How Long Will the Results of Cosmetic Surgery Last?

If you’re considering getting plastic surgery, then you’re far from alone. Plastic surgery isn’t just for models, celebrities, and the wealthy anymore. It’s actually something many people are seriously considering and making a part of their lives for a number of different reasons. In fact, it is highly likely that you know someone who has had plastic surgery or who has at least considered it. Nevertheless, it’s understandable that this isn’t a decision you want to make lightly. You want to be well informed before you make a decision and you want to know more about the value you’ll be getting for your money. How Long Can I Expect My Surgery Results to Last? One of the most common things people want to know before deciding to have plastic surgery is how long they can expect the results of their surgery to last. How permanent is a permanent procedure at the end of the day? There are no hard and fast guarantees in this regard. However, there are certainly norms that can give you a good idea of what you can personally expect.

  • Facelifts can be expected to last anywhere from 5-10 years or more. The same estimate can be applied to Brow Lifts. At the end of this span of time, you may want another procedure to freshen things up.
  • Blepharoplasty (or eyelid surgery) is one of the longest lasting types of surgery. Some people’s eyelid work has been known to stay in tip-top condition for many years – even decades.
  • Breast augmentation surgeries can vary. In general, the results are permanent. However, many women choose to have their breast implants replaced at some point, so it’s important to follow doctor’s orders when it comes to maintaining your surgical results.
  • Quite a few other surgeries can practically last a lifetime. These include breast reduction surgeries and rhinoplasty (nose jobs).

It’s important to note that each patient is different. The length of time you can expect your results to last can vary according to your health, any pre-existing conditions, the environment and genetics. Ask your plastic surgeon to tell you more about what you can expect according to your body, lifestyle and needs. It is recommended that you prepare a list of questions before your consultation to make sure you cover all the bases.

How Is Excessive Wrinkling and Bagginess of the Eyelids Corrected?

As we get older, there are a number of areas on the body that may begin to give away our age. One of the most obvious and common of these areas is the eyelids. The skin around the eye is incredibly delicate, so it’s much easier for it to lose its elasticity over time. Also, since the eyes are responsible for showing so much of our emotion, eyelid skin is constantly being crinkled, shifted, and scrunched which will inevitably result in wrinkles and bagginess at some point. Factors such as genetics and preexisting health conditions will also affect how, and to what degree, your eyelids will wrinkle and sag as they age. However, the good news is that no matter what the cause of your eyelid wrinkles, plastic surgery can easily help you turn back the hands of time. How Exactly Does Plastic Surgery Correct Eyelid Wrinkling and Bagginess? Eyelid surgery – or blepharoplasty – can encompass a number of different techniques. Most commonly, extra skin or excess fat deposits will be removed or reduced in order to produce a tighter, more open-eyed appearance. This can be done on the upper lid, the lower lid, or both. Sometimes tightening procedures are performed on one or both of the eyelids by themselves as well. Bags, wrinkles, and other unsightly flaws can all be corrected using these procedures. Every Blepharoplasty procedure is tailored specifically for each patient.  Discuss with your plastic surgeon what will be involved when you arrive for your initial consultation. Is Blepharoplasty Right for Me? If you’re an adult in good health whose eyelid tissue and surrounding muscle structure are generally in good condition, then you are likely a good candidate for eyelid surgery. You shouldn’t be suffering from any serious illnesses. Your expectations as far as the results of your surgery should be realistic.

Do the Results of Liposuction Last?

