Is it safe to do the breast and tummy surgery in one operation?
Adherence to the highest standards of safe surgical practice is the foundation for all decisions and preoperative planning for your surgery. “Maintaining excellence and consistency in cosmetic results goes far beyond technical aptitude in the operating room. A good surgeon knows how to operate…a great one knows when not to.” Combining procedures under one anesthetic is ideal for maximizing your transformation with one recovery. However, because there are so many potential combinations for mommy makeover surgery and surgical duration varies based on these combinations, Dr. Pratt will outline a comprehensive plan to meet your expectations based on sound medical decision-making.
My breasts look empty and deflated. I’m not sure if I need a lift or just implants?
This is perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions. Whether or not a lift will suffice will depend two factors: 1) How much fullness is desired in the upper portion of the breast? 2) Is the volume (and quality) of your own breast tissue sufficient enough to meet the fullness expectations of the upper breast? Dr. Pratt will create an individualized plan for you based on your aesthetic goals and expectations. He is adept explaining the options but will not let you make a decision that he feels is not in your best interest.
I’m not sure if I need a tummy tuck. Can I try liposuction first and see what happens?
In your comprehensive consultation with Dr. Pratt, he will help you determine which is the more appropriate way to go. Doing a lesser operation than what is required to achieve the desired result in inevitably a set up for disappointment. Scar tissue from initial surgery combined with the economics of additional surgery and more time off are factors to be considered. Dr. Pratt is a proponent of doing it the correct way the first time, rather than risk disappointment with an operation that inherently is not set up to meet expectations.
Are there other options to add fullness to my breasts other than implants?
Yes. Using your own tissue (either breast tissue or fat) is an option for select patients who are candidates for such procedures. Although implants are the gold standard in predictability is establishing fullness, more natural, organic options such as transferring your own tissue for volume enhancement can be an excellent solution.
If I need to break up my mommy makeover into two stages, how long do I have to wait after my initial surgery to have the second?
Staging surgical procedures has been an integral part of Dr. Pratt’s practice since its inception. The chronological order of your bespoke treatment plan will take into consideration factors such as your aesthetic priorities, how the first surgery will influence the second, and positioning during your recovery. Second stage procedures can be done as early as two weeks in some instances, but most frequently are done within 6 to 8 weeks after the initial stage.
What will my mommy makeover recovery be like?
Because the term “mommy makeover” can refer to a multitude of various surgical and non-surgical combinations, recovery is based on which particular combination Dr. Pratt outlines for you.
I know I need a tummy tuck, but the belly button part of the operation makes me nervous.
Every plastic surgeon has their own way of contouring the belly button during a tummy tuck. There are many ways to achieve an aesthetically pleasing navel. Dr. Pratt shares these concerns and his approach is one that focuses on creating a natural-looking belly button. Everyone, however, is unique, and sometimes the anatomy of a particular belly button changes, especially after the muscles are tightened during a tummy tuck. This can make for a more tedious and challenging reconstruction that inevitably influences the aesthetic outcome.