Top 5 Questions about different Plastic Surgery procedures

This page will attempt to answer the top 5  questions that are the most common for the various cosmetic surgery procedures.  Some of the questions are answered elsewhere on this site but we thought it would be useful to create an aggregated list.  One question that is not included below because the answer is identical for any plastic surgery procedure is “how do I research and choose the right plastic surgeon?”.  This is a very common question and an important one.  We have created an entire article to discuss this in-depth and it can be found here.

We hope you enjoy it.

5 Questions about Mommy MakeoversPlastic Surgery - Legs

  • How much does a Mommy Makeover cost?

The cost for a Mommy Makeover is dependent on several factors, including which procedures are to be performed, who will be doing the surgery, what the surgeon’s team consists of, and where the surgery will take place.  Given this, it’s very difficult to give a price on a Mommy Makeover.  A Mommy Makeover that consists of liposuction, tummy tuck, and breast implants can run from $10,000 to more than $20,000.  Obviously, this is an area to discuss with your surgeon to nail down the details.

  • Am I a good candidate for a  Mommy Makeover?

The best way to determine this is to actually have a consultation with a Plastic Surgeon.  Of course, you should do your own research online and, if possible, by speaking with those who have gone before you but nothing will take the place of actually sitting down and talking with a surgeon.  When considering a Mommy Makeover, you first must decide which procedures you will actually have (see next question) and then how those procedures might affect each other.  An example that is often given is for those considering breast implants, a breast lift may be needed first as well as healing time from that procedure before the breast implants can go in.  Along with the physical considerations, there are also emotional and mental concerns – are you prepared both emotionally and mentally to go through with the procedure? If there are doubts in your mind, then you’re probably not really ready.

  • What does a Mommy Makeover consist of?

A Mommy Makeover is, for the most part, a superset of other plastic surgery procedures performed at the same time.  By doing them all at once, the recovery period is lessened as well as the cost.  A recovery period for a Tummy Tuck, for example, might be 2 weeks while the recovery period for a Breast Augmentation might be another 2 weeks.  If performed separately, you will be laid up for 4 weeks total for recovery but if done simultaneously, you will only need two weeks to recover from both.  The cost savings is associated to the various costs that make up any procedure.  By performing multiple procedures, the costs for anesthesiology, facility, etc are lessened.

  • What is the recovery period for a Mommy Makeover procedure?

The recovery period is one of the great benefits of a Mommy Makeover procedure.  Since the procedures are combined, so are the recovery periods. Your recovery period will be – generally – equal to the longest of the specific procedures you have.  So if your surgeon advised 2 weeks recovery for a Tummy Tuck, 2 weeks for a Breast Augmentation, and 1 week for Liposuction, your recovery period would be 2 weeks.  Bear in mind that there is a recovery period, but then after that, there is a “light duty” period that usually extends for another 2 weeks where you are advised to be mobile and active but nothing strenuous.  After that is another 2 week period where you can do a bit more.  After 8 weeks, your recovery should be complete.

  • Are there weight loss requirements or weight standards to consider before a Mommy Makeover?

This will depend on your body makeup and your surgeon.  For the most part, surgeons will recommend that your weight be within 10-15% of your goal weight before you have a Mommy Makeover.

Tummy Tuck - 5 about tummy tucks5 Questions about Tummy Tucks

  • How much does a Tummy Tuck cost?

Nationwide, the average cost of a Tummy Tuck can run between $4,000 for a mini tummy tuck to as much as $20,000 for an extended tummy tuck.  Bear in mind that is the surgeon fee only and does not account for the other variable costs such as anesthesiology, facilities fees, etc.  This cost will also fluctuate depending on the surgeon you choose – the better the surgeon, the higher the price.   But, if you’re looking for a starting point, this is a good number to work with.

  • Am I a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Generally, the best candidates for a Tummy Tuck are otherwise healthy people with excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen.  “Skinny” people with loose skin generally fare better than overweight people.  Since anesthesia is involved, the rest of your health is also taken into consideration, including your kidneys, heart, and lungs.   Additionally, the ability to heal from surgical incisions is taken into account, so any kind of nutrition disorders or connective tissue disorders is also important to know about and understand.

  • What does a Tummy Tuck consist of?

A Tummy Tuck is a procedure to remove loose skin and repair the underlying “fabric” that holds your insides together.  That’s a pretty generic description, but you get the picture.  As  people gain weight, the casing that covers your rectus abdominus muscle (your six-pack) stretches along with your skin.  During a  Tummy Tuck, the surgeon will pinch the excess skin and remove that flap.  The surgeon will also trip and reconnect that casing so it’s tight and flat against the underlying muscles.

  • What is the recovery period for a Tummy Tuck?

Recovery times vary, but for the most part, you can expect to be told to do nothing for the first two weeks following your Tummy Tuck surgery and then do only light-duty routine things for the next two weeks.  After the first month, you can more or less return to your normal routine but with no heavy lifting.  After about 8 weeks, you should be fully recovered and ready to get back to doing what you normally do

  • Is fat removed during a Tummy tuck?

The basics of a Tummy tuck is to remove excess skin which includes the underlying layer of fat, so yes, there is fat removal that will take place during a Tummy Tuck.  It is not uncommon to also have Liposuction in the hips and thigh area during a Tummy Tuck to ensure a more symmetrical appearance.

5 Questions about RhinoplastyPlastic Surgery - 5 questions about Rhinoplasty

  • How much does Rhinoplasty cost?

