One important factor for many people considering a cosmetic procedure is the expected length of the results.
While many cosmetic surgeries may provide patients with lifelong results, others are performed with the expectation that they will need to be repeated or updated in a certain amount of time. In some cases, such as with certain dermal fillers, the best results may be achieved by maintaining regular treatment intervals.
Determining Your Re-Treatment or Update Timeline
Major cosmetic surgeries, such as breast lifts, breast augmentations and tummy tucks, often provide satisfactory results for the life of the patient. In fact, the first silicone breast implants are still in place with satisfactory results more than fifty years later. However, the natural aging process may mean that some future revision could become necessary for the best possible results. This is impacted by a number of factors, including genetics, lifestyle, dramatic weight changes and major physical changes such as pregnancy, childbirth and menopause.
With more short-term cosmetic procedures, such as dermal fillers or Botox, injections can be performed every three months to two years. This range depends on the specific type of injection and the way it interacts with your body specifically. One advantage to using repeat treatments is that you become very used to the way that the treatment impacts your body, giving you an advantage when it comes to scheduling these treatments to line up perfectly with major events like weddings and vacations.
During your consultation, you will discuss these various timelines in detail, with projected results that are specifically tailored to your unique situation. Whether undergoing a cosmetic surgery or a facial injection, you will be able to make an excellent estimation of how long your results will last based on the length of previous patients.
Dr. Jonov is a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgeries of the face, breast, and body at Seattle Plastic Surgery.