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What to Expect During Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgery Recovery

What to Expect During Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgery RecoveryMommy makeover is significant plastic surgery, and the patient should carefully evaluate various aspects before going ahead with the procedure. During the pre-operative consultation, the patient should seek information on facets such as downtime and recovery, among other aspects.

The recovery duration will depend on the number and types of surgeries undertaken. A combination of procedures is advantageous for the patient as she will undergo recovery only once for multiple surgeries.

An experienced surgeon will devise an appropriate combination of procedures to ensure minimal recovery time and satisfactory results for the patient.

Caring board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides mommy makeover surgery to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities and cities in this region of America.


Recovery Process

Patients should budget for around two weeks of leave from work to recover from a mommy makeover. Women with small kids may consider arranging childcare for the initial recovery period as well as someone to drive her back home following the procedure. In the initial seven to ten days, the patient will experience mild swelling and pain in the incision sites.

At times, the inflammation and pain will subside by the end of the first week. During the initial recovery duration, the surgeon may prescribe pain medications to make sure the patient remains comfortable.

While the patient should get plenty of rest during this time, she should also undertake gentle walks around the house and light activities to stimulate the blood flow in the incision areas.

At the end of week one, the surgeon may remove the drains and sutures. The patient can resume routine activities in nearly two weeks. However, she should continue to avoid vigorous exercises and lifting heavy weights for the next two to three weeks.

The swelling will gradually subside over the next many weeks and months as the body gets used to its new and more youthful shape following the mommy makeover.


Faster Recovery

The patient can undertake various steps for a briefer recovery period. The surgeon may ask the patient to wear a compression garment or bandage over the treatment site for some time to help reduce swelling and enable more natural skin healing. During the recovery phase, the patient may need to avoid certain meds such as blood thinners and vitamin E.

If the patient is a smoker, she will need to stop smoking during the recovery phase. Smoking causes blood flow hindrances leading to a slower recovery. Smokers have a higher risk of more conspicuous scarring and complications. This makes it vital to stop smoking for at least two weeks before and after the surgery.

The patient should consume a healthy diet containing proteins, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and low-fat dairy items. These foods enhance healing. On top of this, the patient develops healthy behaviors which help her maintain the results of a mommy makeover for a more extended duration.

The patient may have some emotional side-effects during the initial few weeks following the procedure. She should try to maintain a positive frame of mind throughout the mommy makeover process.


Astute cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other cities and suburbs in this southeastern part of the Nevada for a mommy makeover.
To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit

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