How Severe is the Pain After a Mommy Makeover?

I am asking the questions because I've seen lots of complaints the pain after surgery for a mommy makeover is really painful? And pardon my French but they sound like they been to hell and back. I have a very high tolerance pain level and even when in pain usually don't complain and suck it up. So should I truly be concern with the pain level according to some reviews?

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Pain after Mommy Makeover, how bad is it? Options for control.

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Thank you for your question.  Our office takes post operative pain management seriously.  Our current protocol includes a pain pump, (with numbing medicine), that will instill the numbing medicine in the area for the first three days after abdominoplasty.  Patients typically move off the pain medicine to Tylenol after a few days.  We try to avoid ibuprofen and aspirin products for a couple weeks post op.  Each patient has a different tolerance. Best to contact your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon as each surgeon will approach the operation and the post operative management differently.

Mommy Makeover Recovery

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Mommy makeovers include breast lift, breast implants, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and possibly liposuction. Postoperative pain and discomfort are quiet variable. Most patients say it is comparable or less than a C-section. I describe breast implants like doing “a million” push-ups and abdominoplasty like “a million” sit-ups; patients understand the gym analogy “no pain, no gain”.  Wishing you a uneventful recovery!

Pain Following Mommy Makeover: What to Expect in the Recovery Period

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            The mommy makeover is one of the largest procedures performed in cosmetic surgery. This procedure has several components. These include breast augmentation, breast lift, abdominoplasty, and liposuction of the hips and thighs. The exact procedure performed in any particular case is dependent upon the specific needs of the individual patient.

             Pain tolerance varies from patient to patient and is dependent upon a variety of factors. The vast majority of patients who have mommy makeover surgery describe their pain as moderate. This pain is especially noticeable in the first 24 hours following surgery, but improves rapidly over the next week.

            Patients are given narcotic pain relievers in the immediate postoperative period and switched to Tylenol 5 to 7 days postoperatively. It’s not unusual for patients to have pain, which is related to muscle spasm following this procedure. When this situation arises, muscle relaxants are extremely helpful as well.

            If you’re concerned about postoperative pain management, it’s important to discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to develop a plan that addresses your concerns. 

Pain after a mommy makeover.

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Thanks for your question.

Yes, there is pain with any surgery some more than others. Some patients tolerate it better than others as well.

Operations that involve pushing on or tugging of musles such as muscle tightening tummy tuck or submuscular implants tend to be more uncomfortable than skin or glandular operations such as breast lift or reduction.

Each plastic surgeon will have their own regimen to alleviate post operative pain.  The goal is to make the discomfort tolerable so that you are able to walk and take deep breaths to minimize the risks of complications such as blood clots or pneumonia.

If you have grave concerns you can discuss pain pumps or non muscle tightening as options, It is important that you know what to expect before as well as after your surgery.

Best wishes.

Pain after Mommy Makeover is much less than most expect

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The mommy makeover typically consists of abdominoplasty, breast lift and occasionally breast augmentation and liposuction. The way we do the surgery now, the pain is very manageable. We inject local anesthesia around the nerves at the time of surgery and also use a pain pump for the abdominoplasty. I have had several patients who have used pain pills for less than 2 days and have been very comfortable with just Tylenol and Advil. Most people are driving and doing errands by 5-7 days.

Do Not Get Discouraged by Pain

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Each patient responds to pain after a mommy makeover differently, depending on the invasiveness of surgery and on her pain tolerance. Since you have described yourself as having a relatively high threshold for experiencing pain, I would say that the idea of discomfort should not be a major deterring factor from moving forward with a potentially life-changing procedure. Just think of the pain as one small bump on the road to a newer, more confident you. Also, it is important to note that there are various medications your doctor can prescribe which are very strong prescribed medications. Many doctors use pain pumps or Experal for long action pain control of 4 days.

Pain after a Mommy Makeover

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Thank you for your question.  Pain and/or discomfort are subjective sensations and highly variable from patient to patient.  Mommy makeover procedures commonly include breast lifts, breast augmentations, abdominoplasty and liposuction.  Patients will often cite that a typical 'mommy makeover' recovery is comparable or easier than a c-section recovery and each surgeon will provide you with a recommendation and/or medications to alleviate any post-op pain.   Patient's, expecially those with high pain tolerances, typically do quite well and end up saying that they thought that their recovery was going to be much worse than it was, but if you are concerned with post-operative pain I would recommend discussing your concerns with your operating surgeon.  

Mommy Makeover and Breast Augmentation: Recovery and Pain

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If your surgeon uses a NO Drain
technique and a 24-hour rapid recovery protocol, the pain after a tummy tuck
should not be more than what can be controlled with Aleve and maybe some
Tylenol. A rapid recovery Mommy Makeover
should have you back doing things like being able to go for a long walk, go out
to dinner, go shopping or even so a load or two of laundry the next day. You are not healed and there is some discomfort
with moving and doing too much or even lifting but you can do these things
within reason. Most office workers could
go back to work in 4 to 5 days if they want after a breast augmentation and a
full tummy tuck.

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reference for you.

I hope that helps.

Best regards.

Pain After Mommy Makeover

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Patients experience a moderate degree of pain and discomfort following mommy makeover procedures. Of course, this will vary based on the extensiveness of the procedure, whether breast augmentation was performed or just a breast lift, and a given patient's pain tolerance. Always stay on top of your pain medications to ensure your pain is properly managed.

Mommy Makeover Recovery

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It is very common for mommy makeovers to include both breast and tummy procedures.   Your surgeon will determine if you are  a good candidate for a combined procedure based on your health status (past medical history) and your physicial exam.   In addition, your surgeon will determine if an overnight stay at the hospital is warranted.   After surgery, your pain should be well managed with 1-2 oral pain pills every 4-6 hours.   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.   So you will definitely need some help with the kids for about 1-2 weeks.   Every surgical plan is unique/different so I encourage you to direct these questions to your surgeon and his staff.   Mommy Makeovers are truly transforming procedures.  I'm sure you'll love your results.

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