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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.