If you are contemplating plastic surgery, especially a
facelift or a lower body lift, you do not want to take this decision lightly. For
starters, you want to make sure that you work with a Board Certified plastic
surgeon, and second, you want to consider the discomfort and recovery period.
If you are in good health and you receive the green light to have surgery,
it’s important that you understand that most cosmetic procedures
do not last indefinitely. But we have good news: there are things that
you can do to make your plastic surgery last as long as possible!
When it comes to plastic surgery, certain factors, such as genetics and
medical history affect how long a given procedure lasts. Additionally,
lifestyle plays a key role in how well a procedure will turn out, and
how long before it’ll need to be updated.
For instance, when a patient has a facelift done, the longevity of the
facelift will depend not only on the skill and expertise of the surgeon.
The results will also depend on the quality of the patient’s skin,
as well as lifestyle and genetic factors.
When someone has been a sun worshiper all their life, they have been exposed
to the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays from the sun more than the
average person. Thus, individuals who have a facelift and their skin is
sun-damaged and inelastic, their results will not last as long as a patient
who does not have nearly as much sun damage.
Tips for Making Cosmetic Surgery Last
One of the beauties of cosmetic surgery is its anti-aging benefits; it
can take 10 or even 20 years off your face. If you elect to undergo a
plastic surgery procedure, follow these tips for helping you maintain
your youthful results for as long as possible.
- Following a procedure, be sure to use adequate sun protection. Though sun
screen is a vital part of anyone’s anti-aging regimen, it’s
especially important after a facelift. Use a sunscreen that is SPF 30
or higher and use a foundation formula with sunscreen.
- After any procedure, it’s best to maintain a consistent weight. We
caution patients against the yo-yo dieting cycle. If you gain weight then
lose it, your skin will be lax.
- Do not smoke and if you do, quit. Aside from increasing the risk of cancer,
smoking is bad for your skin. It decreases the circulation, increases
free radical production and impairs collagen production.
- Post-surgery, eat right and exercise regularly, and stay hydrated with
lots of water. Also get plenty of beauty sleep. These simple lifestyle
habits go a long way in maintaining lasting results.
- Use medical-grade skincare products generously. These higher-quality products
are clinically proven to deliver better results than over-the-counter versions.
Good skin care, diet and exercise are important before and after cosmetic
surgery; this is important to remember. While plastic surgery can turn
back time, it cannot stop the natural aging process. So, follow these
tips to ensure that your plastic surgery results last as long as possible!
If you are interested in plastic surgery, contact us
to schedule a consultation with our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr.