30 Questions to Ask Prospective Surgeons at Your Mommy Makeover Consultations

  • 1 year ago

A mommy makeover can be a total game changer in the way you view your body, the clothes you wear, and how you feel. It's also a big deal -- a long surgery with a much longer recovery. You want to make sure you're up on what to expect before surgery day.

Here's a list of questions to ask at your consultation(s). Please add others you can think of in the comments section:

1. Are you board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery? What societies do you belong to?

2. Do you have plastic surgery privileges at a well-respected local hospital?

3. May I see before and after photos?

4. May I talk to your previous patients about the surgery?

5. Where will my procedure be performed?

6. Are the facilities you use nationally accredited?

7. Do you use board certified MD anaesthesiologists?

8. Are you easy to get a hold of after surgery if I have questions or concerns?

9. Will I see you during every visit?

10. Where do you get most of your patients from?

11. How many mommy makeovers do you do?

12. What can I expect during recovery-every detail from swelling and bruising, to when will I have a complete recovery?

13. Who sees me after surgery to change dressings etc.?

14. Have you had a malpractice judgments against you? 

15. Am I a good candidate for a mommy makeover?

16. Are there less invasive or even non-surgical techniques that could fulfill (or perhaps partially, but adequately, fulfill) my needs?

17. What procedures are in place to deal with an emergency?

18. What supplies/compression garments will I need post-op? Which of these do you provide?

19. Am I at the optimal weight to get the best results from a mommy makeover, or would losing more weight improve my results?

20. What about scar placement? How low will you make the tummy tuck incision?

21. Do you use pain pumps? Why or why not?

22. Do you plan to do muscle repair on me?

23. What sort of implants do you recommend and why?

24. What size implants would be best for my body and where do you place the implant incisions?

25. Do you recommend a breast lift as well?

26. What will my belly button look like after surgery?

27. Can you get rid of my stretch marks/piercings/tattoos?

28. Are there any supplements you recommend before or after surgery to help me heal?

29. What about anti-nausea meds and antibiotics?

30. How long until I can get back to my normal routine?

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Great info ... Thanks sis
Perfect information!
If you are having a lift and the doctor is removing breast tissue during the procedure ask if they can send the tissue to pathology to be tested. My doctor offered to do this and I would have never thought to ask but I am glad he did. my mother had breast cancer and was diagnosed at 39. I am 33. This is the only time I've had access to breast tissue for it to be tested. It's an additional charge but worth it.
Thank you very much! Will do!
Great questions! Thanks!!
Hi Angie, these questions are great! I wish I had seen them before my procedures. This list is really complete! I can't think of anything to add. Excellent resource for people considering the operations. Thank you for doing this!
Thanks so much for your input!
Thanks for the list, this is great, I've had my consult, but I'm sure going back to go ask some of these questions. Thanks again.
This is a very helpful guide. Look at the before and after photos of the belly button. There should be no scars around the belly button, and a belly button should look natural with no fillies in the upper abdomen. Don't feel pressured to have all surgery at once. It is generally safe to do so, and many women like the idea of a single recovery, but staging the procedure is fine. Don't ever allow anyone to make you feel pressured.
I'm not familiar with what fillies is/are?
This is a great compliation!! Thx hun
Awesome! Thanks!
Very helpful. Thanks
Very helpful
Thanks this is great !
Extremely helpful
A MM is such an exciting time and I only thought positive things and how great this was going to be. One question that is important is "what about revisions"? When can they be done and what determines the need? What about cost?
Great questions! I also asked my doc if he could remove one of my moles on my back for me that has gotten large and ugly, as well as an unsightly red bump on my chest. He said he could for no additional charge!


ahh good to know! Guess you never know till ya ask ;)