As a cosmetic surgeon, patients will ask me whether they can have multiple surgeries at the same time? In the right hands, that is the right Plastic Surgeon, multiple procedures may safely be performed simultaneously. Breast lift or mastopexy, tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, and liposuction can safely be performed at the same time. This allows these reconstructive procedures to be performed with one anesthesia surgical session.
Breast lift is the repositioning of the nipple and surrounding tissue to a more elevated and perky position. This utilizes a careful plan. With a measured excision of the lower pole skin of the breast. This procedure has a very characteristic inverted T type incision with reduction of the areola diameter. I have personally performed numerous of these procedures over the years. And, I feel it offers a great opportunity to improve the appearance of the breasts. Especially in certain patients who have sagging breasts and if the nipples point downward.
Often times, the patient will also be a candidate for a tummy tuck. Excess skin and fat of the abdominal wall, especially that area between the belly button and the pubic hair can be surgically removed. This creates a much flatter, anatomically appealing, and attractive abdominal wall. Usually, the internal muscles can be tightened as well.
Multiple Surgeries Performed Simultaneously
Occasionally, the flanks and the hips can also be reduced with Liposuction creating an overall improvement in the patient’s contour, volume, and appearance. Breast surgery, breast lift, tummy talk, and liposuction performed on a female simultaneously is referred to as a mommy makeover. For obvious reasons the breast and abdominal changes that occur following two or three pregnancies create a desire in the patient to improve their figure. As stated, I can perform these procedures at the same time.
Liposuction in the state of Florida when performed with other procedures is limited to 1000 ml or approximately 1 quart of fat. Personally, I do not use drains for these body contouring procedures. Also, I find it advantageous to require the patient to remain in the postoperative observation unit for the first night to minimize the potential for problems. This is a safety precaution that I believe strongly helps keep complications to a minimum. I’ve done many numerous of these combination procedures and find it very rewarding for both the patient and the surgeon.