Recovery following a Mommy Makeover will depend on several different factors including the specific procedures performed as part of your Mommy Makeover, the number and extent of such procedures, the severity of the issues to address, the specific techniques employed and the skill with which they are done, operative time and one’s health and unique individual factors. Although a Mommy Makeover typically includes both breast enhancement and abdominal contouring (tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck or liposuction), it is virtually always the tummy tuck (when done) that dictates the nature of and time necessary for the recovery.
When a tummy tuck is done as part of the Mommy Makeover (which is usually the case), most women will need approximately one to two weeks to recuperate before returning to either school or a non-physically strenuous job. It is very normal during this period of time to feel weak and tired. You are strongly encouraged to be up and around rather than lying in bed as this will actually help you to recuperate faster, reduce the risks of developing blood clots in your legs and lungs and reduce the risk of you experiencing lung problems.
Normal, non-strenuous activities can typically be resumed as tolerated though true aerobic activities such as using a treadmill or stationary bicycle should be avoided for around four weeks. Heavy lifting, straining, sit-ups and other similar activities generally can be resumed at around eight weeks postoperatively as can virtually all activities.
When only liposuction of the abdomen is performed in combination with breast enhancement surgery, recovery will be significantly easier and shorter. Most patients feel well enough to return to non-strenuous daily routines within approximately four to seven days and they are generally able to fully resume all activities (with a few exceptions) after about three weeks.
For an individualized outline of the Mommy Makeover recovery process, you should meet with an experienced and reputable board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your unique concerns and aesthetic desires. Based on this information, a customized treatment plan and expected recovery process can be formulated and reviewed.
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Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D.
Scottsdale and Phoenix