Recovery from a Mommy Makeover
Previously, I discussed my approach to establishing good doctor-patient relationships and safely conducting the mommy makeover procedure. In this fourth and final installment of my blog series I will overview common timetables for the mommy makeover recovery process. If you need to catch up, read: My Approach to the Mommy Makeover Procedure.
The recovery process for breast procedures is usually about 5-10 days, and the recovery process for an abdominoplasty is generally about 12-14 days. These estimates are on average and may vary depending on your job description. In other words, are you a desk worker? Can or do you work from home? Are you still carrying your babies or children? Do you have to lift boxes or move patients at your job? etc.
The good news is that the recovery days are not additive for multiple procedures. For example, the recovery for a breast lift and tummy tuck combination is about 14 days before you can drive; it is the same for an abdominoplasty by itself. Therefore, it makes sense to combine procedures from a healing standpoint as well as a cosmetic perspective. Additionally, I feel you can better match the relationship between the breasts and the belly when you plan to do them at the same time. It is not necessary to do so, but once you address one area, you will often be impatient to address the other!
I see all sorts of women who have great stories and love their kids, but wish they could regain their previous figures. The term “mommy makeover” is a common expression we all use, but sometimes I feel like it indicates that moms are not good enough as they are. Now that I have two kids myself, and I see what it takes to be a mom, I can appreciate all moms just as they are. Of course, a little fixing up is always good for the mind and body, and it is very satisfying for me to help create some renewal and freshness for women and their relationships.
The mommy makeover is one of the procedures I enjoy most of all because I have a passion for really changing the way a person appears to themselves and to others. Overall, it is a low risk and rewarding procedure (except for your credit card, which will get a workout from the entire new wardrobe you will need to acquire to fit your rejuvenated figure!).
— Dr. Steven Holzman