Advantages Of Combining Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

Plastic surgeons are frequently asked about the possibility of combining cosmetic surgery procedures in order to save time, both during the procedure and the recovery. Certain procedures can be easily combined (for instance, a tummy tuck and a breast lift). While it is not recommended to combine procedures that aren’t complementary (like a tummy tuck and rhinoplasty), there are many advantages to combining procedures that do work well together!

Cosmetic Procedures


By combining cosmetic surgery procedures, you can save time in every part of the process. The process of cosmetic surgery includes:

  • Consultations
  • Surgery (usually performed under general anaesthesia)
  • Recovery

By choosing to have multiple procedures done at once, you only have to go through the above process once.

Surgeons usually only combine procedures that are located on the same part of the body, in order to avoid moving the patient during surgery, and for overall safety. Examples of often combined procedures include:

  • Facelift, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, chin or cheek augmentation.
  • Tummy tuck, breast augmentation or reduction, liposuction.

Financial Benefits

Combining procedures can cut costs for the surgeon and their clinic. If you choose to combine procedures, it means that only one consultation is needed, one hospital bed, and one anesthesiologist. The result of this likely mean slightly lowered costs for you.

Lowered Recovery Time

While your body will still need longer to recover from two procedures rather than just one, it is more efficient to take time off from work for one recovery period, rather than multiple recovery periods. Depending on how your body reacts to surgery and the type of procedures being performed, recovery can mean anything from two weeks off work to a month plus. Most people don’t have the luxury of taking off this much time multiple times in a year, and combining the surgeries can minimize the time spent away from your daily activities.


Safety is very important to take into account when planning multiple procedures. A good, board-certified plastic surgeon should be experienced enough to advise you about what is safe or not.

However, when it comes to combining procedures, here are some necessities to take into account:

  • Area/location of surgery
  • Total expected blood loss
  • Length of surgery
  • Length of anaesthesia time
  • Recovery processes for each procedure, and making sure they won’t interfere with each other
  • Surgeon fatigue
  • Technical aspects of each procedure

Once you consult with your surgeon, they will be able to advise you on which procedures may be safely combined!

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