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Mommy Makeover Surgery Risks And Safety

Mommy Makeover Surgery Risks And SafetyA mommy makeover cosmetic surgery offers a comprehensive approach to restoring a woman’s pre-pregnancy figure.

The procedure combines multiple surgical procedures (and a few non-invasive treatments, if necessary). Certain risks are, however, associated with a mommy makeover, just as with any other major surgery.

During the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will explain the patient about the potential risks and complications and help make a well-informed choice. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides mommy makeover surgery to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations in this region of SoCal.


Common Risks

Some of the risks involved in a mommy makeover are common to almost any major plastic surgery procedure. These risks can be minimized if the patient chooses a fully trained and experienced plastic surgeon with a state-of-the-art practice for this procedure.

The typical risks include:

  • Excessive bleeding during or after the surgery
  • Bacterial infection
  • Asymmetrical outcomes
  • Blood clots
  • Changes in skin pigmentation
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Nerve damage causing numbness
  • Poor reaction to anesthesia
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Fluid collection underneath the skin in incision areas
  • Risk of a revision surgery


Scarring Risks

An experienced surgeon will create a customized plan for a mommy makeover surgery in order to make the procedure more precise and less invasive. The surgeon will make use of common incisions as far as possible to perform multiple procedures as a part of the mommy makeover surgery plan.

Scarring can be minimized using advance surgical skills, but it cannot be completely avoided. Some noticeable marks may remain, particularly if the surgery includes a tummy tuck, breast lift, or another significant procedure. Some surgeons may prescribe a post-operative topical ointment as per the patient’s skin type to mitigate the scars.


Emotional Effects

A mommy makeover surgery can be life altering for a woman. It is possible that some patients undergo a temporary phase of mild depression after the surgery. Post-surgical swelling, pain, and physical restrictions during the recovery period could also affect the patient’s mood or self-confidence.

However, over a period of a few days or weeks, as the post-surgical inflammation subsides and the full results of the mommy makeover are established, the patient will begin to appreciate and admire her new body. The feelings of anxiety and sadness will quickly resolve at this stage.


Minimizing the Risks

Most importantly, the patient should choose an experienced and qualified surgeon for an elaborate procedure such as a mommy makeover. Secondly, the patient should be committed to following the surgeon’s pre- and post-operative care guidelines carefully.

This will help her to prepare well for the mommy makeover surgery as well as ensure that she goes through a safe and timely recovery. The patient should refrain from smoking, get sufficient rest, take her antibiotics and other meds as directed, and wear her compression garments full-time for faster healing.

She should remain active and take short walks around the home in her initial recovery phase to reduce the risk of blood clots. The patient must avoid vigorous activities and strenuous exercises for at least one month after the procedure to allow the incisions to heal properly.


Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other towns and cities in this part of The Golden State.
To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit

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