Q: Dr. Eppley, I would like to get a tummy tuck, breast lift and aug, as well as some liposuction. I have a vacation in April that I would like to look like a million dollars for!! What is the best time to have this surgery?
A: Your description of plastic surgery to help reverse the effects of pregnancy is a classic one for the well known Mommy Makeover procedure. In reality this is a combination of procedures that focus on the breasts and abdomen/waistline area. Although technically it could be any body contouring procedure that helps to reverse the changes induced by pregnancy.
Given your April vacation target date (and this is later December) and the magnitude of recovery really needed for a full recovery from major body contouring surgery, such as a Mommy Makeover, you need a minimum of eight weeks between surgery and the day you leave for vacation. Ten to twelve weeks for Mommy Makeover recovery is even better. This way you will have complete freedom any residual issues that can linger after surgery during the second month thereafter and be only be thinking about what you are doing on vacation and not what you can’t or don’t feel like doing.
Dr. Barry Eppley