How to control pain after mommy makeover?

Pain Control After Mommy Makeover!

Alternative analgesics if you’re allergic to codeine, you may also be to oxycodone or hydrocodone.

Toradol is an alternative medication which is equally as potent as narcotics like codeine without the side effects from narcotics.

If you are allergic to ASA or ibuprofen, you wont be able to take Toradol as it is in the same class as aspirin/ ibuprofen. (Mel T. Ortega, MD, Miami Plastic Surgeon)

Medicine after surgery

A pain pump is a big help. Also Nucynta a newer narcotic has less nausea but is expensive. (Gregory T. Lynam, MD, Richmond Plastic Surgeon)

Many patients mention this type of allergy. You need to discuss this with your board certified plastic surgeon because many carry issues with potential for bleeding.

Don’t figure this out with anyone other than your own surgeon as he will have a good suggestion in his armamentarium. (Ricardo A. Meade, MD, Dallas Plastic Surgeon)

Pain Pump an Ultram

Many people have a problem with codeine and its derivatives because it makes them nauseated. Due to the limited alternatives I generally recommend a pain pump which secretes long acting local medication directly to the operating sight as well as Ultram.Ultram generally dose not have the side effects of the other opiods.

The mommy makeover breast augmentation pain level

The mommy makeover breast augmentation pain level

This is particularly important in someone undergoing a tummy tuck.

Because the last thing we want to happen is for you to retch and or vomit which could be extremely painful as well as counterproductive in healing after surgery. (Ritu Chopra, MD, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon)

“Codeine Allergy”

Often when patients say they are “allergic” to codeine, they are really just remembering that they happen to be sensitive to the nausea side effect of narcotics.

If your allergy is nausea & vomiting, it is reasonable to try some other medication in the same family, as the side effect profile varies for each drug (and for every patient as an individual.)

Surgery mommy makeover pain level oxycodone (Percocet) or hydrocodone (Norco)

Surgery mommy makeover pain level oxycodone (Percocet) or hydrocodone (Norco)

You might do fine with oxycodone (Percocet) or hydrocodone (Norco). Compared to most other pain medications, the narcotic class is one of the most effective for pain relief, so don’t be too quick to discard them.

Additionally, if you did not use an anti-emetic, certainly add one to your postoperative regime. (Michael A. Bogdan, MD, FACS, Dallas Plastic Surgeon)

Pain Control After Tummy Tuck and Mommy Makeover

The best way of managing pain after surgery is to prevent it from happening using medication and techniques before and during surgery. For example, I routinely give my patients Celecoxib before surgery, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication; this continues for 1 week after surgery. During surgery I do injections with local anesthesia to freeze the nerves around the tummy muscles to prevent them from becoming sensitized and painful.

Mommy makeover surgery pain level ASA or ibuprofen

Mommy makeover surgery pain level ASA or ibuprofen

Also, I prefer to use a “Local Anesthesia Pump”, which slowly infuses a solution over the coming muscles that helps to prevent pain and stays in place for 2 days following surgery.

Through these techniques and others most of the pain after surgery can be avoided. However, with that I usually prescribe alternatives to codeine for those who are allergic. These alternatives include Morphine, Demeral, Tramacet, Tramadol, Fentanyl Patch, Percocet (Oxycocet). (Cory Goldberg, MD, Toronto Plastic Surgeon)

Cosmetic Surgery is an Art and a Science

Pain relief after surgery is an integral part of the practice. Most patients don’t understand the difference between an allergy and a side effect of medicine.

Mommy makeover surgery pain level after

Mommy makeover surgery pain level after

A true allergy will make the patient break out in hives. Nausea, vomitting and irritable behavior are side effects. In my experience, change the medicine to another drug i.e. hydrocodone, where there a fewer side effects. (Thomas A. Narsete, MD, Greenwood Village Plastic Surgeon)

Many people experience nausea or vomiting with codeine – this is not a true “allergy”, but an unfortunate side effect. If you had a rash, or throat swelling or wheezing – those are true allergy reactions. There are plenty of options for you, fortunately. If you had a true allergy reaction, you want to select a medication that is unrelated to codeine. Tramadol or Nucynta would be unlikely to give you a reaction, since they are structurally different drug molecules. Speak to your surgeon about your concerns.there are plenty of choices. All the best, (Thomas Fiala, MD, Orlando Plastic Surgeon)

Mommy makeover procedure pain level Nucynta

Mommy makeover procedure pain level Nucynta

I rarely use codeine for pain control. The patients have the option to use pain pumps and we use hydocodone or vicodin. I also use muscle relaxants in combination with anti inflammatories with very good success (Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS, New York Plastic Surgeon)

I Am Allergic to Codeine. Any Suggestions for Pain Control After Mommy Makeover?

Many patients get very nauseous after taking Codeine and feel that they have any allergy to it. Usually these reactions are just a bad side effect of the medication. An alternative would be Hydrocodone or Tramadol to control pain. (Thomas Guillot, MD, Baton Rouge Plastic Surgeon)

Pain control after surgery

Mommy makeover pain level Toradol alternative medication

Mommy makeover pain level Toradol alternative medication

Many patients are either allergic to, or have bad side effects of Codeine. Reducing the amount of pain, and need for post operative narcotics, is the really the goal. Pain reduction should begin in the OR. Long acting numbing medicine can be used. Regional blocks can be performed. And pain pumps are available. Intravenous Ibuprofen and Tylenol can be given so that you are comfortable when you wake up.

