This is a very common question that I deal with almost on a daily basis. In general, it is perfectly fine to combine procedures and I do it all of the time. The advantages are one anesthetic, one recovery, and you will save some money. Facial procedures are often combined, like eyelids and facelifts. Breast and body procedures are commonly coupled as well.
But there are things I consider before I give a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’.
First is the time it all takes. Most surgeons will agree that about 6 or 7 hours is long enough to have someone asleep for an elective cosmetic procedure. After this time period your risks for post operative complications start to go up. So I will combine procedures if I can do my best work in less than about 6 hours.
Secondly, I take into consideration the type of procedures being performed. Though the incisions are very small, a large volume liposuction is a bigger shock to your system than combining an eyelid tuck and breast augmentation for instance. So we have to consider what we are planning and what kind of a toll this is going to take on you immediately after surgery and during your recovery.
Lastly, we have to look at your medical history. A 30 year old woman with no medical problems can safely have more surgery than a 60 year old over weight diabetic patient. And it’s not even the age that matters that much. My mother is 80 and other than some aches and pains, she is completely healthy. I could safely operate on her all day long. The bottom line is we need to step back and look at your whole picture before we develop some grand plan that may be too risky. So more often than not the answer I give is “Sure, that’s fine”. I even recommend it most of the time.
Lee Corbett, MD
All posts on this blog are authored by Louisville cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Lee Corbett. Dr. Corbett specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery including facelifts, browlifts, and blepharoplasy in Louisville, Kentucky.