GlamMa Makeover

GlamMa Makeover, yes or no?

Recently my office manager came to me with a story of a patient that I had consulted for a breast lift.  It seems this patient called to make an appointment to see me again for further questions and to discuss another surgery.  She asked my office manager, "I  know she does Mommy Makeover, but does she ever do GlamMa Makeovers?  my office manager said " well of course" So that is how we came up with the phrase. 

The GlamMa makeover could be a combination of breast surgery, abdominoplasty and possibly liposcution.  The breast surgery could be augmentation with a lift and an augmentation, an exchange of old implants for new ones, removal of implants with or without a lift or a breast reduction, whatever is needed to make the breasts perky and beautiful.  Liposuction could be of the back, flanks and or thighs.  

Sometimes patients feel that age is a factor in whether or not they can have surgery after a certin age.  Chronological age is much less important than your general health.  Chronic conditins such as high blood pressure or decreased thyroid function, which are controlled with medication do not pose a significant risk.  At your initial consultation , any medidcal issures which need to be addressed beefore surgery iwll be clarified.  you could be asked to have a history and physical by your primary care doctory to clear you for surgery.  At a minimum, some screening lab tests will be done on all patients and patients over 50 will need a EKG.

Another concern for patients is, how long will my surgery take?  This depends on what procedure or procedures will be done during surgery.  I try to limit the surgery time of my surgery combinations from 2.5hrs to 5hrs.   All of my procedures are done as out patient, patients go home the same day.  

patients ask since they are older will it take longer for them to heal from their surgery.  Recovery is not necessarily longer for the older patients.  Healing will proceed at its own pace and is varible.  If you have a sedentary job, wou would want to plan 2-3 weeks off.  More vigorous work will require more time off.  That question will be addressed at your initial consultation.   

If you ever have a question about surgery, recovery, medication or garments for the procedures, discuss this with the doctor.  Get all your information and make a informative decision if a "GlamMa Makeover is for you".

Author
Linda L Swanson, MD Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

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