What are the most common complications seen with mommy makeover? Exactly how common is it to have complications from a mommy makeover?

A: complications from a mommy makeover

A “mommy makeover” typically involves a breast procedure (implants and/or lift) combined with a an abdominal procedure such as a tummy tuck and/or liposuction.  A patient must first have medical clearance by their primary care physician prior to undergoing this type of surgery to minimize and avoid complications.  There are anesthetic complications such as unusual heart rhythms or pnuemonia which can develop during or after surgery.  One well known complication is called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or a blood clot which can form in a patients legs which can become life-threatening if it migrates toward the heart and lungs.  This blood clot formation has a tendency to develop during surgeries that are of a longer duration in time.

Other complications can develop from the surgery itself such as infection, bleeding, fluid collections under the skin (seromas), numbness, decreased nipple sensation, breast implant rupture, poor scarring or raised scars (keloids).

Please consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who is familiar with this combination of procedures and who can determine if you are a candidate for a “mommy makeover”.

Safety needs to be the first priority whenever contemplating combination surgery.

Best wishes,

Dr. Bruno