Let’s say you’ve decided to buy a new appliance for your home and it’s going to be a bit of an investment. You do your research, you find out which model meets your needs the best, and you work out a budget to make it all possible. Then they hit you with the bad news: if you want to add that extended warranty, it’s going to cost you even more. When we’re making an investment in something, we want every possible guarantee that it’s going to last us a long time – so much so that we’re willing to pay to have that assurance.
Now, we all know that plastic surgery is an investment that requires a lot of consideration. As much as we’d like to give our patients every assurance possible, plastic surgeons can’t offer extended warranties on breast augmentations or tummy tucks. It’s important for patients to have realistic expectations about their cosmetic surgery outcomes, and it’s no surprise that a lot of patients want to know how long plastic surgery will last. They’re investing their money and they’re trusting our staff with their safety, so of course they want to know if it’s going to be worth it. They’re often surprised by the answer.
Simply put, plastic surgery lasts forever. Now I know this might sound like some sort of sales gimmick, but hear me out. I don’t mean to suggest that the way you look right after a facelift or a breast lift is the way you will look for the rest of your life. I’ve learned how to do a lot of things over the course of my career as a surgeon, but stopping time is not yet one of them. What I mean is that any kind of surgical improvement you make to your body will continue to age and grow with you as time goes on. Particularly in the case of rejuvenation procedures, like a facelift or brow lift that helps make you look younger, you will maintain that younger factor for the rest of your life and will continue to look five or ten years younger than your actual age.
The bottom line is plastic surgery does not come with a best before date. It’s not true that breast implants need to be changed every 10 years. Most women will live their whole life with their original implants and will never require a revision. If you maintain your lifestyle, your results will age with you naturally.
If you’d like to know more, please watch my video blog about this frequently asked question.