The mommy makeover is one of the larger procedures performed in cosmetic surgery. When this procedure is undertaken, safety should always be a priority. The pre-operative evaluation varies from patient to patient and depends on a variety of factors.
The starting point is a comprehensive history and physical examination. Depending on the findings of this evaluation additional studies and consultation may be necessary before proceeding with surgery.
We generally recommend a mammogram on any patient over forty years of age. An EKG is performed on anyone older then fifty. Laboratory studies are performed on an individual basis and depend upon the medical evaluation. The vast majority of patients have CBC’s and pregnancy tests.
In many cases consultation with cardiology, pulmonology and endocrinology are appropriate based on the patient’s medical history.
It’s important to remember that cosmetic procedures like the mommy makeover are still major operative procedures that have associated risks. For this reason, safety should be everyone’s first priority.