The Perfect Pair

Published: February 13, 2020
Category: Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery combinations that complement each other and enhance your results!

There is a balance to beauty. Studies show that the human eye perceives specific ratios and proportions more attractive than others when it comes to the appearance of our face and body. A skilled plastic surgeon will consider these “aesthetic algorithms” during both your plastic surgery consultation and surgery. At times, combining two or more surgical procedures may be advised to achieve more harmonious results and further enhance your desired outcome. Here are some of the most commonly combined plastic surgery procedures that have beautiful benefits when performed together.

General benefits of combining surgeries:

  • Enhanced results: Overall results are generally more dramatic when procedures are combined. Because multiple factors may have contributed to the appearance of the area you wish to improve, multiple surgeries can give a more complete and balanced result. 
  • Reduced cost: Combining your surgeries into a single operation is cost-effective. Certain fees, like the operating room fee and anesthesia, only need to be paid once. 
  • Anesthetic is only administered one time: Limiting the time you are under general anesthesia is a consideration for certain patients. Combining procedures may be of benefit to this population.  
  • Reduced recovery time: Combining your surgeries into one operation means you will not have to split your recovery into separate phases or two chunks of time. This is especially beneficial if you plan on taking time off from work for your surgery or are concerned about repeating any lifting restrictions and physical limitations during recovery. It’s important to note that just because recovery time is decreased doesn’t necessarily mean that pain or discomfort will be lessened with combination surgeries. In fact, the recovery may be harder with multiple surgeries but you are confronting it all up front, as opposed to repeating the discomfort several times.

Facelift + Eyelift Surgery

Contrary to what many patients initially believe, Facelift Surgery does not rejuvenate your entire face. A true Facelift focuses on aesthetic concerns from the mid to lower regions of the face. If a patient is bothered by sagging skin around their eye area or heaviness and drooping in the forehead region, a plastic surgeon will often recommend combining your Facelift Surgery with an Eyelift (Blepharoplasty) and/or Browlift procedure.

Our faces don’t show the signs of aging one area at a time. Chances are if you have your lower face and neckline lifted and smoothed with Facelift Surgery, but do nothing to address the drooping and sagging skin around your eye area; you will not be happy with your overall results and it will look less natural because the different areas of the face are not harmonious. Blepharoplasty surgery perfectly complements Facelift Surgery because it gives a much more complete end result that erases years from a patient’s face.

Rhinoplasty Surgery + Chin Implant

The basic framework and balance of your face affect its perceived attractiveness in your eyes and in the eyes of others. Often, when a person is concerned about one facial feature, like their nose, they do not realize that another feature is impacting this dissatisfaction. The balance between your nose and chin is a perfect example. 

The angle and shape of your nose and chin as they relate to each other has a significant impact on the attractiveness and strength of your profile. This correlation is why your plastic surgeon will take several measurements of your facial features to identify what aspects need to be brought to more ideal proportions to enhance your profile. Many patients who are concerned that their noses stick out too far, or are too large for their faces may find that the size and recession of their chin are actually much more to blame. 

There is a definitive balancing act between the size, angle, and protrusion of the nose in relation to the chin. Sometimes this balance cannot be achieved with only one surgery, and your plastic surgeon will insert a chin implant to create a more appealing profile with your rhinoplasty procedure.

Breast Lift + Breast Augmentation

Aging skin is not exclusive to the face. The cumulative effects of menopause, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can have a severe impact on the skin quality and appearance of a woman’s’ breasts. As breast tissue ages, it loses volume and elasticity. As a result, breasts begin to hang lower on the chest. This deflation can make breasts appear saggy and stretched, even if the rest of your body is very fit and toned. Many women opt to address this sagging and deflation by combining Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy) with a Breast Augmentation.

When a woman’s breast ages, a large portion of volume is lost in the upper part of the breast. This depletion can give the breast an almost pendulum-like appearance with flatness above the areola and sagging weight below. A Breast Augmentation with implants will improve the size and shape of woman’s breasts, but does very little to improve lax, sagging skin. On the other hand, a Breast Lift will elevate and improve the positioning of the nipple areola complex on the breast mound but does not restore breast volume. The synergistic benefits of these two procedures allow them to fully rejuvenate a woman’s breast during one surgery when they are combined.

Tummy Tuck + Liposuction Surgery

Combining a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) and Liposuction Surgery allows you to maximize your body contouring results in a way that is not possible for either procedure on its own. The complementary relationship between removing excess skin, repairing abdominal muscle, and removing excess fat to shape and contour the body is why this combination surgery is one of the most popular duos in the world of plastic surgery.


The focus of Tummy Tuck Surgery is to achieve a flatter and smoother abdominal area by removing excess, sagging skin that may have resulted from pregnancy or substantial weight loss. When appropriate, your plastic surgeon may even repair and tighten some of the muscles of the abdominal wall that have weakened and lost their shape. A Tummy Tuck doesn’t remove fat, other than that fat that may be connected to excess skin that is eliminated.

The goal of Liposuction Surgery is to remove stubborn pockets of fat from areas of the body like the hips, flanks, love handles, abdomen, and back to create a more contoured and shapelier midsection. Liposuction does nothing to improve the appearance of loose, deflated, or sagging skin.

It’s obvious to see why these two procedures are idea when performed in tandem. Combining a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction allows your surgeon to tighten and reshape the entire circumference of your midsection to achieve three-dimensional results and a more favorable waist to hip ratio. Excess skin and excess fat tend to go hand-in-hand. Treating both of them at once with this combination surgery is often the most effective approach to transform your midsection!

Have you been considering multiple plastic surgery procedures and would like to learn about the possibility of combining them for decreased downtime and enhanced results? Please schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons to discuss your options!

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