Cosmetic surgery is a significant investment toward looking and feeling your very best. Quite literally, committing to a procedure like a facelift or mini facelift is a financial investment in your confidence and self-esteem. The recovery process also requires its own investments of time, energy, and upkeep to ensure your transformation lasts for the foreseeable future.
In the vast majority of cases, patients are thrilled with their results for many years after surgery. However, it’s critical to understand your role in maintaining and caring for your results. Lifestyle, eating habits, genetics, and age are just a few of the many factors that come into play.
Nothing can fully stop the signs of aging, but we can make sure you have all the tools necessary to feel amazing and keep your skin as healthy as possible. The good news is that there are many things you can do. Here are some of our top tips to keep skin tight and smooth after a facelift.
1. Avoid Sun Exposure
There is no single tip we could give you that is more important than this one. The sun is the leading cause of all visible signs of aging, and prolonged exposure can lead to serious damage down the line. Sun spots, wrinkles, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation are all caused by the sun’s powerful UV rays.
These rays break down critical proteins and lead to damage of elastin and collagen (two of the main components of healthy, youthful skin) over time. This leads to discoloration, patchy skin tones, “age” or liver spots, and sagging skin.
After a facelift, additional sun damage can compromise your results sooner than you’d like. To avoid this, do your best to stay out of direct sun exposure, especially between the hours of 12-3 pm, when the sun’s at its strongest. Wearing hats when you’re outdoors (every day if possible) is another great strategy to protect yourself.
Finally, and most importantly, use a powerful and light sunscreen every day, 365 days a year. Even on cloudy winter days, the sun’s rays can still penetrate our skin if unprotected. ISDIN makes a wonderful, award-winning SPF 50+ sunscreen with a mineral base that’s gentle enough for every skin tone and type.
2. A Healthy Diet & Exercise Regimen Makes All the Difference
An often overlooked aspect of healthy, glowing skin is a healthy diet and exercise. Your skin needs a vitamin- and nutrient-rich diet to produce a natural glow and maintain elasticity. Foods high in vitamin C have also been proven to help slow the visible signs of aging. Fruits and veggies can offer critical antioxidants, and protein and fatty-acid rich foods like salmon can help balance your skin tone and fight against oily skin.
Healthy lifestyle habits also provide the obvious boost of general health benefits and a trimmer, toned body. Especially after a surgical lifting procedure, it’s important to keep your weight relatively stable. This way, you’ll avoid any unnecessary stretching of the skin, which could nullify the improvements you’ve worked so hard for.
3. Skincare is Everything
Sunscreen isn’t the only important skincare habit to maintain after your facelift. Taking proper care of your skin can keep your results looking just as good (if not better) as the years pass.
One of the best habits you can practice is scar care. Some scarring is a necessary part of many surgeries, including facelifts. By working with an expert board-certified plastic surgeon with specialized training in surgeries of the head, neck, and face like Dr. Wallin–you guarantee your scar will be discretely placed and minimal.
Still, after your procedure, your scar’s healing (and fading) is partly up to you. We’ll provide you with all the post-op care instructions you’ll need, but it’s vital to follow them precisely. Don’t partake in any activity that could strain your scars, causing them to become more visible. Keeping the area clean, out of the sun, and properly moisturized can also speed up the healing process.
Before you switch to any holistic or raved-about products from the internet, be sure to consult with Dr. Wallin, as some of these can do the opposite of what you want. Later on in your recovery, if you’re interested in more powerful skincare options, we can discuss the many medical-grade skincare products available such as prescription topical ointments like Retin A.
4. Non-Surgical Treatments
Of course, while homecare can do a lot in terms of maintaining results, there’s only so much you can do alone. At Oasis Aesthetics, we offer a range of non-surgical treatments to provide even greater results and additional anti-aging.
The best way to learn more about our many offerings (including Botox, Dysport, and Jeuveau, Dermal Fillers, Chemical Peels, Laser Resurfacing, and hugely popular HydraFacials ) is to set up an in-person consultation at our St. George, UT, office. To get in touch, please give us a call at (435) 627-8150 or contact us online today. We look forward to talking!