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How Long do Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures Last?

How Long do Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures Last?When an individual is considering undergoing plastic surgery, one of their key concerns will be to know what outcomes they should expect and how long the results will last. The sustainability of the outcomes should be a key element in their decision to choose a procedure.

When the longevity of the results is taken into account, it will not helps meet the patient’s post-op expectations, but also their budget and lifestyle. It is also important for a patient to determine the right time in their life to undergo specific procedures.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides safe and proven cosmetic plastic surgery procedures to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities. 

Factors that Affect Longevity of Results

Some vital factors to know about long-term cosmetic surgery results are as follows:

Implants will require replacement

During the pre-operative consultation, many women request for larger breast implants. But a committed surgeon will let patients know if their choice may not be appropriate for their body type. Breast implants do not ‘expire,’ but they are not guaranteed to sustain for a lifetime. 

The average saline or silicone implants may last from between one to two decades. For this reason, women seeking an augmentation will need to budget to get their implants replaced.

A balanced lifestyle is vital for body sculpting

Irrespective of the age that a person chooses to receive plastic surgery, certain procedures necessitate permanent lifestyle changes for long-lasting outcomes. Liposuction and abdominoplasty must be paired with a balanced and active lifestyle for sustainable outcomes. If the patient is not committed to keeping the weight off, they might regain it in other areas.

Fat transfer breast augmentation or breast reduction offers permanent results, but weight gain or loss can affect breast size. Therefore, the patient will need to maintain a healthy and stable weight after the surgery.

Surgery cannot stop the aging process

Gravity will continue to push down on the skin, and over time, the soft tissues will become susceptible to that pressure. A facelift will not appear as ‘fresh’ as it did in the initial month or so following surgery.

Nearly 20 percent of facelift patients return around seven years after a procedure, requesting revisions or further tightening. Signs of aging usually manifest around the eyes initially, and even after an eyelift, they too will continue to age. For this reason, upper blepharoplasty surgery needs to be repeated after five to seven years.

The patient can enable the outcomes of facial rejuvenation surgery to sustain for a longer duration by remaining hydrated and using a high SPF sunscreen on a daily basis. They should also avoid drinking and smoking, which also leads to premature aging. 

Does the patient’s age make a difference?

The age of a person considering plastic surgery is not the determining factor. If a person is healthy and does not suffer from conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, or high blood pressure, they could still be a suitable surgery candidate.

There are some procedures, which, if not undertaken before a specific age, won’t offer the most optimal or long-lasting outcomes. An example of this is that if a person undergoes a facelift in their forties and fifties, they will typically accomplish better outcomes due to the relatively better elasticity in their skin compared to someone receiving the procedure later in life.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for advanced and effective cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures. 

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

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