When a patient comes in for a consult I never want that patient to feel as though I am trying to add additional plastic surgery, but it is my job is to point out where certain combinations are more powerful than just the one surgery alone. In plastic surgery there are certain procedures that must at least be considered together.
Some classic examples:
Rhinoplasty: Rhinoplasty really needs to be considered with the chin. The reshaping of the nose has a dramatic effect on the profile. If the chin is receding only half the battle is won. Chin implant may be an option.
Eyelid surgery: The eye brow position really must be considered particularly when looking at the upper lids. If the space between the brow and eyelid lashes is short and cramped eyelid surgery will have less of a result. Brow lift, or a combination of brow lift and eyelid surgery, may do a better job.
Tummy tuck and flank liposuction: Unless the skin is loose, many of my tummy tucks include frontal flank liposuction. If the flank fullness goes around the backside, I will discuss liposuction of the posterior flank (love handles) as well. The overall contour must be considered.
Facelift and eyes: If the neckline looks tight and youthful but the eyes don’t match the face won’t balance. Facelift is about the entire face and it all has to blend harmoniously.
This is not a complete list but I hope the concept comes across. The parts of our body do not exist in complete isolation. My role as a board certified plastic surgeon is to teach my patients where and how to look for the best balance.
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