Tucson Mommy Makeover Combo Surgery Information, Benefits and Risks

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What is a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover is a combination of surgical procedures that improve the appearance of the breast and body in one surgery. A mommy makeover removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen, tightens the abdominal muscles and reshapes the breasts, giving them a more youthful appearance. Each patient is unique so every procedure is specially designed to meet your particular needs.

When is a mommy makeover used?

A mommy makeover is best for people that are young, healthy and within their normal weight range. People who have the most success from a mommy makeover are women who have excess abdominal skin and fat who have also lost the volume and shape of their breasts from having children or significant weight loss.

What is involved at a consultation for a mommy makeover?

When you come in for your initial consultation, you will meet with Dr. Maloney and Lindsay, the clinical coordinator. Maloney Plastic Surgery is one of the only practices in Tucson, Arizona to offer VECTRA 3D (three-dimensional) technology to our patients. One of the first things we will do at your consultation is use VECTRA imaging technology to take a 3D image of your body. This exciting technology will perform exact breast measurements for us to determine which implants will work best for you and your breast and if you need a lift. It will also tell us if one breast is smaller or larger, higher or lower and by how much as well as if you require a lift. The other fabulous part of the VECTRA technology is we can “implant” the exact manufacturer, size and shape implant you are thinking about and show you how that exact implant will look on your body! We can even put you in a cute bathing suit and lay you on your back so you can see “your new implants” from different angles. We can also perform an “abdominoplasty, breast lift and/or liposuction” on the 3D image.

After VECTRA imaging, Dr. Maloney will examine you to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. He will discuss details of the operation, show you before and after photos and take some additional measurements of your breast if required. Dr. Maloney will also show you both the saline and silicone implants. The saline implants are a silicone shell filled with saline. The silicone implants are a silicone shell filled with a silicone gel. The silicone implants give a very natural look and feel to the augmented breasts and are the more popular of the two. The new generation of silicone implants are much different than the old generations that were taken off the market years ago due to complications with the implants. The new generation of silicone implants are made out of a silicone gel not a silicone oil, like they were in the past. They have a low rupture rate and are very safe. The saline implants are good in a patient who is looking for a lot of cleavage and roundness or a patient who has different sized breasts. With someone who has different sized breasts, we can use the same implant size (width), and overfill one to match the volume of the other breast. Again, not every patient desires or needs an implant and therefore may only require a mastopexy.

Lindsay will review surgical fees, financing options and answer additional questions. If you choose to have surgery, you will return for another consultation about 2 weeks prior to surgery. At this second appointment, Dr. Maloney will review the surgical plan with you, go through consent forms, take preoperative photographs and give you your prescriptions. Lindsay will go over all of your surgical instructions and give you a packet of information so when you leave you will have everything you need for surgery.

How do I prepare for a mommy makeover?

After meeting with Dr. Maloney and choosing a surgical date for your mommy makeover, you should plan for your care and recovery after the surgery. You will need to arrange a ride to and from the surgery center the day of surgery. Arrange for someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours after you go home. You should take 1 to 4 weeks off of work for this operation depending on the type of work you do (speak to Lindsay, the Clinical Coordinator, if you have any questions and for additional information). If your employer requires paperwork for time off, please obtain it ahead of time and bring it to our office.

If you smoke, you must quit a minimum of 2 weeks before surgery. We suggest 6 to 8 weeks, but 2 weeks is the minimum. Smokers heal slower and can have wound healing problems. Smoking may require modifications to the surgical plan.

If you take aspirin or other medications that may cause bleeding, you should stop taking it 3 weeks before surgery to reduce the risk of bleeding. If you are taking any diet pills (prescription or over-the-counter) or Metformin (a common diabetes medication), stop 1 week prior to surgery to avoid anesthesia risks. All medications, herbs, vitamins and dietary supplements you take should be carefully reviewed with Dr. Maloney prior to surgery. If you are under the care of a physician for any health issues, we may require surgical clearance from your physician and/or cardiologist.

