I have C sized breasts (wanting to go to a D) with moderate size areolas & nipples with a slight sag (my nipples were once pierced, stupid I know), & I have some fat near my navel & under arm I have not been able to correct with regular exercise. I am in good health, weighing 132 at 5’3.5”. I meet with a board certified surgeon who gave the OK with an est. 4 hr. surgery and have an appointment set with a another surgeon. I just wanted even more expert opinion. Thank you for your time.
Is It Safe for a Breast Augmentation, Nipple & Areola Reduction, Tummy Tuck & Underarm Lipo to Be Done in the Same Surgery?
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Combination surgical procedures?
It is your decision as to whether you have your procedures performed in one or multiple stages, but your surgeon will give his/her recommendations. I would consult with a plastic surgeon well-versed in these procedures and discuss your concerns with your surgeon and see what your options are as well as have an examination. Your safety is ultimately the most important factor and is always on the mind of your surgeon when making such decisions. Hope that this helps! Best wishes for a wonderful result!
Mommy Makeover procedures take time to perform
Mommy makeover procedures are quite lengthy and can take up to 6 hours to perform. As long as your plastic surgeon is comfortable staying under this time limit, then you can proceed.
Combined procedures and safety
There are couple considerations for multiple procedures done at the same time. Obviously, the safety should be our number one concern. With several procedures, the operative time could be very long. As operative time gets longer, complication rate (infection, bleeding) becomes higher. In addition, your recovery will be tougher with so many surgeries all over your body. Some patients may want multiple surgery in one session to avoid multiple recovery. However, it will be best to limit surgery so that the operative time is less than 6-8 hours.
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For experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons operating on good candidates, it is safe to perform more than one procedure at a time. We published a a research paper in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal in 2009 where we reviewed 268 of our mommy makeover combined operations and found no difference in complication rate from our low rate on individual procedures.
Combination procedures in one setting.
The combination of a tummy tuck with a breast augmentation is a very common operation. The nipple/areolar reduction surgery is a minor procedure which adds little risk to the above combination. Underarm liposuction is also fairly minor from a recovery standpoint. The plan sounds reasonable if you are in good health, a non-smoker, and are properly cleared from a medical standpoint for surgery. When consulting for these types of "mommy makeover" surgeries, it is never a bad idea to seek a second or third opinion.
Surgery time for Mommy Makeover Reasonable
From what you say, your health is good and you are a small patient. With this limited information and without seeing photos and examining you, I think that the planned surgery is reasonable and could be performed safely. When feasible I try to combine surgeries in one operative session. good luck
Multiple procedures safely done at one surgery
On this site, I do my best to give advice without a physical examination but I want you to know that a physical examination by a board certified physician is always the best way to get the most accurate information.
Combining multiple cosmetic procedures under the same anesthetic
It is not uncommon to combine procedures such as those mentioned during the same operation. Provided you are under the care of a board certified plastic surgeon and feel confident that you are well informed, I feel it is reasonable to proceed. It is never a bad idea to get a second opinion however. Good luck.