Supplies necessary to make a mommy makeover recovery go more smoothly?

What supplies should I prepare to heal nicely from a mommy makeover (TT, BL, BA)? Creams, strips, washes, lift chairs, shower bench? What would you recommend?

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Supplies for Mommy Makeover recoveries.

We use Exparel with all of our tummy tucks and mommy makeovers. This makes the recovery process so much easier. Exparel is a 72 hour numbing mediation that we believe allows patients to move around better and allow less need for narcotics afterwards which reduces constipation and grogginess. Some other tips include:

Ice packs and freezer ziplocks with ice 

Beach towels between you and the chair or bed

Lots of pillows for your back and knees

Wash cloths for extra drainage on the girdle

Arnica Montana for anti bruising and swelling reduction

Advance pick up of prescriptions

No rinse shampoo 

A stool to keep on the shower to rest the drains on

How that helps! Good luck. 

Tripti Burt MD

Plainfield Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

Steps for making a mommy makeover recovery easy

  • Your mommy makeover should not be too painful but there are things you can do to help make it easier:
  • Prepare meals, load your cupboards, and finish laundry and other chores ahead of time.  
  • Advise your work place that you will be away and have your doctor give you a note if needed.
  • Get your prescription filled in advance so you are not waiting after surgery for someone to get this for you.
  • You may not be able to shower for a couple of days, so consider some dry shampoo....many of my patients rave about this.
  • You won't need a lift or anything special, but a couple pillows behind your back and one for under your knees are good to have available.
  • If you have little kids, have some help for a few days.
  • You can't drive with prescription pain medicine so try to arrange to have your kids driven to their activities.
  • Arrange your followup visits with your doctor in advance so you aren't worried about this after the fact.
  • These simple steps will take a great surgery and hopefully make also give you a great experience.
  • Dr Rodger Shortt is a plastic surgeon in Oakville.  He strives to be the best plastic surgeon and is one of the few plastic surgeons in Canada with a top 5-star rating on Realself, RateMD, and Ontario Doctor Review.  He is an Assistant Clinical Professor and the Director of Cosmetic Surgery Training for McMaster University.  He serves patients from the GTA including Toronto, Oakville, Mississauga, Georgetown, Brampton, Burlington, Milton, and Hamilton.

Rodger Shortt, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

Mommy Makeover /Breast Augmentation/Breast Implants/Anatomic Gummy Bear Implants/Tummy Tuck/Liposuction/BBL

I appreciate your question.

I would recommend that you discuss this question with your surgeon as every surgeon has their own respective post op protocol for his/her patients.  Your surgeon is your best resource as he/she is most familiar with your medical history and how you will be healing following surgery.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.

Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.

Best of luck!

Dr. Schwartz

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon


Jaime S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 91 reviews

Mommy makeover recovery

Great question!  Each surgeon is different, so specific supplies should be discussed with your surgeon.  In general you want to have lots of pillows on hand for positioning.  A recliner is a comfortable place for most patients to rest.  A shower chair would be nice if one is available, but not necessary.  Arrange for rides for anywhere you will need to go (doctor appointments, etc) as you won't be able to drive at first.  Hope this helps.

Camille Cash, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Supplies Needed for Mommy Makeover

The mommy makeover is a  combination of procedures to bring a woman’s body back to the way she looked prior to pregnancy . Most commonly some variation of a #TummyTuck and #BeastSurgery are performed. Additional procedures can include liposuction, umbilical hernia repair.  The most common #breastprocedures include #mastopexy or #breastlift, #breastaugmentation, #breastreduction.

The best advice on what you will need after your procedure will be gained from your surgeon in advance of your procedure date. The best thing to do would be to take all of your questions to your surgeon or his office in order to make sure you are following all of their instructions before the procedure. Good luck.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Preparing for a mommy make-over

Thank you for asking about your mommy make-over

  • Your surgeon should be the one to recommend what you need 
  • I tell my patients to rent a walker which helps them a lot in the first week
  • And to have a plastic chair or stool in the shower so they can sit while washing.
  • You need to have Advil and Tylenol or their generic equivalents to help with the pain.
  • You may need some gauze but apart.
  • It helps to prepare your lift in advance - with a well-stocked refrigerator with instant or easy meals, help at home and enough time off work.
  • Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Supplies necessary to make a mommy makeover recovery go more smoothly?

Thanks for the question. Pregnancy can take a toll on a women's body. In order to help reverse some of the effects of child bearing, many women choose to have a "mommy makeover". A mommy makeover can involve ANY of the areas affected by pregnancy:  most commonly a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and breast augmentation and/or lift (mastopexy).  Other commonly requested surgical procedures include liposuction surgery and/or genitalia surgery.

Generally speaking, the “ideal” patient for mommy makeover surgery is one who has completed pregnancies, is psycho socially/emotionally/financially stable, has an excellent social support system surrounding him/her, is capable of arranging enough recovery time, does not smoke and who has reached a long-term stable weight.

Your plastic surgeon will have a list of "do's and don'ts" as well as supply and equipment recommendations when.  You will find a a lot of information on this website, from previous patients, in this regard as well.

 Best wishes for an outcome that you will be very pleased with.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,487 reviews

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