Q: Combining Breast Lift with Implants and Tummy Tuck Safe?


Is it safe to have breast lift with breast implants exchange and Tummy Tuck at once?

A: Breast implants with lift and tummy tuck

Combining procedures has gained popularity over the past several years. This is safe to do provided the patient is healthy and has medical clearance from their primary care physician or internist. The length of the procedure is also a factor, the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) guidelines recommend that outpatient procedures be done in less than six hours if the patient is to be discharged to their home. If the procedure is longer, the patient should remain in a hospital for observation or stay in an after-care facility overnight.

The major risk of this combination of procedures or of a lengthy surgery is that of blood clot formation in the lower extremities, which could become life threatening if the clot should spread to the heart and lungs. Using sequential compressive devices with elastic stockings and early ambulation (walking) can help to keep this risk low, about 0.5% – 1%.

Please consult with a board certified plastic surgeon before considering a combination of procedures or a surgery that will be particulary lengthy.