What to Expect When Recovering from a Mommy Makeover

While pregnancy and childbirth are a joyous time for many, it can also cause many changes to occur in a woman’s body. While some women may be able to “snap back” from a pregnancy quickly, others may find that diet and exercise alone are not enough to restore their pre-pregnancy curves. If you are finished with childbearing and are seeking to restore your slim figure, a mommy makeover may be right for you.

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What is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is a highly customizable group of procedures that targets various areas of the body. Many women choose to undergo this procedure once they are done with childbearing, which is what led to its unique name. The main goal of the mommy makeover procedure is to help women restore their pre-pregnancy curves and body shape for a boost in confidence. 

Popular procedures that mommy makeover procedures often include are:

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery involves the removal of excess skin and tissue from the breasts, as well as reshaping to create a more balanced breast size. 

Breast Augmentation

This popular breast surgery increases breast volume through the placement of breast implants. There are a selection of different implants to choose from to help you achieve your aesthetic breast goals. 

Breast Lift

A breast lift is done to raise lax or drooping breasts to achieve a perkier breast positioning. This is done by removing excess skin and tightening surrounding tissues. 

Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck surgery, also called abdominoplasty, removes unwanted fat pockets and excess skin, as well as tightens or restores separated abdominal muscles for a flatter abdomen. When excess skin is removed, it may also remove stretch marks on the tummy. 


Liposuction is often performed along with many mommy makeover procedures to eliminate excess pockets of stubborn fat. The main goal of liposuction is to sculpt the body for beautiful results. 


This procedure can restore both the function and form of the vaginal region, so women can feel more confident in their skin, as well as improve discomfort caused by excess skin and tissue.

Facial Rejuvenation 

Both surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments can be performed to turn back the clock. Facelift, neck lift, and eyelid surgery are some popular surgical options, while injectables and lasers can be used to rejuvenate the face without surgery

CASE DESCRIPTION: This is a 42-year-old resident of San Francisco, California who presented to the San Francisco office at Union Square for evaluation for mommy makeover. She has lived in the Bay Area for over 20 years. She is the mother of two children. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 138 pounds. Her goal was to look good in clothing. She underwent a breast lift and a full tummy tuck and liposuction of her flanks. Her surgery was performed at Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center in Marin County, California.

Am I a Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover can benefit women who are experiencing lax skin, excess pockets of fat, and other changes in their bodies due to pregnancy and childbirth, aging, weight fluctuations, or genetics. Ideal candidates will:

  • Have realistic expectations
  • Be overall healthy
  • Be at a stable weight
  • Be non-smokers
  • Are finished with childbearing

Overall, the best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Delgado, during which you can discuss your aesthetic goals. 

The Mommy Makeover Recovery Process

After your mommy makeover procedure, most mommy makeover patients can expect to experience swelling, bruising, and soreness at the treatment site(s). You will be prescribed pain medication to help with initial discomfort, as well as given compression garments to minimize swelling. These garments should be worn as instructed by your surgeon. 

Healing will continue for several weeks and swelling will decrease during this time. Most patients can return to their normal routine, including work, about two weeks after their procedure. However, patients should not lift even small children or heavy objects and should avoid strenuous activities and intense exercise for 4-6 weeks. Follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions regarding how to care for your incision sites and what to expect during the healing process. Overall, total mommy makeover recovery time is generally around six weeks.

Mommy Makeover Results

The final results of your mommy makeover procedure may not be noticeable until several months after surgery. Over time, residual swelling will dissipate, scar lines will fade, and implants (if placed) will settle. 

To maintain mommy makeover results, patients should follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen. However, it is also advised to maintain your current weight, as significant weight loss or weight gain or pregnancy can impact your results. 

Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon for Your Mommy Makeover

When seeking out a plastic surgeon to perform your mommy makeover surgery, it is imperative that you research board-certified plastic surgeons. When a plastic surgeon is board-certified, it means that that doctor has gone through extensive training in both facial and body procedures, has learned how to prevent and handle possible emergency situations, and has developed their technical and aesthetic skill to provide outstanding plastic surgery results. 

Board-certified surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), which is the only board the American Board of Medical Specialties recognizes to certify physicians in the full range of plastic and reconstructive procedures.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Delgado has ample experience performing both facial and body procedures, as well as the artistic eye required to create beautiful, natural-looking results. 

Schedule a Consultation

Are you ready to take the first step toward restoring your pre-pregnancy body and feel more like yourself again? Contact Dr. Delgado in Novato or San Francisco today to schedule your mommy makeover consultation today. Dr. Delgado is dedicated to providing high-quality patient care and natural-looking results that patients can enjoy for years to come.

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Dr. Miguel Delgado


Dr. Delgado, MD is a world-recognized plastic surgeon and specialist in the treatment of male breast enlargement, also called gynecomastia. He has developed new techniques and owns and operates gynecomastia.org, which has become the largest gynecomastia forum in the world. Dr. Delgado holds the two most coveted credentials; the certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

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