Proper Interval Between Cosmetic Surgeries Under General Anesthesia?

The doctor I would like to use for my body procedure (Liposuction) and the facial plastic surgeon (Facelift) are different. How long should I separate the two procedures?

Doctor Answers 21

Time interval between surgeries

The risk of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) is higher when 2 procedures are performed within 1 month of each other. You should also be fully recovered from one procedure before proceding with the next one.

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Interval between general anesthesia cases

There are several factors in this decision including your general overall health and if you have any medical conditions. It can be done the same day for some patients and for others is best to wait weeks to over a month.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Delay between cosmetic surgeries

If we need to go back to surgery, we go back the night of. If we choose to go back, then you have as much or as little time as you'd like. I think you should do your liposuction first, recover somewhat from that and as you see things are going well then schedule your facelift.

Best Wishes,


Ricardo A. Meade, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction and facelift timing

Having combined procedures, especially a long procedure including liposuction does increase your chance of blood clots. Assessing that risk depends on many factors such as health, age and complexity of the procedures, as well as skill of the surgeon to complete the operation expediently.
Also aftercare should be considered so the patient can be formally monitored for safety.

Brent Moelleken, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Interval between surgeries depends on the type of surgery

As Dr. Aldea noted, the procedures could most likely be done together, by a board-certified plastic surgeon. This would save money, recovery time, and be more convenient for you. The caveat is that you wouldn't want to have more than 5 or 6 hours under anesthesia for an elective outpatient operation. Also, you should know that general anesthesia is only one reasonable option for these procedures. IV sedation and local can be very comfortable and safe. If you do have the two stage procedure, do the lipo first since the anesthesiologist will have to work around the face.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Interval Time between Cosmetic Surgeries

This would best be answered by the plastic surgeon doing the second procedure. In my practice I would recommend waiting a minimum of a few weeks following the liposuction procedure if you need to do it for some reason as soon as possible. If not waiting 6 weeks would give you lots of time to recover from the first procedure.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Proper Interval Between Cosmetic Surgeries

Two or three weeks between procedures would be adequate. Ask the two surgeons for their recommendation. I would do both the liposuction and facelift at the same time. Your surgeons could each do their respctive procedures the same day so you can avoid two separate anesthetics.  

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Separate liposuction and facelift procedures by one month

It is appropriate to have both the liposuction and the facelift separated by approximately one month so as not to have any issues regarding healing or blood clot formation of the legs.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 143 reviews

Facial Surgery and Body Contouring Surgery

Facial cosmetic surgery and body contouring surgery can be done at the same. The general rule is that you don't want the surgery lasting more then about 8 hours. If proper precautions are take there shouldn't be a problem.

If you mean the two doctors don't operate at the same facility then I would recommend waiting 6 weeks after the liposuction to do the facial surgery.

Christopher L. Hess, MD
Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Safety in Liposuction, facelift, general anaesthesia

Dear Toppa,

There is not one correct answer for your question. The interval between surgeries is best dictated by your surgeon and the team that they work with. The interval range can be from a day or 2...or several months depending on the amount of surgery and your general health.

Trevor M. Born, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 115 reviews

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