Sometimes, two really is better than one. In the case of plastic surgery, combining procedures might be the way to go if you want to get the best possible results or if you have a particular goal in mind. Certain procedures work well together better than others or provide results that complement each other.
If you’re considering surgery, the following combinations might make the most sense to you. Talk to your plastic surgeon to learn more about the pros and cons of combining procedures and if it’s an option for you.
Tummy Tuck and Liposuction
The goal of a tummy tuck is to create a smoother, flatter stomach area. The surgery often involves tightening loose skin and muscle and removing excess fat from the abdominal area. Since the overall goal of a tummy tuck is a slimmer, sleeker appearance and because the surgery itself often involves liposuction of the tummy area, it makes sense that surgeons occasionally combine it with liposuction of other areas, such as the thighs or hips.
If you’re near or at your target weight and are looking for a way to slim down, get rid of stubborn fat, and get a flatter stomach, combining a tummy tuck and liposuction might be the way to go.
Breast Lift and Augmentation
A breast augmentation increases the size of the breasts while a breast lift elevates them or makes them perkier. Which surgery is right for you depends on your goals, but plenty of women would like both larger and perkier breasts. This is often especially true after childbirth and breastfeeding.
Additionally, breast procedures are often combined with a tummy tuck in what’s known as a mommy makeover. A mommy makeover can offer several benefits to women who are finished having children and who want to get their pre-baby body back. Although combining the three procedures into one makeover does mean a longer recovery time compared to a single procedure, it can also shorten the time spent in surgery compared to having each procedure performed separately.
Facelift and Brow Lift
Certain anti-aging procedures can also be performed at the same time to create a more youthful appearance and a balanced look. Since a facelift focuses on reducing sagging in the lower portion of the face, it can often be combined with a brow lift, with focuses on the forehead and eyebrow area, to more fully rejuvenate the face.
Rhinoplasty and Chin Augmentation
Rhinoplasty, or a nose job, remains one of the most popular plastic surgery options available. The surgery can make a large nose smaller, a small nose larger, correct a crooked nose or improve a person’s ability to breathe.
Many people seeking a nose job are looking to improve the balance of their facial features. For some, a nose job alone might not do the trick. For example, some people think their nose is too large in comparison to the rest of their facial features. But it might just be that certain other features, such as the chin, are actually on the small side.
For that reason, some people see the greatest improvement in facial balance and symmetry when they combine rhinoplasty with a chin augmentation procedure. Enhancing the chin can balance the nose and other facial features.
Is Combining Procedures Safe?
Before you decide to have two or more plastic surgery procedures at the same time, you might wonder about the safety of combining procedures. For the most part, combining surgeries is generally safe, although there are always risks involved with any type of surgery.
A consultation with a plastic surgeon before your surgeries is a must to make sure a combination of procedures is really the best option for you and to review your medical and health history. Being in good overall health, with no untreated chronic conditions, is important for one surgery. It’s even more critical for two or more procedures, as you’ll be on the operating table for longer.
Generally speaking, there are more pros than cons to combining surgeries. Since you’re only booking an operating room once and because the surgeon will spend less time overall performing the procedures, the cost is usually lower than if you were to have the procedures performed one by one.
Recovery is longer compared to one surgery, but shorter compared to separating the surgeries. Instead of devoting one week to recover from a breast lift, then another week months later to recover from a breast augmentation, you might need to devote a week to 10 days to recover from the combined surgeries.
Whether you decide to combine surgeries or go with a single procedure at a time, choosing the right surgeon is essential. Dr. Paul Vitenas, a board certified plastic surgeon based in Houston, Texas, is one of the top-rated surgeons in the area and the country. He performs hundreds of procedures each year. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Vitenas, call 281-484-0088 today.