If a person had a major surgery, how long should they wait to have a cosmetic procedure?

I just had total hip replacement . How much time should I allow to pass before having a mommy make over?

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Mommy Makeover After Hip Surgery

You will need to be mobile before considering cosmetic surgery.  Discuss your medical history with your plastic surgeon.  Most likely, he will want a medical clearance from your orthopedic surgeon.  

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Meeting Surgical Criteria

There are two major factors that play into whether or not you are ready for a cosmetic procedure:

1) You should receive medical clearance from your orthopedic surgeon who performed your hip replacement surgery stating that you are healthy enough and physically capable enough to undergo another procedure.

2) You should perform a personal evaluation and put serious thought into whether you FEEL ready to undergo another major operation. You know your body better than anyone else, and going into a surgery without being 100% mentally and physically prepared sets you up for a difficult recovery. Just make sure that you are feeling prepared and ready to endure another healing process. 

John W. Tyrone, MD
Gainesville Plastic Surgeon
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Mommy makeover following hip surgery

Hi and thanks for the question.

The answer to your question is going to depend on a number of factors including your overall health, and how your hip surgery went, including recovery. You're going to want to be mobile before you plan your cosmetic surgery.  I would confer with your orthopedic surgeon to get their opinion on the risk factors, and then relay this information to your plastic surgeon.

Good luck,

Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS

Glenn Vallecillos, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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If a person had a major surgery, how long should they wait to have a cosmetic procedure?

Thank you for your question. This will really depend on your overall health and how well the hip replacement surgery went. Provided that you are otherwise healthy and your hip replacement surgery went well, I would target approximately 8 weeks after surgery to plan for your mommy makeover procedure. With that being said, you will absolutely need to have your blood counts checked prior to the surgery to guarantee that you are fully recovered before another procedure is performed. Best of luck to you!

Mommy make-over...how soon after a hip replacement?

Thank you for asking about your mommy make-over.
  • A very good question -
  • Your orthopedic surgeon has to have the last word -
  • But it should not be until you have fully regained hip motion, all pain is gone and you are at least 3 months after surgery. Most people dont' feel ready until 6 months afterwards.
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How Long To Wait After Major Surgery

Thank you for your question. Recovery time after major surgery depends on the individual having surgery and the type of surgery that the individual undergoes. You want to give yourself enough time to recover from this major surgery completely before having a mommy makeover. In your case, this most likely includes physical therapy to be sure that you are safe for elective surgery. This may take 3-6 months but may vary depending on your recovery progress. Good luck to you.

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If a person had a major surgery, how long should they wait to have a cosmetic procedure?


Thank you for your question, 3 - 6 months would be much safer as complete recovery is needed also best to follow up with your surgeon.

Surgery timing

The answer depends on how you recover from hip surgery, your medical history, and current health status.  You will want clearance from your orthopedic surgeon before considering further procedures.  If all goes smoothly, you should probably be able to proceed after approximately 3 months.

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Mommy makeover surgery after a hip replacement.

You should be totally recovered in ambulatory after your hip surgery. Six months is probably more than adequate and would have to be signed off with the approval of the orthopedic surgeon.

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