After surgery, NSAIDs should be started. Finally, low strength narcotics can be added as well. For those patients who can’t take Codeine, I generally use either Dilaudid or Demerol. If nausea develops there are other medications that can be used to treat the nausea. Let your surgeon help you. (Ronald Schuster, MD, Baltimore Plastic Surgeon)

Pain Control after Tummy Tuck?

Mommy makeover surgery pain level photos after

Mommy makeover surgery pain level photos after

There are many alternatives for oral medications effective after tummy tuck surgery. It would be best to avoid confusion and discuss the issue with your plastic surgeon who may have his/her preferences. The use of a postoperative pain control pump (long-acting local anesthesia drip) may also be helpful. (Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS, San Diego Plastic Surgeon)

Pain management in patients allergic to codeine

In instances where patients are allergic to narcotic analgesics, we tend to use a combination of darvocet, ultram, and/or celebrex for pain management. (Otto Joseph Placik, MD, Chicago Plastic Surgeon)

There are many pain medication choices. Your surgeon will discuss his/her choice of pain medication base on the anticipated discomfort, your allergic reaction to codeine and the surgeon’s preference for alternatives to codeine. (Earl Stephenson, Jr., MD, DDS, FACS, Atlanta Plastic Surgeon)

Mommy makeover pain level images pics

Mommy makeover pain level images pics

There are many medication and ways to control pain after any surgery. Discuss your specific situation with your doctor. (Samir Shureih, MD, Baltimore Plastic Surgeon)

Demerol is very good at controlling pain after a cosmetic procedure. Make sure your local pharmacy carries it before giving them your prescription. (Jeffrey E. Schreiber, MD, FACS, Baltimore Plastic Surgeon)

There is a big difference between a drug sensitivity and a drug allergy, with that being said, I would defer to your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to prescribe you an alternative pain medication. (Christine Sullivan, MD, Columbus Plastic Surgeon)

Codiene allergy.

Many patients feel that they are allergic to codeine because they became nauseated when they took it once. This is not a true allergy to the medication and can be caused by almost any type of medication.

Breast aug mommy makeover pain level images

Breast aug mommy makeover pain level images

Codeine is rarely prescribed today as the synthetic codeine derivatives, such as Vicodin, are usually used and generally have a better profile regarding side effects. If you do have a true allergy to codeine we previously used a drug called Darvocet which was a Davon compounded with Tylenol, however this medication has been removed from the market as of this month by the FDA. We are currently using Ultram as an alternative. (Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD, Houston Plastic Surgeon)

Codeine allergy or intolerance very common

Your reaction with codeine is common. Other alternative postoperative pain medications include hydrocodone products such as Vicodin; Ultram (tramadol); Toradol (NSAID). Talk to your plastic surgeon to see what she/he recommends for you. (C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS, Houston Plastic Surgeon)

Pain medication substitutes

This is something that you should review with your surgeon. I am not a big fan of the anti-inflammatories because they can cause bleeding. (Steven Wallach, MD, New York Plastic Surgeon)

Mommy makeover pain management

There are a number or other meds that can be used instead of codeine for post operative mommy makeover pain management.

One of the most effective ways to control the discomfort is to ask for a pain pump.

This is a medical device that we, the surgeon, inserts into the tummy tuck region that trickles Marcaine anesthetic over the undermined region.

It is placed under the skin and infuses at a very slow rate so that when the discomfort is at its greatest, usually the first three days, you will be able to tolerate the discomfort very well.

Also, I have used Celebrex in conjunction with the typical pain meds such as Loratab, Vicodin, and or Percocet.

The Celebrex helps with inflammation, doesn’t thin your blood (important post Mommy Makeover), and doesn’t cause nausea or vomiting.

It also allows the patient to not use as much of the narcotic pain meds as mentioned above. Any of the meds above, including Codeine can cause malaise, nausea, vomiting, and especially constipation. (Joel B. Beck, MD, FACS, Bay Area Plastic Surgeon)

Alternatives to codeine for pain relief

All narcotic pain relievers have some resemblance in their chemical structure, and an allergy to one can mean being allergic to others. Many times when patients tell me they are allergic to codeine it is not a true allergy, but rather a sensitivity, meaning they get nauseated or have some other side effect, rather than a rash, hives or other true allergic reaction.

Alternatives to codeine for pain management after mommy makeover

Alternatives to codeine for pain management after mommy makeover

It is best to define this first, and then look at some of the alternatives, both narcotic and non-narcotic.Although we have relied on the use of narcotic pain relievers for pain since the Civil War, they have some negatives and some patients just don’t tolerate them.

Or, in the case of recovering addicts, they never want to touch them again. Does this prevent us from being able to do surgery because of inability to deal with the pain? Not at all.

There are non-narcotic alternatives available which may be sufficient with proper mental preparation and good planning.

Discuss this with your doctor at length and I am sure a good program me can be planned to give you peace of mind going into surgery (Benjamin Gelfant, MD, Vancouver Plastic Surgeon)

Pain Control After Mommy Makeover

Surgery mommy makeover pain management pictures

Surgery mommy makeover pain management pictures

Mommy makeover pain management is usually approached from many different ways. Post-operative pain pills are less important than some intraoperative medications that can provide long term pain relief.

