The lifespan of results after plastic surgery

The lifespan of results after plastic surgery

12th Jul 2019

The lifespan of results after plastic surgery


Plastic surgery works with the tissues of the patient, and the results of plastic surgery are dependent on the initial condition of the tissues, the anatomical characteristics of the patient, and also the factors affecting the patient’s aesthetic appearance.

It is normal for patients undergoing plastic surgery to be concerned about the lifespan of the results of the procedure they are about to have. The procedures are often complex and entail a recovery period of up to two weeks, so sustaining their results for as long as possible is something all patients want to achieve. 

Generally speaking, the results of plastic surgery can be considered permanent, but only in a certain manner. For example, if you are getting breast implants, your breasts will be bigger for as long as you have the implants inside them. If you are getting liposuction, a considerable amount of fat cells will be removed from the targeted area and they will never return to the body. If you get a Brazilian butt lift, the fat transferred to your buttocks that survived after the first two months will remain in the buttocks and behave like the other fat cells that were initially there. But does this mean that the areas treated with the procedures mentioned above will look the same for the rest of the patient’s life? No, unfortunately, things don’t work like this. 

After getting breast implants, the breasts will be bigger, fuller, rounder and perky on the chest wall. However, with time, the appearance of the breasts will be affected by hormonal fluctuations, weight fluctuations, potential pregnancy, and even factors such as gravity and the natural aging process. This means that the breasts will be bigger, but they might reach a certain level of sagginess due to the passing of time. 

When it comes to liposuction or fat transfer procedures, the results are highly dependent on the weight of the patient. In other words, if weight fluctuations occur, the results of the procedure will be impacted. Even when liposuction is performed on a certain area, the area won’t be as slim as it was after the procedure if the patient gains a significant amount of weight. This happens not because the fat cells returned to the body or the procedure was not successful, but because the fat cells that were left in the area have the capacity to increase their volume exponentially and alter the aesthetic results. The opposite phenomenon can occur if the patient loses weight. The fat cells that were transferred will lose volume, and the area will look slimmer despite the procedure that was performed to add volume.

The lifespan of the results after plastic surgery can be improved if the patient is committed to following the recommendations of the plastic surgeon, but nothing is permanent when it comes to the human body, with or without plastic surgery.


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