If you are considering having plastic surgery for your body or your face and neck, and you have multiple problem areas, you might consider a "combo" approach. That is, rather than have each surgical procedure done separately, consider having multiple body treatments or facial procedures completed with a combination package.
A combination package is a group of cosmetic procedures that the doctor has combined together to be done in one session. These procedures are usually packaged together to provide the maximum cosmetic effect, and might be marketed as total makeovers or mommy makeovers.
Types of Plastic Surgery Packages
Other examples include:
- Post-natal, or mommy makeovers that include liposuction, a tummy tuck, and a breast lift (sometimes implants)
- A total facial package that includes a face and neck lift with eyelid surgery and a brow lift (sometimes with a nose job)
- “Design Your Own” packages that combine multiple procedures in one session, to be discussed with your doctor
Benefits of Plastic Surgery Combo Packages
In some instances, combining procedures can actually be more cost-effective than having them done separately.
When you have surgery, you not only pay for the actual procedure, you also pay for the doctor’s time, use of the operating suite, the anesthesia, and the anesthesiologist. You also have to pay for the use of the recovery room, and any medication and medical supplies that you receive while you are in the facility.
If you have each procedure separately, you have to pay these costs for each procedure. If you combine procedures, you only have to pay these costs once, which provide substantial savings.
Some clinics may also provide discounts on each procedure when you combine them.
The other major benefit of combining procedures is that it cuts down on your recovery time. It could take several weeks, and even months, to cover from each procedure. When you have then separately, even if you have them back to back, you end up stacking the recovery time. Not only that, but you may need to wait several weeks between procedures, which extends the time even further.
Risks with Surgical Procedures
All surgery has its risks including the possibility of heavy blood loss, poor healing, and infection. The specific risks of cosmetic surgery can include:
- Temporary numbness at the site of the incision
- Loss of sensation in the nipples with breast surgery
- Body fluids collecting under the skin, also known as a seroma
- Some tissue death, which is more likely to occur in smokers
One of the biggest surgical risk factors with any surgery is the anesthesia. Anesthesia takes a major toll on the central nervous system. The drugs they use can seriously slow down your respiration and heart rate, and they also have paralytic properties to keep you from moving during the procedure. The anesthesiologist has to closely monitor your vital signs to make sure you are not getting too much, or too little, during the procedure. The more procedures you have in one session, the longer you will be under anesthesia, which can seriously increase your risk of a bad reaction. Additionally, being under anesthesia longer means you will need to spend more time in the recovery room after surgery.
Making Your Decision about Plastic Surgery
Before you decide to have multiple procedures done as a combo, you should discuss your situation with your plastic surgeon. You should also make sure the surgeon you choose is certified by the American Board of Plastic surgery and that the facility is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities or the Joint Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations.