Facelift is considered by many plastic surgeons to be the gold standard in facial rejuvenation because it comprehensively addresses various aging concerns including wrinkles, sagging skin and volume loss. But although effective, facelift cannot stop the aging process altogether. Immediately after your surgery, your skin will resume aging as normal. What’s more, the way you care for your skin after facelift will largely determine how long your results will last.
Top Greenwich facelift surgeon Dr. Sandra Margoles is committed to helping you enjoy your rejuvenated appearance for as many years as possible. Here, she shares her best tips to prolong your facelift results.
Don’t Be Lax About Sunscreen
Sun exposure is one of the biggest causes of premature aging, as UV rays break down collagen and elastin, two proteins responsible for your skin’s elastic and firm quality. Not only can applying sunscreen protect your skin from future sun damage, but evidence shows that it can even reverse some signs of aging. A study published in Dermatologic Surgery found that individuals who applied sunscreen daily for one year experienced an improvement of 40 percent or better with sun spots, pigmentation, skin texture and skin clarity. Make it a habit to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher whenever you go outdoors and reapply every two hours. Wear protective clothing (e.g., broad brimmed hat, long sleeve shirts) and wraparound sunglasses whenever possible. Sun damage is possible year round, so apply sunscreen even during the winter months.
Know What to Eat
Maintain your youthful appearance by nourishing your skin from the inside out. Eat a well-balanced diet, one that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. Drink plenty of water and limit your sugar intake.
Smoking is a surefire way to speed up the aging process, before and after facelift. Nicotine constricts the blood vessels in your skin, impairing the blood and oxygen flow necessary to properly deliver nutrients to the skin.
Use the Right Skin Care Products
Using the right skin care products after your facelift surgery can enhance the longevity of your results. Medical-grade products with ingredients such as retinoids, peptides and antioxidants can help keep the skin healthy and smooth. Because everyone is different, it’s a good idea to speak to a skin care specialist so they can evaluate your skin and recommend the products that work best for you.
Maintain Your Results with a Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatment
Cosmetic treatments are a great way to complement your facelift and prolong your results. Botox and dermal fillers can help soften any lines or wrinkles that surface in the years after facelift, while laser skin resurfacing treatments can address an array of aging concerns including poor skin texture, age spots, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. For best results, repeat treatments are usually recommended. A board certified plastic surgeon can recommend a treatment schedule based on your unique case.
To learn more tips on how to maintain your facelift results or the non-surgical cosmetic treatments, please schedule a personal consultation with the Dr. Margoles by calling her Greenwich, CT practice at (203) 869-2939 today.