Should you combine plastic surgery procedures when you want to undergo more than one? To some extent, that may seem like you’re adding some unnecessary complications into the mix. But the reality is that these combined procedures are relatively common. So much will depend on your physiology and your desired results.

Should You Combine Plastic Surgery Procedures? It Depends

Plastic surgery is serious business. The surgeons are there to take the procedure seriously, because there are health concerns and risks associated with any surgical procedure. So taking a slow, methodical, and thoughtful course through the process is almost always the way to go. So should you ever combine plastic surgery procedures?

At first glance, combining multiple procedures seems as though it’s adding unnecessary complications into the plastic surgery process. But that’s initial instinct isn’t always well founded. Indeed, sometimes cutting down on the expected recovery process (by undergoing, essentially, two recoveries at once) can be more beneficial in the long run.

Why Would You Combine Procedures?

The reality is that combining procedures is an incredibly common practice in the field of plastic surgery. Sometimes it’s tummy tuck combined with liposuction. In other cases it might be breast augmentation combined with breast lift. Indeed, one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, Mommy Makeover, is simply a combination of three different surgeries.

Usually, procedures are combined for one very simple reason: it’s easier on the body. That might seem a little counter-intuitive, so let’s get into that a bit. Plastic surgery can be rough on your physiology–your body swells, bruises, and you have to take time off work to take care of yourself.

By getting all of your recovery done in one go, you give your body a major advantage: you only have to worry about complications once. Usually, it’s the introduction of some kind of complication that can compromise your results. So every new surgery is a new chance for a complication. Performing multiple procedures at once is one way to limit those complication chances. But you there are limits, so you should always listen to your plastic surgeon about just how many procedures you might be able to combine into one operation.

Which Procedures Are Commonly Combined?

So, which procedures are most commonly combined by plastic surgeons these days? Well, each combination will depend on the individual patient. But there are definitely some procedures that are coupled together more often than others. Some of those include:

  • Tummy Tuck and Liposuction: Tummy tuck and liposuction are both body contouring procedures. Liposuction is designed to eliminate unwanted and stubborn areas of fat. In many cases, eliminating such fat will leave excess skin tissue behind. That’s where the tummy tuck comes in, getting rid of unwanted skin to achieve and overall toned and fit look.
  • Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift: Because it is used to de-age the appearance of the breasts, breast lift is an incredibly common procedure, often combined with a wide range of breast enhancement surgery. Breast augmentation can make the breasts appear larger, but breast lift can change the orientation to make them appear more youthful.
  • Facelift and Botox: This is one case where the combined procedures may not always be performed concurrently. Sometimes a patient who wants a facelift will also want to undergo Botox injections–in order to complete the look. Usually, the Botox injections will come after the facelift, in this case.
  • Mommy Makeover: This marketing moniker has been highly effective, but it’s really a combination of three procedures: breast lift, liposuction, and tummy tuck. These three procedures are usually performed concurrently.

You should always talk to your surgeon about what course of action is best for you and your body. Combining procedures often works, but it’s not always the best solution–that will depend on you and your physiology (not to mention your desired final results). So talk to your surgeon about what’s best for you.


About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for nearly five years. He’s always in touch with cosmetic and plastic surgeons to ensure he has the latest and most up to date information possible.

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