A Mommy Makeover is a large operation involving the abdomen and upper body. The abdomen usually undergoes a tummy tuck and some bilateral flank liposuction to reduce and eliminate the loose skin that may be associated after childbirth. The breasts often undergo a breast augmentation, breast lift or a combination breast augmentation and lift to give a more youthful and aesthetically appealing appearance to the breasts. Both operations can usually be done at the same time. In many women, a Mommy Makeover is a powerful, confidence building operation.
Recovery after a Mommy Makeover is variable, but typically takes about 10-14 days. The more procedures you have, the longer recovery time may be required. For example, if you need just a tummy tuck, your recovery will be faster than if you have a tummy tuck and liposuction. Another example would be if you had just a breast augmentation, you should have a slightly faster recovery compared to a breast augmentation with a breast lift.
A Mommy Makeover is typically done in a surgery center or hospital setting. Depending on your overall health and the amount of surgery you need, you may have to stay overnight in a hospital. After you go home, you will still need someone to help take care of you for 1-5 days afterwards.
After your procedure, drinking plenty of fluid and walking around a little will help mobilize your fluids and help with recovery. Hopefully your surgeon uses a pain pump, which dispenses numbing medicine automatically to the areas of surgery. This will reduce your pain levels and increase mobility as well.
If you have children, you should make sure that you have extra help taking care of them right after your Mommy Makeover. You should be able to walk around gently several days after your procedure, but everyone is different, and having extra help at home will psychologically give you a little less stress.
Returning to work will take 10-14 days, and you should be able to return to an office job sooner than if you have a more active job. Driving should also be possible within 2 weeks, but you should be off of pain pills before you drive.
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