Combining surgeries can help lower the overall cost of a number of plastic surgery procedures and can save you time in the long run. If you’re considering a breast augmentation, there are a few other procedures that can either directly complement the surgery or go hand in hand with it.
Of course, it’s perfectly fine to schedule a breast augmentation on its own, if that is the only procedure you want to have. But if you are considering having several procedures at some point in your life, it can make sense to pair them together to make the most of your surgical experience.
While a breast augmentation increases the size of your breasts, it doesn’t do much to change their position. If you want perkier, more elevated breasts, it’s worth considering a breast lift at the same time as an augmentation. For some time, people believed it was best to have the two surgeries performed separately. But, recent studies have shown that there aren’t more risks involved when the two surgeries are performed together.
If you are looking to both increase the size of your breasts and to reduce considerable sagging or droopiness in the breasts, combining both an augmentation and lift just makes sense.
A tummy tuck is another surgery that’s often performed at the same time as a breast augmentation. In fact, in many cases, breast augmentation and a tummy tuck are the two surgeries that form the backbone of a mommy makeover, a group of surgeries that are designed to help a woman get her pre-baby body back.
Of course, you don’t have to have had children to want to have both a breast augmentation and a tummy tuck. If you are unhappy with the size of your breasts and if you have a bit of extra fat and loose skin in the abdominal area, combining surgeries will help you get a flatter stomach and larger breasts.
Whether it’s in the abdominal area or elsewhere, liposuction is another surgery that is often performed at the same time as a breast augmentation. It might be that you are embarrassed by a bit of stubborn fat in the abdominal area, but don’t have a lot of extra, loose skin there. A full tummy tuck won’t be the right choice for you, but liposuction to remove the unwanted fat might be.
Liposuction can remove fat from a number of different areas of the body, from the hips and thighs, to the chin area and the upper arms. When combined with a breast augmentation, liposuction can help streamline your shape and call attention to your newly enhanced chest area.
Benefits of Combining Surgeries
Combining surgeries with breast augmentation has several benefits. One of the biggest benefits is the reduction in cost of the two (or more) surgeries. Were you to schedule a breast augmentation and a breast lift separately, you’d have to pay for the operating room, the anesthesiologist and any anesthesia used, and the surgeon’s fee, twice.
If you have two or more surgeries performed at once, the cost is slightly higher than if you were to have a single surgery. But it isn’t double the price of one procedure.
Combining procedures also helps to lower your risks for complications. The risks are still there, but they are reduced when two procedures happen at once, compared to when the procedures happen separately.
You also reduce your recovery period by having multiple procedures together. If you were to have a tummy tuck and a breast augmentation performed separately, you’d need to allow several weeks to recover from the breast augmentation, then several weeks to recover from the tummy tuck. All in all, having surgeries separately greatly increases your time commitment.
Drawbacks of Combining Surgeries
That said, having more than one surgery at once isn’t without its drawbacks. Although the recovery period is shorter for two procedures performed together, it’s still longer than for a single procedure. You can expect to add a few days onto your recovery time after two or more surgeries, compared to after a single surgery.
Although the risks aren’t considerably higher when you combine surgeries, there is a slight additional risk. You won’t be undergoing anesthesia twice, but you are likely to be under longer when two procedures are performed at once. The longer you’re under, the greater the risk for complications from anesthesia.
Another thing to keep in mind when having several procedures performed at once is that the surgeon you work with should have experience in both or all surgeries. Ideally, you’ll work with a plastic surgeon who has performed plenty of breast augmentations, as well as plenty of liposuctions, tummy tucks and breast lifts.
Dr. Paul Vitenas, a board certified plastic surgeon in Houston, Texas, is one of the country’s top-rated surgeons for breast procedures. He also regularly performs tummy tucks, liposuction and mommy makeovers. To learn more about your options for combining surgeries with breast augmentation, schedule a consultation with Dr. Vitenas today. Call 281-484-0088 to make your appointment today.