The reason why most board-certified plastic surgeons do not perform more than two or three procedures during surgery is because the risk of complications may be higher. When making the decision about which plastic surgery procedures can be performed at the same time, safety and proper recovery are our number one priority. The recommended maximum number of procedures to be performed at one time is three or less if they are extensive procedures. Combining several plastic surgery procedures is cheaper than performing them in stages.
While you still have to pay the surgeon's fees, you'll only have to pay the hospital fee and the anesthesia fee once. Dr. Doyle recommends combining upper and lower face surgeries, as this achieves more dramatic results for the patient. However, safety must be guaranteed and, in most cases, only two to three plastic surgery procedures can be combined at a time to allow the body to rest and the immune system to recover before the next procedure.
If you have made the final decision to have several procedures, for all of the above reasons, that is, it is cheaper, a period of anesthesia and another period of recovery, it would be wise to perform several procedures in a single operation. This combined procedure is also common in people who have lost a lot of weight and is often associated with bariatric surgery or gastric bypass surgery. A facelift is easily combined with other facial rejuvenation surgeries, as it is performed in the same operating area. If you're thinking of combining plastic surgeries and want to have an experienced specialist plastic surgeon perform them together, book a consultation with Dr. Mark Doyle today.
If the facelift is done as a standalone procedure, you may feel that one part of your face looks younger than the rest. In general, a good rule of thumb for combining procedures is that if they are performed in the same area of the body or in a similar area of the body, less time is spent turning the patient around and, therefore, the surgery takes less time to complete. Doyle would prefer not to perform operations that lasted more than 6 hours in a single session and, in the case of several surgeries that lasted longer than this time, he would divide them into 2 or more separate procedures. While several procedures allow you to reduce to a single recovery period, the time needed to recover from this surgery may be longer. However, this can only be recommended by a specialist plastic surgeon and all safety concerns should be addressed beforehand.