What Is The Recovery from A Mommy Makeover Like?

By: Dr. Nana Mizuguchi


A mommy makeover provides a fat-reducing, skin-tightening, and body-enhancing procedure aimed at helping women feel great again about how they look. Life-changing events like pregnancy or childbirth can have moms struggling to get their pre-baby body back. However, a mommy makeover isn't just for moms. Yes, having children takes a toll on a woman's body, but so does gravity, age, and dealing with fluctuating weight. A mommy makeover gives women the option of combining multiple body contouring procedures into a single surgery day, making it easier to plan for one recovery.

Dr. Nana Mizuguchi is a dual board-certified aesthetic and plastic surgeon who provides mommy makeovers to women in the Louisville, KY area. A mommy makeover is a combination of two or more cosmetic treatments that can be customized based on each patient's aesthetic needs. While some women will choose body contouring procedures based on their specific needs like liposuction or a tummy tuck, in addition to breast augmentation, others may choose a different set of procedures. No matter what combination a woman decides, being better prepared for the mommy makeover recovery will only help ensure a smoother, stress-free process.

At Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery, Dr. Mizuguchi and his professional staff will walk each patient through every step of a mommy makeover, including the recovery. Read on to learn some helpful mommy makeover recovery tips:

What is the primary goal of a mommy makeover?

There has been a widespread surge in women partaking in mommy makeovers to get their bodies back. Candidates include moms wanting their pre-pregnancy bodies back to women wanting to improve their look after age has taken its toll on their breasts, stomach, or other areas. Mommy makeovers are a modern-day concept for women in the Louisville area who are interested in a more convenient, cost-effective, and personalized option for plastic surgery. The best part is busy women can get excited about how they look again while planning for only one recovery period.

What can a mommy makeover procedure help?

A mommy makeover recovery is based around the procedures chosen during a private one-on-one consultation at Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery. Dr. Mizuguchi will listen to what a patient wants to accomplish and devise the right surgical plan to attain those results. Some common requests from women considering a mommy makeover are:

  • Liposuction: Body contouring helps to remove excess fatty tissue from the hips, buttocks, thighs, abdomen, or other areas. Liposuction is typically combined with a tummy tuck to give women a more contoured, smoother appearance.

  • Tummy tuck: When excess skin or fat resides in the abdomen, a tummy tuck tightens skin and abdominal muscles after pregnancy. When combined with liposuction to remove stubborn fat, women can have a flatter, more fit-looking stomach area.

  • Breast augmentation: Pregnancy and the natural process of aging can change the shape and size of breasts. Breasts can sag or lose their shape with less volume. Breast augmentation and a lift can improve the position and reshape a woman's breasts to provide a more attractive, youthful appearance.

  • Labiaplasty: After childbirth, some women can experience enlarged lips of the labia, also known as labia minora hypertrophy. This procedure can remove excess tissue to make patients more comfortable.

What are some helpful tips for a mommy makeover recovery?

A mommy makeover timeline for recovery varies by patient depending on the cosmetic procedures were performed. Regardless, all mommy makeover recovery periods include avoiding heavy lifting and strenuous exercising while getting plenty of rest. Other helpful tips to help women prepare:

  • Get round-the-clock help from family or friends for at least the first 48 hours

  • Set up a comfortable, organized space for recovery (easy access to TV remotes, books, etc.)

  • Set aside an area to have access to pillows or blankets for uninterrupted sleep

  • Go grocery shopping and pre-plan healthy meals before surgery

  • Pre-fill prescription medications

  • Drink plenty of water to keep the body hydrated for the healing process

  • Light walking with assistance is encouraged the first few days (even if challenging)

  • Attend all follow-up appointments with your surgeon as scheduled

Patients can expect surgical side effects like swelling, tenderness, and slight bruising. After about 2 – 3 weeks, patients will begin to notice diminished swelling and start seeing their new results.

So, what's the next step? Women can call Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery to schedule a one-on-one mommy makeover consultation.

Sagging breasts or a flabby stomach can affect a woman's self-confidence. A mommy makeover is aimed at restoring a woman's body to a more attractive, youthful appearance while boosting her self-esteem. Dr. Nana Mizuguchi is a dual board-certified aesthetic and plastic surgeon offering the ultimate experience of a mommy makeover day to women in the greater Louisville, KY area. If you are unhappy with how your body looks, then we invite you to call Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery today.

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