How to Make Your Facelift Last
When performed by a highly experienced plastic surgeon, facelift surgery has the potential to produce beautiful, long-lasting results. But the longevity of your facelift also depends on proper care and maintenance. In this blog post, Dr. Barach offers a few tips for making your facelift results last.
Practice Proper Sun Care
Excessive sun exposure is one of the main causes of visible aging signs such as wrinkles, age spots and fine lines. Apply sunscreen onto your face and neck whenever you are outdoors, including during winter months. It is also wise to wear a wide-brimmed hat and wraparound sunglasses.
If you’re a smoker, you will be required to stop smoking four weeks prior to the procedure. Because smoking is detrimental to your skin and overall health, it is a good idea to not pick up smoking after your procedure. Among other adverse effects, smoking dries and wrinkles the skin and therefore can shorten the lifespan of your facelift results.
Refine Your Makeup Routine
Sleeping with your makeup on at night is an easy way to sabotage your facelift results. Eyeshadow and eyeliner can settle into small crevices around the eyes, while foundation and blush can clog your pores. Before going to bed, use warm water to gently wipe makeup off. It is also wise to replace your makeup brushes every three months to prevent bacteria from building up and reaching your skin.
A moisturizer with vitamins A and C hydrates the skin, preventing it from looking dry or flaky. Regardless of whether you undergo facelift surgery, moisturizing every day will keep the skin looking young and radiant.
Maintain with Laser Skin Treatment
Laser skin resurfacing complements the results of facelift surgery by improving the quality of the skin. The treatment can be done in conjunction with or after facelift surgery, and treats fine lines, age spots, discoloration and dryness. Dr. Barach offers facelift patients the Fraxel laser treatment for an even more refreshed and brighter appearance.
Consider Cosmetic Injectables
Cosmetic injectables are a part of many facelift patients’ maintenance routines. BOTOX keeps wrinkles at bay by temporarily relaxing the muscles underneath the skin around the eyes, nose and mouth. Dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm restore volume to areas of the face that have lost their youthful contours.
To learn more about facelift surgery, including the procedure itself, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Bruce K. Barach, a talented and highly skilled plastic surgeon serving the Albany, Schenectady and Saratoga Springs areas. Please call our office today at (518) 346-3125.