Anyone who has ever had a medical procedure or given birth understands that no two patient experiences are 100%
alike. When you hear people discussing their symptoms, side effects and the recovery process,
there is a wide range of experiences. An individual’s genetic makeup, lifestyle choices (smoking, excessive exposure to sunlight, diet, etc), stress level, environmental factors, the aging process and general health vary dramatically. and contribute to the unpredictability of the surgical result.
To an observer in the operating room, plastic surgical operations look almost identically performed from patient to patient, but the results can be much different and it is often impossible to predict who will experience a complication.
Unlike a sculptor, the surgeon manipulates tissue on a human being. The surgery is only part of the story. The other part is the patient's own healing characteristics. Living tissue differs from inanimate materials that we are used to working on. A sculptor molding clay can see the result right away, but the plastic surgeon has to wait and watch as the process evolves.
Tissues change as they heal. They swell, the swelling goes down, the skin readjusts and tightens or doesn't tighten, scar tissue forms under the skin and gradually softens, scars contract or stretch wide. It is a dynamic process that generally takes about a year. Your healing mechanisms are as unique as you are.