A maintenance program is an important aspect of aftercare following a plastic surgical procedure. Such a program is designed to conserve the final outcome that has been achieved and to determine the longevity of the results.
Maintaining good health through proper nutrition and exercise is one way of maintaining the outcome of a plastic surgical procedure.
Functional integrity is based on structural correction. Function, however, must be assessed periodically to assure that the outcome remains unchanged.
Periodic evaluation of structural integrity is another important aspect of the maintenance program after plastic surgery. Computer reformatted 3D scans and magnetic resonance imaging are useful tools for this purpose.