Have you been struggling to get your body back to the way it was pre-pregnancy? Mommy Makeovers are one of the most sough-after cosmetic procedures because it helps address different trouble areas in one procedure. A Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures that correct common issues women face after pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing. Some of the most popular procedures that women want to address include their breasts and abdominal regions but can be personalized to each patient. It’s essential to be well prepared and have realistic expectations for what’s to come during the recovery process after a Mommy Makeover.
The first 24-hours
While a Mommy Makeover is an extensive procedure, it is an outpatient procedure meaning you will go home the same day as your procedure. Patients will be sent home with all their compression garments necessary for their procedure. The first 24-hours is critical as you cannot drive and will need someone to help around the house and take care of children. All driving should be avoided if you are on narcotic medication. Depending on the procedures that your Mommy Makeover consists of, you will need to sleep on your side or back.
One week after surgery
Week one after your surgery is the most critical time after your cosmetic procedure. Your body will be in shock from everything your body went through. Expect to do nothing but sleep, rest, eat, and an occasional short walk around our home to keep your blood flowing. Brusing and swelling will be at their worst during the first week. Your surgeon will give instructions to make recovery as comfortable as possible.
Two weeks after surgery
By week two, you should be off narcotics and transitioning to ibuprofen or Tylenol to help with any pain or discomfort. It’s normal to still feel tender and sore near surgical sites, and all bruising and swelling should be started to fade. Fatigue is also expected during this time, so make sure to rest and take naps to allow your body to heal. Try to avoid raising your heart rate during the first two weeks.
One month after surgery
Most postoperative swelling should be almost gone by now, and you should be feeling more energized. Not every recover period is the same, especially with a Mommy Makeover, as patients choose different procedures to combine. It’s okay to still feel tired by the end of the day as your body still needs to heal and take it easy. You can resume light cardio, but be sure to listen to your body and stop if you feel any pain.
Four months after surgery
You should be feeling like your old self again but with new confidence. Most patients will have been cleared to resume regular activities such as regular exercise. All bruising should have subsided by now, and all incisions will have closed. Swelling can take up to a year to entirely subside but be patient as the challenging part is over.