Combining Medical and Cosmetic Treatments: Is it Possible?

Combining medical treatments with cosmetic treatments can be beneficial for certain patients who meet certain criteria. Learn more about combining treatments from an experienced plastic surgeon.

Combining Medical and Cosmetic Treatments: Is it Possible?

It is generally safe to combine several cosmetic procedures into one operation, but it largely depends on the type of procedures and the patient. Combining surgeries can offer benefits to the right candidates, and some procedures are often combined together. For more information on combining multiple surgeries or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Thomas Lintner from Advanced Aesthetic Surgery today.

So is it possible to safely combine procedures? The short answer is yes, but it depends. There are a number of factors that determine if a patient can undergo multiple procedures. Age, body weight, physical fitness, and existing medical conditions must be taken into consideration before a surgeon gives the go-ahead. Depending on the person, this can lead to serious complications and, therefore, I would not recommend several cosmetic surgeries to a person who is not fit and healthy; in fact, I would not recommend having any cosmetic surgery to someone who is not healthy and fit. A facelift, for example, can be easily combined with nose surgery (rhinoplasty) or other facial cosmetic procedures.

The most obvious advantage of undergoing more than one cosmetic procedure in a single session is that it saves time; the patient only requires one surgery and the result is a single recovery period, unlike multiple surgeries that require numerous recovery periods, which can result in more time off work and a multitude of consultations with the plastic surgeon. Sometimes, the findings of the medically necessary part of the surgery may cause us to cancel the aesthetic part of the procedure. While safety is always the top priority, many cosmetic surgeons feel comfortable combining at least two surgeries as long as you're in good health. Sometimes, it may not be in your best interest to have elective surgery if you have a medical condition with a less than optimal prognosis. Facelift surgery remains one of the most popular anti-aging cosmetic procedures, as it reduces sagging and sagging skin in the middle and lower part of the face, redefines the jawline and corrects the deep lines of the face and neck. Similarly, a breast augmentation or reduction procedure could be combined with liposuction or a tummy tuck, since they are located in the same area of the body.

While laser skin treatment can complement almost any facial procedure, it's a particularly great way to maintain or improve the results of a facelift. Because facelift surgery lifts and firms wrinkles, but does not prevent future wrinkles or replace lost subcutaneous fat, many patients benefit from additional treatment with these products. Another popular option offered at Northeastern Plastic Surgery is the mommy makeover, which is a combination of breast surgery, liposuction, and tummy tuck procedures designed to rejuvenate a woman's body once she's finished having children. There is a misconception that surgical procedures and minimally invasive treatments are mutually exclusive and that non-surgical options are only used when surgery is not wanted or required. Cosmetic surgery is not routinely performed in combination with orthopedic surgery on the lower extremities due to the increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots). Another advantage of combining plastic surgery procedures is the reduction in cost for the surgeon and his organization.

The most common plastic surgery procedures that are combined include liposuction and abdominoplasty, rhinoplasty and chin augmentation, and breast augmentation with breast lift. Combining medical treatments with cosmetic treatments can be beneficial for certain patients who meet certain criteria. It's important to consult with an experienced plastic surgeon who can assess your individual needs and determine if combining treatments is right for you. With proper planning and preparation, combining treatments can help you achieve your desired results while minimizing risks.