What Tests Should I Get Before Mommy Makeover Surgery?

My PS doesn't require any blood work or any tests before surgery but after reading several doctors answers it seems it may be safer to have this done.

I'm having BA, BL, and full TT. I'm 116lbs, 5'0 and healthy as far as I know. I also just had my third c-section 6 months ago. My PS is telling me he can preform all of this in four hours and I would like to know: if I have a medical work up on my own what tests you all normally require your patients to have done.

Doctor Answers 23

Pre-operative tests needed for a Mommy Makoever

For Mommy Makeover surgery, we tailor the specific combination of procedures to the individual desires, concerns, and health of the patient. A detailed history and physical are performed and additional lab tests ordered, if required. These may include a CBC, Chem 7, pregnancy test, EKG but are determined by individual health of the patient. The majority of moms I operate on are fairly healthy, so I tend to minimize the additional lab tests required. Since this is a child-bearing age population, I will always investigate pregnancy status before surgery, either with a urine pregnancy test or by history of a tubal ligation or hysterectomy.  Certain medical conditions require additional lab tests pre-operatively and that will be determined by your surgeon.

Nashville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

Medical clearance very important for safety before mommy makeover.


Get another consultation.  I cannot understand going ahead with a mommy makeover without at least a good history and physical exam and some basic blood tests.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Preop tests prior to Mommy Makeover

I agree with the other consultants that the pre-op tests can include lab work as well as possibly EKGs (electrocardiogram).  In my practice, a "mommy makeover" is designed to restore the parts which pregnancy stretches out, generally the breasts and tummy.  Even before scheduling a case, we take a detailed history and physical exam, looking for conditions which may make the patient a "higher risk" candidate or predict a longer recovery. For example, motion sickness is sometimes a risk factor for post-op nausea.  As a rule, I won't offer a tummy tuck to an active smoker, because the chances of delayed wound healing are quite high.  In addition to the labs mentioned above, I inform active smokers that if their urine tests positive for nicotine, their surgery will be postponed. 

If in doubt, consult with your family doctor or OB, who may be able to assist you with pre-op clearance. As exciting as it will be to reclaim your prepregnancy body, you want to have a safe passage through surgery and recovery.  Good luck.

Lavinia K. Chong, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

Preoperative testing for surgery

The usual tests before surgery include a CBC and history and physical.  If you have any other medical problems, you may need further testing.

Jeffrey E. Schreiber, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 203 reviews

Mommy Makeover and Pre-Operative Testing

Based on the anesthesia guidelines for surgery, if you are healthy and have no history of illnesses or bleeding problems that could cause problems with anesthesia, then there is no need for any pre-operative testing. The screening health questions your surgeon should have you complete as well as the in person screening your surgeon should do will determine if you have any issues that require testing prior to a surgery like a tummy tuck and breast augmentation and or a breast lift; a tummy tuck.

I hope that helps.

Best regards.

Brian Windle, MD
Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

Preoperative Evaluation Before Mommy Makeover Surgery

         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.


         We generally 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. 

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Pre op testing prior to surgery.

Hello. If it would make you feel comfortable pre surgery, I would say meet with your primary care physician to be cleared for surgery. The common routine is labs, EKG, and chest xray. Best of luck.

Jaime Perez, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 74 reviews

Mommy Makeover

There is no harm in having the tests done if you would like to.  Discus with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and they can assist you in obtaining the order.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Medical clearance and tests prior to surgery

In order to avoid any complications intra-operatively and post-surgery, your board certified plastic surgeon reviews your personal physical and medical history to determine which specific tests you should undergo prior to proceeding with surgery. In my office, mammograms are recommended for any female patient at the age of 40. EKGs and medical clearance from a primary care physician is mandatory at the age of 50 and above. Blood work may be required based on the patient’s medical history. At the very minimum, I would recommend a hemoglobin and pregnancy test.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,462 reviews

What Tests Should I Get Before Mommy Makeover Surgery?

Although we all KNOW that surgery involves risk, many non-surgeons fail to appreciate the futile tragedy of how risk can be greatly reduced through a good history taking, a physical examination and by taking certain tests.

Most surgeons would agree that every menstruating woman should have a pregnancy test to preclude exposing an early pregnancy to anesthesia agents. Many would check the blood levels (hematocrit) on all patients and get at least an EKG and chest film on women 50 and over to pick up silent heart and lung diseases. A history of excessive bleeding or the opposite blood clots or multiple miscarriages or deaths in the family should prompt a consultation with a Hematologist.

Lastly, you state your surgeon promised you he can do a full Tummy Tuck with a Breast Augmentation and Lift within 4 hours. Although this is possible, in my experience, most such surgical supermen are either fibbing or are taking major short-cuts at the expense of the quality of the final result.

Dr. Peter A Aldea 

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 105 reviews

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