How long does it take to do a mommy makeover?

I am less scared of the procedure and more scared of how long I will be under general anesthesia.  How long does the average mommy makeover take to perform? I understand it will depend on how many different procedures are being done, but what would you say is standard? 


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The issue is not the length of the procedure but one anesthetic. One would rather combine the procedures to avoid multiple anesthetics and multiple recoveries. A mommy makeover typically includes liposuction, abdominal surgery and some component of breast surgery.  The timing can range from 3 1/2  hours to 6 1/2 hours depending on whether you have liposuction or a tummy tuck, breast augmentation or breast lift... The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis.

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Thank you for sharing your question.  A Mommy Makeover is usually a very safe combination of procedures.  If you are having breast implants with a Tummy Tuck, it usually takes about 4.5 hours.  A Breast Lift with a Tummy Tuck is about 5.5 hours long, which is still considered safe.  I would not worry about the time of these procedures.  Adding more than this would be a bit risky, but it is still done quite often.  Please choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for your procedures.  I hope this information was helpful.  

Best Wishes, Dr. B.

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  Obviously it depends heavily on what is done but it has been fairly well documented that any elective cosmetic surgery that goes longer than 6 hours has a higher incidence of complications. If it does take longer than that time it is recommended that you stay with an overnight nurse or nursing facility. A typical mommy makeover (tummy tuck, breast procedure) usually takes 4-5 hours. Good Luck!

Hi there,

Good question. A mommy makeover usually consists of a tummy tuck, possibly some lipo, and a breast lift with or without implants (most commonly with). Depending on the surgeon, this can take 4 to 6 hours of anesthesia time. Once you start to get longer than 6 hours or so, there is a case to be made for having the patient spend the night in hospital or at a recovery facility with a bedside nurse. Most of the time we can do a mommy makeover in about 4.5-5 hours as an outpatient procedure. The breakdown is approximately this:

Tummy tuck: 2 hours

Lipo: 30 extra minutes to tummy tuck if limited to the waist/flank areas

Breast lift: 1.5 hours

implant placement 1 hour.

If you are interested in learning more, feel free to contact us at 858-24SAYED (for San Diego or Newport Beach) or email [email protected]. We offer virtual online consultations as well as in person examinations to help through the consultation process.

Good luck! Hope we can help.

- Tim Sayed MD

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Depending upon which operations planned at least 4 to 8 hours of surgery tie. Mot MMOs are done in surgical staged operations....Best to seek many in person opinions from only boarded PSs.