Recently, we have began using EXPAREL, which is a special form of local anesthesia that gives profound relief of pain for up to 72 hours after surgery. This coupled with no drains using a progressive tension style tummy tuck helps cut down on the pain experience after surgery.

The EXPAREL can be used all over the tummy to help the incisional pain as well as the deep pain that you may experience from the tightening of the muscles. As for oral pain medications, we typically use Nucynta which is a new narcotic pain medication with a lower incidence of nausea and vomiting as well as less constipation. This may be a good alternative for you. You should ask your plastic surgeon for their recommendations. (Kent V. Hasen, MD, Naples Plastic Surgeon)

Marcaine anesthetic Mommy makeover surgery pain management

Marcaine anesthetic Mommy makeover surgery pain management

Mommy Makeover comprises a spectrum of tightening/lifting procedures of the breast and abdomen. Tummy tuck is often performed to tighten muscles, address fat in the waist, and remove redundant skin and stretch marks.

Mommy makeover pain management has evolved an enormous amount. Today with have a medication called Exparel which may be injected into the abdominal wall intraoperatively and this is a slow release numbing medicine that lasts 4-5 days.

There is no associated nausea or constipation like we see with narcotics. There is an extra fee, but it’s well worth it! (Michele A. Shermak, MD, Baltimore Plastic Surgeon)

Pain control options following surgery

Celebrex helps with inflammation during mommy makeover pain management

Celebrex helps with inflammation during mommy makeover pain management

There are numerous options for pain management following surgery. There are several different types of narcotics that are available should you have problems with codeine.

Non narcotic medications such as advil and tylenol are useful as well. Intraoperatively, your surgeon may employ long acting local anesthesia such as Exparel which lasts for 3 days post-op.

The treatment for pain often involves all of the above. (Stephen M. Chen, MD, Richmond Plastic Surgeon)

Pain medication

Mommy makeover pain management after surgery

Mommy makeover pain management after surgery

I would recommend percocet (oxycodone based) or vicodin (hydrocodone based) – neither of which are codeine narcotics. The best choice of medication depends on the nature of your allergy – best to discuss with your doctor. (Grant Stevens, MD, Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon)

Allergy to Codeine and Plastic Surgery

A history of a bad reaction to codeine is not uncommon. Usually these patients will do fine with a synthetic such as hydrocodone or oxycodone. With the use of local anesthetics, most patients require much less narcotic. Just explain your reactions very carefully with your plastic surgeon. (Dustin L. Reid, MD, Austin Plastic Surgeon)

Pain mommy makeover

A long acting local anesthetic will reduce your need for codeine

Most oral pain medicines used after this surgery are cousins of codeine. If there is one in particular that works for you, then you can us it.

There are also a few modern pain medications which have much less of the side effects of narcotics like codeine; these will be more expensive.

I inject Exparel into the abdomenal wall and incision as well as the breast incisions at the time of a Mommy Makeover.

Exparel is a long acting local anesthetic which keeps these areas numb for three days after surgery .Patients take less than half of the usual number of pain pills after this surgery if Exparel is injected.

Without the side effects of codeine, like nausea, vomiting, sweats, dizziness, and constipation, patients feel much better after surgery.

When the patients have good pain control and minimal side effects, they are up and walking around earlier.

This ensures that patients don’t get blood clots and helps with deep breathing. Being able to walk and move around comfortably early after Mommy Makeover really speeds the entire recovery! (Stephan Finical, MD, Charlotte Plastic Surgeon)

Pain mommy makeover control after surgery

There are many pain medications that can be used after surgery. Vicodin is the most common but there are people that can not tolerate vicodin or codeine.

Pain mommy makeover control without codeine

Pain mommy makeover control without codeine

Ask your surgeon for a different form of pain medication. I also use a muscle relaxant in combination with pain meds that reduce the need for narcotics and helps reduce recovery time. (Shahriar Mabourakh, MD, FACS, Sacramento Plastic Surgeon)

The abdominoplasty pain of the MM can be greatly decreased by using Exparel. It’s FDA approved and limit the use of codeine or Percocet. I recommend it to my patients. (Frank J. Ferraro, MD, Paramus Plastic Surgeon)

Mommy makeover and pain control. Allergic to codeine

This is a very doctor specific question but it is important for you to know that there are other ways of controling pain.

It might be with the use of intraop injection of nerve specific areas with a long acting anesthetic, marcaine, or with the use of lidocaine given with a pain pump.

