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.
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.
The Downside to Combination Surgeries
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 them. 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)
- 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 Define my Surgery Goals?
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 your GraceMed surgeon. During your consultation, the GraceMed 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 custom-tailored surgical plan that is unique to you and your body.
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