The Ultimate Guide To Recovering From Mommy Makeover Surgery

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


After pregnancy and childbirth, many women are eager to get their pre-baby bodies back. A mommy makeover is a cosmetic solution that allows patients to get the silhouette they desire. At SSK Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi helps women experiencing physical changes such as droopy or sagging breasts, loose abdominal muscles, and stubborn fat on the waist and hips. 

Not all patients will opt for the same procedures for their mommy makeover surgery. Some women choose a breast lift or augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, or a combination of treatments based on their aesthetic goals. This also means that the recovery process looks different for everyone. At SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, we walk patients through every step of the mommy makeover process – including recovery – to make sure you enjoy complete success. Here is how we help mothers prepare for a smooth and stress-free recovery at home. 

Procedures included in a mommy makeover

Recovery from a mommy makeover is influenced by the procedures chosen during the consultation process and the preparation for surgery. Dr. Kelishadi will help you get ready by listening to your cosmetic goals and understanding your medical history before making any recommendations. When a healthy diet and frequent exercise aren’t working, one surgery or a combination of procedures may be chosen to reach your desired shape and firmness. 

  • Breast augmentation and/or breast lift: Pregnancy and breastfeeding change the size and shape of the breasts, leaving them drooping and with less volume than before. These cosmetic surgeries can reshape the breasts to improve position and symmetry.
  • Liposuction: Remove excess fatty tissue from the abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, and other areas to create a more contoured appearance. Liposuction is normally combined with a tummy tuck so patients can achieve smoother results.
  • Tummy tuck: Eliminate excess skin and fat in the abdomen while tightening loose abdominal muscles caused by pregnancy and childbirth. The result is a flatter stomach that looks great in your favorite clothes.
  • Labiaplasty: After giving birth, some women experience labia minora hypertrophy or enlarged lips of the labia. When this becomes problematic, labiaplasty can remove the excess tissue to provide patients with more comfort.

After creating your personalized mommy makeover plan in Newport Beach, CA, SSK Plastic Surgery will communicate with you to clarify any post-surgical needs. This includes expected recovery time and tips for home care. At our facility, we believe the key factor in successful healing is patience. No one should expect to bounce back immediately after cosmetic surgery. Our staff will also advise you about any medications or supplements you should stop taking before surgery that may cause increased bleeding or bruising. At the same time, certain medications might be recommended to increase your overall health. Patients will be asked to stop smoking if they are frequent tobacco users. Active smokers are subject to many risks, including infection, that prevent the body from healing. 

Tips for safer plastic surgery recovery 

One of the most comfortable environments for plastic surgery recovery is at home. If you are planning to undergo a mommy makeover, we encourage you to consider making the most of your recovery time. Set aside space in your bedroom or living room with easy access to pillows and blankets where you can sleep uninterrupted. Making your home cozy and comfortable will ensure an easier recovery time. 

Get help from family and friends 

After surgery, get the assistance of a close family member or friend to stay with you for at least 48 hours. They can help you get in and out of bed, walk you to the bathroom, and give you the required medications as needed. Dr. Kelishadi and his team at SSK Plastic Surgery know it can be hard to sit back and relax, but consider the first two weeks of recovery as bed rest. You may get up and walk around as needed, but don’t overdo it. 

Pre-plan healthy meals 

Before your mommy makeover, stock the pantry with easy and accessible snacks and consider making and freezing meals ahead of time. Having healthy meals already prepared will help you avoid cooking and keep your kitchen free of messes. 

Protect your incisions 

To prevent scars from becoming prominent, keep the incisions clean and out of direct sunlight. UV rays are harmful to the skin in general, but scars are particularly vulnerable, becoming darker and thicker with sun exposure. Dr. Kelishadi can give you more specific instructions about scar care based on their size and placement. 

Communicate with SSK Plastic Surgery

For all mommy makeover surgeries, recovery instructions include avoiding heavy lifting, staying hydrated, and taking your prescribed medications. Follow-up appointments are also important so we can monitor your progress. Do your best to stick to the postoperative schedule and don’t skip any appointments with Dr. Kelishadi. 

Schedule your consultation today

If you'd like to learn more about mommy makeover surgery and other body contouring procedures, we welcome you to reach out to Dr. Sean Kelishadi at SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA. We use the latest in advanced cosmetic surgery techniques to ensure that procedures are safe, effective, and long-lasting. During your consultation, we can create a custom mommy makeover plan so you can have your pre-pregnancy body back. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. 

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