Most of us realize that plastic surgery can improve our appearance, but not all procedures can offer permanent results. For example, a facelift can turn back time, but it can’t stop the aging process from moving forward. However, you can have a positive influence on your procedure’s longevity.
What’s the life span of your facelift?
Many factors play a role in determining how well your procedure will go and how long your results will last, including:
- Your age
- Your medical history
- Your genes
- Your surgeon’s expertise
However, it’s important to realize that certain lifestyle factors can also influence the outcome, as well as how long the results will last.
How much (unprotected) time have you spent in the sun?
The damaging effects of ultraviolet light (from sun and tanning beds) are well documented. If your skin is sun-damaged, it’s also likely to be inelastic. That means your facelift results may not last as long as a patient with little to no sun damage.
What can you do to maintain your facelift results for longer?
Laser and chemical skin resurfacing treatments’ can take years off your face, before or after a facelift. But there are also lifestyle recommendations that you should follow:
- Always use sunscreen
Adequate sunscreen is more important than any other cream you ight use. Choose broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher.
- Maintain your weight
When skin is stretched out due to weight gain and then deflates due to weight loss, it can damage elasticity. So after undergoing a facelift, it’s even more important that your weight doesn’t fluctuate too much.
- Don’t smoke
Smoking is bad for your health and your skin. It decreases circulation, oxygen levels and healing; it increases free radicals, which damage collagen production. Plus, the process of puckering repeatedly while inhaling creates wrinkles around the mouth, made worse by the damage smoking causes your skin.
- Follow a healthy lifestyle
A nutritious diet, regular exercise and staying hydrated can help you maintain your results by giving your body what it needs.
Call for a facelift consultation appointment today: 212.308.4600 or 516.587.0456.