The Side Effects of Mommy Makeover: What Patients Can Expect By Gregory Mesna on September 01, 2017

A woman with her plastic surgeon before surgeryPregnancy and childbirth can change a woman's body in many ways. Thankfully there is mommy makeover surgery. This combination of body contouring procedures eliminates loose skin, stretchmarks, and other cosmetic issues caused by having a child. The mommy makeover targets the stomach, the thighs, the breasts, and the torso, giving a mother the trim, toned figure she had before pregnancy.

It's important that patients understand the side effects of a surgery before they undergo that surgery. With that in mind, let's cover some of the common side effects experienced by mommy makeover patients.

Side Effects Are Part of Recovery

Side effects are a natural part of the healing process. They are just a sign of your body responding to the surgery and healing. Side effects should not be confused with complications, which are serious issues affecting a person's health and overall wellness.

If side effects do not improve or you notice something amiss or alarming while healing, be sure to contact the practice so these matters can be addressed in a timely manner.

Pain and Discomfort

Pain and discomfort are common after undergoing any sort of surgery. The soreness will typically be centered around incision sites and any parts of the body operated on. Getting ample rest and taking recommended pain relievers will help manage this discomfort. The pain will become less of an issue as a patient continues to heal.

Bruising and Swelling

Bruising and swelling are two other common side effects after surgical procedures. Major bruising tends to be noticeable for about two weeks to three weeks. Residual discoloration from bruising can last a few weeks more. As for swelling, major swelling lasts for about two weeks, with minor swelling lasting for about two more weeks. Very minor residual swelling is normal and can persist for several weeks after that.

Wearing compression garments and using cold compresses can help keep bruising and swelling under control. Walking around a bit is also helpful for various side effects after surgery, as this promotes blood circulation.

Numbness and Tingling Along Incision Sites

Whenever incisions are made, this can impact the nerves in that part of the body. For a few weeks, patients may notice numbness and tingling along these incision sites. These issues should resolve on their own over the course of a few weeks as patients heal.

Changes in Breast Sensitivity

Related to the above matters, women who undergo breast enhancement surgery as part of their mommy makeover will notice changes in breast and nipple sensitivity after surgery. These issues will resolve on their own after several weeks.

Taking Time Off from Work

Patients need to take time off from work in order to heal properly and to work through the above side effects. Generally, a mommy makeover patient will need about two weeks to three weeks off in order to ensure problem-free recovery. Additional time off or changes to a patient's job duties may be recommended in certain cases.

A Word on Post-Surgical Scarring

Scarring is a reality after surgery and is unavoidable. That said, surgeons always work carefully to minimize scarring whenever possible. The scars from a mommy makeover are generally well-concealed by most clothes, undergarments, and bathing suits.

While scarring is quite noticeable in the first weeks after surgery, the color and prominence of these scars will fade in the months afterward. Scarring will continue to lighten and be less noticeable as the years go by.

Learn More About Mommy Makeovers

If you would like more information about mommy makeovers and if they are an ideal option for you, be sure to contact an experienced plastic surgeon today. Our team looks forward to your visit and discussing these matters in much greater detail.

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Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons

You can request a free consultation at our office in Minneapolis, MN, by contacting us online or calling (952) 927-4556.

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