9 Risks of Mommy Makeover Surgery
The DAY for your mommy makeover surgery has finally arrived. You’ve dreamed of it, saved for it, and it’s finally here. You haven’t been satisfied with the shape and look of your body since you got pregnant, or lost the extra weight. The time has come for you to have the body of your dreams, or in the least, to return your body back to the way it was pre-pregnancy. You’ve done all of your research about what to expect before, during, and after the surgery, but the question is: Did you do your homework on the risks involved?
Even though the risks when doing plastic surgery are very low, they still do exist. Mommy makeovers and plastic surgery are major surgeries, and they should be treated as such. By this, I mean that they should be taken seriously and be thoroughly researched. Every question you have about your mommy makeover should be answered before you make your final decision on which plastic surgeon you’d like to do your surgery. Below are some of the risks that are associated with having mommy makeover surgery.
Any time your skin is broken or wounded, there is a possibility of it becoming infected. Infections are one of the more common complications with plastic surgery. According to Health Line, with breast surgery 2-4% of people get skin infections called cellulitis. But there also can be internal infections, which are much more serious and require antibiotic delivery via IV for treatment.
- Blood loss
Blood loss can occur during surgery as well as after surgery. It can also happen internally. When excessive blood loss occurs, blood pressure can drop and can possibly have deadly consequences. To avoid having issues with blood loss, plastic surgeons usually have their patients abstain from taking anything which will thin their blood, both before and after surgery. Examples of some things you should avoid taking are ibuprofen, herbal supplements, and vitamins.
Hematomas are large bruises filled with blood. They are also a common complication and a risk with all types of plastic surgery. According to Health Line, hematomas occur in 1-6% of breast surgeries, and if they are bad enough they would require additional surgeries to get rid of the blood, which is usually drained.
Everyone heals differently, and some scarring is a fact of life with surgery. The severity of scars usually has to do with a combination of factors. One factor is genetics. Some people are more prone to scarring than others, and some people are prone to more severe scarring than others. The second factor has to do with the skill of your plastic surgeon. This is one of the reasons why researching to find the right plastic surgeon is so important. Hypertrophic or thick and red raised scars occur in 2-5% of breast augmentation surgeries says Health Line.
- Nerve Damage
With any type of surgery, nerve damage is always a possibility. Pain, numbness, and burning are all symptoms of possible nerve damage. In regards to breast augmentation surgery, 15% of women lose nipple sensation. For other women, there may be a change in skin sensitivity.
- Disappointment with the results
There is always a possibility that you won’t be happy with the results of your mommy makeover. The good news is that the percentage of people who are unhappy with their results is low. This is also a situation where choosing the right plastic surgeon also comes into play.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism
Because of the long length of some mommy makeover surgeries, which is normally the case when you’re dealing with combined procedures, there is an increased risk of blood clots in the legs which is called deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis can also cause blood clots to occur in the lungs, which are called pulmonary embolisms. They are also potentially fatal.
A Seroma is when blood serum pools just below the skin, causing a large blister. It is one of the most common complications of a tummy tuck. Treatment for seromas is to drain the blood with a needle. There is also a chance that seromas can become infected.
- Anesthesia Complications
The avoidance of complications with anesthesia is another reason why thorough research into your surgical team and clinic is of the utmost importance. You want to make the odds as low as possible that you won’t experience pain, lung infections, anesthesia awareness, which is waking up during surgery, post operative confusion, and even pneumonia among other things. With any surgery, including mommy makeovers, you could potentially be at risk for any of the above complications. It’s important to know all of the ins and outs of any procedures you are considering.
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