Dealing with long-term consequences of plastic surgery

Dealing with long-term consequences of plastic surgery

22nd Apr 2020



Plastic surgery has become extremely popular in America, especially in the last ten years. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans get plastic surgery, spending billions of dollars with the hope to enhance their physical appearance. Who doesn’t want to look beautiful? The good news is that many plastic surgery procedures effectively enhance your physical beauty. 

According to statistics, more than 90 percent of patients who undergo plastic surgery are women. Women are extremely sensitive when it comes to their physical appearance, and aesthetic flaws or shortcomings in the body cause self-esteem issues for them. As such, they opt to go under the knife. While plastic surgery has a history of delivering safe and satisfactory results, there are certain long-term consequences associated with it. Below, I will explain as to how you can cope with those consequences. 


Plastic surgery entails risks, consequences, and side effects

If someone tells you that plastic surgery is free of risks, do not believe them because no invasive procedure is risk-free. All plastic surgery procedures involve incisions, and most of them are performed under anesthesia because they involve trauma and discomforts. 

There is no doubt that plastic surgery comes with many benefits. It can enhance your body outline and physical features and make you look younger. However, to achieve your desired results and stay safe, you must choose your plastic surgeon very carefully. Make sure that the plastic surgeon is board-certified and has years of experience in the said procedure.

The long-term consequences of plastic surgery differ per patient and per procedure. The outcomes depend on whether you are in good health, a good candidate, and how invasive the procedure is. So, which procedures are more invasive and effective? Well, to understand the long-term consequences, you should first acquaint yourself with what specific procedure you want to get involved with.

The most common and popular plastic surgery procedure in the US is liposuction. Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that removes stubborn fat deposits from localized areas of the body through tiny incisions. It is commonly used to contour the abdomen, sides, flanks, and upper back. 

The second common procedure is breast augmentation. Every year, hundreds of thousands of women get the procedure to enhance their femininity and physical beauty. There are two types of breast augmentation procedures: fat transfer and breast implants. Both procedures are safe and efficient, but the long-term consequences of breast implants are more than that of fat transfer.

Breast implant surgery involves the insertion and placement of artificial implants into the breasts through incisions. Breast implants are not permanent, meaning that the patient will have to get the implants removed in the future due to long-term consequences. Fat transfer is relatively less risky and the results are natural because it uses your body fat to enhance your breasts instead of external devices. 

Other common plastic surgery procedures that comes with long-term consequences include breast lift, butt augmentation, and tummy tuck. 


How to deal with long-term consequences

So, what are the long-term consequences of plastic surgery and how to deal with them? The typical long-term implications of plastic surgery procedures include the following:

–    Scarring after any procedure

–    Rupture or leakage of breast implants 

–    Breast asymmetry after breast augmentation

–    General dissatisfaction with the results 

–    Implant displacement 

–    Capsular contracture

The leading long-term consequence that any plastic surgery procedure leaves on the body is scars. Whether it is breast implant surgery, tummy tuck, liposuction, or butt implants, all of these procedures involve incisions. The incisions are made to get access to the target area or to place implants into the area. 

The incisions made during the surgery gradually change into scars. Scarring happens as a result of excess collagen production by your body to seal the incisions. In most cases, the scars fade and become less visible over time. However, they are there to stay with you for a lifetime. In other words, the scars are the trade-off for the aesthetic improvements that you get with the surgery. If you have decided to undergo plastic surgery, you should have acceptance and prepare to get scars on your body. The good news is that if your plastic surgeon is board-certified, he can use specific techniques to make the scars minimally visible by placing the incisions strategically. 

When it comes to breast implants, one of the long-term consequences is that the breast implants are not permanent objects and can rupture or leak any time after the procedure, more likely after the first ten years. If you want to undergo breast augmentation, you must keep this factor in mind. As time passes, the implants experience wear and tear, which causes their rupture. When the implants rupture, the patient can deal with this consequence by undergoing a new surgery that would involve opening of the scars and removal of the ruptured or leaking implants. Of course, you can also opt to get new implants.

Another long-term consequence that some patients might have to deal with is breast asymmetry. Even though this consequence is rare, it cannot be ruled out. Asymmetrical breasts look differently sized. However, if your breasts look asymmetrical during the first few weeks after the surgery, do not jump to the conclusion that the condition is permanent. Most breasts look asymmetrical unless the results entirely transpire, which can take many weeks and even months.

However, if your breasts still look differently sized or shaped even many months after breast augmentation surgery, it is an indication of permanent breast asymmetry. In such a case, you should contact your plastic surgeon and discuss the problem with him. The plastic surgeon will examine your breasts and determine whether they are asymmetrical. Based on the findings, the surgeon will then recommend you a curative treatment or procedure. For example, if you have gotten fat transfer and one of your breasts is smaller than the other, the surgeon will recommend additional fat injections in the smaller breast. You will have to go through another procedure to get the fat injections.

Many patients become generally dissatisfied with the results of plastic surgery after many years. In most cases, this happens because the patient’s aesthetic preferences and ideals change. For example, if you have gotten breast augmentation, you may feel like your breasts are too large or still smaller many years after the surgery. You can deal with this condition by meeting your plastic surgeon and discussing the issue. The doctor will examine your breasts and know your goals before telling you whether or not you need another procedure to meet your new goals.

When it comes to butt implants, one of the rare but long-term consequences is that the implants may rotate or get displaced. Butt implants are permanent objects and do not rupture or leak like breast implants. However, if very large implants are used or the implants are placed over the gluteal muscle, there is a risk they may get displaced or rotate. To prevent this condition, be sure to select a suitable implant size and have it placed under or within the gluteal muscle. However, if it happens in the long-term, then the patient will have to undergo another surgery to put back the implants in the desired place and position or change their place.

Capsular contracture is another major consequence that can occur even many years after breast implant surgery and butt implant surgery. Capsular contracture happens when the scar tissue that develops around the implants starts to contract continuously. It can squeeze the implants and create physical pain and discomfort for the patient. So how do you deal with this condition? Well, the only effective treatment for capsular contracture is another surgery. During the operation, the plastic surgeon will remove the scar tissue along with the implants. You can get new implants after the removal of the old implants if your plastic surgeon thinks it can be suitable for you. 



Plastic surgery is a significant operation because it involves incisions on the body. Majority of people who undergo plastic surgery do so for cosmetic reasons. Fortunately, plastic surgery has a history of delivering effective and safe results. But there are many side effects, risks, and long-term consequences associated with most procedures. I have explained those consequences above and have described as to how you can deal with those consequences. It is vital for the patient to discuss these consequences with the plastic surgeon ahead of the procedure and ask for ways to cope with them.

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