Bloomfield Hills, MI – The numbers of plastic surgery procedures being performed each year continue to rise. The stigma of having a cosmetic procedure done is falling away, and more people are visiting their surgeon’s offices. Along with that comes the request for multiple procedures at one time. But is that safe, and if so, which can be performed together?
“Surgical techniques have greatly improved, as has the ability to safely perform anesthesia on patients for longer periods of time,” says Dr. Ali, a Michigan cosmetic surgeon. “That makes it much easier to perform more than one plastic surgery procedure on a patient at the same time. This allows the patient to only have one recovery period, and they can see their desired results faster, rather than having to wait extended periods for each surgery to heal before moving on to the next one.”
The decision to combine procedures will be up to the individual plastic surgeon. He or she will take several things into account, such as your overall health and the exact procedures you want performed. If you are healthy and the procedures are similar enough, they may be grouped together into one operation.
For example, facial plastic surgery procedures may be easily grouped together. Face lifts are often combined with eyelid surgeries to offer the best, most youthful looking appearance. You can even add laser skin resurfacing to offer the most ideal result.
“Aging doesn’t happen in just one area of the face, in most cases,” says Dr. Ali. “Most patients can benefit from minor procedures in multiple areas of the face to offer them the most rejuvenated and natural looking result.”
In the case of rhinoplasty procedures, or nose jobs, sometimes patients can achieve their desired look by adding a chin implant that can make the face look better proportioned.
Tummy tucks and breast lift procedures or other breast augmentations can also be performed together. And to finish off the look, many patients like to add a bit of liposuction, as well. Many women opt for this combination of procedures after having children, and this combination has led to the term “mommy makeover.”
There are a few advantages to combining procedures. First, you’ll only incur one bill for anesthesia, facility fees and any other fees associated with the procedures. Some surgeons may even offer packages that offer a slight discount on the procedures when grouped together.
Additionally, the patient will only need to undergo one recovery period. That means you’ll be up and about, and won’t have to worry about another recovery period in the future for additional surgeries. You’ll also get to see your results faster, without waiting for surgeries scheduled months into the future.
There are, however, risks to combining procedures. The longer a patient is under anesthesia, and the more procedures that are combined, the higher the risk for complications.
“All surgery has inherent risks associated with it, and complications that can arise,” says Dr. Ali. “It’s crucial that all surgery be performed by a properly licensed and trained surgeon in a proper setting, where a patient can undergo the correct monitoring during the procedures. This will also ensure the proper follow-up following the surgery.”
If you are interested in learning more about which procedures can be combined or are interested in scheduling a consultation, call Dr. Ali today.
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