Facelift surgery is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the country, and it’s no surprise: Facelifts can make you look more youthful with brighter, smoother and more even-looking skin.
Studies have shown that the procedure can make you look 7-10 years younger. While the results won’t last forever, it is possible for you to make the most of them.
The duration of the age-defying effects of a facelift depends first on the surgeon and secondly on the patient. An experienced plastic surgeon will use advanced techniques to ensure the longevity of your results. While the patient’s age and overall skin elasticity are also important, one of the most crucial aspects of ensuring long-lasting effects is the patient’s commitment to certain lifestyle habits.
Here are five tips to make your facelift last.
1. Wear Sunscreen.
The sun is one of the biggest age-accelerators as its UV rays can break down the collagen and elastin proteins in your skin, causing lines, wrinkles and sagging. Wearing sunscreen daily – rain or shine – can help keep your skin looking youthful and radiant after your procedure.
2. Don’t Smoke.
It’s recommended that you don’t smoke for at least four weeks before and after any cosmetic surgery. But to make a long-lasting lifestyle change that will benefit you inside and out, you should give up smoking permanently. Smoking accelerates skin aging, causing wrinkles, sagging skin and discoloration.
3. Live Well.
It’s as simple as this: When you feel great, you look great. Your beauty radiates from the inside out. So, when you take care to nurture yourself from the inside by exercising regularly, eating well-balanced meals, drinking lots of water, getting healthful sleep and taking vitamins, your skin will look fresh and radiant every day.
4. Choose the Right Surgeon.
The time and energy you put into finding the right cosmetic surgeon is well worth the effort to get the exact results you want. Choose someone with extensive experience performing facelifts and be sure to review their before-and-after photos to be sure you get the long-lasting results you want.
5. Commit to Your Skincare Routine.
While it’s always important to have a good skincare routine, it becomes even more critical after your procedure. You should wash your face at least twice a day with a good cleanser, use moisturizer and apply sunscreen every day.
Ultimately, as long as patients choose their surgeon carefully and thoughtfully and take good care of themselves – inside and out – the results can keep them looking youthful and rejuvenated for many years.
If you are considering a facelift, contact us at Youthful Reflections today to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Boggess.