How Long Does It Take To Recover From A Mommy Makeover?

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


With mommy makeover surgery, a woman can transform her body or – in some cases – restore the figure she once had. However, it is important for women considering a mommy makeover to understand that this won’t happen overnight. Not only does mommy makeover surgery often require a stay of one or more nights in the hospital, but patients should also expect to take several weeks – or more – off of work for their mommy makeover recovery. After that, it can still take many weeks or months to fully recuperate and enjoy the final results of your mommy makeover.

At SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi understands the importance of keeping mommy makeover recovery time to a minimum while also ensuring the safest procedure and most cosmetically pleasing results possible. Read on to learn more about what you can expect after mommy makeover surgery, including how long you may need to take off of work and when you’ll be able to show off your slim, sexy, stunning new look.

What is included in a mommy makeover?

Because every woman’s body is unique, Dr. Kelishadi takes great care to custom tailor mommy makeover surgeries to match each patient’s individual anatomy, needs, concerns, and more. Most often, mommy makeover surgery is performed to reverse the unwanted side effects of pregnancy, aging, or weight loss, and includes a combination of one or more of the following treatments and procedures:

  • Tummy tuck
  • Liposuction
  • Fat transfer
  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast lift
  • Thigh lift
  • Vaginal rejuvenation/labiaplasty
  • Butt lift
  • Brazilian butt lift

What should I expect after a mommy makeover?

The recovery time after mommy makeover surgery can vary based on which procedures are being performed, the patient’s overall health, and other factors. Almost immediately after surgery, patients should expect to feel groggy and have some discomfort, tenderness, and swelling. For patients who undergo a more extensive mommy makeover, it may be necessary to spend one or more nights in the hospital for monitoring before returning home to begin the remainder of their recovery.

While your mobility will likely be fairly limited the first several days after surgery, it is important to keep your blood flowing by taking light, brief walks around the house – such as to and from the bathroom. In addition, patients should plan to have a trusted friend, family member, or helper assist with daily routines for at least 7 – 10 days. After this time, it is still critical that patients take it easy and restrict certain physical activities, including lifting anything over about 8 – 10 pounds.

How long does full recovery after mommy makeover take?

Depending on the extent of your procedure, your overall health, and how closely you follow your mommy makeover aftercare instructions, your recovery may take anywhere from several weeks to six months or longer. Many patients are able to return to work and other daily routines about 2 – 4 weeks after surgery, with strenuous activity and exercise remaining off-limits for about 6 – 8 weeks. Around this time, the majority of postoperative swelling should have resolved, allowing patients to see their newly enhanced figure taking shape. Over the next several weeks and months, the tissues will continue to settle, scars will begin to fade, and the final results of a mommy makeover will become apparent. With a balanced diet, a stable weight, and a healthy lifestyle overall, women can enjoy their mommy makeover results for many years to come.

Restore your feminine, sexy, pre-baby body with a personalized mommy makeover in Orange County, CA

With all the ups and down a woman goes through in life, it is no surprise that many women end up feeling like someone they no longer recognize. If you are anxious to look and feel more like yourself again after having children, losing weight, or simply getting older, we can help. To learn more about the stunning results that may be possible for you with mommy makeover surgery, call SSK Plastic Surgery to schedule your one-on-one consultation with top Orange County board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi today.

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