How far in adavance should I start consulting with the plastic surgeons? How many surgeons should I plan to meet with? TIA
How Far In Advance Of Mommy Makeover To Start Consultations?
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Mommy Makeover Planning Starts as Soon As You Think About It
I love this question because it tells me that you have already made up your mind to fix the things that bother you after pregnancy. That means you have made the first step. That one is the easiest. The second is finding the right surgeon. Lastly then it comes to paying for it. Here are some guidelines for you:
Research by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has shown that on average women spend about five years thinking about getting a cosmetic procedure before they take the next step. That is followed by about ten to fifteen months of asking around about surgeons and researching them before calling for that first appointment. After those first consultations these patients moved quickly, in general getting the surgery scheduled about six to twelve weeks later. Are there reasons to wait? iI depends on what stage you are in based on this research. I tell my patients the following items:
1 You should not get breast surgery until at least three to four months after you are done breast feeding.
2 If you have toddlers at home you will not feel much like picking them up or putting them in a car seat for at least a week. Gauge your support network for that first week. If you only have your husband to help you for one day after surgery should you wait until the toddlers are older? Or get more help from your mom or your best friend?
3 Recovery is not that painful after the first few days for most women but some women are not off of narcotics for two weeks or more. Be prepared if that is you. Again judge your own pain threshold and act accordingly. Did it take weeks for you to get over your wisdom teeth extraction or just hours?
Use these guides to help you understand when to get ready for your Mommy Makeover
When to consult for a mommy makeover.
The answer to this question depends upon how far out you are from your last pregnancy, and whether you have met your weight goals prior to surgery. Results from a mommy makeover are highly dependent on the stability of your weight and changes in your breasts. You will want to be at a stable weight for at least 6 months. You will also want to be done breastfeeding and not lactating, and have noticed that your breasts have not changed in size or shape for at least 6 months. Once at this point, the recommendations for your mommy makeover can be made with much more certainty and prediction.
To decide upon a surgeon, the most reliable recommendations are usually from friends or family members who have experience with a plastic surgeon. I recommend seeing at least 3 Board Certified Plastic Surgeons. Your surgeon should take the time to listen to your goals, perform a thorough examination, and go over the details of surgery including the risks and expected recovery. You can find plastic surgeons located near you by using the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website (I've given the link below).
Web reference: http://www.plasticsurgery.org
Mommy Makeover consultations
If you are thinking about a Mommy Makeover, then it is time to start talking to a plastic surgeon. Make sure you talk to at least 2, if not 3 board certified plastic surgeons who perform body contouring procedures. Do not be surprised if you get 2 or 3 totally different opinions on the best approach for you.
It has been stated; "if you want 10 different opinions, then talk to 10 different plastic surgeons!"
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Start Mommy Makeover Consultations Early
There is no set answer to this question; it really depends on the patient and their surgical goals. I typically advise patients to meet with two or three plastic surgeons and take time getting to know them during consultation as it is very important for a patient to feel comfortable with his or her prospective surgeon. Once you find a board certified plastic surgeon whom you are comfortable with, it can take up to four to six weeks before you can schedule your surgery depending on the surgeon’s availability.
Another consideration is recovery time. A mommy makeover often includes liposuction, tummy tuck, and a cosmetic breast procedure. Since this procedure is tailored to the individual patient’s needs, every mommy makeover is different. The extent of procedures you have performed will determine your post-surgical recovery time. Therefore, I can’t tell you exactly how far in advance you should schedule your surgery, but if you have an idea of when you would like to have the procedure performed or if you’re hoping to recover by a certain time, allow at least a month or two beforehand for the consultation process.
Timing for mommy makeover consultations.
Best time to start the process is when you are finished having children, your weight has returned to "normal", you are leading a healthy lifestyle and you are ready to explore options to restore your body to its pre pregnancy state. This is usually 3-6 months after you have stopped nursing and you have incorporated core strengthening and conditioning into your daily routine. Pregnancy always stretches out your 7 abdomenal muscles so getting them back into their best shape with core strengthening is key before deciding whether your rectus muscles need to be sutured together. Often patients can restore 90-95% core muscle strength after normal pregnancies and ultimateloy do not need any muscle work at the time of abdomenal reshaping. It is probably good to get 1-3 consultations so that you better understand who will provide you with full informed consent, offer you options, perform safe surgery and take excellent postoperative care of you.
Plastic surgery consultations before mommy makeover
You should consult with several board certified plastic surgeons (American Board of Plastic Surgery) before making your decision. Choose a plastic surgeon that you are comfortable with and one who takes the time to explain all the risks and complications thoroughly. You should be in good overall health and close to your goal weight before considering this type of plastic surgery. Also be sure the facility where the procedure is performed is fully accredited.
I would start looking several weeks to months before you actually plan on having the procedure performed. Also look at as many before and after photos as possible.
A good reference is the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website for more information on qualified surgeons near you.
Web reference: http://www.williambrunomd.com
Planning for a mommy makeover
There is no specific time frame to begin your consultations but the earlier the better is always good advice since it will allow you to plan your schedule and give you the flexibility to see more doctors, loose weight if you need to, get medical clearence if indicated, etc. I think 3 months is far enough ahead of time that you should be safe. See as many doctors as you feel comfortable. I would recommend at least 2-3. Make sure you check on their user reviews, credentials, and before and after photos.
All the best,
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Consults for plastic sugery and mommy me makeover
If you are thinking of surgery , start your consults. getting the names of 2 or 3 qualified surgeons from your other doctors is a start. check on their certification, experience. plan at least 3 months in advance to get your health in order, personal arrangements and financing.
Planning for breast and tummy tuck surgery
Most patients will begin their research at home through foums such as this one. Another tried and true method is asking friends and getting personal referrals from others who have had the surgery before. Ask the nurses at your local hospitals for insight into who does these sort of surgeries. Prepare for your consultation with a list of questions to ask the doctor. You should be comfortable with the plastic surgeon. Be sure to see photos of their work. While this is no guarantee, at least you know they've done them before.
How long does this take? Maybe a month or so. The surgeon may not be able to schedule you for a month or so after your consultation, so if you want to do the surgery over a specific vacation break, definitiely start well ahead of time.
Start Planning your Mommy Makeover at Least 3 Months in Advance
The very best surgeons will usually be scheduling procedures further in advance...
Further, you don't want to be feeling rushed as you make possibly important decisions about your procedures...
I would start a few months ahead of your desired OR date by learning as much as possible about a few surgeons (there are many excellent references on how to choose a surgeon- right here on this site).
Visit 2-3, paying close attention to the feel of the office, the demeanor of the staff, the quality of the outcomes you are shown, the credentials of the facility where the procedure will be performed, as well as those of the anesthesiologist, and testimonials from other patients- always keeping in mind that no surgeon can make every single patient happy. No matter how hard you try, there is going to be a patient from time to time who refuses to accept that perfection is not possible and blames it on her surgeon.
You'll know when you've found the right situation for you.
Web reference: http://www.MommyMakeoverOrlando.com
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.
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