Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgery Recovery

Mommy makeover plastic surgery procedure will combine two or more cosmetic surgeries to enhance body contours and restore the pre-pregnancy figure of a mom. The procedure typically involves a significant recovery component because of the extensive nature of the surgery.

However, the exact period of recovery will vary between two patients depending on the number and type of surgeries performed.  

The benefit with a comprehensive procedure such as mommy makeover is that the patient will go through recovery only once, even though she may have received multiple surgeries. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jacob Bloom provides mommy makeover and other surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures to patients in Chicago, IL, and surrounding locations across the horizon.


Recovery Process

A mommy makeover will typically require the patient to stay home for about two weeks for initial recovery. She should take plenty of rest during this period, eat a balanced diet and stay sufficiently hydrated. The surgeon will encourage her to take short walks at home and perform light activities to promote the blood flow to the incision sites.

Mild soreness, bruising and swelling will occur in the incision sites after a mommy makeover plastic surgery. Pain can be managed with prescription pain medications in the first week. Mothers of young children may consider arranging childcare for this phase. Working women should apply for a leave for about 10 to 14 days from their workplace, and stay stress-free during the early recovery phase.

The surgeon will usually call the patient for the first post-operative appointment at the end of the first week. Drain tubes and sutures may be removed at this appointment. In about two weeks, most patients would be ready to resume their normal routine or return to work. However, strenuous activities at the workplace, vigorous exercises and heavy lifting of weights should be avoided for about one month.

Swelling in certain areas will resolve gradually over several weeks or months as the body permanently adapts to its new, youthful shape. Patients in Chicago, IL, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive mommy makeover surgery from the accomplished and the wonderful cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bloom.


Safe and Early Healing

A patient can take a few measures to expedite her recovery after a mommy makeover. She should wear the compression garment over the treatment sites diligently as instructed by the surgeon. This will help to improve swelling and enable easier healing of the skin. Blood thinners, NSAIDs and vitamin E should be avoided during the recovery phase.

If the patient has a habit of smoking, she will be required to quit the habit at least during the pre- and post-operative phase. Smoking can interfere with the blood flow and delay recovery. Scarring and other risks are higher for patients who smoke.

Before and after the mommy makeover surgery, the patient should eat a healthy diet, which is rich in lean proteins, fruit and vegetables, whole grains and low fat dairy products. A balanced diet will support healing and long term healthy eating habits will allow for more sustainable mommy makeover results over time.