One of the most popular forms of plastic surgery today is without a doubt liposuction and with good reason. Everyone knows what it’s like to put on body fat in a way that they consider to be unsightly. Genetics, body type, and a number of other factors, can cause certain kinds of fat deposits to be difficult to eliminate through diet and exercise. That’s where liposuction can be of terrific help. It can produce drastic or subtle results. However, most people are concerned with how long they can expect the results to last. Let’s take a closer look at the facts to help you figure out if liposuction is right for you. Is Liposuction Permanent? As is the case with many types of plastic surgery, the answer can vary. Yes, it’s permanent… but to varying degrees that depend on a number of factors. Let’s take a closer look at why. What many people don’t realize about body fat is that our bodies possess a certain number of fat cells that is set before we’re even finished developing into adults. When you gain or lose weight, you’re not actually creating or eliminating fat cells. You are simply causing the ones you already have to grow or reduce in size. This is exactly why most of us have stubborn fat deposits that don’t appear to go away no matter what we do. Liposuction actually removes these fat cells once and for all, meaning they’re actually gone forever. Your body tone and overall shape improves. However, it is important to note that there will always be some fat cells left in the area. It will now simply be easier to keep those problem areas in better proportion to the rest of your body. Patients who have undergone liposuction are cautioned to be careful about gaining weight in the future. You can still gain weight in areas where had liposuction. Also, you may find that gaining weight in areas that you did not have liposuction may look disproportionate to areas where you did have the work done. However, if a sensible diet and exercise habits are observed and proper precautions are taken, this type of weight gain is rarely a problem. Liposuction isn’t a magic talisman that prevents you from ever putting on weight again, but it can be a real asset when it comes to fine-tuning and contouring your body shape.

Is It Time for a Facelift?

Whether or not to get plastic surgery is something that a lot of people begin to consider as they show their age in various ways. Age starts to show in the form of wrinkles and sagging skin. Additionally, age spots, scars, or other blemishes may get you down. Sooner or later, you may start to feel like you no longer look like yourself. It’s only natural to want to counteract aging and plastic surgery can help a great deal, especially in regard to our faces.  Your face is more than just a collection of body parts. It’s a huge part of your image and identity. This being the case, it’s important to make sure that we feel good about the way our faces look into middle age and beyond. A Closer Look at Facelifts Each and every one of us will experience some degree of sagging skin or visible aging on our faces as our cells lose their natural elasticity. A Facelift is designed to remove excess tissue and tighten what remains, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and bringing back that youthful firmness we remember. A standard Facelift generally takes only a few hours for your plastic surgeon to perform. This is especially the case if it’s in tandem with another procedure such as a Brow Lift or a Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). Your doctor will make the necessary incisions, remove any extra skin, and then tighten up the muscle structure and remaining skin to restore your appearance. Sometimes minor liposuction may also be performed, depending on what exactly you and your surgeon discussed.  Ask your doctor more about the scope of your individual Facelift when you arrive for your consultation. Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift? If you’re in generally good health and the skin and muscle structure of your face is in good health overall, then you may be a good candidate for a Facelift. As long as your expectations are realistic, Facelift surgery may be something that could improve your self image. Ask your doctor about the possibilities today.

What to Do About Drooping Skin After Drastic Weight Loss

Losing a large amount of weight is no easy feat.  If you haven’t done so already, you should take a moment to stop and congratulate yourself on all your hard work! Thanks to your efforts, there’s no doubt that you are healthier and that you feel better about yourself as well. However, if you’re like a lot of people, you’ve been left with one very big problem that you may or may not have anticipated when you first started out on your amazing journey. While you may be able to fit into the clothing that you always dreamed of wearing, you may be at a place where you’re not comfortable wearing it because of excess skin. Why Does Excess Skin Occur? Oftentimes when people lose large amounts of weight, their skin doesn’t simply snap back into place the way you might expect due to skin elasticity loss. The fat may disappear, but the stretched out skin can remain, sometimes causing the same issues with their self esteem that the extra weight caused in the first place. Your very unique skin elasticity can be affected by a number of factors. One of the biggest of these is age, as skin naturally loses elasticity as you get older. The other is genetics. What Can I Do About Sagging Excess Skin? Regardless of the reasons for your problem, there are certain things you can do. Diet can help you to a certain extent. Drinking plenty of water and keeping “junk” food intake to a minimum may lead to reduction in the appearance of excess skin over time. However, body contouring through plastic surgery is often a more effective option in the long run, especially if you’re looking at a lot of skin or a high degree of sag. A plastic surgeon can effectively make sagging skin from weight loss a thing of the past forever. Your surgeon can also do additional body contouring to make improvements to remaining fat deposits or stretch marks. Recovery time for this type of surgery is generally quite reasonable and many people are back to regular activities in just a few weeks. Ask your plastic surgeon about the possibilities today!