Pain mommy makeover surgery control photos

Pain mommy makeover surgery control photos

Pain control can be with other medications that can be listed by your doctor but there will be one that you will be able to use that will control your pain. (Steven M. Lynch, MD, Albany Plastic Surgeon)

Exparel for post operative pain control in mommy makeover

If you have a true allergy to codeine or cannot take any other narcotic pain medication such as hydrocodone or oxycodone, I would use Exparel at the time of surgery. This is a long acting local pain medication which when used properly can make post operative pain very tolerable. I have had patients that have had tummy tuck and never used a narcotic pain medication following the surgery when using Exparel. (Ralph Trey Aquadro, MD, Auburn Plastic Surgeon)

Allergic to codeine, any alternatives for pain control

How to control pain mommy makeover

How to control pain mommy makeover

I would make sure you have a true allergy to Codeine. If you have a history of an anaphylactic reaction or severe rash with Codeine, I would try using Tramadol or Toradol for your pain control. (Robert Najera, MD, Frisco Plastic Surgeon)

Codeine is metabolized to morphine in your body and morphine frequently causes a histamine release and occasionally nausea. I recommend speaking with your physician about your symptoms after codeine. Your surgeon can prescribe powerful anti-nausea and anti-histamine drugs to prevent your side effects. Other alternatives are available to the opiate family, but most are not as effective and do not have the safety profile that opiates have. (Jason Mussman, MD, Phoenix Plastic Surgeon)

Exparel for Post-operative Pain Control

Pain mommy makeover scar pictures

Pain mommy makeover scar pictures

I have been very impressed with the new formulation of Marcaine called Exparel. (I do not have any stock or interest in the company, I just like my patients to have less pain!)My breast augmentation patients usually complain of discomfort and pressure, but very rarely complain of deep muscle ache, pain or spasm. MOST of my breast augmentation patients take Tylenol only.

I often have difficulty keeping them away from activities over the first several days because they have tended to feel so well.The tummy tuck is the most painful operation that I perform, especially when muscle tightening is involved, which is usually the case. I have seen a DRAMATIC decrease in the amount of pain postoperatively when using Exparel.

To control pain mommy makeover surgery

To control pain mommy makeover surgery

I do not inject it into the skin; rather I place it as a nerve block (called “TAP Block” for “Transversus Abdominis Plane”) where I directly inject the anesthetic between the internal oblique and transversus abdominis muscle. My patients are able to take much less with regard to pain medications because of this technique.

In patients with narcotic intolerences, I use one of three medications for postoperative pain (in addition to the Exparel TAP block): Valium; Tramadol, or Flexeril. I  think most of the pain of the tummy tuck is related to muscles spasm (early) and lower back pain (later. after the first week).

I have had good success with these medications and narcotics are not always the most beneficial for postoperative pain. In addition, I recommend around the clock Tylenol as well as a nerve medication called Gabapentin before and after surgery. Hopefully your surgeon is sensitive about your needs and can help devise a medication regimen and nerve block plan that will minimize your pain! (Adam J. Oppenheimer, MD, Orlando Plastic Surgeon)

How long on pain meds after mommy makeover?

Various modalities can help

We have various modalities these days that minimize our dependence on opiates or codeine.

One of those includes doing an abdominoplasty under a spinal anesthetic which is excellent for postoperative pain control but it does require an overnight stay at the hospital.

The other is the use of Exparel which is a long lasting local anesthetic and that will improve pain control for the breasts and the tummy, and again will minimize one’s dependence on opiates.

Most patients aren’t allergic to opiates, per se, but they may be sensitive to them which may cause more nausea or vomiting.

Also using intravenous Tylenol during surgery helps a great deal. (Glynn Bolitho, PhD, MD, FACS, San Diego Plastic Surgeon)


If you have an allergy to codeine, you can still take Vicodin or Percocet. Both are very good narcotics for pain relief. In fact I would use them instead of codeine in every case. (Gary Lawton, MD, FACS, San Antonio Plastic Surgeon)

One option for post-operative pain control is Sprix Nasal Spray or intra-nasal toradol.

Toradol is one of the most powerful NSAID’s and has none of the negative side effects of opiate based pain medication (percocet/vicodin/norco) such as nausea, dizziness, constipation.

Ask your doctor if it is safe for you to try Sprix as a post op pain control medication.

How long on pain meds after mommy makeover procedure

How long on pain meds after mommy makeover procedure

NSAID’s impact the clotting cascade and increase the risk of bleeding, hematoma, as well as gastritis. (James H. Rosing, MD, Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon)

Pain control after mommy makeover

There are several options for reducing discomfort after surgery. Patients most commonly use a narcotic oral medication but certain individuals are sensitive to narcotics with headaches, stomach distress, and constipation. Sometimes one narcotic may work better than another.

My patients have had excellent response to dilaudid, especially when used along with valium to minimize muscle spasm and long acting local anesthetics. Discuss your concerns with your surgeon to find what solution will work best for your unique needs. (Andrew Goldberg, MD, Fairfax Plastic Surgeon)

Pain Control After Mommy Makeover

How long on pain meds after mommy makeover surgery

How long on pain meds after mommy makeover surgery

What is your reaction to Codeine and what pain medications have you safely taken in the past? If you have a sensitivity to Codeine (nausea, light-headedness, constipation), you may be fine with other narcotic pain relievers (Vicodin, Percocet, Demerol), especially if you have had no problems with them in the past. If you have a true allergy (rash, hives, swelling, shortness of breath), you may also be allergic to other narcotic pain relievers. In this case, Tramadol may be a safe option.

No matter what you take for pain relief, I recommend a muscle relaxer as well. I also recommend placing a pain pump to supplement your medications. This is similar to an epidural in that catheters are placed in the surgical area. These catheters are attached to a reservoir which continually pumps local anesthetic into the surgical area for pain relief without narcotics and can be refilled. Another option is Exparel, which is a long-acting local anesthetic that is injected during surgery.As you can see, there are a few good options for pain control. It’s best to talk with your surgeon about your allergies and devise a plan that suits your needs. (Gabriel Chiu, DO, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon)

Pain control after mommy makeover surgery.