In 2014, the nationwide average cost of Rhinoplasty was $5,409 which is only the Surgeon Fee.   Anesthesiology, facility fees, etc will be extra.  Other factors that will affect this price is the surgeon (the best ones are more expensive), your location, whether an overnight stay will be required, etc.   The range of prices you’ll find for a Rhinoplasty is $2,879 t0 $10,200.

  • Am I a good candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Like so many other questions, the answer is…it depends.  And only a discussion between you and your surgeon will enable a final decision.  The being said, there are some noses that respond better than others.  A nose that is slightly oversized with a bridge that is overdeveloped and maybe a bit too much tip is a good nose for Rhinoplasty.  But that doesn’t mean you are.  Health and other issues come into play in determining a good candidate, as does emotional and mental stability.  So do your research, talk to others that have done it, and gather your own evidence.  In the end, though, the single most important part of this is the discussion with a surgeon.

  • What does Rhinoplasty consist of?

A Rhinoplasty can be performed as either an “open” or a “closed” procedure.  An open procedure will leave a slight scar along the bottom of your nose between the nostrils as this is where they make their cut to allow access to where they need to work.  A closed procedure is performed through the nostril and leaves no scar.  Which procedure is to be used will depend on exactly what is being done.

  • What is the recovery period for Rhinoplasty?

The recovery time for a Rhinoplasty generally consists of 7-10 wearing a nasal splint with moderate swelling and bruising lasting up to 2 weeks.  You will normally be advised to avoid strenuous activity for the first 4 weeks.  After that, your surgeon will advise when it’s safe to return to normal activity.

There are.  Prior to the procedure, do not take any medications that may prevent blood clotting, such as aspirin.  If you are a smoker, it is highly advised to quit smoking for a month before your Rhinoplasty and for 2 months afterwards.   Smoking greatly diminishes your body’s healing ability so stopping before and after is highly advised.  In fact, this might be a great time to stop smoking altogether.

5 Questions about Liposuction

  • How much does Liposuction cost?

Costs for Liposuction depends on what areas you are having worked on, and how many.  The average cost runs between $2,000 and $3,500 per area so if you want to have your hips and thighs done, it would run about $4,500 or so but many factors will affect this price and what might cost $4,500 one place with a specific surgeon might cost double that in another place with a different surgeon.

An ideal candidate for Liposuction will have excess fat deposits in places that exercise and diet are not having an affect on.  An obese patient that is simply trying to lose weight is not an ideal patient.  That being said, there are varying degrees between those two and only your surgeon can advise you on your specific case.  Other things to look for is good overall general health, healthy self-esteem, good skin elasticity, and a mindset to care for the results long term.

  • What does Liposuction consist of?

These days, there are several different types of procedures being used by surgeons and each has its merits.  As you discuss your upcoming Liposuction, each surgeon will introduce you to the specific methods they use (Tumescent or Ultrasound-assisted, for example).  A few considerations will dictate your experience though.  If a large amount of fat is being removed, you may be given general anesthesia so you are out while the process takes place.  For smaller amounts of fat, local applied anesthesia is usually sufficient.  Once anesthesia is good, small incisions will be made into which a small suction device (called a cannula) is inserted into fatty areas and the fat is sucked out.  Liposuction can be targeted at the abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, upper arms and neckline.

  • What is the recovery period for Liposuction?

You should be able to return to work in a couple of days but it’ll take about 2 weeks to fully recover.  Again, depending on your situation, it may take longer.

  • Are there weight loss requirements or weight standards to consider before Liposuction?

There are no real requirements for a patient to be at a certain percentage of their goal weight as the purpose of the procedure is to remove fat and therefore reduce weight.  It is NOT a weight loss procedure, however – lapse into poor diet and exercise and you will regain the weight.

5 Questions about Breast Contouring (breast augmentation, breast reduction)Plastic Surgery - 5 questions about breast contouring, breast reduction, breast augmentation

  • How much does Breast Contouring cost?

There are a lot of factors to take into account, but an average you can expect are as follows:  Breast Reduction: $6,550, Breast Augmentation: $3,848 for Silicon implants and $3,441 for Saline implants

  • Am I a good candidate for Breast Contouring?

Factors for breast reduction include breasts that are too large for your body frame, breasts of at least one cup difference in size, pain in your neck, back and shoulders cause by weight of your breasts and breasts that are large enough to restrict you from physical activity.

Factors for breast augmentation are usually more aesthetic in nature and include a desire for a more proportional figure, altered breast sizes due to weight gain/loss, age or pregnancy and to restore symmetry.

  • What does Breast Augmentation consist of?

A breast reduction removes excess fat, tissue, and skin with the result being a breast size in proportion to your body or to the level you feel comfortable with.

Breast augmentation involved the use of silicon or saline implants to increase the size of your breasts to a level you are comfortable with or to regain proportion.

  • What is the recovery period for Breast Augmentation?

The recovery period for a breast reduction consists of a few days wearing an elastic bandage or special bra over gauze and dressings.  Once these are removed, there will be about a two week period of inactivity or reduced activity.  Patients are advised to avoid any heavy lifting for several weeks.

The recovery period following a breast augmentation procedure is normally 24-48 post-surgical recovery followed by a few days of reduced activity.  After that, it will be up to your surgeon to advise you on what activity level you should shoot for or how much more you should rest.

We hope you find this information useful.  We realize there are far more questions and far more detail to the questions we answered but our intent is to impart some knowledge and start you on your quest to get your questions answered.  We are interested in your journey and would love to hear about additional questions or concerns you need to be answered.