At Advanced Liposuction Center one of the questions we get most often is “will the changes from my cosmetic surgery last?” Since our bodies continue to change as we age, cosmetic enhancements cannot be guaranteed to be permanent. However, patients can take steps to ensure that the beautiful results of a cosmetic surgical procedure will last and continue to look great for as long as possible by taking the following steps:
- Follow all the cosmetic surgeon’s directions. When you meet with one of our expert physicians to discuss your upcoming procedure, the doctor may give you instructions to follow ahead of time to prepare for your surgery. You will also be given post-operative care instructions when the procedure is done. Don’t try to cut short rest and healing time, start exercising too soon after surgery or lift heavy items until the doctor give you the go-ahead.
- Stop smoking. Smoking can damage your skin and it impedes circulation. Good blood flow is essential for healing. For some procedures such as brachioplasty, it is mandatory to refrain from smoking for a set period of time before surgery, but it is a good suggestion for all surgeries and for a healthier lifestyle in general.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Not watching what you eat and gaining weight after a body enhancing procedure can alter the results and change your appearance. The benefits from your surgery may not be as apparent or last as long if you gain weight.
- Exercise. Staying fit can greatly increase the lasting results of cosmetic surgeries such as the mini tummy tuck. Exercise strengthens and firms muscles which will naturally enhance the appearance of areas that were previously flabby.
Overall, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is your best “guarantee” for keeping your face and body looking its best. For certain enhancements, “touch-up” procedures are available. With our facelift, for example, after about 5 years patients may wish to return for a brief 30-minute outpatient procedure to revitalize their looks.