Minimum recovery time needed after a mommy makeover?

Once I get my mommy makeover surgery, how long can I expect to be in recovery mode? Most importantly, how long will it take following my mommy makeover before I'm able to do things like light housework, light gardening, light yoga--nothing terribly ambitious but activities that involve some degree of movement without compromising my recovery? I'm a very active person so I need to get my head around my NOT being physically active for a good stretch. Maybe I can pursue more cerebral activities during my post-mommy makeover recovery period? That could be a plan!


F, 37, Vermont

Mommy makeovers are an increasingly popular body contouring procedure among women who want to restore their pre-baby body. They offer an impressive way to reverse some of the natural physical changes brought about by pregnancy and childbirth, helping women to feel empowered and confident in their skin.

It is important that you are clear about the duration of recovery period, as it can be lengthy. The surgery combines several cosmetic surgeries into one procedure, and the body requires plenty of time to heal before returning to everyday activities and exercise regimens. The recovery process can vary from woman to woman quite significantly.

This is because the mommy makeover is so customizable: while some women opt for a tummy tuck and breast implants, other women may also include liposuction around the abdomen, flank or thighs, an arm lift, a thigh lift or fat transfers. Some surgeons may perform all the procedures in one long surgery; others may choose to stagger multiple procedures for patient safety.

For a surgeon to provide you with an accurate and informed estimate of recovery time, it would first be vital to know which procedure you were hoping to undergo and the state of your general health. As a basic idea, however, you should be aware that you will need significant extra help and support for the first three or four days after surgery, particularly if you have small children.  

Some women are ready to return to work after one week, others require longer. What’s most essential is that you listen to your body and allow as much time for healing as is necessary before rushing to resume your responsibilities. Taking inadequate time to recover may result in setbacks or side effects. Plan on at least four weeks of recovery before you can fully return to everyday activities and exercise.

Your plastic surgeon will provide you with comprehensive post-op instructions to help make the healing process as quick and comfortable as possible. By following directions, using compression garments to help with swelling and resting, you will be feeling and looking great in no time and ready to return to your active lifestyle. In the meantime, you really should pursue the cerebral activities you mentioned.

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The length of recovery from a mommy makeover is one of the most common questions patients ask when considering undergoing this transformative procedure. As you may be aware, there is "no one size fits all" answer to this question. Recovery depends on:

  • The number of procedures you undergo during your mommy makeover;
  • The extent of your surgery (full abdominoplasty with liposuction vs. a mini tummy tuck, for example);
  • Your general health, wellbeing, and fitness;
  • How well you take care of yourself in the immediate postoperative period

The most effective way to gauge your recovery time is to schedule an initial consultation with a surgeon who specializes in mommy makeover surgery. Experienced board-certified plastic surgeons will engage in an in-depth discussion with you to determine your aesthetic goals, budget, the amount of time you are willing to take to recover from the procedure, and work with you to develop a surgical approach that meets as much of your criteria as possible.

That being said, traditional mommy makeovers usually include several integral components: a tummy tuck in some form, and a breast enhancement. The breast enhancement could be breast augmentation, a breast lift, or both. Some women elect to undergo a breast reduction and a lift.

For women in a good state of health who undergo a tummy tuck and some form of breast surgery, three to four weeks is usually necessary before the patient is ready to return to everyday normal activities. Your surgeon will give you a list of pre and postoperative instructions to follow so you expedite your recovery as much as possible. Some common guidelines include:

  • Be as healthy as possible before your procedure. Candidates with robust health tend to recover more quickly.
  • Take certain supplements or medications to help with postoperative healing.
  • Stop smoking at least six weeks before surgery.
  • Take time to organize your life before your mommy makeover, so your downtime is as stress-free and relaxing as possible. Find a trusted friend or loved one to help you with childcare for the first few weeks, clean your house, set your work affairs in order, and have plenty of nutritious easy-to-prepare food on hand. The more you can rest, the faster you will be back on your feet.

Your surgeon will also equip you with a guide of when you can expect to return to exercise. Patients are encouraged to be up and moving as soon as possible after surgery to reduce the likelihood of blood clots and promote circulation.

Gentle walking is excellent and highly recommended throughout your recovery, particularly at the beginning. You will then be able to graduate to light activity and stretches as you feel better. Strenuous exercise ,such as heavy lifting, should be avoided for approximately eight weeks so the body has ample time to heal from the tummy tuck.

A mommy makeover offers dramatic, long-lasting results, but it also requires you to recover for the prescribed amount of time afterward. Make sure you feel comfortable about this before committing to surgery.

Thank you for the question but recovery can vary from patient to patient based on what is actually done in the “Mommy Makeover”. That said plan on at least a month for recovery 

Dr Corbin

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Hi.  Not all mommy makeovers are equivalent.  But most include a tummy tuck, and this is the rate limiting step in getting back to activities after surgery.  Usually, it takes about 4-6 weeks to get back to exercise after the procedure, so you will definitely be doing more cerebral activity instead of physical activity in that time period :))   Best of luck!

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