I am a 29 year old mother of 3 and nervous about the risks of Mommy Makeover. Any suggestions?
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Risks of Having Mommy Makeover Surgery
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.
In healthy non-smokers mommy makeover surgery is quite safe.
Planning a mommy make-over with lowest possible risks
- Congratulations on your weight loss and your lovely family!
- Ask your surgeon to calculate your DVT risk.
- Exparel (a long acting local anesthetic) will help because you have less pain and can walk easily from the start.
- A walker will help you get around.
- Having 2 separate operations instead of one long one helps to lower the risk as well.
- Anticoagulation after surgery is possible as well - but the risks of bleeding generally outweigh the risk of DVT/PE in low risk patients.
Hope you found this answer helpful. Best wishes.
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Risk Of Blood Clots & PE of Mommy Makeover
Your Nervousness is understandable. The risks given your active lifestyle and not being on pills or a smoker are much less than many other patients. Adequate precautions are now taken to prevent these rare but serious risks. These includes use of mechanical pumps and sometimes medications as well as early ambulation. The protocols for these preventive measures are well established. Once all the precautions are taken in your situation the chances of your having any of these complications are extremely rare.
All The Best.
It is normal to feel anxious before an elective procedure as well as excited. You are asking the right questions, of course. The risk factors in general of getting a deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs) that can break off and travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolism), previous history of DVT, operation under general anesthesia over 30 minutes, use of birth control pills and prolonged bed rest are well known. From your description of yourself, you sound young and healthy to do this procedure, and it is a combination that we do frequently in my own practice. It is important that you discuss with your board certified surgeon that kind of protection would be employed. In our own center, everyone who goes to sleep regardless of how low risk they might be, have sequential compressive hose placed on their calves during surgery and in the postop period that squeeze the calves every 10-15 seconds so that blood does not stagnate and set up for blood clots. Some people also employ low-dose blood thinners, but we prefer not to over treat with this method as it increases the chance of postoperative bleeding and hematomas (blood collections in the operative site). Early ambulation is also very important in the postoperative period. Though no one can guarantee absolute elimination of complications, this offers you the safest way to proceed.
I hope this has been helpful.
Robert D. Wilcox, MD
Young Mother Anxious About Surgery
In addition to the actual surgery itself, your recovery is something you'll need to consider carefully. Having adequate help with the children will be essential for any surgery, and in particular a multiple procedure surgery such as a Mommy Makeover that might include Tummy Tuck and other procedures. I've attached an article you may find helpful that addresses healing.
I wish you luck in exploring your Mommy Makeover and applaud you for taking the time to do your homework!