Women like yourself who undergo a Mommy Makeover are Moms. You are organized and want to assure that when you choose to undergo elective surgery that the surgery is safe so that you can return to caring for your family as quickly as possible. You are used to being a “care-er,” not a “care-ee.”
The most important thing you can do to ensure safety is to find a board certified, competent, reliable plastic surgeon not far from your home who will be accessible to you before and after surgery. You should be healthy medically, and if there are medical issues, share them with your surgeon. These issues might not totally block your access to surgery, but surgery might need to be tapered down or delayed to assure optimal healing and recovery. You should follow the recommendations of your surgeon and doctor, be completely candid about any medical issues for which you are being treated, as well as any problems experienced with surgery in the past, and be open to strategies that are necessary to optimize success. This is a collaborative process.
While you want surgery to be affordable, you should not pursue the cheapest deal – this is surgery, not groceries. You don’t want to be lured to another state or country for promises of low costs. Low costs may reflect lower quality of care or cut corners, and lack of accreditation. And who will take care of you if you need followup and have left the location of your surgeon? The most important thing to assuring safety is to find a competent, board certified plastic surgeon who will safeguard you from problems and provide comprehensive care, including caring for predictable complications that could occur. If you are interested in learning more about Mommy Makeover surgery, please contact Dr. Michele Shermak at drshermak.com or call her office at 410-616-3000 to schedule an appointment.