Top 3 questions about Mummy Makeover surgery

This month, Dr Milovic is asked about the top 3 questions he was asked by mummy patients in April.   There are of course more questions that are asked about the mummy makeover procedure, but some were asked more frequently than others.

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Here are the top 3 questions which were asked last month:

Question 1 :  One or Two stage procedure?

If you are not sure what a Mummy Makeover (or Mommy Makeover) procedure is, please read an earlier blog post ” What is a Mummy Makeover?”

Provided that patients are in good health, don’t smoke and are suited to the procedures considered – the usual combination of procedures being either breast & tummy procedures, or rhinoplasty & breast or tummy procedures – then generally the combination of procedures can be performed during the same operation & anaesthesia.  One benefit of having a one stage vs. two stage procedure is less time off from work and or other activities such as exercise, ie having two separate procedures involve more planning and time away from work as well as other activities such as exercise, than a one stage procedure.

It is important that patients understand that mummy makeover surgery should not be done:

  • as a day procedure. This surgery requires at least 2 night stay in hospital.
  • by a doctor who is not qualified or experienced in performing combined plastic and cosmetic surgical procedures;
  • as office based surgery ie outside of an accredited, overnight hospital facility.  Your surgeon should be credentialled to admit you to an accredited hospital should serious complications develop after your surgery, if required.

A thorough pre-operative assessment, via staged consultations with your Plastic Surgeon,  is a must to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for this kind of surgery.

Question 2 : Do I need to be a certain weight before having a mummy makeover procedure?

Yes.  You should be close to your ideal weight before having a mummy makeover surgery.  Surgery does not replace an effective weight loss programme involving diet and exercise.  Ideally, you should have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of between 25-30.

Question 3:  Recovery – When can I restart gym or physical exercise?

With an rapid recovery intraoperative approach to tummy tuck surgery, patients are usually up and mobile within 24 hours after mummy makeover surgery.  However, patients are still advised not to go back to regular exercise until approximately 6 weeks after surgery.   Light exercise, such as walking, can usually commence after 2 weeks.

Rapid recovery refers to the expectation of increased mobility in the immediate postoperative period when using this intraoperative approach.   It does not substitute for normal body healing and recovery processes or individual differences.  On the whole, my patients do not require lengthy hospital stays (usually being discharged after 3 nights), use less of the PCA Pump and don’t require physiotherapy after surgery.

So, whilst patients may feel more mobile earlier in their immediate recovery period, they are advised to follow their post-operative recovery carefully, and not go back to regular exercise until approximately 6 weeks after surgery.

I guide my patients during their postoperative recovery, which can and does vary between patients, for up to 12 months after surgery through regular follow up appointments.

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Disclaimer: This post, and others on this blog, do not comprise medical advice and does not replace an in person consultation with Dr Milovic or any other Plastic Surgeon.  Individual differences and circumstances may affect the general information provided here, and should be discussed at your consultation.