8 Must-Haves for Your Mommy Makeover Recovery Time 

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While it can be tempting to rush through your mommy makeover recovery, the truth is that you’ll get the best results with proper rest and strict adherence to your postoperative instructions. To help you know what to expect (and have the best recovery possible), we’re covering the typical mommy makeover recovery time frame—and our recovery must-haves—below. 

Mommy Makeover Recovery Week by Week 

As with any cosmetic surgery, your body will heal in stages, and your results will continue to improve over time.  

The length and intensity of your recovery will also depend on the specific combination of procedures you chose for your operation. Learn more about what’s included in a mommy makeover in our related blog post

Week 1 

  • Expect swelling, bruising, and some discomfort after surgery. 
  • As soon as you feel able, start taking short, slow walks to promote circulation and prevent blood clots
  • Monitor your drains (if applicable), wear your compression garments, and keep your incisions clean and dry. 
  • Sleep on your back with your head elevated to avoid putting pressure or strain on your incisions. 

Weeks 2 to 3 

  • Bruising fades significantly, and swelling begins to subside. 
  • Many patients can return to work during this time. 
  • Start incorporating light activities and gentle stretches as tolerated. 
  • Continue wearing your compression garments. 

Weeks 4 to 6 

  • Most swelling and bruising resolve, revealing your initial results. 
  • Gradually increase physical activity with your surgeon’s approval. 
  • Incisions continue to heal, but scar care protocols may vary depending on individual healing. 

Week 7 and Beyond 

  • Your results will continue to develop as your tissues settle and residual swelling dissipates. 
  • As your scars mature, they will flatten and fade; your plastic surgeon can advise you on scar management strategies, such as Silagen® scar refinement or skin resurfacing

Mommy Makeover Recovery Must-Haves 

A safe, smooth, and even pleasant recuperation requires a bit of planning and dedication. Here are our top picks for maximizing your recovery period: 

  1. Compression Garments: Your plastic surgeon will provide your compression garments, but you may want to purchase some spare ones. These garments promote blood circulation, minimize swelling, and support your tissues as they heal. 
  1. Pain Medication: Stock up on prescribed and over-the-counter pain medications to manage your discomfort during the initial days of recovery. We recommend filling your prescriptions before your surgery so you can focus on healing rather than on running errands. 
  1. Nutritious Food: Prioritize nutritious, easily digestible meals to fuel your body. Include plenty of protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to support tissue repair and boost immunity. 
  1. Refillable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Proper hydration helps flush toxins from the body and maintains skin elasticity. 
  1. Comfortable Clothing: Opt for loose, breathable clothing that won’t irritate your incisions. Front-opening tops or dresses can simplify wound care and minimize movement strain. 
  1. Entertainment: Prepare entertainment options such as books, movies, or podcasts to keep yourself occupied during periods of rest. Mental stimulation can help pass the time and alleviate boredom. 
  1. Support System: Surround yourself with supportive friends or family members who can assist with household chores, child care, and emotional encouragement during recovery. 
  1. Patience and Rest: Allow yourself ample time to rest and recover without feeling guilty. Avoid strenuous activities and listen to your body’s signals to prevent overexertion. 

Your Mommy Makeover Starts Here 

If you are ready to take the next step toward achieving your dream body, please request a consultation online or call Murphy Plastic Surgery at 303-788-8400

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