How long on pain meds after mommy makeover operation

How long on pain meds after mommy makeover operation

Some patients have post-operative nausea and vomiting due to the narcotics they are using.We find that patients label this an allergy when it may be due to simply taking the medication on an empty stomach. If there is any question, a different pain medication should be substituted such as demerol, percoset, etc. In our practice, we use an injectable medication called Exparel which is fantstic.

It provides pain relief for about 72 hours and really makes a difference. You will use less pain medicine and hopefully have less problems with post operative nausea. I often will get my patients to start using Advil or Alleve very soon post op and get off the narcotics ASAP as well. (Paul Watterson, MD, Charlotte Plastic Surgeon)

Pain meds after mommy makeover

Pain after Mommy Makeover

The discomfort after mommy makeover procedures is often less than expected if the surgeon follows a few simple guidelines.

Treatment with non-opioid pain medications at the start of the procedure as well as the use of local anesthetic can prevent activation of some pain mediated pathways.

This limits the amount of anesthesia and pain medication required as well as decreases the discomfort and recovery after your procedure.

Exparel has become a wonderful addition to procedures in appropriate patients and can provide some degree of pain relief for up to 72 hours if used at the time of the procedure.

There are many non-opioid alternatives to codeine and your plastic surgeon can evaluate your particular allergy and make recommendations.

As with any procedure there will be some discomfort after a mommy makeover, however, with appropriate steps this can be dramatically improved. (Ryan Diederich, MD, Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon)

I Am Allergic to Codeine. Any Suggestions for Pain Control After Mommy Makeover?

I am using a long acting local anesthesia that is applied at the end of the operative procedure and will keep the patient pain free for 3 days.

Also, during the operation under general anesthesia the tumescent process prior to excision and dissection limits swelling and therefore keeps the pain low.

The pain meds after mommy makeover surgery

The pain meds after mommy makeover surgery

This combination of techniques could then be augmented with a non narcotic oral pain medication. (Thomas Trevisani, Sr., MD, Orlando Plastic Surgeon)

Codeine Allergy

It is important to discuss your allergy with your treating plastic surgeon. There are several alternatives to codeine available.

Also, be sure to describe what your reaction was to your plastic surgeon, as oftentimes patients mistake side effects (such as nausea) for an allergy. I’m sure he or she will find an adequate alternative! (Bryan Correa, MD, Houston Plastic Surgeon)

Meds to Control Pain After Mommy Makeover

The pain meds after surgery mommy makeove picturesr

The pain meds after surgery mommy makeove picturesr

There are many options for pain control after a mommy makeover. In addition to narcotics other than codeine (Percocet, Tramacet, Dilaudid) there are several effective non-narcotic pain medications (Toradol, Celebrex, etc.).

Many plastic surgeons use nerve blocks during surgery or insert pain pumps after surgery. (William Andrade, MD, Toronto Plastic Surgeon)

Pain relief after tummy tuck

There are many codeine alternatives that are suitable for a tummy tuck procedure. Once you speak to your surgeon, I am sure you can be prescribed an alternative medicine. (Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS, Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon)

Pain management following Mommy Makeover

Pain meds after mommy makeover operation

Pain meds after mommy makeover operation

Many people have adverse reaction to pain relief medications containing narcotics such as codeine (Tylenol #3), hydrocodone (Vicodan) and oxycodone (Percocet). Rarely is it a true allergy but rather a sensitivity causing symptoms such as itching, nausea or grogginess.

Alternatives like extra strength Tylenol may not be strong enough and anti-inflammatory meds like Advil, Motrin, Aleve or Ultram can have the undesirable side effect of excessive bruising or even hematoma formation. I am a strong proponent of the marcaine pain pump (On-Q) for all my abdominoplasty patients and have also used it in combination with breast surgery procedures.

Exparel pain meds after mommy makeover breast augmentation

Exparel pain meds after mommy makeover breast augmentation

The medication is automatically delivered through very thin catheters under the skin anesthetizing the muscles where most discomfort is felt. After 3 days the pump becomes depleted, but it can be refill by the doctor if necessary, or removed by the patient if not. (Scott A. Brenman, MD, FACS, Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon)

There are codeine alternatives that can help you feel comfortable after surgery.

A true allergic reaction to codeine requires an alternative for pain management — but luckily there are several excellent alternatives to choose from. Be sure to discuss your concerns with your surgeon, and you can also do some research on your own to find out the different classes of drugs that are safe for people allergic to codeine. If you have a negative reaction to codeine (such as severe nausea) rather than an allergic response, bring this question up to your surgeon to see what he or she recommends as an alternative. In either case, a strong NSAID may work to help keep your discomfort manageable after surgery without the need for opiates. (Frank Campanile, MD, Denver Plastic Surgeon)

Pain after mommy makeover

Codeine allergy

Other drugs can be used to control postoperative pain like antinflamatories, generally opiates pain killers are not used postoperative, but they can be substituted by other ones. (Kemil Issa, MD, Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon)

Options beyond codeine

You have alot of options beyond codeine. During sugery, your surgeon can give you some local anesthesia, use exparel or pain pumps.

After surgery when you are at home recovering, there are many options of oral pain medications that do not include codeine.

