A mommy makeover can help you reclaim your body after pregnancy. Generally, this term refers to any combination of procedures that helps to address areas of the body that are affected by the process of pregnancy and childbirth. It commonly includes a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast lift, labiaplasty and liposuction around the midsection or thighs.
Because there is no set number of procedures included in a mommy makeover, there is also no set recovery time. A patient who has breast augmentation and labiaplasty may recover much more quickly than a patient who undertakes tummy tuck, liposuction of the flanks and thighs and breast lifting at the same time. Each person recovers differently and recovery times vary.
Most patients recover within two to six weeks. Factors such as the number and pattern of procedures, individual anatomy, age and weight, physical fitness, pain tolerance, medical condition, post-operative behavior and healing complications will all influence the speed of recovery. Patients often taper off prescription pain medications after a long weekend and try to return to work within a week or two. It can take several months before recovery is completely finished and normal activities resume “without thinking about it.”
The importance of choosing the right surgeon and staff cannot be underestimated when determining recovery. Dr. Donaldson uses a gentle surgical approach and minimally-invasive methods to minimize discomfort and maximize healing. His compassionate staff has many years of experience taking care of patients, and they will “hold your hand” throughout the entire process. Post-operative instructions will be very clear, and an open dialogue is encouraged. Together, the surgeon, the staff and you will closely monitor your results so that you start feeling like your best self as soon as possible.
Call Donaldson Plastic Surgery today to discuss your options for a mommy makeover. We are ready to help you start looking and feeling your best!