The way a typical plastic surgery patient makes her decision is by hoping that if she has a problem, it can be fixed by a cosmetic surgery procedure. For example, a woman who has noticed sagging of her breasts after nursing and/or aging will choose mastopexy to address that and maybe even get convinced to insert implants to get a more youthful, perky appearance. The last thing that she is thinking about is the impact of her decision over time. The reality is that procedures like breast augmentations are commitments for life. That applies to any other procedures in which a foreign object is placed into the body. Not only do these need to be replaced after a set number of years, they also are subject to problems and need corrective surgery. At the same time, procedures like facelift or liposuction produce results that last certain number of years (for typical lipo patients the fat returns to other parts of the body) during which you are subject to same forces of Nature that everyone else is. It is not uncommon to see that women who have never gone under the knife age much better than those who did and that is why a woman who has had work done on her face may look older than someone who did not and will definitely need more surgery later on to look at least as good as many of her peers. And as everyone knows that noninvasive procedures like injectables last barely a few months.
Plan for future procedures at the time of the first one: So the issue that needs to be taken into account while having a procedure is the shelf life of a procedure. This has huge implications in terms of budgeting and risks associated with surgery. Let me explain. If you are going to spend $5,000 now for breast implants now, you need to budget somewhat higher amount every ten years to take your old ones out and replace them with new ones. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to save even more so that you have a safety net in case you need to do that earlier than that or something goes wrong with your implants (remember the PIP mess in Europe?).
The conclusion is that once you have cosmetic surgery, your relationship with a plastic surgeon is almost for life, and that is why it makes so much sense to find the right surgeon that you can stick to for life.