A mommy makeover in Manhattan is actually a combination of procedures performed at the same time to help a woman regain her pre-pregnancy appearance. It is typically recommended for women that are finished having children and have not been able to restore areas like the abdomen and breasts with diet and exercise.
This procedure is customizable to the unique needs of each patient, based on her specific concerns and desired outcome. For women considering a mommy makeover, taking time away from their busy, active lives to recovery from their procedure is always a top concern.
What is included in a mommy makeover?
Each mommy makeover performed can differ somewhat, based on the specific areas the patient would like to address. Common procedures included in a Mommy Makeover are:
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
Breast mastopexy (breast lift)
The advantage of combining these procedures into a single surgery includes the ability to address multiple concerns with a single dose of anesthesia and a single recovery period. How long that recovery period might be will depend on a number of factors.
Factors impacting recovery
Recovery from a mommy makeover can vary considerably from patient to patient. Some of the factors that might influence recovery times include the patient’s age, overall health and the procedures performed. Smokers tend to take much longer to recover from surgery and have a higher risk for complications. An individual’s response to anesthesia and pain tolerance level will also dictate how long it will take to be up and around.
To ensure the fastest possible recovery after a mommy makeover, it is important to follow post-operative instructions very carefully. These instructions might include caring for post-surgical drains, taking medications properly and watching for possible signs of infection. Getting help at home for the first few days ensures plenty of time to rest and restricting activities gives the body ample time to heal properly.
Healing time for mommy makeovers
Recovery from a breast procedure tends to be faster than recovery from a tummy tuck, while downtime after liposuction is generally the shortest. Liposuction recovery typically takes a maximum of one week, less if the treatment areas are smaller. Breast enhancement, whether augmentation or a breast lift, usually requires a recovery period of around seven days, while a tummy tuck recovery may take 10-14 days.
The tummy tuck recovery also tends to be the most uncomfortable, which is why patients will use oral pain medication or a pain pump for the first few days after surgery. Patients are also required to wear a compression garment for a number of days after surgery to reduce swelling in the midsection and encourage healing in the area. Lifting heavy objects or children, and engaging in more strenuous types of exercise is generally restricted for up to six weeks after surgery.
While recovery from a mommy makeover does take some time, the results are usually well worth the wait. Mommy makeovers have a high satisfaction rate among women and results will be long-lasting.
NYC plastic surgeon, Dr. B. Aviva Preminger has performed numerous mommy makeovers at her Manhattan office and works with her patients to produce the best possible results. To learn more, call Dr. Preminger’s Park Avenue office at 212-706-1900 to schedule your private consultation.