The mommy makeover
is one of the larger procedures performed in cosmetic surgery. When this
procedure is undertaken, safety should always be a priority. The pre-operative
evaluation varies from patient to patient and depends on a variety of factors.
The starting point
is a comprehensive history and physical examination. Depending on the findings
of this evaluation additional studies and consultation may be necessary before
proceeding with surgery.
recommend a mammogram on any patient over forty years of age. An EKG is
performed on anyone older then fifty. Laboratory studies are performed on an
individual basis and depend upon the medical evaluation. The vast majority of
patients have CBC’s and pregnancy tests.
In many cases
consultation with cardiology, pulmonology and endocrinology are appropriate
based on the patient’s medical history.
It’s important to
remember that cosmetic procedures like the mommy makeover are still major operative
procedures that have associated risks. For this reason, safety should be
everyone’s first priority.