If a person is considering undergoing any type of plastic surgery procedure, one of their prime concerns will be the duration of the recovery period and the expected aesthetic outcomes. However, the longevity or sustainability of the results should also be a key consideration.
This will enable the patient to choose a procedure that not only meets their immediate post-operative expectations, but also their long-term cosmetic needs. Choosing the right time in the patient’s life to have specific procedures is equally vital in making their plastic surgery decision.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards provides cosmetic surgery procedures to patients in Las Vegas, NV, and surrounding locations.
Factors that will Impact the Longevity of Results
Some key factors to know about are as follows:
Implants need replacement
During their initial consultation, many women request bigger breast implants. But an experienced surgeon will let patients know if their choice may not be appropriate for their body type. While breast implants do not ‘expire,’ they are not guaranteed to last a lifetime.
The average silicone or saline implants may last anywhere between 10 to 20 years. Therefore, women considering breast enhancement will need to account for their future need to have their implants replaced.
A healthy lifestyle is vital for body contouring
Regardless of the age a person chooses to undergo plastic surgery, some procedures require permanent lifestyle changes for sustainable results. Tummy tucks and liposuction must be combined with a healthy diet and active lifestyle to maintain best outcomes. In case a person is not committed to keeping the weight off, they might regain it in other areas.
Fat transfer breast augmentation or a breast reduction is permanent. However, weight gain or loss can impact the breast size. Therefore, the patient will need to maintain a stable, healthy weight after the procedure.
Surgery cannot stop the aging process
Gravity is omnipresent, and will still exist after a procedure. It will continue to push down on the skin and over time, soft tissues will be susceptible to that pressure. A facelift will never appear as ‘fresh’ as it did the initial month after the procedure. Nearly 20 percent of facelift patients return around seven years after a procedure requesting a revision procedure or further tightening.
The effects of aging manifest initially around the eyes, and even after an eye lift, they will continue to age. For this reason, upper eyelid surgery needs to be repeated after five to seven years.
A patient can ensure that the results of facial rejuvenation surgery sustain for longer by remaining hydrated and using a high SPF sunscreen on a daily basis. They should also avoid alcohol and cigarettes, which can also cause premature aging.
Does the Patient’s Age Make a Difference?
Age is not a determining factor, and if the patient is healthy and does not suffer from conditions such as increased blood pressure, osteoporosis, or diabetes, they could still be a suitable surgery candidate. There are some procedures, which is not undertaken before a specific age, will not offer the best or most sustainable outcomes.
For instance, the later in life a person undergoes a facelift, the less elasticity their skin will have. Therefore, the outcome is not going to as good when compared to an individual who undergoes a facelift in their forties and fifties. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards receives patients for various plastic surgery procedures from in Las Vegas, NV, and nearby areas.
Taking new patients from Las Vegas, Bullhead City, Laughlin, Pahrump, Mesquite NV and surrounding areas.