Top Tips on How to Maintain Mommy Makeover Surgery Results

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


A mommy makeover addresses the areas most often affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. The pull of breastfeeding, for instance, can alter breast shape and cause them to be more deflated than before. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi uses surgical techniques such as breast augmentation with implants, breast lift, or breast reduction to restore the breasts to a more pleasing size and position on the chest. 

Childbirth may have also significantly stretched your abdomen, causing the tummy area to feel heavy and sagging. A tummy tuck with liposuction removes loose skin and fat and tightens the abdominal wall for a slimmer silhouette. Even if you aren’t a mother, you may want to look and feel better about your body by eliminating or reducing certain problem areas. Dr. Kelishadi is one of the top plastic surgeons in the Newport Beach area who can create a personalized approach with satisfying results. 

No matter which surgeries are included in your mommy makeover procedure, there are steps patients can take to prolong their new body contouring results for years to come. At our plastic surgery clinic, we have many tools to help with a swift and smooth recovery. SSK Plastic Surgery offers our top tips and guidelines for mommy makeover recovery time and maintaining your results. Learn more by scheduling a consultation at our Newport Beach, CA, clinic. 

Preparing for plastic surgery 

Did you know that the choices you make before surgery will affect your end results? During your initial appointment with Dr. Kelishadi, we will increase your chances of a positive outcome by getting a full medical history and determining whether you are healthy enough for surgery. We may ask you to start (or stop) taking certain medications several weeks before and after the procedure to make sure the healing process is as smooth as possible. Remember that the healthier you are before your mommy makeover, the better your recovery process will be. So plan on sticking to a nutritious diet so your immune system and other functions are working well before surgery. 

Another important part of the preparation process is to make sure you have sufficient time off from work, household chores, and social activities. This not only ensures a safe recovery process, but also gives you time to focus on your own needs while you heal. Stock up on food and water, freeze meals ahead of time, fill any required prescriptions, and create a space for quiet rest when you return from surgery. Many top plastic surgeons and body contouring professionals also suggest arranging for childcare and pet care to make mommy makeover recovery time a little easier on yourself. 

Mommy makeover post-surgical care 

Whether you choose one or a combination of procedures for your mommy makeover, the attentive staff at SSK Plastic Surgery will offer a set of instructions to get you through the initial recovery phase and beyond. It is important to follow these directions closely for your own safety and comfort. This may include wearing a compression garment for a certain period of time, as well as caring for your incision areas. Since each person’s surgery looks a little different, not all patients will have the same healing process. 

Generally, the expected mommy makeover recovery time is a couple of weeks, with normal activities resuming within four weeks. At your follow-up appointment with Dr. Kelishadi at SSK Plastic Surgery, we will be able to clear you for strenuous activities such as exercise when the time is right. Patients are encouraged to take short walks as needed in the first week or so to promote healthy circulation and blood flow. Patience is key, as the fastest way to diminish your results is by trying to do too much, too soon. 

Long-term mommy makeover care 

Once you are out of the recovery stage, you should invest in long-term, healthy habits. The key factor for many women who undergo a mommy makeover procedure is maintaining their results through diet and exercise. If you’re unsure how to begin this process, visit your primary care physician, dietician, or nutritionist, who can create a plan based on your health and weight goals. Major weight fluctuations can greatly impact the surgical results, which is one of the reasons we suggest that patients are at a stable weight before their mommy makeover. Remaining at a consistent weight ensures you keep your body contouring results as long as you want. 

Mommy makeover and body contouring surgery 

When you get a mommy makeover procedure, you want the results to be long-lasting. Dr. Sean Kelishadi's training as one of the top plastic surgeons in the area will help you achieve your cosmetic goals and skyrocket your self-confidence. Regain your pre-baby body and feel more comfortable and confident in your own skin. Contact our plastic surgery facility today and schedule your consultation with SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA. 

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