If you are going to have a Mommy Makeover (meaning it includes a tummy tuck and/or breast surgery), you will receive local anesthesia combined with intravenous sedation to start the procedure. General anesthesia is not required for a Mommy Makeover, although some surgeons working in the hospital may prefer it.
A higher level of sedation usually comes with a higher risk. In addition, general anesthesia requires the patient to be intubated, which carries its own risks.
Although all types of anesthesia have certain risks, the percentage of complications from intravenous anesthesia during a Mommy Makeover is low.
Risks associated with smoking
Surgical risks for smokers or tobacco users are not limited to Mommy Makeover cosmetic surgeries, but apply to all surgeries. Smokers (even second-hand smokers), people who chew tobacco, wear nicotine patches, or consume nicotine in the form of gum or nasal sprays are at increased risk of surgical complications. It can come in the form of skin necrosis, slow healing, or increased scarring.
The risks associated with anesthesia, including delayed recovery, are also high for smokers.
The easiest way to avoid these additional risks is to not smoke. If you’ve smoked in the past, you’ll still be better off because you quit, and the longer that goes, the better. You must also disclose smoking – now or in the past – on the medical consent document that you will be asked to sign before surgery.
Infection and delayed healing
There are many risks associated with any type of surgery that is not intended for Mommy Makeover cosmetic surgery.
This includes infection or poor wound healing, fluid buildup, heart or lung complications, and deep venous thrombosis. Surgery can also inadvertently damage deeper structures including nerves, muscles, blood vessels, lungs, and other organs.
While any of these risks may occur during surgery and will also be disclosed in your consent document, they are not very common for Mommy Makeover plastic surgery patients.
Most surgeries cause some bruising and swelling in the affected area(s), and you can certainly expect this after your Mommy Makeover. You may bruise and/or experience swelling in the abdominal area or your breasts, depending on the components of the mother’s arrangements. It usually takes several weeks to subside, but it can last longer in some patients. Be sure to follow all of your plastic surgeon’s post-op instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. Staying hydrated helps reduce swelling faster.
A hematoma is a form of severe bruising that can occur as a result of a Mommy Makeover or any other surgical procedure. A hematoma is caused by pooling of blood. This can happen up to several days after your procedure. Some surgeons install a drain to absorb blood and fluid, which helps reduce the risk of developing a hematoma.
If you have any concerns about the development of the hematoma, call the plastic surgeon’s number after hours to make sure this is not an indication of internal bleeding or another problem.
Are there any side effects of Mommy Makeover plastic surgery?
While the above risks are relatively rare, there are also a few common side effects of a maternity facelift:
- Change in skin sensation
- Change in nipple sensation
- Post-operative bleeding
- bruising and swelling
- Boring aches and pains
Tummy tuck and liposuction with or without skin tightening can cause you to lose sensation in the skin in your abdomen, and any type of breast surgery can affect the sensation of the nipple and breast. These are often temporary symptoms that resolve on their own, but if the loss of sensation persists for a long time after a Mommy Makeover procedure, you should alert your surgeon.
You may also experience severe itching or an increased sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures after Mommy Makeover plastic surgery.
Postoperative bleeding is relatively normal and can be expected for several days after surgery. The same is true for dulled aches and pains, especially during the first week of recovery. If you experience bleeding, bleeding, or unusually severe pain, contact your surgeon.