How Long Can Swelling Last After Mommy Makeover Surgery?

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


Are you tired of the physical changes that pregnancy and childbirth have brought to your body? If so, a mommy makeover could be the life-changing solution you've been seeking. This transformative surgical procedure combines multiple treatments to restore your pre-pregnancy body and help you regain your confidence and femininity. At SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi specializes in full mommy makeover surgery, having helped women just like you feel more like themselves once again. Here, you’ll learn more about how a mommy makeover works, what to expect during recovery, and how long post-surgical swelling may last.

What's included in a mommy makeover?

Each mommy makeover is customized based on the patient’s anatomy, needs, goals, and other individual factors. Generally speaking, mommy makeover surgery is designed to address the common areas affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, including the abdomen, breasts, and midsection. Most often, mommy makeover surgery in Newport Beach, CA includes some combination of the following procedures:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast lift
  • Tummy tuck
  • Liposuction

In some cases, patients choose to add a fat transfer, Brazilian butt lift (BBL), thigh lift, or another treatment to their mommy makeover plan in order to target specific “problem areas” and achieve a more complete, tailored transformation.

What to expect after a mommy makeover

Following surgery, patients should expect some level of bruising, swelling, discomfort, and limited mobility. It is critical to devote the first few days after mommy makeover surgery to rest, but light walks to and from the restroom or around the house are essential for promoting healthy circulation and preventing blood clots and other complications. On average, patients typically require about 2 – 3 weeks away from work for the initial stage of mommy makeover recovery.

How long does swelling typically last after mommy makeover surgery?

Swelling is a normal part of the healing process after almost any surgical procedure, including a mommy makeover. The duration of swelling can vary from patient to patient, but it typically subsides significantly within the first few weeks following surgery. However, the resolution of swelling may take several months. It's important to note that individual healing times can be influenced by various factors, such as the extent of surgery, the body's natural healing ability, and adherence to post-operative care instructions.

How can I make swelling go down after a mommy makeover?

To minimize swelling and support the healing process after a mommy makeover, it is important to follow Dr. Kelishadi’s aftercare instructions, which may include:

  • Elevate the surgical areas
  • Use cold compresses
  • Wear compression garments
  • Avoid strenuous activities
  • Stay hydrated
  • Eat a healthy diet

Regain your pre-baby body with mommy makeover surgery in Orange County, CA

If you're considering a mommy makeover and have questions about swelling or any other aspect of the procedure or recovery, we’re here to help. Take the first step toward learning more about the life-changing possibility of regaining your pre-pregnancy confidence with full mommy makeover surgery by calling SSK Plastic Surgery to schedule your private consultation with one of Newport Beach’s premier board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Sean Kelishadi, today.

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