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Should You Combine Procedures?

Posted July 24, 2018 in Combined Procedures

An increasing number of patients are turning to plastic surgery to address their insecurities and enhance their confidence and self-image. While some patients only have that one area that nags at them, many patients find that their trouble areas either extend to multiple body areas or are extensive enough that a single procedure won’t reach the desired level of results. Dr. Careaga and his team at Careaga Plastic Surgery often recommend combining techniques to achieve the maximum level of results with a minimal amount of recovery and downtime.

Commonly Combined Procedures

Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift

Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and gravity cause breasts to lose significant amounts of volume, which gives them a sagging and deflated appearance. Some women assume that the best way to address this change is through augmentation, while others believe they need a lift to revive the natural perkiness.

While either of these methods can produce excellent results, Dr. Careaga will sometimes recommend combining breast augmentation surgery with a breast lift. This is because an augmentation will not correct loose and lax skin if it is present, and a breast lift will not return lost volume to the breasts. If both skin laxity and volume is present, a combination procedure is your best bet.

Eyelid Surgery and Brow Lift

The decision between eyelid surgery and brow lift surgery is one of the most difficult choices to make in the plastic surgery field. This is because some of the symptoms of needing a brow lift are similar to those of eyelid surgery. Brow lift surgery addresses lax skin and tissues on the forehead and the brow, while eyelid surgery treats excess skin, tissue, and pockets of fat on the upper and lower eyelid.

Sometimes, part of the upper eyelid laxity is not due to the aging of the eyelid skin. Instead, it is due to the weight of the brow and forehead pushing down on it. While some patients only experience skin laxity in one area, many experience it in both areas, and treating one without the other can result in a facial appearance that is out of balance, which is the tell-tale sign of having undergone plastic surgery.

Liposuction and Tummy Tuck

While liposuction is performed alongside a tummy tuck to address the stubborn pockets of fat in the abdomen, Dr. Careaga sometimes recommends combining liposuction in other areas at the same time, areas such as the hips, buttocks, and thighs. Tightening the abdomen may accentuate the surrounding areas, and undergoing these procedures together may be the best way to ensure harmonious and exceptional results.

What Are the Benefits?

Fuller Rejuvenation Process

Combining procedures allows you the most significant benefit in the shortest amount of time. Why spread procedures out when you could do them all together? Instead of building your results slowly, combining procedures can provide you with a stunning and expedient transformation.

Recovery Time

Surgery is invasive and all of the surgeries listed above come with a recovery period of a couple of weeks. It is normal to experience swelling, bruising, and minimal to moderate discomfort during this time. By combining procedures, you are taking what could be multiple recovery periods and putting them all into one.


One of the main benefits of combining procedures is the cost savings that you will experience. A good portion of the cost of your surgery involves anesthesia fees and facility fees. By having your surgeries performed at the same time, you will only have one day of anesthesia and one day of facility fees. This will significantly lower the cost compared to having the same number of procedures spread apart.

Contact Us Today!

If you are interested in undergoing a surgical procedure, contact Dr. Careaga at Careaga Plastic Surgery today by calling 305-960-7511 to set up a consultation.


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