When it comes to plastic surgery, it’s probably an understatement to say that we’ve come a long way (and while we may be talking specifically about the facelift today, this remains true for surgeries across the board). The sophistication of current technologies paired with groundbreaking research and incredibly trained surgeons has really expanded the range of cosmetic surgeries that you can choose from.
There is however a common misconception that surgery is all it takes. Many people who are interested in taking the plunge and enhancing their appearance surgically don’t realize that cosmetic surgery does just that: it enhances what you’ve already got. Surgery basically takes the you that you are today, already beautiful and amazing, to another level—closer to what you envision for yourself.
And as much as we would all love to change something we don’t love about ourselves and be done with it, one of the key things to remember with pretty much most surgical procedures is that they are not immune to the changes that can occur to your body, such as sudden weight gain or weight loss, or to the effects of time and the natural process of ageing.
So if you’re interested in a facelift, what can you do in particular to maintain the effects of its transformative results? Here is a roundup of our best advice.
What is a Facelift?
The facelift is an incredible procedure that can take years off of your face. Time, gravity, ageing, sun exposure, the loss of collagen that keeps our skin elasticity firm, as well as the loss of moisture in the face, are all contributing factors to fine lines and wrinkles, droopiness, deflation, and just general skin damage.
The facelift is a procedure that addresses descent, deflation and some skin deterioration. It is a surgery that creates a subtle but stunningly effective transformation of the face by essentially tightening the underlying muscles in the face and redraping the skin so that it becomes smoother, brighter, and more youthful. We use a special, highly technical fat transfer facelift technique to create an even more remarkable result that restores volume to the face using your own fat cells.
The facelift is considered a permanent procedure, meaning your face will continue to age with you, but you will always look different than if you never had the procedure. Take a look at some of our facelift before and after photos to get a better idea of what this procedure can do for you.
How To Keep Your Facelift Looking Fabulous
By taking really good care of your skin, you can help keep it looking young and healthy. Here are a few great ways to do just that.
High Quality Skincare Pre and Post-Facelift
If you’re not already taking care of your skin with a proper at home skincare routine with high quality skincare products, you’ll definitely want to incorporate this into your daily routine once you’ve had a facelift (or before, if you’re not at that stage yet).
One of the perks of getting your facelift done at The Plastic Surgery Clinic is that you will have access to great resources when it comes to the best products to use for your skin and how and when to use them. You may not know this but Miracle 10 Skincare, the line we carry at the clinic, was actually born out of the need for our patients to take care of their skin post-surgery.
We had so many patients asking us to recommend products that would work best to maintain their surgical results, but we weren’t 100% convinced by what we had seen on the market. Miracle 10 formulations are rooted in skin science and provided our patients with the transformative results they were looking for.
In order for the skin to stay healthy it needs to be exercised and challenged like any other part of your body, and we’ve found that these products work to renew, replenish, and stimulate all those elements that are already present in our bodies that are so extremely important for keeping our skin in tip top shape.
Avoiding Sun Exposure After Your Facelift
We get pretty worked up here about sun exposure. No matter what your skin type, each and every one of our skincare routines includes the daily application of sunscreen to your face. Miracle 10’s Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 became a go-to for us because it shields the skin from sun damage without causing breakouts, and it has a dry-touch finish that makes makeup application a breeze.
Hear me out: we love the sun. Love it. But when it comes to the skin, particularly the very sensitive and exposed skin on your face, it can be so damaging, drying out your skin, contributing to fine lines and wrinkles, as well as causing ages spots (or liver spots) and increasing the risk of more dangerous outcomes, like melanoma.
So anyone who has had a facelift needs to remember to apply their sunscreen no matter what. And it’s not just a summer thing; UV exposure and sun damage is a yearlong concern not to be taken lightly.
Injectables to Support a Great Facelift Result
One of the best ways to maintain your facelift results is through a combination approach of a great at home skincare routine and injectable treatments. Injectables such as dermal fillers, botox, as well as therapies like IPL will do wonders in order to keep that face looking radiant.
Dermal fillers are great for facelift patients as they work to maintain facial volume and moisture as well as stimulate the natural production of collagen, which keeps your skin firm and smooth. Botox will keep those fine lines and wrinkles at bay and therapies like IPL will address any damage or skin discolouration that may appear over time.
Thinking About Your Result From the Inside Out
Looking out for skin-friendly ingredients in what you eat can be a great, simple, and natural way to keep your skin happy. Foods that are rich in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids like salmon for instance are so great for keeping your skin looking healthy. Omega-3 fatty acids in particular help your skin to retain moisture and not dry out.
Zinc rich foods, like beans and nuts, will help maintain the look and texture of your skin making sure it stays smooth and supple. Vitamin C (the good stuff: oranges, grapefruits, lemons) help boost your immune system and make your body more resistant to viruses and illnesses, which can take a toll on your skin too.
Pumpkin or sunflower seeds are rich in Vitamin E, which is another key to healthy skin because it’s an antioxidant, helping protect the skin from damage. And if you’re not a fan of seeds but love berries, they are also rich in antioxidants and high in essential minerals.
Basically, you want to give your body the tools with which it can renew the skin and replenish the vitamins that it needs to thrive. Oh, and don’t forget to drink lots of water. And if you’re a smoker, consider the benefits of quitting sooner rather than later. Quitting is hugely beneficial to your heart and lungs, but it can also do wonders for your skin quality. We ask you to quit for a period of time before and after surgery since smoking can seriously impede the healing process, and it might be good timing to kick the habit for good.
We Want You to Love Your Facelift Forever
The take away is that most surgeries last a really long time and many are considered permanent, and in order to maintain their beautiful result, you can be conscientious about a few extra good habits. We have no doubt that you can do it, and we are here for you for every step of this transformative journey.