Mummy Makeover Recovery: Recovery Timeline and Tips

What is Mummy Makeover?

Mummy Makeover surgery is one of the most popular modern plastic surgery procedures. By combining breast and tummy surgeries, this procedure addresses common cosmetic problems faced by women who have gone through pregnancy. This procedure also refers to any combination of breast and abdominal combined procedures on women. It also assists with problems caused by pregnancy-related processes including operations like caesarean section. But what about the recovery after mummy makeover surgery? If you’re considering surgery but are unsure what to expect, this article is for you.

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Why Mummy Makeover?

The idea of mummy makeover came into existence when women became aware of the massive changes caused to their body after pregnancy. Going through pregnancy, delivery and breastfeeding can change the body so much that it becomes barely recognisable. Some women may get used to these changes but many often feel uneasy and even frustrated. The desire to get back to your previous self often leads women down the path of vigorous exercise and dieting.

However, it’s not an easy path, and not every one of you might succeed in getting your desired pre-pregnant body back. This is often true regardless of implementing a new lifestyle of regular exercise and healthy eating. 

In such conditions, if you find yourself helpless and failing to gain your body back, a mummy makeover might be a helpful option for you to reinstate your body. Mummy makeover gives you a variety of options to choose from; some of which are listed below:

Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Mark Doyle performs mummy makeover surgery with meticulous care and expertise. He has been in practice for 30+ years and continues to deliver exceptional results for all his patients.

Recovery Tips Following Mummy Makeover Surgery

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Recovery after mummy makeover depends on the nature of the surgery as well as your hygiene and healthy habits afterwards. Those who follow the instructions closely achieve a better result and often recover sooner. If you’ve had mommy makeover surgery, you should strictly adhere to the following tips for an easy, fast, and comfortable recovery:

General Care Tips:

  • Rest: you should get adequate rest for a speedy recovery. Light activities can be done initially but lifting heavier weights should be avoided for at least six weeks.
  • Diet: Eating nutritious and balanced food should be kept in mind; preparing a meal plan chart might be helpful. Light food and soups should be taken as they can easily be digested.
  • Pain/Stress Management: Keep yourself occupied. You can watch TV, read books, do light household chores, and walk after a few days. 
  • Water: Keep your body hydrated as much as possible. Drink plenty of water along with a fluid diet (soups, tea etc).
  • Mental State: Keep an eye on the emotional state of your mind and mood. Try to keep yourself calm and peaceful; seek family emotional support and care.
  • Smoking: You must stop smoking and drinking. It can significantly affect your recovery process.

For more general recovery tips, please view Dr Doyle’s cosmetic surgery recovery tips.

Taking Care of Your Mummy Makeover Surgical Site:

  • Information and Awareness: Get as much information as possible about the surgical procedures you are having, recovery tips and duration of recovery. Consult your doctor about your queries and confusion.
  • Discipline: Follow your doctor’s advice about diet, clothing, and rest. A nutritious diet rich in protein, vitamin C and iron should be taken.
  • Clothing: Wear light cotton clothes for your comfort. You’ll also need compression garments for support – wear these consistently.
  • Book Your Check-Up: Go to your scheduled follow-ups as per Dr Doyle’s advice.
  • Medications: Take your medications on time; skipping medications should not be done without permission from your surgeon.
  • Queries and Emergencies: Contact your doctor in any cases of emergency and go for routine follow-ups.
  • Cold Compression: Cold temperature not only helps you reduce wound swelling but also limits the spread of further bruising. In the case of breast surgery, apply cold packs for the first 3 days after your surgery. Avoid direct contact and apply multiple times for 15 minutes with 20-minute breaks in-between.

