Getting Tummy Tuck and Nose Job Together Safe?

I am planning to do both a tummy tuck and a nose job/deviated septum repair and am wondering if it is safe to do both at the same time. I have a 1yr and 3 year old and am thinking one down time would be better than two. Do you think it would be best to do them together or separately in regards to risk and recovery? Thank you.

Doctor Answers 14

Combining plastic surgery procedures

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The recommendation by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is to limit elective outpatient surgery to 6 hours or less.

I understand your rational for combining the procedures. Just make sure your surgeon has enough time to do a good job within the recommended time period. Otherwise, it is best to stage the surgeries (the order doesn't matter).

Good luck!

Santa Ana Plastic Surgeon

Tummy tuck and rhinoplasty is possible

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A rhinoplasty at the same time as a tummy tuck is done for the right patient. That is determined by your chosen plastic surgeon.

I would limit the procedure time to a maximum of 6 hrs. Anything longer, you may want to do as two separate procedures. However with the post-op recovery, I would recommend one-two week help with the children.

I perform the tummy tuck first, followed by the septoplasty/rhinoplasty as an outpatient surgery. With two procedures, I include a 24hr nurse for immediate post-op care at home.

I would recommend a board certified plastic surgeon comfortable with both the tummy tuck and rhinoplasty. Also see more than one plastic surgeon in consultation.

Andrew Turk, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

Safety of combining septorhinoplasty with tummy tuck

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It is possible and safe to combine nasal surgery with tummy tuck, though I wouldn't recommend it. Although your rationale makes sense (one recovery as opposed to two), the recovery is fairly miserable. The one patient on whom I've performed this combination didn't like me too much for the first couple of weeks after surgery. Her abdomen was tight and she walked over stooped, but at the same time, had difficulty breathing out of her nose because of swelling and mild nose bleeds. Although her pain wasn't significantly worsened, she generally complained of feeling uncomfortable.

Hope this helps. Best of luck.

Tummy tuck and nose job combined

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Thank you for your question. A tummy tuck and nose job are great procedures to combine as you will have a single recovery. It is a bigger procedure and you may want to consider a night in the hospital. I would consult with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area to discuss your options in more detail, review if there are any medical reasons to stage the procedure. If they deem you are healthy to have have the combined procedure, then you will only have one recovery.

Combining Rhinoplasty with a tummy tuck

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These days, it is quite common to perform one or more cosmetic procedures at the same operation.  Which operations "can go" with another is something to discuss with your surgeon.  There is surgical judgement as to what procedureshe/she feel comfortable performing together.

The overall imperative should be safe surgery.   Does your surgeon feel it is safe in his/her hands to perform the procedures you want together.


Jonathan Berman, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Rhinoplasty-Tummy tuck combination is possible

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I understand your reason to do both surgeries at one time and have one recovery period. Make sure to have the required help at home with your children. This is one thing that gets mothers into a tight spot and makes recovery miserable. You will need at least two weeks of help so you do not have to go shopping, car pool, bathe the children, lift or clean the house.

If you will make the proper preparations the recovery will go smoothly.

Best Wishes

Dr. Peterson

Marcus L. Peterson, MD
Saint George Plastic Surgeon

Tummy Tuck and nose job together is possible

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Yes, I do them together. I do the Tummy Tuck first than the rhinoplasty. Go see 3 boarded plastic surgeons in your area. Regards and best of Luck.

Combined Rhinoplasty and Tummy Tuck should be okay

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You should be able to do both together without significantly increasing your risks. Be sure that the OR time is not excessive, and you may want to consider an overnight stay.

Tummy Tuck and Rhinoplasty is a reasonable combination

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I think that it would be reasonable to have a tummy tuck and a rhinoplasty together. Your surgeon should be well versed at both. Abdominoplasty carries a higher risk of blood clots than most plastic surgery procedures, and this risk is further increased with the longer time necessary to include rhinoplasty. Your plastic surgeon will take precautions to reduce the risk of blood clots. Such precautions include use of pneumatic sequential hose before, during, and after surgery, keeping you warm during surgery, and controlling your pain after surgery. I also give my tummy tuck patients a blood thinner after surgery, and your surgeon will decide whether he or she feels that this would be in your best interest, given the fact that this could increase the risk of post op bleeding from the nasal area.

Michael D. Yates, MD
Huntsville Plastic Surgeon

Combining Tummy Tuck and Rhinoplasty

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There are advantages and disadvantages to combining operative procedures. As long as you are aware of the potential complications and the aftercare involved with both procedures and are in very good health, I think that it is safe for you to undergo these surgeries together. With your young children, as you point out, a single period of downtime would be a big plus.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon

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