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How Long Is the Recovery After a Mommy Makeover?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Morales Plastic Surgery is proud to offer mommy makeovers for women who are unhappy with their post-baby bodies. But how long does it take to recover from this combination surgery? While the answer varies based on the procedures performed, it can take up to a few months for any residual swelling to fully subside and for your results to be visible. 

Mommy makeover surgery focuses on areas like the breasts and belly to help women look and feel like themselves again. Call board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales to learn more about recovery and how we make the process comfortable and convenient. Our Houston, TX practice is renowned for delivering beautiful results. 

Initial recovery 

The recovery timeline for a mommy makeover can be broken down into several stages. The first stage is the immediate post-operative period, which takes place in our recovery room right after surgery. During this time, most patients feel groggy due to anesthesia and will need someone to drive them home. A responsible friend or family member should stay with the patient for at least the first 24 hours to assist with any needs. 

The first week 

During the first week of recovery, patients can expect side effects like swelling and bruising in the treatment areas. Dr. Morales can prescribe medications to manage any discomfort. Patients should set aside a room in their house for rest, with all necessary items within reach. This includes medications, water, snacks, and entertainment like books or movies. 

Though it seems counterintuitive, patients are encouraged to get up and walk around several times a day. This helps improve circulation and prevent blood clots from forming. 

The second week 

About 2 – 4 weeks after mommy makeover surgery, most people resume light activities and return to work if their job is not physically demanding. Though some swelling may still be present, it should continue to decrease over time. Dr. Morales will book follow-up appointments and continue to monitor your progress. Our Houston, TX team is always available to answer any questions that may arise during this time. 

The sixth week 

By the sixth week, patients resume normal exercise routines. However, it's still important to listen to your body and not push yourself too hard. Overexertion prolongs recovery and potentially causes complications. Dr. Morales can provide specific instructions for gradually increasing activity levels during this stage. We may recommend avoiding exercises that directly target the surgical sites. 

Continued recovery 

As mentioned, it can take up to a few months for all swelling to dissipate and for the optimal outcomes of a mommy makeover to be visible. However, this doesn't mean you won't see any improvements before then. Patients report feeling more confident in their bodies as early as a few weeks after surgery. 

In addition, maintaining a healthy lifestyle with nutrition and exercise can help promote healing and enhance your outcomes. With the right care and a little patience, you can enjoy the full benefits of your mommy makeover for years. 

Ensure a smooth mommy makeover recovery 

At Morales Plastic Surgery, we prioritize your safety and comfort during every step of the surgical process. This includes providing thorough pre-operative instructions and personalized post-operative care. Contact our office in Houston, TX to book a meeting with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales and learn about the transformative benefits of a mommy makeover today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.