Facelifts are among the most common of cosmetic surgeries-- they help patients look younger and help to restore skin to its natural place on the face. However, even after a facelift, patients can still see the effects of aging on the face. While the "fountain of youth" is a myth, keeping your skin looking younger longer after a facelift is not. There are several things you can do to make sure that you get the most out of your cosmetic procedure, reaping its youthful rewards for several years after the surgery is past.
1. Never smoke, or quit smoking if you already do.
The Mayo Clinic estimates that ten years of smoking can cause the skin to age prematurely. Nicotine in cigarettes reduces blood circulation to the skin because it narrows the vessels. This skin is therefore at a disadvantage, receiving less oxygen and nutrients from the bloodstream. Eventually, this skin will age as it does not have the healthy blood flow it needs to repair and replenish itself at the same rate. Other chemicals in cigarettes reduce the overall elasticity in the skin, which can also lead to premature wrinkling and an older appearance. Facial winkles are especially noticeable in those who smoke.
2. Wear sun protection.
The modern standard of beauty in magazines show models with beautifully bronzed skin, and a tan is often associated with better-looking people. However, sacrificing your skin and its health for a temporary beauty fix will only mean needing surgery later to correct the aging accelerated by excess sun exposure. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends putting sunscreen on everyday. You can remember to do this by buying moisturizer with built-in SPF protection. The moisturizer itself will help protect the skin from the sun by retaining the moisture in the skin, as the sun also has the potential to dry out the skin.
3. Reduce your sugar intake.
Sugar ages the skin because it damages collagen and elastin-- the two things that give skin its ability to retain its shape as you smile or age. Because sugar has the power to break down these proteins, you skin will wrinkle more easily and more quickly. Eating a diet high in vegetables and fruits while avoiding refined carbohydrates is the best way to give your skin needed nutrients that will help you keep the results of your facelift.
4. Avoid excess weight gain and try not to allow weight to fluctuate.
Some people are prone to gain weight in the face, which can stretch the skin. As you lose the weight, or as your weight goes up and down, it takes your skin on a roller coaster ride that leaves it much looser than it was to begin with. After a facelift procedure, its best to try and maintain your weight or lose weight gradually through controlled diet and exercise to help your skin shrink slowly. Crash diets will not be as effective in preserving your skin's natural elasticity.
After you have fully recovered from your surgery, you can help your skin keep a healthy glow by doing some cardiovascular exercise every day. Getting your heart rate up increases the size of blood vessels in the skin. The increased blood flow in your skin helps to provide fresh oxygen, which can help skin stay healthier for longer. Also, your heart and blood vessels will get stronger so that your skin will have better circulation in general-- even when you are at rest.
As you can see, there is more to keeping your skin looking young and healthy than a simple surgical procedure. These healthy habits will keep you looking your best for years to come. Learn more by contacting a local professional.