Most plastic surgical procedures target a certain area of the face or body. For example, a blepharoplasty targets drooping eyelids while a rhinoplasty is a surgery performed on the nose. Other types of cosmetic treatments target specific conditions. A dermal filler, for instance, will increase volume and restore contours to the face while a chemical peel aims to restore a youthful glow and minimize the look of pores and fine lines and wrinkles.
Because of this, many patients opt to get multiple surgeries or treatments done at the same time to reduce overall downtime and achieve a full rejuvenating effect. However, some worry that combining procedures is not safe.
Experienced plastic surgeons know which types of treatments and surgeries are safe to combine and will never allow you to undergo multiple treatments that could impact your health or well-being. If you are considering undergoing several procedures to achieve your aesthetic goals, here is what you need to know.
One of the biggest advantages of combining multiple cosmetic procedures into one surgery is that it saves time. One surgical process is much easier on the body than trying to take extra time off of work and arranging multiple follow-up visits with a surgeon. Once surgery also means you recover from the procedures simultaneously.
By combining surgeries, the patient has less risk of complications as they are only undergoing anesthesia once as opposed to several times for separate surgeries. In the most general of terms, the fewer times you undergo procedures using anesthesia, the better it is for your body and overall health.
The biggest concern of a plastic surgeon when combining multiple procedures is the total amount of time the patient spends under anesthesia. An experienced surgeon like Dr. Waltzman knows which surgeries can be combined and which cannot to stay under this time limit. He will never give more anesthesia than is safe and will tell you during your consultation if the procedures you are interested in can be combined or will have to be performed separately. Depending on whether your procedure requires general or localized anesthesia, Dr. Waltzman will carefully determine how much is needed and appropriate for your age, weight, and general health.
Recovering from an invasive plastic surgery can be difficult both on the body and on mental health. When undergoing multiple procedures at once, the multiple-procedure operation can limit your recovery time. Though the time may be a bit longer or more intensive depending on which procedures you have performed, you will still be able to manage the pain and discomfort with pain medication and will not have to undergo the entire process again for your next procedure. In addition to being safer, it’s also more conducive to your lifestyle as you will not have to take more time off work or away from your family or hobbies for the subsequent surgery.
Though not a safety concern, finances can play a role in the decision to combine surgeries. When surgeries are orchestrated at once, the team uses less anesthesia, surgeon time, operating space, and fewer tools. It’s easy to see how physician expenses come down. When you combine surgeries to fit in your budget, you can work with expert surgeons like Dr. Waltzman, who uses only top-of-the-line equipment and highly experienced staff who always put your safety and satisfaction first.
Of course, combining surgeries only makes sense if it is achieving your overall aesthetic goals. When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Waltzman, you can tell him more about what areas of your face or body you would like improved, your budget, and how much downtime you are willing to take. He will perform an exam and ask additional questions to find out which types of procedures or combination of procedures will give you the best results.
Schedule your consultation with The Waltzman Institute today to learn more how to combine surgeries to save yourself time, money and risk. Feel free to call our offices with your specific questions at (562) 448-6100.