At your preoperative consultation with Dr. Maloney you will be given a map to the surgery center and your prescriptions. Get these prescriptions filled before surgery so they are at home when you need them. You should find a few old towels to put on the bed, the couch and in your friends car on the way home from surgery as you may ooze fluid after surgery through your incision, especially if you have liposuction at the same time. Be advised that you are not bleeding. You need to stay hydrated, so have plenty of water and sports drinks at home. You should mix the sports drink with water 50/50. Begin taking a stool softener because narcotic pain medication and anesthesia can make you constipated.

The morning of surgery you may not have anything to eat or drink after midnight, this includes water. Take a shower the morning of the surgery using an antimicrobial soap. Do not put any lotions, deodorant or make-up on the day of surgery. Do not wear any jewelry to the surgery center. You should wear comfortable clothes that are easy to get on and off. A shirt that zips or with buttons up the front is preferable, as are loose workout or sweat pants. Bring your photo ID when you check-in to the surgery center. You will be taken back to the pre-operating area where Dr. Maloney will come and discuss the plan again, answer any additional questions you have and mark the surgical site. You will also meet the anesthesiologist and ask him/her any questions you may have.

How is a mommy makeover performed?

The operation takes about three to six hours depending on the patient. The anesthesiologist will put you to sleep for this operation for safety and comfort. Dr. Maloney will them remove the excess skin and reposition the breast tissue using an anchor incision (which he will show you at your consultation). He then will make an incision on the underside of the breast and create a pocket on the inside large enough for the implant. The implant is then inserted using a funnel device so that it does not touch your skin or the surgeon’s hands. This is the very latest technology that is shown to reduce the infection and capsular contracture rate because the implant never touches skin. Dr. Maloney will then close the incision with dissolvable sutures. Next, Dr. Maloney will make an incision from roughly the hipbone across your abdomen, just above your pubic hairline. The excess fatty tissue will be removed, your abdominal muscles tightened and a new hole made for your belly button. The excess skin will be pulled tight and sutures put in place. Drains, compression garment and pain pump are then placed. You will wake up in the recovery room and be ready to go home in about an hour.

What should I expect after a mommy makeover?

You will wear a compression garment over the surgical area to minimize swelling and bruising. It is normal to ooze some fluid from the incisions, especially if liposuction is performed at the same time. You should rest and eat a healthy diet that is high in protein to speed up recovery. You should also avoid alcohol and refrain from smoking. All surgeons recommend early and frequent ambulation after surgery to reduce the risk of blood clot formation in the legs and to speed up your recovery. You may be stiff and sore when you first get up and walk around and may walk bent over for a few days. You may be swollen after surgery. It takes about six weeks to see your results, so be patient during the healing process. You will need to record the amount of fluid your drains are collecting. The nurses at the surgery center will show you how to do this. You may remove your dressings and shower 1-3 days after surgery depending on what our office tells you. You will also return to the office for your first post-operative exam 1-3 days after surgery. Your pain pump will be removed at this appointment. The pain pump is a small device that drips a numbing medication along the abdominal muscles to keep you as comfortable as possible for the first few days. A low-grade fever is not uncommon after any surgical procedure. If you have any questions during the recovery phase, please do not hesitate to call our office any time, day or night.

What are the benefits of a mommy makeover?

After the procedure your abdomen will be flat and tight with extra skin and fat removed. Your breasts will be a better size and shape. Your nipple position and breast tissue will be raised to where they were before your breasts started to droop.

What are the risks of a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover has both aesthetic and health risks, and it is the woman’s personal decision whether the benefits outweigh those risks. Common risks include slow wound healing, scaring, infection, asymmetry, excessive firmness, changes in skin sensation, changes in nipple or breast sensation and capsular contracture. There are also more uncommon, but complicated risks such as bleeding or deep vein thrombosis, which may require a visit to the emergency room, or infection, which may require the removal of the implant. For a full list of risks, go to plasticsurgery.org.