Mommy makeover is a term that implies some surgery on the breast, some surgery on the tummy.
The mommy makeover one patient get may be a simple scar revision of their C-section and a small breast implant; another patient might need a full breast reconstruction with a full tummy tuck and flank plasty.
Some patients are young and bounce back, others are older and take longer to recover.
So the recovery is quite varied. For an 'average' mommy makeover, patients can usually drive by 1 week, walk five miles on a flat surface by two weeks, and run by 4 weeks. Hard workouts generally start at around 6 weeks.
Pain pumps have dramatically altered the recovery from abdominal and breast surgery. They reduce pain without sedating patients. Their safety profile is also much higher than in the past, with no need for Marcaine, a long acting anesthetic that has been associated with heart block in some patients.
The difference between patients who go home after their surgery and those who stay in an aftercare with pain pumps is night and day.
It is actually possible to have a pain pump for both the breasts and the tummy tuck at the same time.
Also, a night or two in an aftercare facility also helps recovery.
Small children less than two years of age are the biggest impediment to an easy recovery. It is often nice to get some help if kids less than 2 years old are at home.
All in all, the satisfaction rate for an expertly performed breast surgery and tummy tuck, customized to the patient's needs, is very high.
Patients should not over schedule during their recovery period. It is a time for recovery and healing.