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How Long Do Plastic Surgery Results Last?

Plastic surgery can help you love the way you look. Different procedures can minimize signs of aging or sculpt your body. One of the common questions patients have before undergoing cosmetic surgery is how long their results will last. In general, these procedures are very long-lasting, although the exact amount of time before revision may be necessary varies depending on the type of surgery.

Here is more information about the longevity of plastic surgery results, broken down by procedure:

Facial Plastic Surgeries

When it comes to facial surgery, keep in mind that aging will continue to affect your appearance over time. As a result, no procedure is truly permanent. However, the results last significantly longer than non-surgical options.


A facelift tightens and lifts skin on your face and neck to reduce sagging. Results can last a decade on average. However, your skin will continue to age over time, which is why facelift results are not permanent. You can increase the length of time your facelift will last by having a consistent skin care routine and may also want to consider Dysport or fillers to extend the results.

Brow Lift

A brow lift moves sagging eyebrows up, restoring a more youthful appearance. Like a facelift, the effects of gravity and aging do eventually affect the results. A brow lift will typically last between five and ten years.


Blepharoplasty, more commonly known as eyelid surgery, removes excess skin and fat around the upper and/or lower eyelids. Upper eyelids will begin to sag over time due to aging, so upper lid blepharoplasty typically lasts between five and ten years. Lower lid blepharoplasty, on the other hand, is even more long-lasting, and results can persist for a lifetime without touch-ups in many cases.

Body Surgeries

Cosmetic surgeries performed on the body tend to last longer than facial surgeries, because the effects of aging are less noticeable. These surgeries can last a lifetime in ideal conditions. However, anything that changes your body significantly can affect the results. Examples include pregnancy, weight gain, and weight loss. If any of these do occur, you may need a revision surgery to maintain your results.

Body surgeries that can last a lifetime, assuming no major body changes, include:

Breast Surgeries

Breast Augmentation

The longevity of breast implants can vary. For modern implants, you generally only need to remove and replace them if there is a complication. The average lifespan is 10 to 20 years.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is similar to procedures that are focused on the body, in that it can last a lifetime in ideal circumstances. If you gain a significant amount of weight, your breast size may increase and this will undo the results of the breast reduction. The same can be true for pregnancy.

Breast Lift

The length of time that breast lift results last can differ. Some patients notice that the results last 10 to 15 years, and this is more common if the sagging was due to aging. For patients who pair a breast reduction with a breast lift and who do not gain weight after surgery, the results can last longer.

Are You Considering Plastic Surgery?

If you are interested in cosmetic surgery, we can discuss your options and help you love the way you look. We offer a variety of procedures and our surgeons are highly experienced.

To learn more about plastic surgery in Tucson, contact us today.