Combination Nation

When the Whole is Greather than the Sum of its Parts

Growing numbers of us are choosing to 'stack' non-invasive cosmetic procedures like fillers and toxins or undego multiple surgeries at once to save time, costs and/or maximize the benefits. Combination, ala carte treatments are quickly becoming the new norm.

Botox may be used to treat forehead wrinkles while Restylane treats deeper lines or folds. The result? A more robust rejuvenating effect. There’s even some evidence that this combination produces longer-lasting cosmetic effects by reducing muscle activity in the treated area. Certain skin-resurfacing procedures such as microdermabrasion, chemical peel and laser treatments may be combined with facial fillers and injectables for a result that is closer to what is typically achieved with a facelift. Sometimes skin resurfacing is paired with topical therapy to enhance delivery of the active ingredients.

Many savvy surgeons are also using multiple laser and light-based devices together to reduce cellulite, shrink fat and correct laxity as together, these treatments can achieve more than when used alone.

On the surgery front, a mommy makeover typically combines a breast lift and/or breast augmentation with implants and a tummy tuck to restore a woman’s pre-pregnancy body.  Some doctors may mix and match surgical and non-surgical procedures. For example, some energy-based treatments speed healing and reduce swelling after liposuction.

Discuss your aesthetic goals with your doctor to see if combining treatments makes sense.

When multiple surgical procedures are performed at the same time, you pay only once for the anesthesia fee and once for the facility fee. However, there may be more risks associated with remaining under general anesthesia for more than five or six hours. A fully accredited outpatient surgery center may be equipped with all of the precautionary equipment needed for the added risks of longer general anesthesia times.

Multiple procedures are more likely to be performed in a hospital, requiring an overnight stay.