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Mommy Makeover Recovery: How To Recover Easily

/ Dr. Aric Aghayan
Mommy Makeover Recovery

For a woman who has had one or more children and is looking to restore her body to its “pre-baby” state, a Portland  mommy makeover procedure can provide that little bit of extra help. While diet and exercise are certainly effective options for shedding weight and toning muscle, oftentimes women experience post-childbirth physical changes that cannot be addressed at home. In some cases, women may have stubborn pockets of fat that are unresponsive to nutrition and fitness changes, while others may have suffered a significant loss of breast volume. Fortunately, many of these issues can be addressed with a mommy makeover procedure.

The highly skilled board-certified physicians at Après Plastic Surgery in Portland, OR are proud to offer an exceptional level of care and satisfaction to patients throughout the entire process, from consultation to mommy makeover recovery process.

In fact, mommy makeover recovery is an extremely important part of the procedure and something that should be taken very seriously.

To help give yourself the best possible chance for comfortable, easy, and successful healing, it is necessary to first understand what it entails, what to expect from the procedure, and how to approach your recovery.

What is a mommy makeover?

The mommy makeover is arguably becoming one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures for women across the country. Since it combines several different procedures that are designed to address common post-childbirth complaints, moms everywhere are turning to the mommy makeover as a way to restore their youthful contour and, as a result, boost their confidence.

At Après Plastic Surgery, our expert plastic surgeons have provided countless women with a renewed sense of self through a mommy makeover. Some of the procedures often used in a mommy makeover include:

  • Breast Surgery: Breast augmentation and Breast lift
  • Tummy tuck and Mini Tummy Tuck
  • Liposuction
  • Labiaplasty

How can a mommy makeover enhance my look?

Through the use of various cosmetic surgery procedures, a mommy makeover can dramatically improve the appearance of a woman’s body after pregnancy and childbirth. Portland breast augmentation and breast lift can restore volume and shape that may have been lost after breastfeeding, and a tummy tuck after pregnancy is a highly effective tool for flattening the abdomen and removing excess skin that was stretched out. In many cases, a plastic surgeon will use liposuction to further enhance a patient’s results, removing small to moderately-sized pockets of fat typically on the abdomen, love handles, buttocks, or thighs.

What can I expect from a mommy makeover procedure?

Recovery mommy makeover

One of the most exciting things at Après Plastic Surgery is that the procedure is personal and unique, designed specifically for each patient. During an initial consultation, your experienced and knowledgeable plastic surgeon will take all of the time necessary to carefully evaluate your case, discuss your goals, answer your questions thoroughly, and custom-tailor a plan of action that will best meet your needs.

The procedure itself will vary from patient to patient depending on which surgeries are being used, the severity of the complaints, and other factors. A more simple mommy makeover surgery is generally a 3-4 hour procedure performed under general anesthesia, while a more complex case may require a surgery lasting up to 8 hours.

Is there anything I can do to have a faster mommy makeover recovery?

Mommy makeover patients should talk with their surgeon at length about the postoperative period and it is important that patients have realistic expectations for their recovery period. That being said, there are several things you can do to make your recovery and body’s healing process somewhat easier, including:

Have a plan.

For the first 24-48 hours after a surgery, patients often experience some level of pain, discomfort, and drowsiness, and routine daily activities may be severely restricted. You will need someone to drive you to and from surgery, and it is highly recommended that you plan to have someone with you around the clock for at least the first couple of days and maybe even longer. This is particularly important for patients with young children, as any lifting or strenuous physical activity is strictly off limits for a considerable amount of time.

Follow your doctor’s instructions.

It is imperative that patients adhere to their postoperative instructions. This includes taking their prescribed pain medication, staying hydrated, getting plenty of rest, and following the guidelines regarding physical activity and other limitations.

Prepare yourself prior to the procedure.

As with any surgical procedure, patients in better health will typically experience an easier and quicker recovery. You can benefit greatly by making certain lifestyle changes in the months and weeks leading up to your procedure. Some of these include eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and refraining from smoking.

Patients are encouraged to reach and maintain a stable and healthy weight for at least six months before undergoing a mommy makeover, and it is recommended that women wait to have the procedure until they are done having children. Any significant weight fluctuations after a surgery can compromise your results and lead to the need for a second or subsequent procedure.

Questions and Answers

When can I walk straight after having a tummy tuck during a mommy makeover?

We advise adopting a ‘hips slightly flexed’ stance for at least 2 weeks, with most patients resuming their usual upright posture in 2-3 weeks. Circumferential tummy tuck patients have a 360° incision that encircles the abdomen and lower back.

How many sizes do you lose with a mommy makeover?

In general, a mommy makeover may support a person in shedding anywhere between five to fifteen pounds, but definite outcomes are not assured. Various factors, such as one’s overall health, having a healthy diet and lifestyle choices, can influence the results.

How long after mommy makeover can I walk?

Typically, patients can begin gentle exercises, such as walking, about 4 to 6 weeks after mommy makeover surgery, once they’ve reduced their reliance on post-operative pain medication.


Book Your Mommy Makeover Consultation Today

The first and most important step in setting yourself up for a successful surgery in terms of results and recovery is to choose a highly qualified, certified, and experienced mommy makeover surgeon to perform your procedure.

To learn more about how you can enhance your look and boost your confidence, call our convenient Portland, OR facility to schedule your mommy makeover consultation today.

Embrace Your Evolution

Enjoy the pinnacle of cosmetic surgery expertise with board-certified Portland Plastic Surgeon Dr. Aric Aghayan at Après Plastic Surgery. With a legacy of over 1600 successful body contouring procedures, Dr. Aghayan stands as the foremost specialist in advanced body contouring technology and treatment options. Take the next big step on your beauty journey by scheduling a comprehensive plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Aghayan today.

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