rather than having the procedures performed separately and needing to take downtime to recover from each at a different time, a Mommy Makeover allows the patient to recover from all of the surgeries at once. In general, our patients can expect to feel back to normal after four weeks.

In general, most Mommy Makeover patients adhere to the following recovery guidelines:

  • Week 1: Rest at home and take occasional short walks
  • Week 2: Return to work and resume light activities
  • Week 4: May lift light objects or small children
  • Week 6: Resume more strenuous activities or workouts

For mothers with young children at home, it is advised to arrange for someone to help you care for them during the first week or two after your Mommy Makeover surgery. Dr. Mesbahi will provide you with specific instructions and details about your individual recovery based on the procedures you undergo and your unique circumstances.

If you are interested in Mommy Makeover surgery or any other plastic surgery procedure, please call (703) 287-8277 today, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation. Dr. Mesbahi is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and has extensive training and experience to provide his patients with safe and effective procedures that produce beautiful results.