Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor
Pre-procedure prep for mommy makeover: Smoke your last cigarette a month before surgery, since cigarette smoke restricts blood flow and can cause complications during surgery and recovery. Refrain from taking aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E - all of which are blood thinners.
On the day of treatment: You may not be able to eat or drink anything on the day before your mommy makeover.
What To Expect
The trio of mommy makeover surgeries can be completed as an in-patient procedure in a hospital, but it's also possible to have the work done at an outpatient ambulatory center. Research whether the outpatient institution is accredited ahead of time.
Who should do it: Speak with a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgery. He or she should be fully capable of performing all three procedures at the same time.
Duration: The joint procedures should take about four hours to complete.
How Painful Is It?
Pain can be severe in the first 24 hours after surgery. These initial 24 hours are by far the worst. Soreness is common and can persist for 10 days. This can be treated with painkillers.
Options for anesthesia: Mommy makeovers can be performed under local anesthesia with a sedative or under general anesthesia.