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How Long Does a Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation Surgery Take?

Combining a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and breast augmentation (augmentation mammaplasty) is a popular choice for women seeking a comprehensive transformation, particularly during a Mommy Makeover. If you're considering this option, it's crucial to grasp the surgical process and its duration. This understanding will not only help you plan effectively but also manage your expectations.

The duration of a combined tummy tuck and breast augmentation surgery is not set in stone. It varies based on factors such as the extent of correction needed, the specific surgical techniques used, and the inclusion of any additional procedures. Data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons suggests that a tummy tuck alone typically takes around 2-5 hours, while breast augmentation surgery usually takes 1-2 hours.

When the two procedures are combined, the total surgical time is generally around 2-6 hours. However, in some cases, the surgery may take up to 8 hours if more extensive correction is needed, such as a reverse tummy tuck or breast implant revision.

The specific techniques used during the surgery can significantly impact the overall duration. For example, a mini tummy tuck, a technique that only focuses on improving the area below the belly button, is quicker than a full tummy tuck that addresses the entire abdominal area. Similarly, the placement of breast implants above or below the chest muscle, or the use of fat transfer instead of implants for augmentation, can influence the length of the procedure.

During a tummy tuck, the surgeon makes an incision in the abdomen, above the pubic area. This usually goes from hip to hip. Through the incision, the abdominal muscles are accessed and excess skin and fat are removed. The remaining skin is repositioned, and the incision is closed with sutures. Liposuction may also be used to reach stubborn fat deposits and refine the contours of the abdomen.

For breast augmentation, the surgeon makes an incision either along the underside of the breast, around the areola, or in the armpit. The incision placement depends on the patient's anatomy, the type of implant used and the experience of the surgoen. The implant is inserted above or partially below the chest muscle. In some cases, fat transfer from another area of the body may be used instead of implants to increase breast volume.

After evaluating your anatomy and discussing your desired outcomes, your plastic surgeon can provide a more accurate estimate of the anticipated surgical time. General anesthesia is used during the procedure, ensuring that you remain asleep and comfortable throughout the surgery.