How long do plastic surgery procedures last?

I am often asked how long the results of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery last.  This is very procedure specific with some procedures only lasting a couple of months while others last a lifetime.  Some procedures give a patient a significant benefit for the rest of their life although the results may be diminished over time.

Procedures with results that generally last a lifetime with little change over time:

  • Rhinoplasty
  • Otoplasty

Procedures with benefits that last a lifetime but changes can be expected over time:

  • Breast augmentation – implants can fail over time requiring replacement (most commonly from 10 – 20 years).
  • Breast reduction – Breasts remain lifted relative to where they would be otherwise but time and gravity do not stop.
  • Breast lift-  see breast reduction
  • Facelift- Face remains improved relative to what it would have been but time and gravity do not stop
  • Liposuction – The fat removed is gone for good but additional weight gain can lead to loss of some of the improvement
  • Tummy tuck – there is generally very little change over time outside of weight gain and pregnancy
  • Eyelid surgery – The aging process doesn’t stop

Procedures that are expected to loose results with time:

  • Botox – about 4-6 months
  • Soft tissue fillers – 6 months to 2 years depending on which filler is used and the location

Other than the procedures that are designed to last only a few months, basically all plastic surgery procedures have very long term results.  Because of this, it is extremely important that patients choose their plastic surgeon very carefully.

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