A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a popular procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the abdominal area. For many patients, the procedure tightens and restores the stomach muscles back to their former shape and positioning. Benefits of a tummy tuck include a smoother, firmer midsection with improved overall contour. And with a very low scar, chances are no one will be able to tell you ever had the procedure done.
Because of the abundant, often drastic results a tummy tuck can provide, women undergoing the procedure often want to take it a step further and undergo a full body makeover. This leads to the question: Can I combine a tummy tuck with another procedure?
The short answer: YES! Highly trained plastic surgeons, like those at Mia Aesthetics, perform tummy tucks in conjunction with other procedures on a daily basis. This is typically referred to as a mommy makeover, and can include other procedures such as liposuction, a breast augmentation, a breast lift or even a breast reduction.
Below are factors to consider when deciding if you’d like to undergo additional procedures along with your tummy tuck.
1. Are you in Good Health?
Your health is a big indicator of whether or not you should undergo additional procedures along with your tummy tuck. This is because with multiple procedures, you will be on the operating table for a longer period of time and will also have a longer recovery. You want to make sure you are a non-smoker and do not suffer from any serious medical conditions. Those who are younger and in relatively good shape are better candidates due to a lower chance of incurring complications during surgery. Additionally, more able-bodied individuals will likely fare better during recovery, which can sometimes be challenging depending on a person’s pain tolerance and overall temperament. You and your doctor can discuss your health history and decide whether you are a good candidate for undergoing a tummy tuck along with another procedure.
2. What Will the Extent and Intensity of Your Surgery be Like?
A tummy tuck can be combined with other procedures, but it is important to consider the extent of your surgery. Some patients’ tummy tucks are more extensive than others, depending on the amount of skin that needs to be removed. If you are undergoing an extensive procedure, it might be best to consider spacing your procedures out in order to allow enough healing time for your body. Your doctor will be able to assess how extensive your tummy tuck will be and help you decide if you should combine procedures or wait it out.
3. Do you Have Adequate Time to Recover?
Because combining a tummy tuck with another procedure will result in a longer recovery time, you need to make sure you will be able to take all the time you need to rest and fully recuperate. Is your job flexible with your hours? Do you have small children? Can you arrange childcare during this time? All of these questions should be considered before you decide to combine your tummy tuck with additional procedures to ensure you will have all the tools needed during your recovery time.
4. Does Your Surgeon Have Experience in Mommy Makeovers?
Because combining a tummy tuck with additional procedures is a longer, more detailed surgery, you want to make sure you are going with a surgeon who has adequate experience in mommy makeovers. Consult with your surgeon and ask any questions you may have, including the expected length of the procedure and if you can see before and after photos. Your surgeon should make you feel comfortable and confident in your decision.
These factors can help you decide if you are a good candidate for a mommy makeover or if you should space your procedures out. Remember: the goal of plastic surgery is to give you the body of your dreams in a safe, comfortable setting. Choosing the right plan for you will guarantee your dream results along with maintaining your health and safety.