Combination procedures may be on the rise
You've probably heard of the Mommy Makeover - a set of cosmetic operations meant to help moms re-gain their figures - and wondered to yourself how practical it is to get a breast augmentation, liposuction and a tummy tuck all at once. While it's not an ideal option for everyone, many plastic surgeon's have found that a package deal actually works for many women - increasingly so.
One California-based plastic surgeon explained that within the past few years, his office has seen an influx in the number of women requesting this type of multifaceted operation, which he attributed to the strengthening economy.
"After the recession hit, I saw a lot of patients interested in getting just one procedure done - for instance, addressing only the breasts when they also wanted a tummy tuck," the doctor said. "Now, patients are more willing to make a bigger upfront investment in a more extensive procedure like a Mommy Makeover. This actually saves patients money and recovery time in the long run."
By combining procedures and getting them out of the way at one time, he said patients could save money, time and mental anguish as unwanted physical side effects of giving birth are dealt with quickly. Undergoing only one operation to tackle common problem areas would mean fewer hospital visits and a shorter recovery period, as the surgeon noted that advancements within the medical field have contributed to streamlining a person's recuperation process. Additionally, he said that financing options have made this type of surgery more realistic for patients, and even predicted that more women will consider combinations as the year continues.
Other common couples
While this surgeon spoke to the rising popularity of the Mommy Makeover, there are many different procedure pairings that are becoming popular, not just among the female population. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of men undergoing cosmetic surgeries has increased exponentially over the past 15 years. In 2012, men had a total of nearly 1 million procedures, accounting for 10 percent of the total number of surgeries.
Some of the most popular combinations include a tummy tuck and liposuction, facial rejuvenation that may consist of more than one surgery on the face, and body contouring procedures - which could combine work performed on a person's arms, chest, hips or legs.