Top 5 Factors that Influence your Cosmetic Surgery Results


Everyone who invests in cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery wants a fantastic outcome. But it’s important that you realise that RESULTS can vary significantly from patient to patient and that all invasive procedures have risks and scars. In fact, numerous factors go into ensuring your surgery experience is either a POSITIVE experience or one you wished were different. So what ARE the TOP 5 FACTORS that influence your cosmetic surgery results or outcomes?

The Top 5 Factors influencing your cosmetic plastic sutargery outcomes include:

1) Current SHAPE

  • Your current shape means your personal ANATOMY and existing contours – in other words, what you’re STARTING WITH before surgery
  • Examples include: skin ptosis/skin redundancy, breast shape/nipple positions, contours, bulges, folds, skin sagging and muscle-to-fat distribution
  • What to avoid: expecting surgery to perform miracles (unrealistic expectations) or using surgery as a substitute for healthy living


  • Everyone has an innate healing capacity and individual scarring tendencies which impact surgery options, recovery and results
  • The degree of sun damage, skin ageing, prior injuries or previous operations can also have an affect
  • Your overall organ health also has an impact and often rests on your daily nutritional intake and substance use
  • Genetics, prior illnesses, medication effects and/or environmental exposures will also come into play
  • What to avoid: choosing a very large or too heavy breast implant for your skin; not choosing LIPO only if you have ptosis as it could make sagging skin look worse; smoking or having poor nutrition; having cosmetic surgery when you’re not feeling healthy and well or when you’re depressed

3)  SURGERY goals

  • What you WANT to achieve and if this is actually FEASIBLE by surgical means – or even doable!
  • Realistic expectations about what’s possible are crucial to getting a good cosmetic surgery result AND
  • Is also important so you don’t feel disappointed with your choice of Surgeon
  • What to avoid: having surgery to please a partner; expecting to look like a star or celebrity or to have your looks completely altered; chasing a perfect end result (Plastic Surgery is about improvement, not perfection, and humans are never perfectly symmetrical, nor perfectly smooth or firm), having too many procedures or having procedures for the wrong reasons or at the wrong time in your life

4) SKILLS and QUALIFICATIONS of your Surgeon

  • Find out if your choice of Surgeon is actually considered an EXPERT in the field of Surgery OR his or her procedures
  • Are they FRACS (Plas) or did they study general medicine instead? Are they a SPECIALIST PLASTIC SURGEON according to RACS? Or something else entirely like a skin doctor?
  • Research to see if your Surgeon has decades of experience performing successful operations of the TYPE you’re needing
  • Ask  – is your Surgeon going to fully customise and thoughtfully plan the procedure, or give you a cookie-cutter type of operation?
  • What to avoid: a non-Specialist Surgeon who did not gain formal RACS level credentials in Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery; new doctors entering the field who may lack decades of experience, Surgeons who embrace new technology before patient safety has been demonstrated through adequate scientific research (e.g., fat transfer to buttocks was popular overseas but had high complication and mortality rates, and the majority of Melbourne’s best Plastic Surgeons waited for more research).


  • Your Surgeon’s skills are one thing, but if you and your surgeon can’t communicate openly and honestly, or aren’t cooperating as a team, your results can be compromised.
  • So second to the SKILLS and qualifications is to ensure you LIKE your Surgeon’s methods of communication.
  • This means you’ll feel comfortable asking ANY and ALL questions you have, or voicing any CONCERNS.
  • It also means you are INSPIRED and WILLING to be HONEST during discussions with your surgeon, AND to FOLLOW your Surgeon’s post-operative instructions and incision line care guidelines.
  • If you feel intimidated or disrespected by your Surgeon, then they’re not for you!

There you have it! The TOP 5 FACTORS that influence your plastic surgery experience, your cosmetic surgery results and long-term outcomes!

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Last updated: 08/05/2022
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Dr Rebecca Wyten - BSc, MBBS, FRACS (Plast)
Dr Rebecca Wyten, MBBS, FRACS (Plas), is a Melbourne VIC Female Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Australia. She is very talented in natural looking Breast Augmentation (Breast Implant Surgery), Breast Lift surgery and Breast Reduction, Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Body Contouring with liposuction, Labiaplasty and other cosmetic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures (women only). She is FRACS (Plastic) qualified and has extensive experience and training in New South Wales, Victoria, and has worked alongside some of the world's top Plastic Surgeons whilst in France. Education: Dr Rebecca Wyten BSci, MBBS, FRACS (Plas) graduated in Medicine (MBBS) from the University of Sydney, NSW. She has since dedicated her artisan plastic cosmetic surgery skills to a private practice in Melbourne and Berwick on the Mornington peninsula. Bio Page:

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Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.