What’s the Limit on Combined Procedures?

I’ve observed a growing trend toward combining surgeries such as breast augmentation and tummy tuck– al so known as a “Mommy Makeover” – at my Seattle practice. Combined plastic surgery reduces your exposure to anesthesia, and can reduce overall recovery time while providing a more comprehensive result. But how much is too much?

That depends on the procedure. It is quite common to combine several non-invasive procedures – for instance, BOTOX®, injectable fillers and other skin or vein treatments. However, procedures that involve anesthesia, longer procedure times and more recovery should be limited to what is healthy for the patient.

Usually when 3 or more procedures are involved, I will often recommend a staged (performed individually) approach to surgery. This can vary according the individual patient, magnitude of procedures, and time required to perform the procedures. It makes little sense to attempt to perform a large number of procedures during a single operation, and then rush through each procedure so the entire operation is not excessively long. Performing fewer procedures at one time allows the surgeon to focus on getting as good a result as possible, and not on doing it as fast as possible. It reduces the risks associated with an extended operation, and it can also improve the overall outcome.

Read more on this in my post at RealSelf.com.

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