Makeover Mummy Specific Tips

  • Compression Garments: you need to wear compression garments, especially in case of abdominoplasty for support for 6 weeks following your surgery. Breast surgery also requires this support for at least 4 weeks.
  • Sleeping Position: A good sleeping position is important to help reduce swelling after your surgery. A good sleeping position will provide a relaxed posture for you to get enough sleep which aids for a speedy recovery and also won’t place the wound sites under pressure. After abdominoplasty, put 2 pillows below the head and neck and 2 below the knees. This will give you a proper v-shaped posture which is beneficial for you and the wounds. It also helps to reduce swelling in the feet and ankles.
  • Cleanliness and Hygiene: Keep your surgical area clean and dry. Maintain adequate hygiene and also clean the drain line if kept in the wound. You can take a bath once the wounds are fully healed and all drains have been removed.

Items to Prepare Before Mummy Makeover Recovery:

Some items you may want to consider before going ahead with mummy makeover surgery include:

  • Antibacterial soaps
  • Dark-coloured oversized robes
  • Things that might keep your mind busy/ occupied such as books, movies, games, magazines
  • Gentle stool softeners
  • Fresh fruits and low sodium soups

Rapid Recovery Pack

These are some of the things which might add up for your proper and speedy recovery:



Containing Zinc, this product improves wound healing, immune function and skin health. This can have an overall impact on the appearance of scars by encouraging the skin’s repair.

Silicone Gels for Scarring

Silicone Scar Gels can help to reduce the appearance of scars after surgery. Stratamed and Strataderm gels are recommended for helping you treat your surgical scars. You can begin the use of scar cream on your scars 4-6 weeks after surgery.

Ginger and Peppermint Tea

These are found to have traditional values for relieving nausea and an unsettled stomach which might be after-effects of anesthetic medications used during surgery.

Advantages of Having Mummy Makeover Surgery

  • Smoother and tighter abdomen (tummy).
  • More youthful-looking breasts.
  • Increased confidence of childbearing mothers. The feeling of shame about your own body may be lessened.
  • Having two procedures at once (breast and tummy) allows you to only have one recovery period.

Disadvantages of Having Mummy Makeover Surgery

  • You’ll have to stay in shape to retain the surgical results.
  • Falling pregnant in the future will likely compromise your mummy makeover results.
  • If you get breast implants in this procedure, you may have to replace them after a certain period of time.

Complications Related to Mummy Makeover Surgery

All surgery involves risk. These may include:

  • Anaesthesia-related complications: headache, nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, numbness
  • Bleeding during and after the surgery.
  • Infection at the surgical site or around it.
  • You might get abnormal or uneven scarring as a result of surgery.
  • A collection of blood at the surgical site due to haemorrhage.
  • Redness, pain and swelling due to infection.
  • Other complications include pain, numbness, delayed wound healing keloid/scar formation.

Mummy Makeover Before and After Photos

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View all Mummy Makeover Transformations by Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Mark Doyle.

Mummy Makeover Recovery Timeline

The recovery period depends upon your specific procedure, diet habit, and other health and lifestyle factors. Generally, you should allow 4-6 weeks following surgery for recovery. 

Week One Recovery After Mummy Makeover 

The first week is intense. Here, you should take adequate rest along with the light activity. You can walk to the bathroom from bed and back on your own. This will maintain proper blood circulation in and around the wound which promotes the healing process. There is always a risk of blood clots occurring in the calves which is minimised by early mobilisation. 

Week Two Recovery After Mummy Makeover 

The second week also demands the same as the first i.e. adequate rest. You might feel soreness and tenderness around the surgical site. You might take a brief walk around the home if possible. Keep someone around to take care of you if you’re going out for a walk. If you are comfortable and mobilising well you should be fine to resume driving.

Week Four Recovery After Mummy Makeover 

Moving around the 4th week, you will feel energized and a lot better. Your surgical site swelling will have settled significantly by this time. You might still seek family and friends’ help if needed at this time. Going for walks is a good idea. Depending on the physical nature of your job you may return to work. Those with more physical jobs may need to wait a few more weeks before returning to work. 

