Is it possible to get a breast augmentation, a mini tummy tuck and a bit of Liposuction on my thighs in the same visit? My goal is to reverse signs of 3 children (droopy breasts, loose tummy) and age (a little extra fat on saddle bag area). I'd like to get it taken care of all at once. Also, what is the cost (approximately) of all 3 procedures?
Mini Tummy Tuck, Breast Augmentation, and Liposuction in One Surgery?
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Combining multiple surgeries at once.--Is it too much?
Thank you for your question.
The surgeries that you have listed are commonly performed together. There is certainly such a thing as too much surgery but this grouping is actually quite common. If you're choosing too many procedures it wants your plastic surgeon should certainly let you know.
Before embarking upon this group or any other surgeries your surgeon must be certain that you're healthy enough to be a good candidate. It is likely that your surgeon will want some blood tests to help confirm your health.
Obviously you should be as healthy as you can as well. Being at a good weight will be safer and give you a better cosmetic outcome. If you're a smoker, and I hope you're not, you should stop smoking at least three weeks prior to your surgery if not more.
The cost of each of these procedures varies widely across the country. It will really depend upon your geographic area. You should be certain that your surgeon, or the surgeons that you are entertaining give you quotations ahead of time so that you don't have any financial surprises.
Best wishes to you and your upcoming surgeries.
Tummy Tuck, Liposuction and Breast Augment Together
It is quite common to combine the above procedures, and this is often referred to as a "mommy makeover", a term that refers to correcting whatever the post pregnancy changes to the body are. Just be careful to talk to a well experienced surgeon. Most of us prefer not to do a mini-tummy tuck because for so many patients it leaves a tihtened lower abdomen and a loose or even bulin upper abdomen. there are certainly a few patients where the mini may be appropriate, but that is why you need a ood sureon to help you decide.
It is very common to proceed with these multiple procedures in one setting. But as my colleagues have suggested, you need to visit with your ASPS member surgeon for a complete evaluation of your health status, past medical history and medications. He/she will determine if you are medically safe to proceed with a combined procedure. They may also recommend further evaluation by an internist for medical clearance if that is warranted.
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Combining Breast Surgery, Tummy Tuck and Liposuction Is Safe and Saves Recovery Time
In young healthy patients combining breast procedures such as breast enlargement or a breast lift and abdominoplasty/liposuction is safe. Several good studies show no difference in the number of complications.
There is always the possibility of a blood clot forming in the leg after any tummy tuck procedure, or any surgery over 2 hours in length for that matter. While this is rare, if it occurs it could be very serious. Use of sequential compression stockings started before the anesthetic is very important on any of these procedures. There is also a growing number experts who now recommend a mild blood thinner after these procedures to help prevent this complications (this is not universally accepted)
Pain control is very important and use of a Marcain pain pump for the abdominoplasty(tummy tuck) makes this combination much easier on the patient. In my practice this has really changed the way patients recover for the better. My patients often walk in smiling the next day since we began using pain pumps.
Combining procedures saves one very valuable commodity, your time. The value of two weeks of time recovering is very high and should be part of your decision.
Finally, if you have medical problems, or smoke it may be better to separate these procedures because your risks are higher. Your surgeon should help you determine if you are a candidate for multiple procedures by doing a complete history and physical. If this was not done, seek another surgeon.
Good candidate for a mommy make over
From your description you may be a good candidate for a mommy make over. You should first be seen in consultation by a plastic surgeon who can review your risk factors and determine the best treatment plan to address your concerns.
Combining breast implants, mini-tummy tuck and liposuction
If you are in good health, combination plastic surgery procedures can be carried out safely provided it is completed in a timely fashion. These procedures can be done in 3-4 hours, which is a reasonably amount of time. The longer the procedure, the higher the risk of developing a DVT (blood clot) in your leg which could potentially migrate to your lungs.
Please be evaluated by a board certified plastic surgeon prior to scheduling a combination of plastic surgery procedures.
You may also require medical clearance prior to surgery from your internist or family practitioner.