Having a Breast reduction on August 9th which is covered by insurance. I am 27yrs 5'5" about 176lbs with DDD cup breasts. I have 2 little boys and now left with big stretch marks and a sagging tummy. Can't afford a tummy tuck but now lately thinking I should do it with the breast reduction- how safe is this with recovery n complications? would combining eliminate extra hospital, anesthesia,etc cost and only paid out of pocket for the surgeon fee? Which do I need, mini or full tummy tuck?
Safety of Breast Reduction and Tummy Tuck Done Together? (photo)
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Safety of Breast Reduction and Tummy Tuck Combination Surgery?
Combination surgical procedures are done on a routine basis. However, it is best to evaluate each patient on an individualized basis. During this consultation process, after a complete history and physical, the SAFETY of combining these surgical procedures becomes of paramount importance. Factors such as selection of plastic surgeon, exact procedures planned, estimated blood loss, duration of surgery, recovery considerations, anesthesia provider, duration of surgery, surgery facility are all important considerations.
Simultaneous Breast Reduction and Tummy Tuck
I routinely do not perform breast reduction and abdominoplasty simultaneously because of prolonged anesthetic time beyond 6 hours. From your photographs, you certainly need a full tummy tuck, which takes approximately 3 hours. I routinely reinforce abdominoplasties with mesh on women not planning any future pregnancies. The advantage of mesh is weight reduction and maintenance of the lost weight. I do combine other procedures when the duration of the surgery is less than 6 hours to reduce patient cost.
Gary Horndeski, M.D.
Combined procedures are safe
Depending on your overall health status, combined cosmetic surgery procedures are safe. Please make sure your procedure will be performed in a fully accredited surgical facility or hospital. Make sure that your surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Also ask your PS if an overnight stay will be required/recommended. Best of luck.
Web reference: http://www.basuplasticsurgery.com
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Safety of mommy makeover surgery
Mommy makeover is usually a combination surgery of breasts and abdomen. This can be done safely as long as your are medically healthy and the surgery is performed by an experienced plastic surgeon at an accredited surgery center/hospital. Postoperative complication can be minimized by following your plastic surgeon's postoperative instructions and ambulating soon after the surgery. In regards to mini vs. full tummy tuck, you will have a better result from full tummy tuck. Good luck with your surgery and recovery.
Web reference: http://www.drkimplasticsurgery.com
Breast Reduction with Tummy Tuck
Thank you for your question. The primary advantage of performing a breast reduction with a tummy tuck is a single recovery period. It is possible to receive discounted anesthesia and facility fee rates by combining procedures. I would only recommend this if you are set on having a tummy tuck at some point in the near future.
In regards to your abdomen, you will most definitely require a full tummy tuck. I find the muscle repair portion of this procedure to involve the most soreness. I would recommend 3 weeks off work and 6 weeks before return to normal activity if you perform both procedures.
I wish you a safe and healthy recovery.
Web reference: http://www.drpaulgill.com
Tummy tucks and breast reductions can be done together
but your doctor should really help guide you through this. A traditional breast reduction using an anchor incision will decrease blood supply to your tummy and potentially contribute to complications. Vertical lollipop reductions would certainly be safer.
In addition, traditional tummy tucks with wide undermining places you at increased risks for complications and a lipoabdominoplasty procedure with discontinuous undermining would certainly be better at preserving your blood supply.
Facilities will charge their cosmetic fees so the main advantage of doing them together would be one anesthesia at potentially increased risks for blood clots in your legs. Doing them separately would allow revisions of your first procedure during the second procedure.
Breast Reduction/Tummy Tuck
Combining a reduction and a tummy tuck is safe for someone who is young and healthy, and you appear to be both.
Doing the two procedures at the same time will likely end up being more expensive than doing them separately for a number of reasons. Save your out-of-pocket money and have your tummy tuck done at a different setting...You would probably get the best result with a full tummy tuck.
Hope this helps,
Breast reduction and tummy tuck insurance coverage
Insurance may cover the breast reduction but they will not cover operating room, anesthesia or surgery costs for the tummy tuck. If you do not have the money to cover for tummy tuck done separately it is unlikely that you will be able to pay for the uncovered portions of the operation. The insurance companies will not allow you to piggy back cosmetic surgery into covered medically necessary surgery at their expense.
It is usually best to do the belly before the breasts because if you do the belly later the tummy tuck tends to displace the breasts downward.
My response to your question/post does not represent formal medical advice or constitute a doctor patient relationship. You need to consult with i.e. personally see a board certified plastic surgeon in order to receive a formal evaluation and develop a doctor patient relationship.
Breast Reduction and Tummy Tuck?
First, you need a full tummy tuck. Second, If you can't afford it now, figure out a way to save so you can have it in the future.
Web reference: http://www.cosmeticsurgerybaltimore.com/
If you are a low risk for surgery and the surgery is not extensive, then tummy tuck and breast reduction can be done at the same
Thank you for your question and the photographs.
If you are a low risk for surgery and the surgery is not extensive, then tummy tuck and breast reduction can be done at the same time.
If you are a high risk for the surgery or the surgery is more involved, then it may be safer to separate the surgeries by 3-6 months. You do not want to get a DVT. If you are everweight, then you are at risk of DVT or even worse an pulmonary embolus.
To be sure, see two or more board-certified plastic surgeons in your area for a full and complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have surgery.
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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