When will my cosmetic surgery procedure be healed? We’re talking about breast augmentation, tummy tuck, liposuction, facelift or most any other cosmetic surgery procedure.
Here is Dr. Kirby’s rule of thumb for plastic surgery results:
• You’ll see 80% of your result one month after cosmetic surgery
• You’ll see 90% of your result two to three months after cosmetic surgery
• You’ll see your absolute, complete, finished result 6-12 months after cosmetic surgery
As an example, here’s how this would work for a tummy tuck:
1 Month – Most of your swelling is gone. You can clearly see a flatter, firmer abdomen but everything still feels a little tight and a little stiff.
2 – 3 Months – Virtually all the swelling is gone. Your skin and deeper tissues have softened too so the result doesn’t just look more natural – it feels more natural too. Typically, you have results you can show off at this point.
6-12 Months – The complete result is in. It’s not wildly different from what you saw at two months but it is noticeably better. Your abdomen feels normal to the touch. That last little bit of swelling is gone. Your scars have faded significantly, too.
Of course, each of us is unique and is going to heal somewhat differently. Irrespective of that, these general guidelines are usually fairly accurate with most cosmetic surgery patients.