One thing I always remind my Palo Alto plastic surgery patients, is that although plastic surgery creates immediate improvements, final results emerge over several months. That’s because factors such as swelling can temporarily alter your results. That’s why it’s not recommended that you make a judgment regarding your surgical outcome before your body has fully healed. If you are considering undergoing plastic surgery, here’s what to expect:
- Immediately after surgery: You will likely see some bruising and swelling around the affected area. At this time, it’s best to rest as much as possible and let your body recuperate. Within just a few days (for most procedures), most bruising should dissipate, and swelling will improve.
- The first month: Some asymmetry may still be present the first month after surgery, especially for breast augmentation patients. This is usually a result of residual swelling. Your results should balance out over the next few weeks.
- 2 to 3 months: For most procedures, your results should be at about 90% after 2 to 3 months. At this point, it’s safe to assume that your current appearance will be very close to the final result. Some very minor swelling may still be present.
- 6 months to 1 year: Most people see their final results after 6 months to 1 year. At this time, the body has had adequate time to heal and recover from surgery. There should be little or no noticeable asymmetry present, and all swelling should be resolved.