Like Goldilocks, some women think their breasts are too big. Others think they’re too small. And amazingly, a small minority of women think their breasts are just right. For women who want larger, fuller breasts, breast implants are a safe, highly successful way to get the breast size they’ve always wanted.
The popularity of cosmetic plastic surgery has increased over the last decade, partly due to the various reality shows that chronicle individuals who undergo a procedure, or two. It is becoming quite common for patients to request a combination of procedures in order to achieve their ideal outcome in one surgery setting.
However, it is important for patients to fully understand the pros and cons of undergoing multiple procedures at one time. The most common reasons my patients want to undergo more than one procedure at a time are to save recovery time and to save money on fees associated with surgery. Every time a patient goes in for a procedure, he/she will need some time to recover and many times combination procedures do not have a longer recovery time than one procedure would. In addition, with every surgery there is a charge for anesthesia, surgery center, and other miscellaneous fees. By combining more than one procedure, patients can significantly cut their final cost.
On the other hand, there are some risks involved with a prolonged time in surgery. There are some circumstances in which multiple procedures can result in longer recovery time than a single procedure. The specific safe combination of procedures is based upon the patient’s general health and the procedures involved. For example, a tummy tuck is often combined with a breast lift.
The best way to determine if undergoing multiple procedures is right for you is by scheduling an initial consultation. We can discuss your surgery of choice and desired outcome in further detail.
Most individuals look in the mirror and pick out a few “flaws” that they are unhappy with and would like to enhance – crooked nose, thin lips, creases in the forehead, small breasts, bulging abdomen, and much more. While some people may not be as inclined to actively seek the assistance of a plastic surgeon right away, there are others who research their desired procedures and move forward with a surgery, or two.
Patients who experience a positive and satisfactory outcome may request to undergo further enhancement often stating that it was quicker, safer, and less expensive than they had initially thought it would be. However, just because a person undergoes multiple procedures it does not mean that he/she is addicted to surgery; as I see it, an addiction is something that you need and will do whatever it takes to feed the addiction.
Although some patients are undergoing procedure expecting realistic results, there are those who have a skewed perception of themselves. These patients often seek enhancements that may be unnecessary. For example, comedienne and TV host Joan Rivers has undergone several cosmetic plastic surgery procedures and has led many to believe that she is truly addicted to plastic surgery. In these circumstances, there may be underlying psychological issues such as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).
Patients who have questions regarding BDD or plastic surgery are encouraged to schedule an appointment for further information.