What is the Recovery Time for Both a Breast Lift with Implants and a Mini-tummy Tuck?

What is the recovery time for a breast lift with implants and a mini tummy tuck? I plan to take 2 1/2 weeks off from work (I sit at a desk all day). Is that enough time? What will the recovery be like? What type of pain will I be in? Thank you.

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Mini Tummy Tuck vs a Full Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty and a Breast Implant and Lift

A breast augmentation with a lift and a tummy tuck (full or mini) is frequently done at the same time and is called a Mommy Makeover. The surgery takes about 5 hours and for both procedures you can have rapid recovery protocol that minimizes your down time. With rapid recovery, NO Drain protocol for both procedures the recovery will be 24 to 36 hours. You are not healed but you will be able to get out and do things at that point.

I hope that helps.

Best regards.

Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery Time for Abdominoplasty

My Melbourne, FL, patients who have a full abdominoplasty along with any additional procedures typically take one week off from what I would call a “desk” job. If you are having a mini abdominoplasty, you may need less time off depending on the requirements for your job. I would discuss this with your plastic surgeon in order to best plan your time off.

Amy Ortega, MD
Melbourne Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery Time

Hello. The ideal recovery time after surgery that you mention is about 4-6 weeks. Not everyone can take as much time off work and it is important that fact that you mention of what you do in your office work. In your case it would be great if you took three weeks before returning to work.

Derby Sang Caputo, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Mommy makeover recovery

You can go back to work in about 2-3 weeks. Walk leisurely around as you recover to minimize the risk of blood clots. Don't strain yourself by lifting anything or bending over as you recover. You can start cardio at 3-4 weeks and strength training at 6 weeks after surgery.

Mommy makeover recovery time

From your question, I think two and a half weeks should be more than enough.  A mini tummy tuck is not nearly as painful as a full tummy tuck, so your time frame seems quite realistic.  Good luck!  

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Breast lift and BA recovery

Regarding Post-Operative Healing after breast lift with implants:Here are the instructions we give to my patients:

You will go home in a bra or with only light dressings over the incision lines.
Patients can usually return to work in one week to ten days. Sutures are dissolvable but the ending knot is removed within 1-2 weeks.
Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Light activities may be started in 7-10 days with light lifting of 20 pounds or less from 10 days to 3 wks. After 3 weeks progressive exercise with running and lifting of heavier weights after 6 weeks.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery after Mommy Makeover Surgery?

Thank you for the question.

You will find that your plastic surgeon is in the best position to advise you in regards to returning to work. Every patient's  level of discomfort,  pain threshold, and return to activities  differs ( sometimes significantly).  Given that your plastic surgeon knows you ( much better than online consultants) and the planned operation,  it will be best if you check with him/her.

Best wishes.

Recovery time for breast lift and mini-tummy tuck

  • Stay home a minimize activity for the first 5 days or so
  • Can return to work and most daily activities after about 5 days
  • No heavy lifting or vigorous exercise until 3 or 4 weeks after surgery
  • Pain should be easily managed unless activity level is too high

James Shaw, MD
Wichita Plastic Surgeon
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Breast lift not usually painful, implants moderately painful, mini-tummy tuck usually not a difficult recovery

A mini tummy tuck is not typically a very painful procedure.  However, it is limited in effectiveness, just treating the extra skin above the pubic area.  Usually patients are better served with a full tummy tuck, but you might be one of the few that is a candidate for a mini-tummy tuck.  A regular tummy tuck is a fairly painful procedure, but "gets the job done" nicely.


A breast lift is not painful, but implants can be painful, particularly if they are placed under the muscle, which is the usual location.  It is very common to perform both breast and tummy surgery together, and it makes the most of your time off work to do it this way.  Your plan to take off 2 1/2 weeks should be very reasonable for this procedure.  Be sure you are having a vertical lift, because it is preferrable to an inverted-T or periareolar "donut" lift.  Also be sure you look at plenty of before and after pictures from your surgeon to satisfy yourself that your expectations are appropriate. I've attached my website link to breast lift procedures.

Eric Swanson, MD
Kansas City Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Recovery after mommy makeover

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.  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.
Dr. Basu
houston, tx

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