What can I expect in recovery after a mommy makeover? January 25, 2023 The recovery period of a mommy makeover can be very challenging. It is important to schedule your regular follow-up visits to Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks’ office to ensure you are healing with no complications. For the first 24 hours, you may experience some pain and discomfort as your anesthesia wears off. Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks will provide you with prescription medication to help you manage this discomfort before your discharge. You may have surgical drains to help control fluid build-up in your body and be asked to wear surgical compression garments to promote healing. Within about two to three weeks following your mommy makeover, your surgical drains may be removed and you may return to work and low-impact daily activities. Most patients report getting used to their new bodies after about one month when most swelling and redness subsides. Swelling, bruising and the use of your surgical bra will typically last about six weeks. We may ask you to continue using your other compression garments for up to 90 days following your procedure to ensure the ultimate results.