How to care for your face to maximize your face lift results
Dr. Robert J. Smyth MD, facial cosmetic surgeon in Cincinnati, OH with 30+ years of experience specializing in just the face and neck area, offers these 5 top recommendations for optimizing the investment you have made in turning back the clock. Remember, results of your face lift should last anywhere from six to 10 years or longer provided you take proper care of your face and neck.
1. Protect your skin from the sun and elements
Direct sun is one of your skin’s greatest enemies. Sun damage breaks down the collagen that supports the underlying tissues of the skin which, in turn, can accelerate the natural aging –– sagging, drooping, wrinkling –– of your facial skin. Outsmart the sun by faithfully applying a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher to your face and neck area all year long. TIP: Treat your skin gently. When applying sunscreen or any type of topical product to your face and neck, do so with a gentle touch –– no tugging or pulling.
2. Explore and use today’s advanced skin care products and treatments
If you haven’t already done so, visit your local makeup counter or do your research online to learn about the benefits of vitamin-based topical serums for your face, Retin-A and its proper use, hydrating moisturizers, and today’s advanced base makeups that provide coverage as well as hydration and sun protection. You might also look into laser and other in-office procedures that can improve the texture of your skin, eliminate tiny red capillaries, smooth or erase lines around the lips, etc. In addition, Botox injections and dermal fillers can be the perfect complement to further refine your face lift results.
3. Eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep
Your skin needs adequate nutrition to look its best and to have the healthy glow, softness and resiliency you desire. The results of a facelift can more quickly disappear if you deprive your body of the vitamins and minerals that come with a diet mostly plant-based (fruits and vegetables) along with healthy protein (fish, chicken, some red meat), proper water intake and moderate consumption of alcohol. A sleep regimen of 8 hours per night is one of the greatest miracles for optimizing your face lift results. NOTE: Do not sleep on your stomach. The repeated pressure of your face in your pillow can cause new lines, folds and wrinkles to appear.
4. Do not smoke
Nothing can undo the positive effects of a facelift more quickly than smoking. Nicotine deprives the skin of oxygen, resulting in the skin having a dull, grayish, unhealthy color, and a loss of tone which translates to lines and wrinkles.
5. Try to eliminate or minimize stress as much as possible
Besides being bad for your overall health, excessive and lasting stress can cause you to frown, not eat properly and experience insomnia, all of which will take a toll on your face and neck skin. Try healthy means to relieve stress, such as regular exercise, relaxation techniques, time spent on hobbies you enjoy and/or getting together with family and friends.
Aftercare of your face lift begins immediately post-procedure and lasts indefinitely. The better you adhere to the recommendations above, the longer your face lift results will last. Any questions, please give Dr. Robert J. Smyth a call at 513.351.0020.