Week Six Recovery After Mummy Makeover 

Once you get around the 6th week, you should feel back to yourself. You can slowly increase the activity levels of your upper body. The recovery of your lower body needs an extra few weeks as your core abdominal muscles do take longer to heal and gain strength. By this time, your incisions should be well healed and swelling will have subsided significantly. Swelling after this type of surgery may take up to 12 months to settle. Physically demanding exercise and workouts are not encouraged for at least 3 months post-surgery.

Other Recovery Considerations

  • You can expect bruising for 1-3 weeks. 
  • Some swelling up to 2-8 weeks is normal. 
  • If liposuction is also included in the procedure, liposuction areas may be sensitive, tender, and numb for 1-3 weeks. 
  • Dr Doyle will see you for drain and pain pump removal 3-4 days after surgery. Stitches around the belly button are removed 10 days following surgery. 
  • You should avoid swimming in a pool or ocean for 3 weeks following surgery. 
  • Smoking MUST be stopped for at least 6 weeks following surgery to minimise the risk of poor wound healing. 
  • You can begin the use of scar cream on your incision after 4-6 weeks of surgery.

The scarring could take up to a year or so for full recovery or complete settlement.

Frequently Asked Questions About Mummy Makeover Recovery

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What is a mummy makeover?

It’s a modern cosmetic surgical procedure that helps postpartum women get their pre-pregnancy anatomical and physiological body state.

How painful is the mummy makeover recovery period?

The recovery phase of the mummy makeover would be mild to moderate pain; it depends on the specific procedures performed and your pain tolerance. You’ll be provided with painkiller medications to cope with that. If you have more severe pain, you should immediately consult your surgeon.

What should I eat after mummy makeover surgery?

Food is usually not restricted following mommy makeover surgery. A well-balanced diet including lots of protein is recommended. You can have multivitamin food, water, a protein-rich diet, vitamin A and C-rich food, and iron-rich food.

Can I smoke after mommy makeover surgery?

We advise you not to smoke 6 weeks before or 6 weeks after your surgery. Smoking greatly affects wound healing and can lead to very extended recovery times and very poor outcomes from the surgery. 

How long does it take to recover from a mummy makeover?

The recovery time varies from person to person. It depends upon the type of surgery one underwent and the health, hygiene, and diet of the patient. In general, it will take 4-6 weeks for recovery.

What type of clothing can I wear after mummy makeover surgery?

You should wear loose-fitting clothes to cover your bra and abdominal compression garments. 

Can I do exercise after mummy makeover surgery?

You are allowed to do just light activities for the first couple of weeks along with adequate rest. Then slowly by the 4th week, you can do regular light exercises. Heavy lifting should not be done for at least 6 weeks.

How soon can I get mummy makeover surgery after the delivery of the baby?

Postpartum mothers should wait for at least 6 months to get this surgery done. This allows your body enough time to recover from the immense stress of pregnancy and delivery. Hormones related to pregnancy will also have subsided and the stretching around your body will have had a chance to settle. This means your tissue will handle the surgery better. Carrying out such surgery before 6 months puts you at various types of risks. 

Do I have to lose weight before mummy makeover surgery?

Some fat will indeed be removed during this surgery but you’ll need to have lost the bulk of your baby weight before you book this surgery. It’s necessary for optimal skin resection. For more information on this, read about the best BMI for tummy tuck surgery.

Book a Consultation

To find out more about Mummy Makeover recovery, or to book your initial consultation for the procedure, get in contact with Dr Mark Doyle, Specialist Plastic Surgeon on the Gold Coast.


About Dr Mark Doyle FRACS (Plast) – Queensland Plastic Surgeon

Servicing patients in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and New South Wales NSW – Northern Rivers, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore and more.

Dr Mark Doyle is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over thirty years of experience performing BreastBodyFace and Nose surgery. As a highly esteemed plastic surgeon, Dr Mark is driven by an intense passion for helping patients achieve a happier, more beautiful self through advanced cosmetic surgery procedures.

He maintains a strong commitment to achieving the best possible results for all his breast, body, face and nose patients, both men and women.


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