How Long Do Cosmetic Surgery Results Last?

Nothing lasts forever, including the effects of cosmetic surgery. While cosmetic surgery has a longer shelf life than non-surgical treatments, most procedures have a life span that can range from a few years to more than a decade.

Although no two surgeries are alike, having a basic understanding of what to expect before, during, and after a procedure can help you manage your expectations.

If you’re considering cosmetic surgery, you’ll probably want to know how long the recovery will take and the results you could expect. However, it’s best if you also consider the duration of the results.

This will assist you in selecting a procedure that meets your post-surgery goals, your budget and your lifestyle. Choosing the right time in your life to have certain procedures is equally important in making your cosmetic surgery decision.

Dr Mark Duncan-Smith explains everything you need to know about the lifespan of various surgeries and the best ages for procedures in this article.

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Facelift surgery involves surgically removing excess skin from the cheeks, jowls, and neck while tightening the remaining skin and underlying tissue to rejuvenate the face and give it a more youthful appearance. Facelift results are supposed to last a long time, but factors like exposure to the sun, skin elasticity, and the natural aging process can all affect how long they last.


A nose job, like blepharoplasty, can be functional (i.e. medically required) or cosmetic. Both types of healing necessitate a lot of patience during the healing process, with full results taking up to a year to appear. They are, however, well worth the wait. Rhinoplasty is one of the surgical procedures that produce results that last a lifetime.

Butt Lift

A Brazilian Butt Lift involves transferring fat from one part of the body to the buttocks for improved shape and contour. There is no risk of rejection because it is an autologous transfer, but it is expected that some fat will be reabsorbed into the body. In general, 60% to 70% of fat transferred survives, resulting in long-term results.

Breast Augmentation 

Breast augmentation is an in-demand surgical procedure for women who want to increase the size and volume of their breasts. The breast implants that are used in a breast augmentation procedure, on the other hand, are not designed to last indefinitely. Breast implants usually last about ten years on average. In many cases, however, this can take much longer. Breast implants can shift and move within the body over time, causing them to wear down.


Patients who have areas of excess fat that are resistant to diet and exercise may benefit from liposuction. A device known as “cannula” is used to remove fat cells from the body during the cosmetic surgery procedure. Although some patients believe that liposuction means they won’t have to exercise or eat a healthy diet to maintain their figure, this is not the case. To get the best results from this cosmetic surgery, we recommend that our patients reach their target weight before the procedure and stick to a healthy diet and exercise routine afterwards.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is comparable to liposuction in terms of longevity. A tummy tuck can last for several years if you maintain a healthy weight and stay physically active. The degree of loose skin that existed prior to surgery will not return, but the skin will become laxer with age.


As you can probably guess, the duration of cosmetic surgery results is determined by various factors. Procedures can be one-and-done in some cases if a healthy lifestyle is maintained. In other cases, the aging process may necessitate additional treatments in the future. Consultation with a board-certified plastic or cosmetic surgeon will help you set realistic expectations for your procedure and ensure the best possible results.

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