American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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Recovery After Surgery

After your mommy makeover is completed, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. You'll need to wear an elastic bandage, support bra, or a compression garment to minimize swelling and support your body as it heals. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

You will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for your body following surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon. Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.

• Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?

• What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?

• Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery?

• When will they be removed?

• Are stitches removed? When?

• When can I resume normal activity and exercise?

• When do I return for follow-up care?

• How will I bathe?

• How long will I wear the pressure garment?

• Will the drains be removed?


You will definitely need help for the first few days after this surgery. You will need assistance with childcare. You will not be able to drive for several days. Your surgeon will ask you to refrain from vigorous physical activity for a few weeks. It is important to follow your surgeon's instructions. They are essential to the success of your surgery. It's important that the surgical incisionsare not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.


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