A Mommy Makeover provide a wonderful transformation for a woman. Be sure to view many photos to be certain that your plastic surgeon can demonstrate their abilities, and that you share the same aesthetic sensisbilities. A link to my mommy makeover before and after gallery is below. Please also visit the tummy tuck, breast augmentation and breast lift pages.
The anesthesia experience is critical to a safe and comfortable surgical experience. A board certified anesthesiologist can administer general or MAC anesthesia. My preference is to have a board-certified anesthesiologist at the bedside of my patients for the duration of surgery. Pain control is very important for providing people a recovery as comfortable as possible. Intra operative pain control using Exparel and / or pain pumps help patients with comfort after surgery. It is very rare for my patients to require narcotic mediciations following surgery.
The best recovery will come from finding the best plastic surgeon for you and following his or her instructions very carefully. Take your time researching your surgeon and be sure you are 100% confident with the doctor's training, results and the certified surgical suite where your surgery will be performed.
The following are a few things that can distinguish some surgeons from others
1) Graduating from a top tier medical school at the top of their class.
2) Membership in Alpha Omega Alpha. THis is the medical honors society. Alpha Omega Alpha is to medicine what Phi Beta Kappa is to letters
3) Formal surgical training from prestigious medical universities. The minimum number of years of surgical training for plastic surgeons to be bord certified in five years. Some physicians have as many as ten years of formal surgical training. There simply is no substitute for stelar academic and practical surgical training.
4) Very experienced surgeons with meticulous surgical technique and natural looking outcomes will have photgraphic evidence of their work. Patients should be able to view many photos of the surgery of interest, photgraphed from three different perspectives all with similar lighting, distance from the camera and cropping
The elite experience extends beyond the surgeon to the facility, and the surgical team. You should be able to see the surgical theater and know who else will be in the OR with you during surgery. The Joint Commission (JCAHO) is an organization that provides certification to hospital OR's. The Joint Commission and AAAASF are two of the organizations that can provide certification to surgical suites. Some plastic surgeons elect to have their surgery centers dually certified.
Plastic surgeons who cater to high profile individuals who place a high value on privacy will have a private first floor entrance and exit so patients never need to be in a public lobby or elevator for pre-operative or post operative visits.
Many, many women have both breast surgery and abdominoplasty together, but if you have reservations about doing this all at once, you can stage the procedures. Even if you do have the procedures together, look very closely at each individual procedures and be sure the plastic surgeon you select can demonstrate through photographs many, many examples of the kind of results you want. There is often a very significant "wow" factor in a mommy makeover as the changes can be so significant. Look at the details. The objective of most of my patients is to look more like they did before pregnancy, but looking natural is of the utmost importance.
After checking a surgeon’s background, training and experience look at before and after photos. Scars around the belly button or unnatural looking belly buttons are a dead giveaway of a tummy tuck. There should NOT be visible scars around the belly button. Fullness in the upper abdomen is a result that would not be the ideal for most patients. Plastic surgeons who are unable to create natural looking belly buttons, or who rush through surgery without addressing upper abdominal fullness may charge lower prices than plastic surgeons who have the training, ability and interest in providing the very best possible result.
Breast augmentation should be in proportion with the rest of the body and breasts should be placed in such a way that the result looks and feels natural. Even appropriately sized breast implants can look unnatural is they are too high on the chest wall, too far apart or too close together.
If you are very concerned about a recovery, you could stage the procedure. The biggest savings is in taking less time off work for women who work outside the home. Most surgeons will offer a reduced fee for secondary procedures as a way to show patient appreciation and also as a means for not making patients feel pressured into more surgery than they feel comfortable undergoing at one time.
I believe patients are more comfortable staying in our facility overnight with two nurses providing round the clock care the first night after surgery. I believe it provides peace of mind for patients and their family.