Plastic Surgery Safety: It is Safe to Combine Procedures?

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Many cosmetic surgery procedures target a specific area of the body or face such as the upper face, neck, arms, or stubborn pockets of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise. Other treatments aim to treat specific conditions such as loss of volume, fine lines, and wrinkles, or loose and sagging skin. If you have just one area of the face or body that needs treated or your goal is to treat a single sign of aging, these can be very effective in achieving aesthetic results. 

However, many people want to treat multiple areas or address several signs of aging at one time.  When combining cosmetic treatments or plastic surgical procedures, greater results are achieved and costs can be minimized. However, safety is often a concern as prospective patients may be confused about whether combining several procedures into one is harmful. 

Plastic surgeons with experience combining several treatments understand which make good concurrent procedures without sacrificing safety or the health of their patients. Interested in learning more about combining aesthetic treatments? Here’s what you need to know. 

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The Recovery Process When Combining Procedures

The advantage of having multiple procedures simultaneously is only the single recovery process, which is easier for your body, emotions, and work absence. Though the recovery itself may be a bit more uncomfortable if you have more than one area worked on, you will still be able to get through the entire process in one period, with one period of pain medication. Less downtime away from friends, family, hobbies, and routines also makes getting several plastic surgery procedures accomplished at once attractive. 

Less Anesthesia

A commonly recognized risk of cosmetic surgeries is the use of anesthesia. Depending on the procedure, you may need either localized or general anesthesia, which always poses at least a certain amount of risk. When you combine surgeries, you only need to have anesthesia, which is easier on the body and reduces the possibility of harmful side effects.  

Setting a Time Limit

Astute in procedure duration and anesthesia requirements, Dr. Zochowski can determine which surgeries can be combined and which cannot to ensure the health of his patients. Dr. Zochowski will never recommend combining two surgeries that will require his patients to stay under anesthesia for an inordinate period. Always open and up-front, Dr. Zochowski will recommend two surgeries or surgery plus minimally invasive solutions instead of the all-at-once approach. 

Lower Costs

Combining procedures can reduce costs, too. Less anesthesia is used, the surgical suite only needs to be used once, and less time is required of the surgeon and his staff. Because of these factors, patients can use their budgets to ensure they get their surgeries performed by a top-notch surgeon such as Dr. Zochowski. His experienced team uses only the best equipment and is trained in patient service and delivering the best results.  

Your Consultation with Dr. Christopher Zochowski

Do you have two or more cosmetic surgeries or procedures in mind to help you achieve your aesthetic goals? If so, schedule a consultation with Dr. Zochowski to find out if this is a possibility. During your consultation, he will find out more about your health history and your goals for surgery to determine if you are a good candidate for combined treatments. 


Ready to look and feel your best? Schedule your consultation with Dr. Zochowki or call 619-490-7500 with your questions today!