If you are considering a cosmetic surgery procedure to improve a specific aesthetic concern, the possibility of combining different procedures may not have crossed your mind. But men and women frequently combine plastic surgery procedures to maximize their results or minimize their downtime.
What Are the Benefits of Combining Plastic Surgery Procedures?
Here are some common benefits you can enjoy from combining your plastic surgery procedures. Of course, not everyone is a good candidate for merging plastic surgery procedures, so discuss your options with your plastic surgeon to learn what will work best for you.
Achieve Optimal Results
When deciding on a plastic surgery procedure, you are probably most eagerly anticipating one thing—amazing results! Combining procedures can give you transformative results that you may not get from a single surgery.
For example, if you want to rejuvenate your appearance and opt for a facelift, it will not address aging in your upper face, such as your sagging eyelids or brow. But you can enjoy a complete facial transformation when you combine eyelid surgery and brow lift with your facelift.
Make the Best Use of Your Time
Each cosmetic surgery procedure involves many demands on your time, such as consultations, recovery periods, and follow-up visits. You may struggle with juggling your schedule and taking time off from work to handle everything involved with your procedures.
Combining procedures can reduce the time spent for consultation and recovery, as you only need to do these things once. While your recovery may be longer than for a single procedure, it’s still more time efficient than separate recoveries for multiple procedures.
Reduce Potential for Complications
Each time you undergo cosmetic surgery and receive anesthesia, there is potential for complications. When you undergo several procedures in one setting, there is less risk as you don’t need multiple rounds of anesthesia. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon who works with a qualified anesthesiologist will ensure your procedure will be handled safely and skillfully.
You may have the potential to save money when combining procedures versus having several single procedures. There are facility fees, anesthesiologist fees, and so on for every surgery you undergo. When combining procedures, you pay many of these fees one time instead of several times.
The cost of the procedure and other support services will vary depending on your geographical area and the plastic surgeon you choose. You should discuss costs with your plastic surgeon to determine whether there are cost-savings by consolidating your surgeries.
Plastic Surgery Procedures You Can Combine for Best Results
Some plastic surgery procedures are beneficial to combine due to recovery time, safety, and desired results.
- Tummy tuck and liposuction
- Tummy tuck and breast augmentation
- Facelift and blepharoplasty
- Facelift and fat transfer
- Rhinoplasty and chin augmentation
- Breast reduction and breast lift
- Breast augmentation and breast lift
One of the most popular combinations of surgeries includes breast enhancement (breast augmentation, breast reduction, or a breast lift), liposuction, and a tummy tuck. Because it addresses so many of the frustrating aftereffects of pregnancy, this combination of surgeries is often called a mommy makeover. You can learn more about the benefits of this combination procedure in our related blog post.
Which Plastic Surgery Combinations Should You Avoid?
You should avoid combining certain procedures that complicate your recovery or dangerously increase the surgical time.
Some combination procedures unnecessarily complicate the recovery process. For example, one combination to avoid would be breast augmentation and a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL). Recovery from this pairing would be challenging since you need to sleep on your stomach after BBL, but you can’t lie on your stomach after breast augmentation.
Surgical Time Safety
Most plastic surgeons try to keep surgical time to less than 6 hours to ensure patient safety. Some combinations would extend the surgical time beyond that safety threshold. Performing the surgeries separately helps avoid keeping a patient under anesthesia for too long.
Your plastic surgeon will be your best guide when deciding which procedures to combine and which to avoid. An experienced and knowledgeable surgeon can advise you on possible complications that may arise when combining certain procedures, always keeping your safety at the forefront of any decision.
Are You a Good Candidate to Combine Procedures?
You should be in good physical health if you’re considering combining plastic surgery procedures. Since the healing and recovery time might be longer than a single procedure, your overall health will play an important role. You should also be a nonsmoker or willing to refrain from smoking and using tobacco products for several weeks before and after surgery.
Combining Procedures Is Trending Up
Combining several plastic surgery procedures into a single procedure can be enticing, and it’s growing increasingly popular among plastic surgery patients. In a recent report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 80% of responding plastic surgeons said that more people are seeking combination surgeries to consolidate downtime and achieve more extensive and longer-lasting results.
Commonwealth Plastic Surgery has helped many men and women achieve amazing results with a variety of combination procedures, as you can see in our before and after gallery. To see if you are a good candidate for a combination of procedures, request a consultation or call us at (859) 277-9435 to schedule an appointment.