Speak with your plastic surgeon and discuss your options before surgery and talk to him or her about expectations after surgery as well. (Kiran Polavarapu, MD, Fort Worth Plastic Surgeon)

Staying comfortable after a mommy makeover

There are lots of options for keeping you comfortable after a mommy makeover. I usually use a variety of things so that you get all the benefit and little in the way of side-effects.

Some options include different combinations of: tylenol, gabepentin, opioids (tramadol, oxycodone, morphine, demerol, dilaudid), NSAID’s and can all be use effectively so that you are comfortable following surgery.

I wouldn’t worry about the allergy, you have lots of options. (Rodger Shortt, FRCSC, Toronto Plastic Surgeon)

Many options for pain control

The pain after operation mommy makeover

The pain after operation mommy makeover

Whenever a patient tells me they have an allergy to a medicine the first thing I asked them is what happens when you take the medicine. Most the time when it comes to narcotics the patients experience an upset stomach or nausea. This would not be a true allergy but what we were referred to as a intolerance. Although the breast portion of a mommy makeover usually does not have much discomfort, the abdomen can be a very different story.

In an effort to alleviate postoperative pain or at the very least to minimize it I usually recommend to my patients either the use of Experal, a long acting injectable or an On-Q pain pump. Additionally I will usually have the patience take some form of a nonsteroidal such as Motrin or Toradol.

Some patients experience postoperative muscle spasms and this can be addressed with a low dose of Valium. Finally the mainstay of any postoperative pain management program will be a narcotic. Even for patients who say they are codiene allergic medicine such as hydrocodone or oxycodone can usually be used with success.

The pain after surgery mommy makeover pictures

The pain after surgery mommy makeover pictures

But keep in mind all of these medications must be taken on a full stomach otherwise nausea is assured. Also keep in mind that everybody has a different pain tolerance and their experience does not nessisarily mean it will be the same as yours. (John Mancoll, MD, Virginia Beach Plastic Surgeon)

Pain Medication for Boca Raton Mommy Makeover

Here are our practice in Boca Raton, mommy makeover patients find that Percocet or Vicodin are excellent for discomfort. Neither have the drawbacks of codeine (nausea, etc) and both can be used for patients who are actually allergic to codeine.

Mommy makeover pain after pictures

Mommy makeover pain after pictures

Some patients find that discomfort is lessened by the following:

  1. Getting enough rest. Rest is the primary treatment for surgical discomfort!
  2. Absolutely avoid lifting anything over 15 lb. This includes taking young children in and out of the tub, the carseat and the highchair, as well as bags of groceries. Don’t run the vac or do other strenuous household tasks and definitely avoid exercise until you’re cleared to return to the gym.
  3. Keeping things moving! Constipation is common after any surgery, especially abdominal surgery. Eat plenty of fruit and veggies and drink lots of water to avoid becoming constipated, which can increase abdominal discomfort.
  4. Contact your surgeon if the discomfort is not controlled by pain meds. (Jonathan Berman, MD, Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon)

Allergic to codeine, considering Mommy makeover

I recommend that patients allergic to codeine consider the use of a pain pump or injected Exparel( a slowly released local anesthetic). In addition to this, patients allergic to codeine are often able to take other narcotics such as oral Demerol or hydrocodone, or non-narcotics such as Toradol (John Zavell, MD, FACS, Toledo Plastic Surgeon)

Financing plastic surgery

Plastic Surgery Financing

Finance companies like CARE CREDIT are available at each plastic surgeon officde, you can apply on line and get answers in15 min., your bank, credit union, family creddit cards.

You need to think of the cost of the surgery, surgeon, anesthesia, facility. However what is your contingency plan if you need another surgry for unwanted results or complications.

Lately, I heard they are charging 20%. (Samir Shureih, MD, Baltimore Plastic Surgeon)

Credit choices are available

At our office we use Care Credit and Capitol One, each offers alternatives.

Most of our patients have been satisfied with their service. (Jeffrey Zwiren, MD, Atlanta Plastic Surgeon)

Care Credit or CapitalOne

Plastic surgery has many things that may be overhyped, or promise too much without delivery! The cost for good or bad procedures can be rather steep.

But the great news is that CareCredit and CapitalOne are two reputable companies with many different plans that suite your financing goals.

As with any financing plan, be sure that the payments do not make it difficult for you to pay for your essential daily needs. (Robert M. Freund, MD, New York Plastic Surgeon)

Financing plastic surgery photo

Financing plastic surgery photo

We use Care Credit and Capital One. You can often get interest-free or low interest loans spread out over varying lengths of time. (William Groff, DO, San Diego Dermatologist)

Carecredit is my favorite

I work with carecredit. obviously there are many other reputable companies out there, however make sure you read the fine line and avoid any inflated fees. I have seen some companies charge many inflated fees, and just make sure you read the fine print before signing any documents.

Mommy makover financing of plastic surgery

Mommy makover financing of plastic surgery

I have also worked with surgery loans which had a good reputation as well. (Marwan R. Khalifeh, MD, Chevy Chase Plastic Surgeon)

Financing for aesthetic surgery.

