How Long is the Surgery for a Combined Mini Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation?

What factors would prevent having a mini tummy tuck and breast augmentation together? If patients have had no prior surgery, would it be recommended to just have one surgery at a time then? Is the type of breast augmentation the biggest factor?

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Mini Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation Surgery: A Mommy Makeover!

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A breast augmentation and a tummy tuck (full or mini) is frequently done at the same time and is called a Mommy Makeover. The surgery takes about 4 hours and for both procedures you can have rapid recovery protocol that minimizes your down time. With rapid recovery, NO Drain protocol for both procedures the recovery will be 24 to 36 hours. You are not healed but you will be able to get out and do things at that point.

I hope that helps.

Best regards.

Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

Combination Surgery of Abdominoplasty and Breast Augmentation

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These procedures can be performed in a 3-3 ½ hour range by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with experience and expertise in body contouring. This combination is a very safe operative procedure. I generally keep my patients in our extended post operative recovery hotel for at least 24 hours to monitor them for patient safety and comfort.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon

Combining Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation Often the Best Choice

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Breast implant and Tummy Tuck Often Performed Together.
Different surgeons will recommend different procedures including doing more than one at a time. Some surgeons also differ in ability, time it takes to do the same procedure and general. It makes this a difficult choice for patients. Based on my own experience I would do all at once as long as it takes 4 or less hours. Surgeons should never perform elective operations that they are uncomfortable performing or feel unwise for them, nor should they be faulted for doing so. However, for me, I typically perform a tummy tuck and breast augmentation and lift (mastopexy) at the same time and usually takes about 3-4 hours so I recommend this be done in one surgery and this is what many refer to a Mommy Makeover.

Not only that,if you did not need a breast lift, I usually place breast implants(saline and silicone) through a full  Tummy Tuck and saline implants through a mini TT incision. I  prefer this technique. Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation Combination makes sense and is safe. Contrary to some of the answers I have found that the recovery time is not delayed and is the same as the tummy tuck procedure by itself. That is because you are healing simultaneously and not sequentially - both heal at the same time. The procedure only takes me about a half hour to 45 minutes longer than the tummy tuck alone. Best of all, I usually put in the breast implants through the tummy tuck incision so that there are no scars on the breasts.
I have performed many of these combination procedures over the past few decades and think it is a great idea without significant increased complications

Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tuck Together is Common

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The combination of Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tuck is quite common and popular and is one type of "Mommy Makeover."

There are no typical factors that would prevent doing these two procedures together, and there are many advantages to combining the two procedures (rather than separately): less cumulative anesthesia time, less cost, less total recovery time and convenience of a single operation and recovery.

As with all elective surgery, your plastic surgeon should asses you as a good candidate for the specific procedures, most appropriate techniques and safest execution of planned procedures/anesthesia/setting.

The combined procedures will generally fall within the range of 2-4hours, depending on the specific techniques/procedures selected, as well as the speed of the surgeon, but the surgeon's speed should not be the most important factor in your consideration: your surgeon's good judgment, skill, experience, diligence and caring are far more important for your excellent outcome.

Paul C. Zwiebel, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

A breast augmentation and mini-tummy tuck would take about 2 hours to perform.

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Combination procedures are fairly common in aesthetic surgery.  Body work often addresses problems with the breast and abdomen.  Mini tummy tucks, however, are seldom indicated.

Breast Augmentation and Mini-Tummy Tuck

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Everything depends on your anatomy. With very little asymmetry in your breasts and a relatively normal appearence preoperatively, the augmentation should take less then 1 hour. A mini-abdominoplasty should also be around an hour. So 2 hours of surgery time is the average. Add in to that anesthesia time of 30 minutes before and after as well as preoperative evaluation by the anesthesiologist and recovery room time, the total time will be around 4 hours.

Breast augmentation and mini-tummy tucks

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Breast augmentation with a mini-tummy tuck is  a very popular combination in this age of "mommy makeovers."   The length of time for the surgery can vary with each surgeon and with the individual requirements of the patient.  A reasonable time range is  2 to 3-1/2 hours. 

Bruce E. Genter, MD, FACS
Abington Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Mini-tummy tuck and breast implants in Cleveland

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A mini-tummy tuck and breast augmentation can be safely performed in one operation as long as the patient is healthy.  Altogether the surgeries take 2.5 to 3 hours to perform which is a safe amount of time to be under anesthesia for healthy patients.  I do not routinely admit patients overnight for this procedure.  By combining the two procedures patients have only one recovery period which minimizes time off work.  Together these surgeries create a nice improvement in body shape and restore a patient's figure to her pre-baby form.    Of course it is important to make sure that a mini-abdominoplasty is truly indicated and that it will meet the patient's expectations.  A full abdominoplasty is often the procedure of choice.  Only your surgeon can make that determination.

Jason E. Leedy, MD
Cleveland Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 148 reviews

Mini-tummy tuck and breast augmentation

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Abdominal surgery and breast augmentation are very popular procedures that can often be combined.  I am not a big fan of a mini-tummy tuck, because for most patients they need a full tummy tuck.  But to determine what would be best for you, a full exam is essential. 

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Breast augmentation and mini tummy tuck, about three to four hours

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For most surgeons the combination of a mini tummy tuck and breast augmentation is a safe procedure that will take about three to four hours, well within a safe range for an office based procedure.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

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