Women and men who are interested in dramatic body contouring results often ask about combining abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, with other surgeries at our Birmingham, Alabama practice. Combining hernia surgery or gynecologic procedures is usually safe in the hands of skillful plastic surgeons.
In addition to hernia and gynecologic procedures, a tummy tuck is also often combined with breast augmentation and body contouring procedures as part of a mommy makeover.
Benefits of Combining Surgeries
The combination of tummy tuck and other procedures has many benefits, including:
- One surgery and recovery
- Lower costs
- More impressive cosmetic results
- Lower anesthesia risk
Total Surgery Time is Important
I have more than 20 years of experience with these combined procedures. By working with a skilled team of surgeons, we can complete a tummy tuck and hysterectomy in less than 2 1/2 hours. Under these circumstances, this is a safe approach to combining surgeries with immense benefits to our patients. I am also a boarded general surgeon and can repair abdominal hernias while performing your abdominoplasty.
I add this caution, though: Some surgeons can take up to 6 hours to perform an abdominoplasty alone, so adding another procedure with this would be risky. You must inquire about how long your surgery will take for any procedure!
Patients must always put their safety first. Sometimes combined procedures may not be beneficial and, in fact, too risky. As I discuss in a related blog post, this is why you must seek a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in combining cosmetic procedures. The surgeons must be safe, operate efficiently, and take less than 4 hours for the total surgery time.
How Combination Surgeries Save You Money
Patients save money by combining these procedures when the other is covered by insurance. Hospitals often lower the cosmetic surgery fee, and anesthesia costs are reduced too. If the other case covers an overnight stay, you can benefit from this instead of paying a high fee to stay overnight for your elective tummy tuck.
One Recovery Period
If you are undergoing a surgical procedure and are already committing to a recovery period, it makes sense to add a tummy tuck for cosmetic improvement. You might as well get an aesthetic benefit while you are there as long as it is safe.
If you are interested in having a tummy tuck combined with another surgery and you’re in the Montgomery, Huntsville, or Birmingham areas, request a consultation online or contact us at (205) 933-9322 or 1-866-MSBMD77.