If a person is considering cosmetic surgery, an element of their research will usually include how long the healing process takes and what outcomes can be expected. However, the duration of the outcomes should also be a vital consideration.
This will enable the patient to choose a procedure that not only meets their post-op expectations, but also their lifestyle and budget. An equally important consideration in the plastic surgery decision is to choose the right time in one’s life to undergo specific procedures.
Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan provides cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures to patients in Dallas, Texas, and surrounding locations.
Factors Affecting Sustainability of Procedures
Some of the key factors impacting the longevity of cosmetic surgery results include:
Breast implants require replacement
Several women request for more substantial breast implants during their initial consultation. But a responsible surgeon will let patients know if their choice is unsuitable for their body type. Although breast implants do not ‘expire,’ they are not guaranteed to sustain for a lifetime.
The average silicone or saline implants may last anywhere from ten to twenty years. Therefore, women considering breast enlargement will need to budget to be able to get their implants replaced.
A healthy lifestyle is important for body contouring
Regardless of the age a person chooses to undergo plastic surgeries, certain surgeries necessitate a permanent change in lifestyle for sustainable outcomes.
Tummy tucks and liposuction must be augmented with a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle to maintain best outcomes. In case the patient is not committed to keeping the weight off, they might regain it in other areas.
Breast augmentation by fat transfer or breast reduction is permanent. However, weight gain or loss can impact breast size. For this reason, the patient will need to maintain a stable, healthy weight post-procedure.
Surgery cannot stop the aging process
Gravity continues to exist even after a procedure, and it will continue to push onto the skin, and over time, soft tissues will surrender to that pressure. A facelift will never appear as ‘fresh’ as it did in the initial month or so after the procedure.
Approximately 20 percent of facelift patients return around seven years after a procedure, seeking revisions or further tightening.
Signs of aging usually first manifest around the eyes, and even after an eye lift, they too will continue to age. Therefore, upper eyelid surgery should be repeated after five to seven years.
Patients can help the outcomes of facial rejuvenation surgery sustain longer by remaining hydrated and using a high SPF sunscreen every day. They should also avoid cigarettes and alcohol as these can cause premature aging as well.
Does the patient’s age make a difference?
The age of a patient is not the determining factor. If a person is healthy and does not suffer from conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, increased blood pressure, or diabetes, they could still be a suitable surgery candidate.
There are some procedures, which if not undertaken before a specific age, will not offer the best or most long-lasting results. In the case of a facelift, for instance, the elasticity of skin decreases with age, which will cause the outcomes to be better if a patient receives the procedure in their forties or fifties, rather than later.
Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas, and nearby areas for cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures.