Is a mommy TOTAL makeover safe?

I am looking into getting a mommy makeover which would consist of a fat transfer to buttocks, liposuction, tummy tuck, and breast augmentation. Is having all these procedures done at once safe? What kind of recover time would I be looking at?

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MMO Safe

We do 5 to 10 MMOs per week.
We make sure you are ready for surgery first. We do blood work and if you are 50 or older, our cardiologist will  perform a physical examination.
Expect to stay at the hospital or hotel for 6 nights. You must rest as much as possible the first 2 weeks.
After that you may go back to work, if your job does not involve lifting weights over 5 lbs or bending.
You can usually start exercising gradually 6 weeks after surgery.

Safety in surgery

A mommy makeover consisting of fat transfer, TT, BA, and liposuction is safe if it is done safely on a safe candidate.    Go have a complete physical examination with appropriate blood work.    See consultation for surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.   Insist on surgery in a fully certified OR certified by Quad A or in a hospital.  Have help for the first week after surgery.    Take your physical examination to all consultations.   Surgery is safe if done by safe surgeons in safe facilities and with safe patients and safe peri operative care.  Do your homework and do not be impulsive.   Do not fall for hype or cheap prices.   You will get what you pay for.   Think and think again.  My Best Dr C

Is a Mommy Makeover Procedure Safe

The Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures to bring a woman’s body back to the way she looked prior to pregnancy. Most commonly some variation of a #TummyTuck and #BreastSurgery are performed. Additional procedures can include liposuction, umbilical hernia repair.  The most common #breastprocedures include #mastopexy or #breastlift, #breastaugmentation, or #breastreduction.    

All surgical procedures carry some degree of #risk. Always discuss your issues and concerns with the Plastic Surgeon during and following your consultation. Information that you read online may not apply to your personal situation. The suitability of your procedures and any specific risks may be determined during you #consultation.

#Combining these procedures decreases anesthetics, costs, and recovery time.  Most importantly, your procedures should be performed by a #PlasticSurgeon who is board-certified and has a great deal of experience specializing in cosmetic #surgery. You will then greatly improve your chances of getting the result you desire, and, without the need for a revision surgery. It is suggested that you look at before and after photos of the surgeons actual patients, and read patient reviews. Gathering all of this information will help you make a well-informed decision. 
All surgical procedures carry some degree of #risk. Always discuss your issues and concerns with the Plastic Surgeon during and following your consultation. Information that you read online may not apply to your personal situation.
It is imperative you select a plastic surgeon who is #board-certified and has a great deal of experience with the procedures included with a Mommy Makeover. . Aside from checking board-certification, it is suggested that you look at before and after photos of the surgeons actual patients, and read patient reviews. Gathering all of this information will help you make a well-informed decision.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Is Total Mommy Makeover Safe?

Having multiple procedures done at the same time can be safe, despite the fact that the risk of complications goes up when operations are added to abdominoplasty. Which procedures are safe to be performed at the same time needs to be determined on a case by case basis. I consider abdominoplasty, breast augmentation and perhaps a two-area liposuction appropriate for an outpatient surgery. Alternatively these procedures can be performed at a hospital or care facility where closer post surgery observation can be warranted.

James Green, MD
Santa Fe Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Mommy Makeover Considerations

O.K., so you are finished having children, you have spent all of your time caring for others and now it is time to take a few days off to take care of yourself. What are the issues when considering a mommy makeover.

  1. Safety - anytime you undergo an elective cosmetic procedure, safety should be first and most important consideration. In considering this aspect, surgical time is critical. Never consider an elective surgery that takes any longer than 5-6 hours. If you are combining procedures, limit the combination to finish under this time. Another important part of safety is the surgeon - pick a board certified plastic surgeon who is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.
  2. Best Outcomes - Tummy tucks come in different varieties (min-tuck, full tummy tuck, reverse tummy tuck). A simple rule of thumb is to insure that any combined liposuction includes the flanks and back so that the desired shape is achieved. The choice of tuck will be determined by your physical needs. A full tummy tuck is ideal for woman with excess skin and fat above and below the belly button. A mini-tuck is ideal for those with excess skin and fat below the belly button. The reverse tuck is ideal for those with excess skin and fat above the belly button. In the end, my gold standard technique is the High Lateral tension Tummy Tuck with flank liposuction As for the breasts, if you are sagging and need volume, my Tear Drop Augmentation Mastopexy is a great choice.
For more information on the breast surgery options,please read my book "Cosmetic Breast Surgery - A Complete Guide From A to Double D".

Robert M. Freund, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Safety of total mommy make-over

Thank you for asking about your mommy make-over plus BBL.

This is a popular combined operation but your question is very reasonable.
  • A breast augmentation, liposuction of flanks and a tummy tuck is a standard reasonable procedure - it has somewhat elevated risks because of the length of surgery plus tummy tuck risk of blood clots.
  • Many surgeons add a more extensive liposuction and BBL at the same time.
  • Many do not - but separate the two, doing the BBL and liposuction first for safety and better results.
  • The reasons are first, that if you lie on your back after fat transfers, they are less likely to survive and you must lie on your back after a tummy tuck and breast augmentation.
  • And second, it makes the procedure even longer, raising your risks a bit further. 
  • The combination is ill-advised if you have any health issues.
  • And personally, I feel that women with young children are wise to separate the procedures - serious complications are rare but it is always good to minimize your risk when children need you to be there!
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Hope you found this answer helpful. Best wishes.

Is a mommy TOTAL makeover safe?

Dear kiharris

If you think of surgery in terms of probability, there are factors that impact the safety of your surgery. Your overall health, your Body mass index and the length of your operative time are important variables in determining your operative risks. The lower your BMI, the shorter the surgery, the less risk of complications.
You should have a discussion about your case and your individual risks factors with your surgeon. In general, this group of procedures can be done together with reasonable safety.

Afshin Parhiscar, MD
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Is a mommy TOTAL makeover safe?

A mommy makeover can safely be performed, in the right patient.  First, you should check with your primary doctor to see if there are any health issues which could contribute to a higher risk of complication in you case.  Be certain to let your surgeon of all you health problems and any family history of health problems,especially any history of thrombophlebitis.   If you are a smoker, you should quit completely several weeks before the surgery.  Be certain to follow your surgeons instructions and let hem/her immediately know of any problems you may be having after the procedure.  Early ambulation and hourly deep breathing exercises are also important and will help reduce risks.  Best wishes, Dr. Lepore. 

Vincent D. Lepore, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

Is a mommy TOTAL makeover safe?

Generally speaking, combination surgical procedures are done routinely. However, you are wise in being concerned about the safety of combination surgery.
It is best to evaluate each patient's suitability for combination surgery 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. Plastic surgeon, anesthesia provider, duration of surgery, surgery facility all important considerations. Your best bet: choose your plastic surgeon very carefully; everything else including good judgment/advice/planning, anesthesia provider and safe surgery facility will follow. Best wishes.

Multiple procedures

Thank you for your question.  Combining the procedures for the "Mommy makeover" you are describing is something we do quite often to produce excellent overall results.  Scheduling a consultion with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your desired overall look and create the surgical plan that works best for you is something you may wish to consider.  In regards to recovery,  each procedure does have their own unique set of instructions, which is another question to discuss with your surgeon during your consultation.

Best regards,
Dr. Lane F Smith, MD
Plastic Surgeon
Las Vegas, NV

Lane Smith, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 84 reviews

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