Considerations for undergoing multiple cosmetic procedures in the same setting

By: Dr. Sean Delaney


How to Decide Between Undergoing a Single Cosmetic Procedure or a Combination of Surgeries

Many of our patients present with a primary procedure they want, such as a facelift or rhinoplasty. However, patients interested in a facelift may also want a browlift, eyelid surgery, or facial fat transfer to complete their facial rejuvenation. Similarly, many of our rhinoplasty patients are interested in enhancing their profile with submental liposuction or chin augmentation. 

If you're considering cosmetic surgery, you may wonder whether to have one surgery at a time or have them all performed in one setting. Both approaches have pros and cons, and the best choice for you will depend on your circumstances.

Benefits of Having One Cosmetic Procedure at a Time

Less Anesthesia: Having one surgery means the time under anesthesia will be shorter, thereby reducing the risks associated with anesthesia, which are rare.

Easier recovery: Recovery from a single procedure will be easier than multiple procedures.

Lower cost: The upfront cost of surgery will be lower for a single procedure.

Benefits of Combing Cosmetic Surgeries 

Save time: Having multiple procedures at the same time can save you time. You'll only have to go through one consultation, one surgery, and one recovery period.

Reduce overall downtime: If you have multiple procedures, you are essentially combining the recovery period into a single period, which means less time off from work/school, and fewer trips back and forth to the surgery center and FPSA office.

Potential savings: The overall cost of having all the procedures on your wishlist performed simultaneously is typically lower than the sum of each procedure performed separately. Anesthesia fees are the most expensive at the start of each case. There is a potential for significant savings because adding time to surgery by performing multiple procedures simultaneously is cheaper than having several additional anesthesia events for individual procedures.

Get the results you want sooner: Performing multiple procedures simultaneously can help you achieve the results you desire quicker. For example, if you're going to get a facelift and eyelid surgery, having them done at the same time can help you look younger and more refreshed.

How to Decide Which Approach is Right for You

The best way to decide which approach is right for you is to talk to your facial plastic surgeon. They can help you assess your individual needs and goals and recommend the best approach for you.

Here are some factors to consider when making your decision:

Your overall health: If you have any health conditions, your facial plastic surgeon must assess whether you're a good candidate for surgery.

Your budget: The cost of surgery will vary depending on the procedures you have done.

Your lifestyle: If you have a busy lifestyle, consider combining all of the procedures you want to minimize your downtime.

Your aesthetic goals: What are you hoping to achieve with cosmetic surgery? If you want to address multiple areas of your body, consider having a combination of procedures.


There is no right or wrong answer when deciding between one cosmetic surgery or a combination of surgeries. The best approach for you will depend on your individual circumstances. Talk to your facial plastic surgeon to get their recommendations and help you make the best decision.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.