Cosmetic surgery is a popular option for those looking to make changes to their appearance. While the results of a procedure can last a lifetime, the effects of aging and gravity can still take their toll. On average, saline or silicone breast implants can last 10 to 20 years, while eyelid surgery can last up to 25 years. It is important to understand the risks and benefits of any procedure before undergoing it, and to choose a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who specializes in the desired procedure.
The longevity of a cosmetic surgery procedure depends on the type of surgery being performed. For example, facelift patients may need revisions or further adjustments seven years after the initial procedure. In some cases, a second procedure may be needed to correct irregularities in the shape or size of the nose. Subtle changes in the appearance of the nose will continue to occur due to aging and gravity.
Breast augmentation is an excellent plastic surgery procedure for achieving larger, more cheerful breasts. On average, saline and silicone breast implants can last about 25 years. Despite being informed and prepared, patients may be surprised by the bruises and swelling that follow cosmetic surgery and how long it lasts. It may take a minimum of three weeks for bruises to subside; swelling may take even longer. For best results, body contouring surgeries such as liposuction and tummy tuck should be followed by an active lifestyle and a healthy diet.
The surgeon will explain how cosmetic surgery can change your body and what you can expect as a result. It is important to remember that no two surgeries are the same, and that even with the best surgeries, long-term results cannot be guaranteed. A surgical procedure cannot prevent the future effects of aging, so very few facial plastic surgeries and cosmetic procedures claim that they last forever. The surgeon helps patients understand this so that they can fully appreciate their true appearance and how this can change with cosmetic surgery. Under current UK law, anyone over the age of 16 can consent to cosmetic surgery, provided that the surgeon feels that he can understand what it involves and that he has parental consent and guidance.
Cosmetic surgery generally requires more long-term planning, financial investment, and significant lifestyle changes than some non-surgical solutions.