Summary: Should you combine breast enhancement procedures? There’s certainly a fair amount of evidence that combining such procedures can be a good practice–and it’s pretty common in terms of how often such combined procedures are performed. But only you and your surgeon can make that determination on an individual basis.
When Doing Breast Enhancement, Should You Combine Breast Procedures?
There are quite a few breast enhancement procedures available from plastic surgeons these days. But should you combine breast procedures to achieve the results you’re after? The answer to that question is going to vary wildly, depending most significantly on your physiology and your desired final outcome.
That said, combinations of breast enhancement procedures are quite common. What those combinations are–and why patients opt for them–tend to, again, depends on what the patient actually wants those final results to look like.
So the question is less: should you combine breast procedures? And more: which breast procedures should you combine and why? That’s why we’re taking a look at some of the most common combinations and how they might help patients achieve very specific results. As always, you should discuss all of your options with your plastic surgeon and move forward based on his or her suggestions. This article is certainly not meant to replace any kind of medical advice and is intended for entertainment purposes only.
What Combinations Are Common?
There are several breast enhancement combinations that are relatively common. Some of the most common combinations include:
- Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation: When patients undergo a breast lift or a breast augmentation, they are often trying to achieve a specific breast shape (and size). Combining the two procedures provides patients with the highest degree of control over how the breasts end up looking. A breast lift will improve the overall orientation of the breasts, giving them a more youthful-looking silhouette. A breast augmentation will, of course, increase the size of the breasts. (There are all kinds of reasons that breasts might diminish in size over the years.) In some cases, the lift is the primary procedure–and the augmentation is intended to bolster that. In other cases, it’s the opposite.
- Breast Lift and Breast Reduction: The second most common combination is breast lift and breast reduction. A reduction is designed to eliminate excess skin and volume from the breasts. And a lift is intended to make the orientation of the breasts look significantly more youthful. A reduction, on its own, will not change the orientation of the breasts–but many patients who want a reduction also present many of the issues that a breast lift would correct. As such, they are a very fitting and natural combination.
It’s up to the patient and the surgeon whether a combined approach works best. There are certainly benefits and drawbacks to undergoing each breast enhancement procedure. However, when the procedures are combined, those drawbacks are sometimes limited.
Why Combine Breast Enhancement Procedures?
We know that breast enhancement procedures are commonly combined. But there’s still a basic question at the heart of the discussion: why would you undergo a breast enhancement procedure that is combined with other procedures?
There are some answers to this question that, it turns out, are quite good. In other words, there are some very real and significant benefits to combining breast enhancement procedures:
- Combining breast procedures can help minimize overall costs, as you won’t have to pay for two hospital visits or two surgical suites.
- Patients will need only undergo anesthesia once.
- Patients will also only need to undergo one recovery period. Recovery can take several weeks, so only having to go through that period once is a bit benefit to patients.
- In many instances, results will complement each other, so undergoing one procedure may lead to results that feel incomplete.
Of course, you’ll have to talk over your options with your surgeon. After all, everyone’s body is different–and heals differently. So whether a combined approach is the best one for you will also depend.
What Do Most Patients Do?
However, most patients do indeed elect to undergo both breast enhancement procedures at once when both of those procedures are warranted. But those decisions are made carefully, and they very much depend on the patient’s desired final outcome.
Should you combine breast procedures if you want a breast lift and a breast augmentation (or reduction)? It’s definitely something to think about–and it’s definitely something to ask your surgeon about.
Be sure that you discuss your options with a board certified plastic surgeon. You’ll be able to ask all of the questions you want during your consultation with that surgeon. This combined approach is exceptionally common. But only you and your surgeon can determine whether combining breast enhancement procedures is the right move for you and your results.
About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about cosmetic and plastic surgery for over four years. He’s constantly in touch with plastic and cosmetic surgeons to ensure he’s getting the most up to date information possible.