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“Life Expectancy” of Plastic Surgery

“Life Expectancy” of Plastic Surgery

Often times in my Louisville Plastic Surgery office I get questions about how long the results of an operation will last. The answer is there really isn’t an answer so here’s how I answer the question.

Be it a Louisville Facelift, a Louisville Breast Lift or a Louisville Tummy Tuck, all of which are lifting/tightening procedures, some diminution of results is to be expected. The reasons are varied but all are based around the fact that our skin is a living breathing ever-changing tissue. So, with continued aging, health changes, sun exposure things will change. Now, what I also tell my patients is that though the results do fade over time, it isn’t like all of a sudden everything goes to “heck in a handbasket” at a certain point in time. You will always see an improvement vs. doing nothing at all.

Some patients do come back in 10-20 years for a redo lift, be it face, breast, brow, etc… but many do not.

Lee Corbett, MD

All posts on this blog are presented by Louisville Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Lee Corbett

Replacing Implants

In my Louisville Breast Implant practice one of the most common misconceptions I encounter deals with breast implant replacement.

A significant percentage of new patients come in with the belief that they have to get new implants every 10 years. This is 100% false. The failure rate for implants that are 10 years old, silicone and saline, is very low. Exact figures aren’t available for the 10 year point but we do know that at 7 years the failure rate on saline is about 2-3% and at 6 years the failure rate for gel implants is about 1%.

So it makes no sense that at 10 years we would throw away 98% of the breast implants out there when they are fine. Said another way, “If they ain’t broke, don’t fix ’em.”

Dr. Lee Corbett