Going for a plastic surgery consultation can be daunting even if you’ve done your research. You’ll want to make the most of the time with the consultant plastic surgeon and get as much information about your procedure as possible.
We’ve outlined ten questions to ask your plastic surgeon at the consultation so you don’t go away with any questions, doubts or uncertainties.
Who will operate on me?
Your consulting plastic surgeon is not always the surgeon to carry out the procedure. A team of specialist plastic surgeons are required to perform a transformative procedure, such as the Mummy Makeover. Always do your research into the surgeon(s) performing your makeover surgery.
Most women prefer to see a female surgeon for their plastic surgery and visit Elena Prousskaia for her expertise, kindness and compassion – she’s the #1 female surgeon in the UK for reconstructive surgery. Ms Prousskaia oversees the procedure to ensure its success from start to finish.
What are your qualifications and experience?
If your consulting plastic surgeon is not the one to operate on you, make sure to check the credentials of the ones who are. Certifications to look for are as follows:
Board certified by The Royal College of Surgeons (look for RCS or FRCS).
Member of the General Medical Council
The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) is a British organisation promoting excellence in plastic surgery. They provide education and training for its members and advocate for the highest standards of patient care.
A fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) is a prestigious qualification awarded to surgeons who have completed rigorous training and assessment. The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) is also responsible for setting and maintaining high standards in surgical education and practice.
The GMC is the regulatory body for doctors in the United Kingdom and the GMC register is a list of all doctors who are licensed to practice medicine in the UK.
What are the risks of the procedure?
The multiple procedures combined into one poses a slightly higher complication risk but the chances are still low. Some factors increase your surgery risk, such as obesity, being underweight and smoking. Any responsible surgeon will not operate if you’re in a high-risk category.
What is recovery like after the Mummy Makeover?
The Mummy Makeover is an extensive surgery requiring plenty of rest after the procedure. It involves a tummy tuck, liposuction, breast surgery and body contouring. You can’t straighten your tummy for 2 weeks after the tummy tuck and it might be 6-8 weeks before you can do gentle exercise.
It takes up to 12 months to fully recover from the Mummy Makeover surgery. However, most patients can resume their normal activities after 6-8 months due to the high standard of surgical excellence and “first-class” aftercare at Elena Prousskaia’s clinics.
What can affect recovery?
We always recommend that patients take their time returning to their usual activities after the Mummy Makeover because every recovery journey looks different. Some factors mean recovery takes longer for you.
Unfortunately, the skin doesn’t heal as quickly when we get older because we lose structural collagen. After thirty, we lose 1-1.5% of our skin’s collagen. With age comes a higher risk of comorbidities impacting recovery from plastic surgery.
Health conditions such as diabetes, obesity, vascular disease and poor circulation can slow down wound healing. Moreover, some medications, sex hormones, stress and nutrition can influence your Mummy Makeover recovery timeline. Here are some tips to optimise your recovery
Five tips to optimise your recovery:
Improve circulation with gentle massage and movement from 4 weeks (once wounds are healed).
Eat nutrient-dense foods, get plenty of protein and drink lots of water daily
Get plenty of sleep. At least eight hours of sleep per night is recommended for optimal health
Get outdoors for at least 10 minutes daily. Vitamin D is important for immune health and recovery.
What results can I expect?
The first things to investigate before choosing a plastic surgeon are Mummy Makeover before and after photos. These are invaluable for learning the possibilities of the procedure for you. But do you know how to make the most of them?
Ask yourself these 5 questions when viewing before and after pictures
Are the surgery scars obvious?
Has the surgeon corrected diastasis recti? – a bulging between the abdominal muscles
Is the breast augmentation/breast reduction/breast lift symmetrical?
Are the breasts natural-looking/proportional?
Would you be happy with a similar result?
View our Mummy Makeover Gallery
I do not belive another surgeon could have achieved as great a result as her!
What can affect the results?
Not everyone will get the same result after Mummy Makeover surgery. Here are some things that may affect the outcome of surgery.
Age – with age, your skin loses elasticity which could affect the success of tummy and breast rejuvenation
Small breasts – low breast volume could lead to more noticeable breast implants
Breast implant shape – we offer two shapes of silicone implant – one gives a fuller appearance, the other a more natural look. You decide the outcome.
What is your aftercare like?
No other clinics offer as much support to patients after surgery. You’ll have a comfortable and quiet stay at North Bristol Private Hospital (or local clinic) to keep an eye on your initial recovery. You’ll leave with dressings and pain medication to last until your first follow-up a week later. We’ll monitor recovery again at four weeks, three months, six months and one year. Additional appointments are always available on request.
Ms Prousskaia will explain the procedure, from start to finish, at your initial consultation so you’ll never go into the procedure with doubts or anxieties.
Dr Elena was amazing at alleviating all my anxieties. I had a million question before surgery, and Dr Elena always explained things with such clarity and honesty.
Who do I contact with a query?
Elena Prousskaia never discharges her patients – they can get in touch at any time to ask questions about the procedure or to simply update her on their progress. Phone your clinic for any urgent queries, or send a message to Elena or her team.
If I had any concerns, worries or questions, all i had to do was send an email to Miss Prousskaia & she would get back to me
How should I prepare for the surgery?
Once you decide to go ahead with the procedure, you should prioritise a healthy lifestyle to reduce your surgery risk.
Stop smoking/using nicotine
Avoid drastic weight changes, this could put you in a high-risk category
Follow your surgeon’s recommendations – each person’s surgery preparation will be different