Patients turn to facelift surgery to correct many of the aging concerns they see every time they look in the mirror. These can include loose skin around the jaw, fine lines and wrinkles, fatty deposits around the chin, and more. By reversing these common aging signs, a facial plastic surgeon can erase 10 years from your appearance, leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated. This in itself can be a big boost to confidence and self-esteem, but some patients want even more. Unfortunately, a facelift can only reverse aging; it can’t do anything to prevent it in the future. Facelifts can’t last forever on their own, but there are things you can do to help.
Create an Effective After-Care Strategy
You’ll be sent home from your facelift surgery with a long list of helpful tips and restrictions to help you have a successful recovery. Taking good care of yourself during your recovery period can become the foundation of your healthy, satisfactory results as well. Follow through on your investment of time and money by making yourself a priority from day one. Keep these tips in mind when you’re preparing your home for post-op recovery:
• Ask someone to drive you to and from your surgery appointment, as you won’t be allowed to do so yourself.
• Run all of your errands before the day of surgery so you can relax after your facelift.
• Make sure you’re stocked up on groceries, have filled your prescriptions and vitamins, and have any other supplies you might need as you heal.
• Create a comfortable space in your home filled with pillows, blankets, and comfortable clothes that don’t go over your head.
• Avoid strenuous or vigorous activity for as long as your surgeon suggests.
Rushing your recovery can put you at risk for poor results or even injury, so it’s worthwhile to make sure you’re doing all you can to stay safe, healthy, and on track with your recovery.
Make Your Health a Priority
You’re going to age, but the pace at which you will age can be controlled by your actions. Don’t stand by and watch your beautiful facelift results fade while you do nothing. Instead, take control of your aging process by caring for your own health to delay these signs as long as possible.
To keep yourself in optimum, anti-aging form, make sure you’re eating a well balanced diet and getting exercise regularly. Take a multivitamin and drink plenty of water as well. These actions can keep your skin and organs hydrated and working properly.
Skincare Matters After a Facelift
A lot of our aging problems multiply when their skin becomes dull, flaky, and/or lifeless. Caring for your skin with the right skincare products is an easy way to keep it looking vibrant and fresh. Daily cleansing and moisturizing, combined with regular exfoliation, can actually diminish fine lines as well as even your skin tone and texture.
It’s also important to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen every single day to reduce your exposure to UVA and UVB rays from the sun. Lines, wrinkles, age spots, and other troubles emerge when the skin is damaged by the sun’s powerful rays. Don’t just cover up when it’s sunny outside; most of our harmful exposure comes from overcast and cloudy days when we spend time outdoors unprotected from the sun.
Plan Ahead for Maintenance
Finally, talk to your facial plastic surgeon about nonsurgical treatments that can be used to boost or enhance your facelift results. Skip out on a second facelift by opting instead for Botox, fillers, and other rejuvenating techniques that can help you achieve your results all over again. Many of these treatments are safe, effective, and don’t require any recovery time. It’s an easy way to look young again without committing to a second round of surgery and recovery. With the facelift as your foundation, it’s much easier to reclaim that look once more.
Find a Facial Plastic Surgeon to Plan Your Facelift After-Care
Before you can think about your after-care plan, you need to actually plan a facelift by booking a consultation with Dr. Andrew Frankel, board certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ENT). His focus is on facial rejuvenation, especially through procedures such as the facelift, brow lift, or eyelid surgery, as well as rhinoplasty. Since 1994, Dr. Frankel has been practicing at the Lasky Clinic and earned recognition as an expert in his field. He has many publications on a variety of topics including midface lifts, Botox, rhinoplasty, and more. To consult with Dr. Frankel, contact the Lasky Clinic located at 201 South Lasky Drive in Beverly Hills, California. Call (310) 552-2173 to schedule your appointment today.