One thing all mothers have in common is that pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding change their body dramatically. For some, a healthy diet and working out regularly can help restore your pre-baby body. For others, more dramatic changes are necessary to eliminate stubborn fat deposits and excess skin. A mommy makeover combines multiple cosmetic surgeries to help a mother regain the youthful figure she once enjoyed.

What Does a Mommy Makeover Correct?

A mommy makeover can address various aesthetic concerns. Dr. Dreyfuss will discuss goals and desired results with you during a consultation. With your input in mind, he will structure a surgical plan to match your cosmetic needs and desired goals. Procedures may include:

Most women want to improve their breasts, abdomen, and buttocks. Combining cosmetic procedures can help mothers correct multiple problem areas at once. From his full suite of body contouring procedures, Dr. Dreyfuss can improve your body outline by performing two or more aesthetic surgeries at once.

Best Candidates

Optimal candidates for a mommy makeover share the following characteristics.

In Good Health

As with any operation, mommy makeover candidates should be in good overall health. The body must be capable of healing properly to successfully recover after surgery. If you have any existing conditions or medical concerns, let Dr. Dreyfuss know. From there, he can determine if a mommy makeover is right for you.

At Optimal Body Weight

The best candidates for a mommy makeover are close to their healthy weight. Being over- or under-weight may compromise the outcome if you lose or gain weight after surgery. You should be aware that a mommy makeover is not a weight-loss treatment. It’s a contouring procedure designed to remove stubborn fat pads and excess skin.

Have Time to Recover

Depending on which procedures are part of your mommy makeover, you will need time to heal. You should plan at least two weeks off from your regular schedule to rest and recover. If you include a tummy tuck with the procedure, expect a longer recovery, about a month to six weeks.

No Future Pregnancies

Before investing in enhancing your figure with a mommy makeover, you should wait until you are no longer planning to have children. Any future pregnancies can negatively impact your results.


We all know smoking can be hazardous to your health. After all, that’s why there’s a surgeon’s general warning on every pack. Smoking impedes circulation, making incisions less likely to heal and close properly. It also increases the likelihood of infection and weakens the immune system.

If you smoke, quit. If you can’t quit for good, stop smoking for at least two weeks before and two weeks after surgery.

Are You Ready to Learn More?

If you are considering a mommy makeover to resolve body issues resulting from pregnancy, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Dreyfuss is here to discuss the procedure with you. To start the process, contact us online or set up a virtual consultation.

Planning for a Brazilian butt lift is easy, but recovery is a different story. If you expect to feel the same way immediately after surgery as you did before, you’re in for a surprise. As with any surgery, you will have some discomfort, swelling, and maybe bruising, but with this procedure, it’s on the part of your anatomy where you sit. With patience and proper aftercare, you’ll feel like yourself in no time. As a guide on what to expect, here’s how your early days of recovery should play out.

Initial Recovery

Directly after the procedure, you can expect some bruising and swelling in the donor sites where Dr. Dreyfuss extracted the fat. You can manage discomfort with oral medication, though you must switch to Tylenol from opioids before driving. Recovery varies from patient to patient, but you should be up and walking a day or two after surgery. There may be some excess fluid draining from the incisions. Don’t be alarmed if there is blood in this fluid; it’s normal. This draining will cease in a few days.

Compression Garment

After surgery, Dr. Dreyfuss will have you in a compression garment to support the areas where he performed liposuction. He recommends you wear the garment for about eight weeks to safeguard areas where he harvested fat, so they heal correctly. The garment will also help minimize swelling, increase comfort, and help the skin retract.


No “Butts” About It

A critical recovery tip regarding a Brazilian butt lift is you don’t sit on your buttocks for at least eight weeks. We advise you to sleep on your stomach or side, and when you must sit, use a doughnut-shaped pillow or inflatable cushion. Placing a pillow behind your legs helps avoid putting pressure on incisions and grafts by lifting the buttocks. These practices are critical to achieving long-lasting results. Sitting directly on the buttocks may affect blood circulation in the treated areas. 

A reduction in blood circulation may destroy the fat cells transferred to the buttocks. However, you should note that up to 40% of the grafted fat may not survive, regardless of how well you have followed your post-operative instructions. After eight weeks of recovery, it is vital to use a cushion when seated for prolonged periods.

Resuming Activities

You should avoid high-impact activities after surgery, especially ones that cause you to jump or run. You may resume light activities like fast-paced walking after one month. If you respond well during recovery, you should be able to return to normal activities after eight weeks. 

Once fat cells have stabilized, you can resume strenuous activities like running or jogging. It’s crucial to follow your post-surgery instructions after your operation to heal well and enjoy your results.

Ready to Get Started?

If you would like to learn more about Brazilian butt lift recovery or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dreyfuss, please contact our office today.