While proper plastic surgery has been praised for successfully shaving years off of your overall appearance, the myth of not being able to age naturally years down the road because of a past surgery tends to strike fear within many patients. This often leaves them wondering if plastic surgery is for them. If this sounds familiar, stop worrying. We got to the bottom of the far-fetched claim with La Jolla, CA, plastic surgeon Robert Singer, MD, who puts this urban myth to bed.
“People continue to age naturally after plastic surgery,” Dr. Singer explains, adding that understanding how the aging process works is crucial. “Plastic surgery does not stop the aging process; it just turns it back.” Aging also heavily depends on genetics and your overall health, as well as significant weight loss and gain, smoking, stress and sun exposure. But for the most part, Dr. Singer explains that plastic surgery does soften this process.