Jan 26

Combining Procedures Common in Plastic Surgery

Combining Procedures + Columbus Ohio

by James D. McMahan, MD

The most common combination of procedures in plastic surgery in the past was having eyelid surgery at the same time as a facelift and they are still frequently done together today.  Brow lifts are more popular today than they were in the past and are also frequently performed with eyelid and facelift procedures. 

Patients who have lost a lot of weight either through diet and exercise or after bariatric surgery often have numerous procedures to remove excess skin.  The most common combination is a tummy tuck and a breast lift together, but arm lifts and thigh lifts are often thrown into the mix.

It is also possible to combine a cosmetic procedure at the time of a medically necessary one, which can save additional time and money.  It is common practice to perform a septoplasty to correct a deviated septum and a cosmetic rhinoplasty at the same time.  The septal surgery is generally done first so that the time to enter the OR, initiate anesthesia and perform the prep is pushed onto the insurance saving some of the cost of anesthesia and the facility. 

It is not uncommon for a patient who has been approved for breast reduction surgery to consider having a tummy tuck or liposuction at the same time.  Those undergoing breast reconstruction may also have cosmetic procedures done in the same setting. Liposuction is one of the most common procedures performed by plastic surgeons and is often combined with other surgeries, both cosmetic and medically necessary.

Going through one surgery rather than two also saves time off of work.

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