Facelift surgery offers many people the chance to set back the clock, sometimes erasing up to 10 years of damage and aging side effects. While it’s great to have this option for achieving a more youthful look, it’s not a procedure designed to have multiple times over and over again when aging catches up to you. While some patients revisit for a second facelift about 10 to 12 years after their first, the vast majority of facelift patients find that one surgery is enough. Caring for yourself and your skin are essential to making those facelift results last a good long time. Could you be doing things that are shortening the lifetime of your own facelift results?
Sleeping On Your Stomach or Side
It might sound like a myth, but sleeping with your face pressed into a pillow for about seven to eight hours every night does have consequences. Even before having facelift surgery, sleeping on your stomach or on either side will press the skin and facial tissue for a long period of time, leading to deep creasing and wrinkles later in life. After facelift surgery, you could be slowly creating more aging concerns to combat down the line. Instead, sleep on your back to ensure the skin and tissue are undisturbed while you slumber. If you just can’t get comfortable lying on your back to sleep, make sure to rotate your position each night. Sleeping too long in the same position will deepen those creases, so changing things up can help.
Skipping the Sunscreen
Exposure to harmful UV rays, as we all know by now, can lead to premature aging. Not only will UV rays burn the skin, causing future pigmentation issues like freckling, but the very nature of skin can be changed by exposure to the sun. UVA rays are particularly damaging, affecting the skin’s elasticity and leading to future sagging. Wearing a full spectrum SPF lotion of at least 30 can help protect your skin from UV damage. Many cosmetics companies even make it easier by blending SPF into their daily face lotions and creams, sometimes even liquid foundation. Keep your skin covered and protected to help it look younger for longer.
Proper hydration is essential to every major organ in the body, including the skin. With enough water, your skin has its best chance of staying smooth, supple, firm, and youthful. Plumper skin can mean fewer lines and wrinkles, better elasticity and less sagging. Talk with your primary care physician and your facial plastic surgeon about hydration to make sure you’re getting enough H20 into your body each and every day.
Smoking & Drinking
Substances like alcohol and tobacco can have many unwanted effects on the body. You might not have considered how they affect your face and perceived age, however. Smoking’s dangers to skin have been known for a long time, with “smoker’s face” being first identified back in 1965. This condition included gray, pale, and wrinkled skin that caused a person to appear much older. Smoking can cause wrinkles and deep creases around the mouth, while the damage to the skin can cause sagging and discoloration.
Drinking alcohol may not be as expressly dangerous, especially if you’re having the occasional drink with dinner. You should be aware, however, that drinking too much alcohol will lead to dehydration and, over time, create more wrinkles and creases to combat with facelift surgery. By limiting your alcohol—and quitting smoking altogether—you can better care for your skin and preserve those facelift results even longer.
Consult with a Facelift Expert
Learn more about the facelift process when you consult 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.