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Combined cosmetic procedures safe, study show

The safety of multiple cosmetic procedures performed in a single operation has been demonstrated in a new study.

The research, carried out at Marina Plastic Surgery Associates in California and published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal, has revealed that complication rates were no higher for patients undergoing two procedures than for those having just one.

A total of 415 tummy tuck operations were carried out during the study, with 151 of those patients also undergoing breast surgery during the same operation.

The latter group experienced no additional complications, suggesting that patients can safely undergo multiple cosmetic procedures without the added trauma of having separate operations.

Dr W. Grant Stevens, plastic surgeon and lead author, commented: "This landmark study supporting the safety of combined plastic surgery operations should come as reassuring news for patients who desire more than one procedure and a single recovery period."

Over 600,000 cosmetic breast surgeries and nearly 170,000 tummy tucks were conducted in the US in 2005, with mothers being particularly keen to improve their post-pregnancy figures by having both procedures.

Co-author Dr David Stoker added: "Most of our patients preferred to do multiple procedures during one operation rather than separately.

"Many mothers find it comforting to know that they have more options than ever for restoring their youthful appearance."

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