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I Work in a Factory on a Assembly Line, How Soon Can I Return to Work from a Mommy Makeover?

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Recovering From a Mommy Makeover


Thank you for the question. It is important to note that a mommy makeover is not the same operation for everyone. Your recovery will be impacted by the procedures that are needed and the rate at which you recover from them (not the same for all). In my practice patients who have jobs that do not require heavy work return to work within 2 to 3 weeks. If you are in a job that requires heavy or demanding work I would recommend 5 to 6 weeks of recovery before attempting to return to work.

In any case make sure that you consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and follow their recommendations. They will have had the advantage of what was done and therefore will be able to better guide you.

Good luck. 

Tampa Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Mommy Makeover and recovery


Every patient recovers at his/her own rate and every doctor has his/her own protocol for resuming routine and strenuous activities.  For my patients, I tell them that they can resume moderate activity as soon as they feel up to it but nothing strenuous for three weeks. After that, they can do pretty much anything they want to do.  My other advice is to use common sense.  If you are doing something and it hurts, don't do it!!

Edwin C. Pound, III, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Mommy Makeover Recovery


Hi there-

Your recovery restrictions will depend to a large extent on the details of your operation, the details of your work responsibilities, and your surgeon's preferences.

Generally speaking, you should be able to return to light work activities like answering phones and computer work after 2-3 weeks,  but more strenuous, physically demanding work would probably not be recommended until a full 6 weeks had passed.

The most important thing for me to tell you is for you to follow the advice of the surgeon performing your surgery. It would not be advisable (or smart, or safe) for you to follow the advice of any of us above that of the person who knows more about you and your surgery than anyone else. Provided you chose your surgeon for all of the right reasons, they are going to be the ones in best position to guide you to a smooth and safe recovery.

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 98 reviews

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Recovery time for Mommy Makeover


The "Mommy Makeover" is a combination of plastic surgery procedures aimed at restoring a women's figure after having children.  Most of my patients are interested in a tummy tuck and liposuction.  Some women want a breast lift or augmentation, and some request fat grafting to the hips and/or butt.  The recovery time will depend on which procedures you have as well as what your work entails.  You will definitely need a minimum of 2 weeks off work, but you may need more.  I generally recommend my patients plan on 3 weeks off.  It's usually easier to return to work a week sooner than it is to request more time off if recovery is progressing as speedily as you planned.

Andrew Jimerson, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Time off work after mommy makeover.


As already indicated by Dr. Bresnick, mommy makeover may involve any one of a number of operations in combination.  Also different Plastic surgeons will have differing opinions on how long to keep patients off of work.  As a factory worker, you can count on being off longer than if you had a desk job. If I have a patient who has a tummy tuck and breast augmentation with or without a lift, they won't be returning to a factory job for 4-6 weeks, depending on how much lifting is involved with their job. Your Plastic Surgeon is the one to make the determination. Good luck!

Paul W. Loewenstein, MD
Milwaukee Plastic Surgeon
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Mommy Makeover: Timeline for Healing


The Mommy Makeover describes cosmetic breast and body contouring surgery.   Breast surgery often includes implants with or without lift.  The body contouring often includes a tummy tuck and/or liposuction.

The recovery time is based on how much surgery you do, the type of work you are returning to, and your individual healing time.  For my patients having augmentation with a lift as well as tummy tuck, 3 - 4 weeks is sufficient if you do a sedentary type job or do not work.  If you do work on your feet or more strenuous, 6 weeks is what I recommend to my patients.  I hope that helps you plan!   Best wishes,   Dr. Bresnick

Stephen Bresnick, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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The tummy tuck will be the most time dependent component of the recovery



Thank you for the question.  A mommy makeover often involves a tummy tuck and some type of a breast rejuvenation procedure.  The tummy tuck portion of a mommy makeover will require the most downtime.  Plan on a minimum of 2 weeks of recovery for the tummy tuck and longer if you can swing it due to your work type.

All the best,

Dr Remus Repta 

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 87 reviews

How Soon Can I Return to Work from a Mommy Makeover?


Each mommy makeover is different.

Assuming that a tummy tuck is part of the procedure, someone who does heavy work should count on 6 weeks to recovery. For light work, it might be 10-14 days. 

Much depends on the nature of your particular assembly line, and you surgery.

Thanks, and best wishes. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Mommy Makeover Recovery


It is very common for mommy makeovers to include both breast and tummy procedures.  After surgery, your pain should be well managed with 1-2 oral pain pills every 4-6 hours if needed.   All my mommy makeover patients are ambulating a few hours after surgery (of course walking flexed at their waist given the tummy tuck).   Most surgeons will likely recommend no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 5-6 weeks.  Most of my mommy makeover patients are comfortable with driving 7-10 days after their surgery.  I generally recommend taking 7-10 days off from a desk job after a mommy makeover procedure.  Doing too much too soon can definitely increase your risk of healing problems or fluid collections (seromas).


Every surgical plan is unique/different so I encourage you to direct these questions to your surgeon and his staff.  It is very important you allow enough time for yourself and your recovery.  Mommy Makeovers are truly transforming procedures.  I'm sure you'll love your results.   Please plan and give enough time for your recovery.  Best of luck.
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C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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