How Long is Recovery From a Mommy Makeover?
After pregnancy and childbirth, many women find that their bodies have drastically changed and it’s difficult – perhaps impossible – to return to their pre-baby look. Fortunately, a mommy makeover can help restore fullness in the breasts, tighten slackened abdominal skin and reduce fat in the torso. I recommend you wait at least six months after pregnancy before undergoing this procedure. If you’re a woman who leads a busy life, you may be wondering how long it takes to recover from a mommy makeover. Keep reading to find out.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
When you come for your mommy makeover consultation at Brown Plastic Surgery, we’ll talk in depth about all of your concerns and discuss which procedures could help you feel great in your post-baby body. Although it’s different for every woman, a mommy makeover typically includes some combination of a breast reduction, breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, and/or liposuction. Since you have your own unique goals, we’ll design a customized treatment plan that meets your needs.
Many moms wonder if it’s safe to undergo several procedures at one time. Know this: your safety is my number one priority, and I only operate on patients when it’s safe to do so. I’ll examine you thoroughly and we’ll go through a checklist together to make sure you are healthy and fit enough for surgery. Typical mommy makeover procedures have been performed nationwide millions of times without complication. By undergoing multiple procedures at one time, you reduce your time under anesthesia and reduce your recovery time overall, spending one six week period recovering rather than 6 weeks at a time for each separate surgery.
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How to Recover From a Mommy Makeover
The recovery process will depend on the particular procedures we perform during your mommy makeover. In most cases, however, it takes anywhere between 2 to 6 weeks. You will likely be able to return to work within 2 to 3 weeks if you have a desk job and resume your regular exercise routine in 6 weeks.
If you will need to care for your children during the recovery period, we recommend that you prepare and plan ahead as much as possible. Ask a trustworthy friend or family member to help you out with the children’s meals, homework, transportation, etc. for at least the first week after the surgery. This can be challenging for moms, who often have a tough time delegating and might feel that they’re letting their children down. This is why I tell my patients that good preparation is critical, because you need to focus on your own healing process. Remember: a healthy, confident mommy is the greatest gift you can give your children.
I had a few meeting with some local plastic surgeons since I had been wanting and researching a mommy makeover for nearly a year. I found a site called RealSelf and was able to post some questions and get responses from actual surgeons. Dr. Rick Brown was kind enough to give me some feed back so I scheduled a consult with him and a couple of other surgeons in the area. The first surgeon I met with was very well known and had a ton of great reviews. I thought he was very nice and kind but I was still just hesitant. Dr. Brown was my next consult. After meeting with his staff I felt like we we’re old friends! He really listened to what I was looking for and even added some recommendations of his own. I felt so confident that he was my surgeon that I paid the deposit before I left. After waiting a couple of months for surgery I kept waiting to feel anxious or scared but that feeling truly never came over me. Even the morning of surgery I was excited. I stayed overnight at the Scottsdale Recovery Center and was treated so wonderful by every nurse on staff. They got me up and walking and we’re right there whenever I needed them. I had delicious snacks and food and it just felt so nice to be taken care of so well. I had a medication called Exporel used to help pain management for surgery and I would definitely recommend it. I am 8 days out of surgery and only use my Percocet just to sleep comfortably at night. Otherwise I have had more pain during the day after being sore from working out too hard in the past! My results are amazing! I almost want to cry when I see myself in the mirror. It’s just something I always wanted to feel happy in my body and Dr. Brown and his staff truly have changed my life. I could not more highly recommend him as a surgeon to anyone! I trusted him and his staff with my life and have zero regrets. If you are considering a procedure I highly recommend going in for a consult. #bodiesbybrown
Take the Next Step
If you’re wondering if you’re a good candidate for a mommy makeover, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown of Brown Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, Arizona today. We’ll help you make an informed decision. Call us at 480-568-3804or fill out our convenient online contact form.