Care Credit is one of the more popular financial institutions with a focus on the plastic surgery filed. (Otto Joseph Placik, MD, Chicago Plastic Surgeon)

Care Credit and Chase financing are the two I know of. (Steven Wallach, MD, New York Plastic Surgeon)

Financing for plastic surgery

You may have more recovery time, (and time off work). In the very rare instance, you may have to back to the O.R. (for bleeding, etc;).

Best to ask your plastic surgeon who he/she uses. Take your time and decide. Remember this is elective surgery.

You do not need to rush into something without doing research and asking questions. (Jeffrey Roth, MD, Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon)

CareCredit seems reputable.

My patients have almost exclusively used Care Credit when they are financing a loan for their plastic surgery. CareCredit is is a part of GE Capital financing (and they have been around for a long time).

My experience with many of the other “medical loan” companies has not been so favorable.

The patient’s loan interest rates can be very high and some of the loan companies also charge the surgeon a large percentage of the loan amount up front. (Douglas J. Raskin, MD, DMD, Colorado Springs Plastic Surgeon)

Plastic surgery financing

CareCredit is the most reputable and largest cosmetic surgery financing company in the US. You can receive approval online in a matter of minutes and most plastic surgeons offer this type of financing.

You can locate them online or consult with a local plastic surgeon for more information. (William Bruno, MD, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon)

Reputable Lenders

Mommy makover financing for plastic surgery

Mommy makover financing for plastic surgery

Good medical financing companies are getting harder to find as some of the reputable ones like Chase Health Advance have left the field. CareCredit is still the leader. (Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS, West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon)

When looking to finance your cosmetic surgery, you should always look for reputable companies. In Canada there are two companies that specialize in cosmetic procedures: Medicard and CreditMedical.

In addition to these, you can always go to your bank and request a loan or a line of credit (which in fact may have a better rate then Medicard/CreditMedical).

Image of financing for plastic surgery in US

Image of financing for plastic surgery in US

Shop around for the best rate but avoid shady businesses. (and remember. the best rate is 0%. when you save up for your procedure. the worst rate is your credit card) Sincerely, Martin Jugenburg, MD (Martin Jugenburg, MD, Toronto Plastic Surgeon)

Plastic Surgery Financing

Care Credit is probably the most popular company for plastic surgical loans. We have found them ethical and have few complaints from our patients. The most important thing is making sure you can afford the loan conditions and realize in the long run you of course are paying more due to the interest than waiting, saving up and paying the whole amount when you have sufficient funds available.

Many women set up a banking account separate from their other monies to save for such an occasion. (Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS, Orange County Plastic Surgeon)

Options for Plastic Surgery financing Montreal

Financing for plastic surgery breast augmentation

Financing for plastic surgery breast augmentation

In Montreal Plastic Surgery financing can be obtained through two main providers, both highly reputable. These are Medicard and Credit Medical. They both offer flexible plans and can usually approve a patient within 24 hours of their application.

Their interest rates vary according to a patient’s credit history but are not unreasonable. Many of our patients have used these plastic surgery financing plans with success. (Arie Benchetrit, MD, Montreal Plastic Surgeon)

Paying for plastic surgery.

Financing plastic surgery procedures is a relatively common occurrence today. In years past, patients dipped into their home equity or other sources of equity to finance plastic surgery.

Financing for plastic cosmetic surgery

Financing for plastic cosmetic surgery

The most common and most reputable credit/financing companies for plastic surgery are CareCredit and Chase CapitalOne. You will have to judge for yourself the benefit of taking on debt to finance plastic surgery. It may be a good investment for you but you will have to make sure that you are:

  1. well informed with regards to the terms of the loan
  2. are able to comfortably pay for the loan
  3. not adding an unnecessary financial stress to your life now or in the future should your income or financial responsibilities change. (Remus Repta, MD, Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon)

Plastic surgery financing

Care credit or credit cards

Your best bet is either using Care Credit, the leader in the industry, or a low APR credit card.

If you can be vigilant and keep a watchful eye out in the mail for introductory credit card offers, you can have APR rates that are extremely low using a credit card.

It may involve starting with one card then transferring the balance to another card before the introductory rates expire, so a fair amount of work can be involved.

If you are not interested in that kind of work, Care credit will not offer quite as low rates but will be easier to manage on a monthly basis. (Robert Steely, MD, Houston Plastic Surgeon)

I offer care credit and surgery loans through the office. Credit cards are also accepted. I advise the patients to only perform the surgery if the know they are fully able to pay the loan before they are roped into the abyss where they are paying 35% interest.

I am helping with financing the patient through all of these services (Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS, New York Plastic Surgeon) is a reputable financing company

In my office we use when patients are interested in financing. They are good about extending credit and they have attractive rates.

But remember, its important to be realistic about what you can afford prior to going forward with a procedure. (Jason E. Leedy, MD, Cleveland Plastic Surgeon)

Plastic surgery financing cosmetic photos

Plastic surgery financing cosmetic photos

Care Credit is a company that many plastic surgeons use, and our patients often apply for financing through this lender. As with any financing or credit card, it is very important to understand the payoff options and interest rates, especially if there is an initial interest-free time period.

