Combining Surgical Procedures

Plastic surgery has become a widely accepted and effective way of altering our appearance. Each year, new trends emerge, and existing techniques are improved. One of the most recent trends to hit the sector is combination surgery.

It isn’t unusual for patients to undergo more than one procedure at a time. When the right treatments are used together, maximum results can be achieved. The question is, which surgical procedures work well together? Find out below…

Understanding combining procedures

Combination procedures are basically two or more cosmetic procedures carried out at the same time. The surgeon will perform one procedure, then move immediately onto the next.

These types of procedures take a lot of skill and present several challenges to surgeons. Therefore, patients should only undergo this type of surgery if they are confident in the surgeon’s abilities. Choosing an experienced, skilled surgeon will reduce the risks of complications.

Mr Nigel Horlock is an expert in a full range of cosmetic surgery procedures for the face, breasts and body. During the consultation, he will go through the different treatment options, which might include combining surgical procedures to achieve your desired result.

What are the benefits?

There are a lot of benefits that come from undergoing combination procedures. These include:

  • Enhanced results
  • Reduces recovery time
  • It is convenient for those with time constraints
  • Lower risk of complications

The main reason for undergoing more than one procedure at a time, is that it can help to enhance results. Some surgeries complement each other, producing much more distinctive aesthetic changes. Many patients find they cannot achieve their desired results with just one procedure.

Another benefit of undergoing multiple surgeries at once, is that it reduces overall recovery time. If you were to undergo one procedure, you would need to recover before undergoing the other procedure at a later date. You would then need to undergo an additional recovery period. In many cases patients struggle to find the time to fit in two recovery periods.

Although combination treatments are trickier to perform, they do actually lower the risks. For example, there is always a risk when going under anaesthesia. If you were to undergo the procedures separately, you would be exposed to the anaesthesia twice. However, with combination procedures, you only need to be put to sleep once. This reduces the overall risks of the treatments.

Which treatments work well together?

So, now you know the benefits, which treatments work well together? The main procedure combinations recommended include:

  • Breast reduction and breast uplift
  • Eyelid lift and a brow lift
  • Genioplasty and a rhinoplasty
  • Facelift and non-surgical injections

These are the main treatments that generally go well together. Each additional procedure is designed to complement the original. With a breast reduction for example, sagging could be an issue in the final result. A breast uplift helps to give the breasts a younger, firmer appearance.

Before booking any surgical procedure, it is important to talk it through at your consultation. Mr Horlock will advise you of any multiple procedures that you might benefit from, and the things you’ll need to consider.