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Risks Associated with the 'Mommy Makeover'

Mark Kohout - Tuesday, December 10, 2013

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the combination of breast augmentation, liposuction and a tummy tuck just after giving birth, or the 'mommy makeover', was among the most requested procedures.

Yet undergoing multiple surgeries at once is not the safest option. Surgery which exceeds six hours increases anaesthesia risks, blood clots and infection.

Dr Sanjay Lalla discussed physician fatigue during marathon surgeries and prefers to operate in smaller stints. He also suggests waiting until a new mother is healed, at an ideal weight and doesn't intend to have more children before having surgery.

Whilst having diabetes does not restrict one from having a procedure, Dr Adam Tattelbaum insists his diabetic patients are in excellent physical condition and not insulin dependent to to avoid cardiac and blood sugar complications.

Uncontrolled blood sugar can also damage the blood vessels that supply the skin, potentially delaying healing. Smoking also reduces the blood circulation in these vessel. Quitting for three weeks before and after surgery will yield better results. Obesity increases the risk of complications including blood clots, pneumonia infection and seroma, or fluid collection around a wound.

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