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Tips for Maintaining Plastic Surgery ResultsDr. Gregory Dumanian regularly fields questions about how to maintain the results of facelift, liposuction, tummy tuck and other plastic surgery procedures. With the right personal care and lifestyle habits, the results should last for many years. Here are some tips from Dr. Dumanian to maintain the life of plastic surgery results.

Avoid Sun Damage

It’s wise for everyone to be careful in the sun by wearing sunscreen, sunglasses and a protective hat. This is particularly important for individuals who have undergone plastic surgery, as sun exposure can cause the incision scars to become more pronounced. If you’ve had surgery recently, protect your incision scars by staying out of the sun and covering the area with clothing or sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is a detrimental habit for many reasons. For plastic surgery patients, it can impede the healing process by flooding the body with toxic chemicals, restricting the blood of oxygen that it needs to support the body’s healing mechanisms and constricting the blood vessels so they have a hard time delivering blood to the healing tissues. Keep in mind that smoking also contributes to visible signs of aging — chiefly sallow skin and wrinkles. Try a smoking cessation aid like gum or the patch, or speak to a doctor about other options.

Stay Active

Staying active is crucial to looking and feeling youthful. Liposuction, tummy tuck and other body sculpting patients need to be especially careful to maintain their weight, lest the pockets of excess fat return. Dramatic weight fluctuation (including pregnancies) can have a negative effect on the results of plastic surgery.

Pamper the Skin

Certain products may extend the lifespan of the results of facial plastic surgery (e.g., facelift). Select medical-grade skin-care products with active ingredients that improve the appearance of the skin. Dr. Dumanian and our team would be happy to provide recommendations or a personalized skin care plan to protect and prolong facelift results.

Follow All of Dr. Dumanian’s Instructions

To ensure the best and longest-lasting results, patients need to closely follow all of Dr. Dumanian’s instructions about:

  • taking medications/supplements
  • wearing supportive garments
  • keeping the surgical wound clean
  • massaging the treated area (if necessary)


Dr. Dumanian will also advise when it is safe to return to exercise, sports and other physical activities. Pushing the body too soon may cause a complication that affects the long-term outcome of the procedure.

Explore Repeat or Touch-Up Treatments

Plastic surgery won’t stop the effects of gravity or the aging process altogether. It may be necessary to undergo a touch-up or repeat treatment to maintain the beautiful results of surgery. Dr. Dumanian can provide more information at the time of the consultation.


Dr. Dumanian offers a wide range of plastic surgery options for the face, body and breasts. To learn more about any of the available procedures, please contact Dr. Dumanian by calling our office at 312-695-1999 or sending us an email today.

There are three side muscles–the external oblique, the internal oblique, and the transversus abdominis.  The most common version of the components release hernia repair cuts the external oblique muscle as it inserts onto the vertical rectus abdominis muscles.  The side muscles become more compliant (stretchy) with the external oblique cut, allowing the rectus abdominis muscles to be brought to the midline for the hernia repair.
Immediately after surgery, the external oblique muscle is not attached to anything, and theoretically the abdomen could feel weaker.  However, with the repair of the hernia the abdomen once again can increase its internal pressure.  This new sense of a “core” for the patient is a bigger gain than the loss of the external oblique function.  Most patients feel improved immediately after a components separation hernia repair, despite the pain of surgery.
Over time, the external oblique sticks back down to the underlying internal oblique muscle, and regains some of its function.  The two intact muscles hypertrophy or bulk up over time, becoming stronger to compensate for the loss of the external oblique.


Dr. Dumanian combines a excellent training with a caring and attentive bedside manner. He is triple board-certified in plastic surgery, general surgery and hand surgery. He currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Surgery and Program Director of Plastic Surgery. He lectures nationally on repair of the abdominal wall. This gives him the experience to perform all types of cutting edge surgeries of the abdomen. His ground breaking work on the bionic arm procedure for arm amputees was featured on the cover of the prestigious journal Lancet and in the New Yorker Magazine. His specialities also include reconstructive breast surgery after cancer treatment (DIEP flaps), aesthetic surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, hand surgery, and reconstructive microsurgery. Dr. Gregory Dumanian, a native Chicagoan, graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, and trained at the finest medical programs in the country. After graduating with honors from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, he completed a five-year residency in general surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He followed this with three years of plastic surgery training at the University of Pittsburgh, one of the premier plastic surgery programs in the country. He then completed a fellowship in hand surgery at the Curtis Hand Center in Baltimore, Maryland.