Extending the Longevity of Facelift Results
If you have made the decision to undergo facelift, you undoubtedly want to make sure your results last for as long as possible. While some factors, such as your genes, bone structure and facial structures are beyond your control, other factors can be influenced by your actions. Here, top Albany plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Barach shares his top tips to help you prolong your rejuvenated appearance after facelift surgery.
Be Diligent About Sunscreen
Research shows that up to 90 percent of visible markers of aging (e.g., wrinkles, fine lines, age spots) are caused by overexposure to the sun. UV rays break down elastin and collagen, two proteins responsible for your skin’s elastic and firm quality. To keep your skin looking smooth and youthful after facelift, apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher on all exposed areas of the body, including the hands, neck, décolletage and ears. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or as directed on the instruction label. Because UV rays can penetrate through clouds, apply sunscreen year round, whenever outdoors.
Use the Right Skin Care Products
Nourishing your skin with medical-grade products is essential for keeping your skin looking healthy and youthful in the years after your facelift procedure. Select your skin care products carefully, choosing those rich in peptides, retinoids, antioxidants and other anti-aging, skin-friendly nutrients.
Not sure which products are right for your needs? Dr. Barach and his expert team of skin care specialists can evaluate your skin type and concerns to determine a skin care regimen for you. We offer an array of high-quality and medical-grade products, which are available at our Albany practice.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Poor lifestyle habits like smoking and consuming foods high in sugar or processed foods can sabotage your facelift results. On the other hand, regular exercise, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, hydrating and refraining from smoking can go a long way toward maintaining your youthful appearance for many years.
Consider Non-Invasive Cosmetic Treatments to “Touch Up” Your Results
Non-surgical cosmetic treatments have become popular among facelift patients who wish to “touch up” their results from time to time. At his Albany private practice, Dr. Barach offers an array of non-surgical treatments and can help you select a treatment plan that suits your needs and goals. Options include:
- Botox to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, including crow’s feet, frown lines and neck bands.
- Dermal fillers to add youthful volume and shape to the facial contours.
- Ultherapy to lift and tighten loose skin on the face and neck.
- Fraxel laser skin treatment to address age spots, wrinkles, and poor skin texture and tone.
To learn more about facelift surgery or the other cosmetic procedures Dr. Barach offers for facial rejuvenation, schedule a consultation by contacting Dr. Barach’s Albany practice today.