A facelift is a life-changing surgical procedure that can reverse the effects of aging. Although facelifts can enhance your look, time does not freeze after surgery; slowly the effects of aging to creep up after your procedure. Continue reading to learn skincare and lifestyle tips to help maintain long-term facelift results.

What is a Facelift?

A facelift is a surgical procedure that aims to rejuvenate your look to a more youthful state. This procedure contours the face, sculpts the jawline, and tightens the neckline. A facelift procedure can reshape loose skin and reposition facial tissue that has descended over time. This can also improve some of your genetic traits that may have caused insecurity throughout your life. Issues including a poorly defined neckline, small chin or a double chin can be addressed. Your skilled surgeon, Dr. Sarraga, will redrape the skin after he internally has tightened the facial and neck muscles, removed excess fatty tissues, and repositioned the SMAS layer (fascia of the face) to contour your cheeks, jaw and neckline.

The Temporary Effects of a Facelift

Although the results of a facelift are long-lasting, they do not combat the natural effects of aging after surgery. Even after surgery, your body and skin will still age, resulting in changes in your facial appearance. Factors including sun damage, environmental toxins, lifestyle, and genetics can all significantly affect skin aging. This can, in turn, impact the permanency of your facelift results. There are many lifestyle changes that you can implement into your daily routine to protect your skin and enhance the longevity of your facelift results.

Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Skin

Avoid Sun Exposure

UV exposure can accelerate early signs of aging and permanently damage your skin, impacting the look of your facelift results. To prevent sun-damaged skin, wear a hat outdoors and use sunscreen daily (+35 SPF from ELTA MD) to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays; a topical antoxidant (Vitamin C serum from REVISION) can help reverse and protect against damage. Opting for shady areas outside, wearing sun-protective clothing, and avoiding exposure when the UV index is high can also help.

Pursue a Healthy Diet

The food you eat can substantially affect how your skin appears. Implementing a healthy diet in your day-to-day can help your body obtain the necessary vitamins and nutrients to achieve glowing and healthy-looking skin. Eating fruits (rich in antioxidants and vitamin c), vegetables, lean protein (chicken and fish), and whole grains can promote healthy skin, reduce chronic skin conditions, and prevent premature skin aging. Eating healthily can also help you maintain a healthy weight. Maintaining a consistent weight can prevent loose or excess skin from developing and affecting your facelift results.

Follow a Daily Skincare Regimen

Regular usage of medical-grade skincare products can help to protect your skin barrier and skin health. Products that match your skin type, skin concerns, and your skin needs can improve the overall appearance of your skin. One of our aestheticians at the ARTIS institute for Plastic Surgery can do a skin analysis for you and help you to choose the right products for your skin. It is very important to follow the doctors advise as well as your skin undergoes changes after the procedure that require specific care.  Consistent exfoliation of the skin can also eliminate dead skin cells, dirt, and debris on the skin. This can also stimulate skin cell turnover, making the skin appear younger. Moisturizing day and night can also help you maintain the look of your skin after a facelift. Moisturizing helps lubricate the skin to prevent water from escaping the skin barrier. This can give your skin the youthful glow that you desire.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in a facelift procedure, please get in touch with us by filling out our online contact form and schedule a consultation today. Located in Aventura, FL, the team at the ARTIS institute for Plastic Surgery looks forward to helping you achieve your desired cosmetic goals.


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