Multiple procedures at once?

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Question: I need multiple procedures; is it better to do each surgery separately or all at once?

Answer: This is a decision that can only be made after our private consultation where we discuss your goals, and I have a better understanding about your physical health and lifestyle. But more often than not, patients wanting multiple procedures schedule several of them at the same time because there are many benefits to doing this.

One of the main benefits is cost savings. Surgical procedures are performed in a hospital or medical center, and require other medical professionals, including an Anesthesiologist. Combining procedures will cost less than scheduling facilities and professionals multiple times.

Another benefit is your recovery time because your body can heal from multiple surgeries simultaneously. This is especially important if you are employed or have regular in-home responsibilities. With some people having concerns about taking pain medication, your overall intake of post-op medication will also likely be lessened when you combine surgeries.

There may also be an emotional benefit, which could even allow for a speedier recovery. Many patients approach their day of surgery and go through recovery with more optimism and energy when they know that they will see significant improvement in multiple areas after this one day and recovery period.

If you are curious about which procedures are most commonly combine, a breast augmentation or reduction is often combined with liposuction or a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) as they are located on the same area of the body. A facelift and neck lift can easily be combined, along with most other facial cosmetic procedures.

Please call my office and I am happy to help you decide what is right for you.

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