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Can I have arm lift & breast augmentation at the same time?
Insurance won't cover these procedures because they are cosmetic surgeries.
The can be safely done at the same operative setting, but this decision will be made after your consultation and a thorough discussion of your medical history and other factors including cost. Payment options, including credit cards and patient financing are available in most Board Certified Plastic Surgeon's offices.
Breast Augmentation and Arm Lift can be done at the same time. However, they do create problems for anesthesia since the arms cannot be used for IV or monitoring. Because of this, make sure your Plastic Surgeon uses an Anesthesiologist certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. These are always done without health insurance, as both are purely cosmetic.
As you no doubt know, neither the breast augmentation nor the arm lift (brachioplasty) is covered by insurance. From a cosmetic surgery standpoint, these two procedures can be combined safely, and be done simultaneously. Both are low risk procedures and if you are otherwise healthy they should pose no additional risk to you. The risk of complications of doing them together versus separately is minimal.
I imagine that you are concerned about health insurance covering a complication, if one were to arise. Of course it is prudent to have health insurance (you never know when you might need it from an injury, accident, or discovery of a new health situation) anyway. You may consider looking into insurance for just the cosmetic surgery part. In some states you can buy one time insurance for your cosmetic surgery (for example CosmetAssure) to ease your mind.
Armlift & Breast Augmentation Simultaneously – Of course it is possible to have a breast augmentation and an armlift simultaneously. It is often done in patients with massive weight loss. For non-massive weight loss patients, one can do a hidden inner armlift with a simultaneous breast augmentation as the recovery is similar.