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.
It’s easy to see why: If patients are looking to improve multiple areas of the body, it’s more affordable (and more efficient) to complete the transformation all at once.
Mommy makeovers are probably the most commonly known example. This procedure typically includes breast enhancement, a tummy tuck, and liposuction, helping Albany patients improve the areas of the body that pregnancy and breastfeeding have directly affected. It’s also common for people to combine multiple facial surgeries, such as a facelift with a brow lift or eyelid surgery.
There are several issues patients should consider with their doctors when deciding whether to combine or stage their procedures:
- 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.
- 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, and your surgeon will advise you on how much is safe to perform at once. Rest assured that combination procedures can be very safe when you are in a capable, experienced surgeon’s hands.
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. If your surgeon does tell you it’s best to stage your procedures, please understand that your safety is paramount, and that’s what is guiding the recommendation.