Tummy tuck surgeries are some of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the world and are often combined with other surgeries, both cosmetic and medically necessary. As it is unwise to have children after having a tummy tuck, it is not uncommon for women to have their tubes tied at the same time as an abdominoplasty.
Other Cosmetic Procedures
Much more commonly, tummy tucks are performed simultaneously with other elective aesthetic surgeries. Combining more than one cosmetic procedure helps to reduce anesthesia and facility costs and it is not uncommon for surgeons to discount second and third surgeries performed at the same setting. Most patients also appreciate going through one recovery rather than two or three. There is, however, a limit as to how much can be done safely at one time. This is determined by your age, overall health and what procedures are being done as well as the length of the procedures.
The most common cosmetic surgeries performed at the same time as a tummy tuck include breast lifts, breast augmentation, liposuction of the hips, back or thighs, arm lifts and thigh lifts. Combining more than one body-contouring cosmetic surgery is now commonly referred to as a ‘mommy makeover’ due to the fact that many women undergo these procedures to repair the consequences of pregnancy on their figures. That being said, it is advisable to make sure you are finished having children before considering elective plastic surgery to repair the damage done by pregnancy.
Weight and Nutrition
It is very important to make sure that you are in good enough condition to undergo more than one surgery at the same time. Most if not all excess weight should be lost before surgery and any medical conditions should be thoroughly evaluated by you internist ahead of time. Patients who have undergone weight loss surgery such as gastric bypass or banding are prone to certain nutritional deficiencies which must be corrected well in advance of surgery. Vitamin supplements and a high protein diet are encouraged in this group of patients when having post-bariatric cosmetic surgery.
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Medically Necessary Procedures
Abdominoplasties are also often combined with medically necessary surgeries; the cost of which may be covered by insurance companies. These procedures may be done by the plastic surgeon or a surgeon of another specialty such as a general surgeon or gynecologist. Examples include hernia repair, breast biopsy, tubal ligation and breast reduction. When insurance companies are involved, it is possible for some of your costs to go down as the initial time if the operating room for anesthesia, prepping and draping can be shifted to the medically necessary portion of the procedure so that you actually can pay for a little less of the anesthesia and OR time. This could backfire, however, if you have a high deductible with has not been paid; as a result, your costs could end up being higher rather than lower.