Your plastic surgeon’s office staff should be able to help guide you through this process. (Michelle A. Spring, MD, FACS, Missoula Plastic Surgeon)

CareCredit is hands down the most reputable lender for cosmetic surgery. The application process is fast and easy. I keep a link on my website for patients to use. Approval only takes a few minutes. They have several payback options. Be sure to pay off any balances on the plans that offer 0% in the time allotted or you make end up paying for interest from the beginning. (Martin O’Toole, MD, Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon)

The plastic surgery financing

The plastic surgery financing

In my clinic we have been working with a Medical Financing company for some years now and it is a great place they lend you the money for surgery and then with months you pay them back or depending the agreement you have with them but usually this is how it works we have not had any complaints they are a very good company. Regards ! (Luis Suarez, MD, Mexico Plastic Surgeon)

Care Credit for Plastic Surgery Financing

A very popular lender for cosmetic surgery is Care Credit. (John J. Edney, MD, Omaha Plastic Surgeon)

There are several companies that finance plastic surgery including mommy makeover, including care credit and Capital One. patients can also use their credit card which offers initial reduced rates for financing their plastic surgery. (S. Sean Younai, MD, FACS, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Plastic Surgery Financing

Plastic surgery financing scar picture

Plastic surgery financing scar picture

My practice has had a very good experience with care credit. We recommend it to all patients exploring financing options as it comes with several low interest options and even a few zero interest options.

They have excelllent customer service and ease of use. If not approved, some patients will perform the part of the procedure they most desire, then come back for a second procedure when they reach a better financial situation. (Paul S. Gill, MD, Houston Plastic Surgeon)

The finance company I am most familiar with is Care Credit. They have provided loans for cosmetic surgery for many years and are a reputable company. (Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD, Houston Plastic Surgeon)

We use care credit for all of our patients that need financing. They have different plans from 0% interest to extended plans with a 14.9% interest rate. (Jhonny Salomon, MD, Miami Plastic Surgeon)

Mommy makeover financing Denver

There are many reliable financing options in Denver

The most well-known dedicated cosmetic surgery financing option is through CareCredit, which I offer at my own practice, and there are a few others as well.

However, many patients use a regular low-interest credit card to pay for their procedure, or split the total between lenders.

Regardless of which option you choose, be sure you read the fine print so you understand exactly the terms to which you’re agreeing.

Remember, there’s always the option of saving up over a period of several months until you can pay for your procedure in cash up front, which can save hundreds of dollars in interest on payments that would otherwise add up over time. (Frank Campanile, MD, Denver Plastic Surgeon)

Surgical procedures for aesthetic purposes, to improve appearance, are not covered by insurance. Typically, these as well as complications resulting from such procedures are the responsibility of the patient.

CareCredit is one financing company that may help you, if you qualify. (Lewis Albert Andres, MD, Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon)

My practice uses Care Credit exclusively. They are reputable, transparent and my patients have not had any complaints or problems with them. (Niki Christopoulos, MD, FACS, Chicago Plastic Surgeon)

Care Credit offers reputable, reliable financing for cosmetic plastic surgery and procedures. (Ralph Trey Aquadro, MD, Auburn Plastic Surgeon)

Financing options in Denver

Mommy makeover financing in Denver Colorado

Mommy makeover financing in Denver Colorado

There are several options available, with Care Credit being one of the more common. As with any loan or credit card, always read the fine print and make sure you understand the consequences of things like missing or late payments. In general, I would advise patients to create a savings plan (similar to the financing payment plan) and put surgery off for some time as opposed to taking debt upon themselves. However, financing is a personal decision and taken on a case by case basis. (Bryan Correa, MD, Houston Plastic Surgeon)

The best medical loan lender I’ve used is. Care credit. They are easy to use work well with my staff and the costs are reasonable. (Frank J. Ferraro, MD, Paramus Plastic Surgeon)

CareCredit is a reputable lender for cosmetic surgery procedures. Many of the patients use this company. We have had a relationship with them for years and no problems. (Gary Lawton, MD, FACS, San Antonio Plastic Surgeon)

The mommy makeover financing Denver cosmetic surgery

The mommy makeover financing Denver cosmetic surgery

There are a lot of options out there, however, our office has used CareCredit the most. It seems the most reliable and consistently happy patients. (Alfred Sofer, MD, FACS, Fairfield Plastic Surgeon)

Denver Financing option

We have worked with Credit Medical and Crelogix in Canada and have found them to be pretty convenient for both us and the patient. (Jerome Edelstein, MD, Toronto Plastic Surgeon)

The top lender in my practice is CareCredit. Make sure that you carefully review the financing terms and interest rates for each option. (Jeremy A. Benedetti, MD, Tampa Plastic Surgeon)

Financing your cosmetic surgery

Image of mommy makeover operation Denver

Image of mommy makeover operation Denver

Financing your cosmetic surgery has become increasingly popular. There are some great lenders available. I participate with Alphaeon Credit and CareCredit and highly recommend these companies. They have low interest rates available as well as budget friendly plans.

We also accept Enhance Patient Financing and Lots of options but not all physicians participate with the same companies. I definitely recommend finding a physician that you like and trust and then investigate their financing options. (Alan N. Larsen, MD, Atlanta Plastic Surgeon)

Financing for cosmetic surgery in Denver

It sounds like you are financially savvy and willing to do your homework. I have had patients use Care Credit in my practice. That said, make sure you read all the fine print and are careful to avoid missing any payments to prevent hefty interest penalties. Cosmetic surgery should be an experience that makes you feel good – cutting finances too tight will interfere with enjoying your new look. (Grant Stevens, MD, Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon)