When is It Okay to Do House Work After Mommy Makeover?

I had breast augmentation/ anchor lift/ tummy tuck with muscle repair and lipo of flanks and inner thighs. I am 9 days PO I carefully and lightly did dishes which required bending over and reaching. I also swept the floor lightly. Is this okay to do? Am I putting any stain on my core muscles? I feel fine and take breaks when I need it. I am an active athletic person 5'2 at 115-120 pounds, and I feel that has a lot to do with me recovering so fast. What kind of household chores are okay to do?

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Patients May Resume Light Activity for the First 2 Weeks Following Mommy Makeover; Bathroom & Kitchen Privileges are Fine

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Recovery times following mommy makeover surgery vary from patient to patient. It’s important to remember that this is an extensive procedure that combines cosmetic breast surgery, abdominoplasty, and liposuction of the hips and thighs. Because of this, returning to strenuous activity to soon after surgery can potentially have negative consequences.

We generally recommend light activity for the first two weeks following the procedure. Patients are allowed bathroom and kitchen privileges, but encouraged to minimize activity. Light ambulation in a slightly flexed position is encouraged to avoid the formation of lower extremity blood clots. After two weeks, patients are allowed to gradually resume normal non strenuous activities. Strenuous activities and heavy lifting are not allowed for at least six weeks. At six weeks, most patients are able to resume all of their normal activities.

It’s important to remember that every patient is unique. The specifics of their employment and procedure will have a significant impact upon their recovery. In some cases, return to normality will occur quickly, while in others who have more extensive procedures and who have more strenuous employment, it may take longer. Light house keeping that utilizes the core muscles of the abdomen will take longer.

Make sure you discuss this issue with the plastic surgeon who performed your mommy makeover. Your surgeon’s insights regarding your surgery will provide important information regarding resumption of activity following this procedure.

Ok to do housework 9 days afte Mommy Makeover?

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Every patient and surgeon is different, but you should still be taking it easy 9 days after your surgery.  Bending and reaching is OK, as long as you're comfortable, and not lifting too much, and not spending too much time doing it.  You had a large surface area of skin and soft tissue lifted and carefully tightened and sewn together to give you a great result, and too much activitiy puts undue stress on your incision.


So, try to take it easy.  And make your hubby do the dishes for a couple of days!

Roy Kim, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon

Activity after MOM

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I generally recommend no heavy lifting or strenuous activity (no exercise) for 4 to 6 weeks after tummy tuck. After six weeks, I encourage patients to slowly resume exercise routines *gradually*. Remember, during the six week postoperative period - you will be deconditioned. I do prepare patients do notice some increased swelling once exercise is resumed. Over the next several weeks, this post-exercise edema will no longer manifest. Exercise itself will not help reduce this swelling.  If swelling manifests during your workout routine, you may benefit from use of compression garments.   But please check with your surgeon with respect to his/her specific recommendations.  Enjoy your results!

Dr. Basu

Houston, TX

When is It Okay to Do House Work After Mommy Makeover?

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If you where my patient in my pre operative and post operative instructions/informed consents I request at least 3 weeks of NO activity. That includes house work! But you are not my patient so best to call your chosen surgeon to discuss in detail. 

House Work post Mommy Makeover

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Your surgeon should be able to provide you with specific guidance on how to increase your activity slowly to avoid unexpected complications.  You should be able to get out of bed, go to the bathroom, and take very short, slow walks without exerting yourself too much, but your primary focus should be on resting as much as possible to minimize pain and discomfort, and avoid unnecessary swelling or suture rupture. 

Suzanne M. Quardt, MD
Palm Springs Plastic Surgeon

When is It Okay to Do House Work After Mommy Makeover

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As I advise my patients, if your work keeps you sedentary, you may return whenever you feel up to it. If your work is strenuous, wait until your work activity does not cause any superficial pain. Some employers will modify a person’s job duties so they can back sooner, but without physical activity. Our office can provide our patients with a note stating they are not to engage in strenuous activity for a specified period of time. The note will not disclose what procedure they have underwent. Therefore, you may have to request a similar note from your surgeon if you are not independently employed. I recommend avoiding heavy lifting and strenuous #activity for six weeks following your surgery. With that said, it may help you plan your return to work accordingly.

As for heavy lifting and other #strenuous #activities, it should be avoided for until you have clearance from your surgeon. You may, however, do normal activities at any time if they cause no pain or #discomfort. Let your body tell you what you can or cannot do. Aerobic exercise will raise your blood pressure, which could cause late bleeding and harm your result. Once you begin exercising again, start gently and let your body tell you what it can tolerate. Don’t rush!!  If you have concerns about your healing, or pain that you question to be unusual, it is important to call your plastic surgeon to discuss these further asked to be examined.

When is It Okay to Do House Work After Mommy Makeover?

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I would not recommend that level of activity for 3 weeks after a mommy makeover.  Everyone heals differently and feels different after surgery as far a pain tolerance, but the real issue is to allow enough time for tissue healing.

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Mommy Makeover

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This is not the time to find out how much you can do.  The priority is for you to heal, and with minimal scar tissue.  Being too active may cause more scar tissue.  After 4-5 weeks, depending on how you are doing, then you may think of small household chores.

Housework after a mommy makeover

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You should follow the instructions of your plastic surgeon. Patients should generally avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting (>25lbs) for 4-6 weeks after a tummy tuck and breast augmentation.

Address any specific activity questions to your plastic surgeon.

Best wishes,


Too Much Too Soon

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Just 9 days following multiple surgeries, especially a tummy tuck, you are stressing your abdomen and breasts too much too soon.

You may develop fluid and swelling in the operated areas. Check this out with your surgeon.

Ivan Thomas, MD (retired)
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

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