How to Have a Safe Mommy Makeover Recovery

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Posted on October 5, 2017 under Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover is a cosmetic surgery procedure that combines two or more surgeries to correct the aesthetic issues that may arise after childbirth. Each patient may require a different combination of treatments, depending on their unique aesthetic needs. Therefore, the recovery in a mommy makeover will also vary from one patient to another.

Dr. Richards and Dr. Jabs are board-certified plastic surgeons operating out of offices in Bethesda, MD, and McLean, VA, who provide mommy makeover surgery. Patients in Fairfax, Alexandria, VA, Chevy Chase, Rockville, MD, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive this surgery at their practice. During the initial consultation process, they will discuss the recovery aspects involved in a mommy makeover surgery.

Recovery in a Comprehensive Surgery

If the mommy makeover includes breast augmentation with lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction procedures, the recovery process is likely to be longer. Particularly, tummy tuck cosmetic surgery may require more time for recovery. Pain and discomfort in the first few days are expected and can be managed with pain medications under the supervision of the surgeon.

Some restrictions may be placed on moving and lifting of arms in case of breast augmentation and breast lift. The patient can walk and perform light activities in the first two weeks. Most patients will be able to go back to work in about 10 to 14 days. However, strenuous activity, heavy lifting, and vigorous exercises should be avoided for about four to six weeks.

Younger patients will be able to recover faster compared to older patients. Experienced plastic surgeons such as Dr. Jabs and Dr. Richards will provide detailed instructions to care for the wounds during the recovery period. Patients in Fairfax, Alexandria, VA, Chevy Chase, Rockville, MD, and other areas may visit them for a mommy makeover consultation.

Other Aspects of Recovery

Many women who choose to undergo a mommy makeover may have children around the age of two or three years. This can create a challenge during the recovery period. It is a prudent idea to get some help during the initial two weeks to a month if the kids are going to stay at home. Patients with a high social life can find it difficult to adjust to a situation where they are confined to home for several days.

Once the visible bruising and swelling begin to subside, the patient may wear make-up and covered clothing to make the appearance as discreet as possible while socializing. In any case, adequate rest is important for a safe and healthy recovery. Patients should make a busy schedule during the recovery period, and allow the wounds to heal properly.

During the first month after surgery, the patient should not lift more than five pounds of weight. Twisting motions should be avoided initially if a tummy tuck has been performed. Patients should keep extra hours for sleep, particularly in the initial period when they are on pain medications. Driving should be avoided for the first week and maybe started after the patient is off pain medications.

If you would like to learn more about plastic surgery procedures performed by Plastic Surgeons Franklin D. Richards, M.D. and A. Dean Jabs, M.D.  please visit  or

Our Plastic Surgery Associates team includes Dr. Franklin Richards, Dr. A. Dean Jabs, and Dr. Keshav Magge. Each of our plastic surgeons is board-certified, and together they have over 60 years of combined experience. Drs. Richards, Jabs, and Magge are all highly qualified in procedures for the face, breast, and body, and pride themselves in providing excellent results through our state-of-the-art, Quad A certified operating centers