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What’s Mommy Makeover Recovery Like?

What’s Mommy Makeover Recovery Like?

We always talk about what to expect when you’re expecting… but what about what to expect when you’re taking on a mommy makeover?

What exactly is a mommy makeover?

What does a mommy makeover involve?

What should you wear after a mommy makeover?

What does a mommy makeover recovery process look like?

So many questions and so much confusion, we wanted to help you sort through the noise and find the truth about Mommy Makeovers.

What exactly is a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover refers to the process of restoring and reviving ones post-pregnancy body to what it once was, to help mommy feel like herself again. The name seems all encompassing, and that’s because it is. A mommy makeover can refer to a number of procedures that will be tailored and recommended to you specifically by your doctor and/or surgeon. Because everybody is different and every pregnancy is unique, recommendations for mommy makeovers will vary from person to person, depending on the situation. And while it is popular to believe that celebrities undergo mommy makeovers mere weeks after giving birth to restore their pre-pregnancy bodies, it’s simply not true. This would be unsafe for the mother and is not advised. It is our recommendation that everyone discuss recovery plans and post-pregnancy cosmetic procedures directly with their doctors. But it is true that some mothers seem to regain their previous physical appearance faster than others post-pregnancy. This is usually because they are working with nutritionists, physical trainers, and of course, might have the option of having some cosmetic work done.

What does a mommy makeover involve?

A mommy makeover could involve a number of cosmetic treatments including: breast lift or augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, or labiaplasty.

A breast lift/augmentation would be required for women who are in their 30s-40s after giving birth because the breasts expand and contract dramatically during milk production. Once milk production is completed and your baby is weaned, breasts tend to drop back down to their original size (sometimes several cups smaller) leaving behind stretched skin and frankly, saggier breasts.An easy way to tell if you would be eligible for a breast augmentation or lift is if your nipples are pointing straight down, rather than out.

Another potential mommy makeover solution would be liposuction. Liposuction is when fat is removed via a tubal insert. This could be from a number of areas on the body but most likely the tummy/midsection and/or butt and thighs. Liposuction might be necessary before a tummy tuck but not always. If you have stubborn belly fat after a pregnancy (or any time, really), liposuction could be an option for you.

As mentioned, a tummy tuck may be another option you’d like to consider as part of your mommy makeover. This allows you to tighten your stomach skin and muscles that may be weak from pregnancy. It can also be used to help incontinence or unwanted urine flow after pregnancy. Finally, part of a mommy makeover surgery could include a labiaplasty. If there is any uncomfortable or undesirable stretching of the labia minora after childbirth, a labiaplasty is advised.

What should you wear after a mommy makeover?

As you can tell, a mommy makeover can be an intense process and will definitely vary from mother to mother. Because of this, recommending recovery garments is not a “one size fits all” approach.

Here’s what we’d recommend wearing after each procedure:

Breast lift/augmentation – Post-breast augmentation there are various stages of recovery requiring a range of compression garments to help you heal quickly and comfortably. These include the compression bras with sleeves, bandeau bra, and the surgical bra or cover bra.

You can learn more about the various stages of recovery from breast augmentation here.

Liposuction – Recovering from liposuction can be a long recovery process if the right garments are not used. Of course, discuss this directly with your surgeon before your procedure, but to give you an idea, typical garments tend to include: girdles of various heights (depending on where the procedure is targeted), high waisted bodysuit garments, and body shapers.

You can learn more about the various stages of recovery from liposuction here.

Tummy tuck – Abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) surgery is another potentially long recovery process without the right garments. You’ll likely be recommended to wear a variety of highly compressive girdles, body briefs, abdominal binders/boards and contouring body suits as part of the recovery process.

You can learn more about the various stages of recovery from tummy tuck surgery here.

Labiaplasty – It is likely you will be recommended to wear some compressive panties to remain comfortable and improve the healing process after a labiaplasty.

You can find our compressive panties and girdle products here.

What does a mommy makeover recovery process look like?

Keep in mind that some mommy makeover procedures are completing two surgeries at once. While you can absolutely schedule them separately to best accommodate your schedule, it may be advisable to do both at once or within a close time frame to avoid extending the recovery time.

You will be in recovery for at least 8-10 weeks so be sure to schedule your surgeries with potential future events in mind. For example, if you love running in the summer maybe don’t schedule your surgery at the start of the season you’re most fond of.

And keep in mind that you’re going to be uncomfortable for at least a month. Many patients start to feel “normal” again after 3-4 weeks but everyone is different and every recovery period is different, so this might not be the same for you.

To give you a better idea of the recovery process, we have included a rough week by week schedule below:

WEEK 1 – this is the most intense part of recovery and to be honest, you will probably block it out from your memory as you will be on some intense painkillers during this time. You won’t be doing much other than sleeping, eating, and walking to the bathroom to get your circulation flowing. Your compression garments will be your best friends as they provide a steady and uniform comfortable compression on the areas that are sore. You won’t be driving, cooking, or doing any of your “normal” tasks.

WEEK 2 – compared to Week 1, this will be like a 100% improvement. You won’t be on the narcotics (pain killers) any longer, aside from Tylenol and ibuprofen, if advised by your surgeon. Valium might be recommended at night for muscle relaxation and sleep. You will be permitted to drive this week (because no more narcotics) but it is not advisable to drive for long periods. You might need to take naps or rests throughout the day because you are still recovering from intense surgery. Taking short walks outside is definitely encouraged for circulation. Keep resting!

WEEK 3 – this third week is sometimes unpredictable. Patients may either experience significant improvements in energy and swelling, or they may still be healing slowly. If you’re experiencing the latter, you might be frustrated with your situation, but you still need to take it easy. It’s also common to feel completely exhausted by the end of the workday, so you should still ask for help with your daily tasks.

WEEK 4 – you’ll be shedding a lot of your super compressive gear and trading it in for shapewear or simply wearing it intermittently, as your muscles will have healed properly in their places by now. Depending on what your doctor says you may be able to engage in light cardio activity, but stop if there is any pain. There may still be some swelling and bruising, but far less than the first few weeks. You’ll be able to start wearing your “regular” pre-surgery clothing again and can go to the office for work.

WEEKS 5 AND 6 – start enjoying your mommy makeover results! While you might need to wait a few weeks to hit the gym again, you will feel mostly back to normal by these weeks. Swelling is mostly gone and you will look and feel good (maybe even start buying some new clothes).

And there you have it, your mommy makeover recovery timeline is around six weeks to “normalcy” but it’s important to remember every body heals at a different rate and you should take care to speak with your doctor.  It’s really a small price to pay to look and feel like your pre-pregnancy self.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send us a message!

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