It's not uncommon for well experienced doctors to give out mis-information like that. Have seen in 100's of situations over the last 15 years. Is strange to me because they have access to all the same information that we have over the internet and should know that it is a good operation without "ischemia during the surgical process" or "too difficult to undergo all at once". You can do your own homework and find that those comments aren't true if the operating surgeon isn't working alone. That is one of the advantages we have with a team of 5 Plastic Surgeons. We have done 1000's of bilateral SGAP procedures over time and continue to do them weekly in our facility in New Orleans.
Clearly, bilateral simultaneous SGAP surgery is safe and reliable. We wrote the article on it in 2005 that you can find here along with a lot of other helpful information on the topic.
The best way for me to give you comment on the timing is to send a picture of what things look like now to Liz and have her let me review it on Monday. Then she can get back to you with best answer.