Mommy makeovers are highly sought-after procedures because they combine multiple procedures in one to address the various concerns that many women face after childbirth. The surgical techniques used allow women to address their major concerns about the changes they have undergone in their breasts and abdomen regions. Though this is a time and money saver for those who want multiple procedures, the recovery can be extensive. Dr. Erella and the team at Aspira Plastic Surgery will walk you through the recovery steps and postoperative care instructions so that it is as easy as possible.

What’s Included in a Mommy Makeover?

Most common procedures that are involved in the mommy makeover are:

Other procedures may be included during your personalized mommy makeover surgery depending on your goals.

The Mommy Makeover Recovery Timeline

The recovery timeline we set out is very generalized. Each patient will have a different mommy makeover recovery experience dependent on the procedures that are chosen, their health, and how closely they follow postoperative care instructions. The initial recovery for mommy makeover lasts between seven and ten days, with long term recovery lasting several weeks to a couple of months.

Dr. Erella considers this surgery outpatient unless it is extensive and lets patients recover in the comfort of their own home. He will give detailed care instructions for you to follow while you are healing. While the length may fluctuate, the mommy makeover recovery timeline includes:

Week 1

Patients will have their incisions bandaged and will need to wear a surgical garment that manages the swelling, and holds the tissues together. During this time, patients will be on prescribed pain medications. Bruising, swelling, and inflammation will start to occur during this time. The initial side effects will subside within a week but will still be present for a few weeks. Any alcohol consumption or use of tobacco will need to be stopped during the recovery.

Week 2-3

Most patients can start routine activities into their day like walking. After 2-3 weeks you will most likely be able to return to work. Strenuous activity should still be limited. Swelling may still present but have noticeably subsided. Compression garments will still need to be worn at this time. Alcohol consumption and cigarettes are still not permitted at this point.

Weeks 3-6

You should include build-up light exercise in your daily life once you are cleared by Dr. Erella. The side effects may still be present but only noticeable to you. Compression garments usually come off around 4 weeks.

Week 6 and After

You will be mostly healed at this time. You will notice the changes in your body and begin to enjoy your mommy makeover results. Exercise and regular daily activities can be resumed at this point. You may still continue to notice improvement over the next four months.

Talk with Dr. Erella

Dr. Erella will provide complete instructions for your mommy makeover recovery. He will also meet with you at follow-up appointments to track your progress and make sure that the incisions are healing properly. If you ever have any questions during the recovery time, feel free to contact Dr. Erella. He wants his patients to be comfortable during their recovery and be knowledgeable of any possible complications.

If you are ready to address your various concerns with a mommy makeover procedure, contact Aspira Plastic Surgery to schedule your mommy makeover consultation today. We will help you to look and feel confident.

Sometimes fat can be stubborn and can be difficult to remove with diet and exercise alone. No matter how strict your diet is or how regularly you work out, you may still struggle with lingering pockets of fat hiding your toned contour. Luckily, SmartLipo™ offers a solution, allowing you to remove that last bit of stubborn fat to improve your figure. Dr. Erella not only offers traditional liposuction but SmartLipo™ as well, with skin tightening benefits and a more comfortable recovery process. Here’s what you can expect from your experience with SmartLipo™:


The SmartLipo™ Procedure Process

To understand SmartLipo™, you’ll need to understand traditional liposuction first. This is a highly popular procedure, involving the use of a cannula to break up and remove stubborn fat cells. Liposuction can effectively target areas like the abdomen, hips, thighs, back, upper arms, buffalo hump and even smaller areas like under the chin. SmartLipo offers the same fat removal in the same areas, but with some added benefits!


Instead of using a cannula to break up stubborn fat cells, SmartLipo™ relies on laser energy to melt the fat. The cannula is still used to remove the destroyed fat; however, laser energy requires much less trauma on the body or the tissue, resulting in less bruising, less pain and lesser swelling for a more comfortable recovery process.


Laser-assisted liposuction like SmartLipo™ also offers skin tightening benefits by stimulating the collagen of the skin that traditional liposuction does not. If you struggle with stubborn fat SmartLipo™ might be an effective solution for you. This allows patients to receive optimal contouring improvements in one treatment.


Life after SmartLipo™

There is still some recovery after SmartLipo™, similar to traditional liposuction, however, many patients report a more comfortable process with less swelling, less pain and bruising. Once these side effects diminish, you can enjoy the slimming and tightening results of your procedure. Normal patients can usually resume activity after 3-4 days because it is also done under local anesthesia in the office as an outpatient procedure.


Once the stubborn fat is removed, to ensure long-lasting results, maintain a healthy status with diet and exercise. This is the best way to longevity with your results after SmartLipo™. You’ll want to avoid future weight gain to other areas. This can be done by following a strict diet and regular exercise routine.


Your SmartLipo™ Consultation

 The best way to ensure successful, safe and long-lasting results from your SmartLipo procedure is to choose an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Erella. During your SmartLipo™ consultation, Dr. Erella will discuss your concerns and determine if SmartLipo™, traditional liposuction, or other body contouring technique is right for you. To get started on your customized treatment plan, contact our office and schedule your consultation today.

Liposuction is a popular plastic surgery procedure in which the surgeon removes fat deposits. It can be done on its own or in conjunction with another procedure, like a tummy tuck. Liposuction can be performed almost anywhere on the body, but it is most commonly done on the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms and buttocks. At Aspira Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Austin, we are proud to offer two types of liposuction, including traditional lipo and SmartLipo™.

How Long Does It Take?

It depends. There are many variables involved, like the amount of fat removed, the location of the treated area and the type of technique used during the procedure. Combining liposuction with another procedure will, of course, extend the time.

How Much Fat Can Be Safely Removed?

Generally speaking, the surgeon cannot safely remove too many pounds of fat during a single procedure. Trying to remove too much fat at one time greatly increases the risks of complications. Furthermore, removing too much fat at one time can leave the patient with sagging and dimpled skin. If the patient wants or needs to have more than the standard amount of fat removed, they may need to schedule multiple procedures that are spaced a set amount of time apart.

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. It is a body contouring procedure for people who are basically of normal weight, but have unwanted fat deposits in certain areas.

Which is Better, Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck?

It depends on the patient. To put it simply, liposuction removes fat. If a patient has a lot of excess, sagging skin and/or weakened abdominal muscles, they would be better off getting a tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck, depending on the situation. On the other hand, if unwanted fat deposits are the patient’s only problem, they will likely benefit most from liposuction.

What Results Can I Expect?

Again, it depends. This procedure does remove fat cells, but it does not stop the aging process, and it does not stop the patient from gaining weight. If the patient does gain weight, most of the fat will go to untreated areas, so the patient will keep their new proportions for a while. Unfortunately, if they gain a lot of weight, the fat will eventually accumulate on the treated areas. That is why it is so important for patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle after their procedure. The results can be long-lasting with the proper lifestyle habits.

How Immediately Visible are the Results?

The exact recovery time depends on the techniques used and each patient’s results will vary. For example, a patient who undergoes SmartLipo™ will probably have less downtime, so they may see results sooner than someone who gets traditional lipo. During a consultation at Aspira Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Austin, you can have all your questions about liposuction answered. We happily serve clients in the Round Rock and surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Austin.