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Is Combining Plastic Surgery Procedures Always Better?

Learn more about combined procedures at our Albany NY plastic surgery practice

Publishing note: We originally published this post on March 14, 2014 and updated it with the latest information available on March 14, 2016.

With the safety and efficacy of many plastic surgery procedures at an all-time high, the popularity of combining procedures continues to grow. Along with many other Albany area plastic surgeons, I’ve observed this trend right here at The Plastic Surgery Group.

Mommy makeovers are a common example of a combination procedure. Although customizable, this procedure typically includes breast enhancement, a tummy tuck, and liposuction to improve the appearance of the parts of the body that are most affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding. It’s also common for people to combine multiple facial surgeries, such as a facelift with a brow lift.

There are several issues patients should consider with their doctors when deciding whether to combine or stage their procedures. The biggest factors that come into play are:

  • Cost: In a combined procedure, certain fees, such as an operating room or anesthesiology fee, need to be paid only once. This makes combination procedures less expensive overall than several distinct surgeries. However, the upfront cost may be greater.
  • Recovery time: By combining surgeries, patients also combine recoveries. Much as with the financial consideration, this means more of an upfront investment in time and less downtime overall.
  • Safety: Your surgeon is your best resource when determining whether you can safely combine multiple procedure options. The more options you choose, the longer your procedure is, meaning your chance of complications might rise. Rest assured that combination procedures can be very safe if performed by capable, experienced surgeons.

Combining procedures can yield dramatic, transformative results, and it’s understandable that many patients are eager to see the finished product. Although there are many advantages to combining your preferred surgeries into a single procedure, it’s not the best option for everyone. An experienced surgeon such as me or my colleagues can help you decide whether to combine or stage your surgeries.


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