Cosmetic Procedures Follow-Up Care

You've had cosmetic surgery or reconstructive surgery and now you need to learn about careful follow-up care.

Your doctor no doubt has already given you instructions for the immediate care you need after your cosmetic surgery. But cosmetic surgery is not like other surgeries. Follow-up involves a commitment by you and your doctor to maintain your new look for as long as possible. The specific follow-up care you'll need is going to depend on the type of cosmetic surgery you had, your age, your lifestyle, and your expectations.

What to Expect With Follow-Up Care

It's possible you may need follow-up cosmetic surgery to correct an issue that arises from the first surgery, such as a ruptured breast implant. You may also need follow-up surgery if you are not satisfied with the initial results.

Keep in mind it may take several weeks or even months before you can accurately evaluate your new look. Be sure you give yourself enough time to heal from the procedure you had before you analyze the results.

To help you with follow-up care, here are questions to ask your surgeon:

  • How long will my new look last? If I've had injections, how often will I have to get new injections to maintain the look?
  • When should I begin thinking about any follow up cosmetic surgeries I may need?
  • If I've had a face-lift, neck lift, or other type of facial lift, will I need to have it done again at some point?
  • How will these surgeries affect my insurance? Will my premiums increase and will my future coverage be affected? How has this kind of surgery affected other patients' insurance?

You chose cosmetic surgery to improve your life and look. So it's important to discuss every concern you have with your doctor.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on January 20, 2020



American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Cosmetic Procedures."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cosmetic Surgery Follow-Up Care."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Facelift Surgery."



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