Can Breast Augmentation and Rhinoplasty Be Done At The Same Time?

Q:  I am interested in getting a breast augmentation but also have concerns about my nose. I think a rhinoplasty would almost help me as much as the breast augmentation in both appearance and my self-confidence. My questions is can I do them at the same time and is there any discount on getting more than one surgery at the same time?

A: Multiple operations during a single plastic surgery encounter is very common. Since one is going to be asleep under general anesthesia, it just makes sense to do as much as is medically safe and reasonable from a recovery standpoint. I have seen all sorts of different types of plastic surgery procedures put together and there really is no limitation as to what can be combined. The only limitation is whether the plastic surgeon feels comfortable doing all that the patient needs…and that the patient is healthy and can tolerate the surgery.

Breast augmentation is a relatively short operation, generally an hour or so, while rhinoplasty can take two or three hours to do depending on what type of rhinoplasty it is. These two operations combined are well within a safe operative time period of 3 or 4 hours and can even be done as an outpatient. I have performed these two plastic surgery procedures together more than one time. Younger women are exactly the type of patient who would commonly have one or both of these cosmetic concerns.

Any time multiple cosmetic procedures are combined, there is some economy to be had in both recovery and costs.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana