What You Need to Know about Combination Plastic Surgery
Plastic surgery has become a well-known and widely accepted way of improving your physical appearance. The technology and skill for every procedure has advanced greatly in the past several years, and new trends appear all the time. One of the latest trends is combination plastic surgery, in which patients opt for having multiple procedures done at the same time.
How Are Surgeries Combined?
When you consider your body or appearance and find that there is something about yourself you’d like to improve, more often than not you’re looking at a whole area of your body, not just one specific feature. For example, you might look at your face and see that you’re looking older because your skin is looser and getting more wrinkles around your eyes and mouth. Another example is looking at your middle and thinking you could lose the pooch around your tummy and slim down your thighs.
Combination plastic surgery allows you to correct an entire area of your body at once instead of just one part at a time. A patient can get a facelift and an eyelift, or a breast reduction and a tummy tuck. The surgeon does multiple procedures in the same surgery so that you can be happy with how your whole body looks.
Why Have Combination Surgery?
To get the best results, most patients need to have more than one procedure. This means spending more time in surgery, more time in recovery, and more time in between surgeries, since your body has to have time to completely heal before another procedure can be done. Basically, you’re spending a lot of time waiting to get your desired results. By combining all your necessary procedures into one surgery, you’re saving a lot of time.
You’ll also be saving some money by combining your procedures. Yes, each individual procedure will have its own cost; however, every time you have surgery, you also incur a lot of fees. Those fees add up! With combination surgery, you save money by paying for these fees only once instead of several times.
Are There Any Downsides to Combination Surgery?
Yes, there are downsides. Depending on which procedures you’re getting, you could be increasing your amount of time under anesthesia and dealing with greater recovery issues. The longer you spend under anesthesia, the greater your risks become. Also, because your body has to recover from a greater amount of surgery, the recovery period could cause you more discomfort and pain, plus it could take you a lot longer to heal.
While these downsides can seem a bit worrisome, rest assured that your surgeon will be prepared for these circumstances. Plastic surgeons will usually run tests on their patients while they’re under anesthesia to make sure that they’re doing fine as well as have a trained anesthesiologist to monitor you. They will also create a detailed recovery plan for you that will help you deal with any problems you have during the recovery period.
What are Commonly Combined Procedures?
- Brow lift/Facelift
- Facelift/Fat transfers
- Eyelift/Dermal Fillers (Botox, Juvederm, etc)
- Chin Augmentation/Rhinoplasty
- Breast reduction/Breast lift
- Tummy tuck/Thigh lift
- Tummy tuck/Liposuction
These are among the most common, but the combinations are practically unlimited as long as you are a good candidate for the procedures.
How Do I Find Out Which Surgeries Will Get Me to My Goal?
The best way for you to determine which surgeries you need is to let someone else do it for you! Start by scheduling a patient consultation with a plastic surgeon that is skilled in a wide variety of procedures. During your consultation, the surgeon will assess the area that you want to improve, get some basic health information about you, discuss your desired results, and then come up with a comprehensive surgical plan that is unique to you and your body.
To schedule a patient consultation with Dr. Shapiro, a renowned board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in a number of surgical and nonsurgical procedures for the face, breast, and body, call 480-451-1700 or send an email through our Patient Contact form.