Having kids changes a woman’s body, and things don’t always go back to the way they were before. A Mommy Makeover is a combination of multiple surgical procedures done in one surgery; that can help address the effects of childbearing, restoring a woman’s pre-baby shape. Contouring of body and breasts will improve your overall shape.


Mommy makeover recovery time can take anywhere between 7 to 10 days, while a long term recovery can last approximately between several weeks to months.  However, a recovery time after mommy makeover surgery can fluctuate, due to its multifaceted approach and the number of different procedures performed, as well as the post-surgery care. Every patient requires an individual approach, but we still can provide some estimations regarding mommy makeover recovery timeline. 


Following your mommy makeover surgery, gauze or bandages will be applied to your incisions. An elastic bandage or support bra will minimize swelling and support the breasts. A compression garment may also be used to control swelling in the abdomen, waist and buttocks.

Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling decreases and the shape of the breasts, abdomen, waist, genitalia and buttocks improves. Continue to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions and attend follow-up visits as scheduled.

Week 1 – This is the most intense period of recovery after a mommy makeover procedure. Your body will be in a state of shock, which is why you will be able to do little other than sleeping, eating, going to the bathroom, and moving just enough to get your blood flowing.  1 week post op mommy makeover you’ll probably walk a little hunched, due to discomfort and swelling, which is completely normal. Be sure to make arrangements for handling your usual household routine regarding the usual chores, meal preparation, grocery shopping, baby care and so on.

Week 2 – This is the phase where you will start noticing a difference in how you feel – sore and tender on surgical sites, but also overall tired, which is why you feel an urge to take naps constantly.  If it’s possible, during this period of recovery after the mommy makeover procedure, you can work from home (if you are able), and take brief walks. Your doctor can also clear you out for driving, providing you are off pain medications by then.

Week 3 – This is a recovery time after mommy makeover that some women find the most difficult. It is a time when the healing has slowed down, but you’re still feeling exhausted. Other women can feel more energized, but still frustrated with the overall progress.

The point is to allow yourself as much time as possible in order to heal correctly, so don’t hesitate to rely on your family and friends for any help you might need.

Week 4 – During this period of mommy makeover post op, the swelling should be down, and you should start feeling more energized.   This is when you can start wearing your abdominal compression binder occasionally or stop wearing it completely, depending on your doctor’s advice. 

Week 5 and 6 – Once you hit week 5, you will start feeling immense improvement and changes. At this point you can resume your regular exercise, but at moderate intensity. The swelling should recede and the incisions must be closed. 

The swelling could take as long as a year to completely wear off, especially if you have done a tummy tuck, so – have patience.

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