Skin Care After Your Facelift

Facelift surgery can dramatically erase years from your appearance. Surgery helps restore a youthful glow by tightening sagging skin, smoothing wrinkles, and defining the jawline. Targeting the key signs of aging through surgery can help you look younger, but no surgery can permanently stop the aging process. However, most people do show signs of aging at a slower pace following a facelift procedure. Properly caring for your skin can help you maintain the quality of your results to keep that brighter glow longer.

Avoid Sun Exposure

Exposure to sunlight is one of the leading causes of facial aging. UV rays break down collagen, leading to lax skin and wrinkle formation. It is essential to avoid direct sun exposure during your recovery to ensure that your scars heal properly. You should continue sun avoidance to prevent additional collagen break down from occurring. Always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF30 or higher whenever you are going to be in the sun.

Keep Your Skin Moisturized

Dry skin can leave your appearance dull and can also slow the process of cellular turnover. As we age, our skin has more difficulty producing its own natural moisture barriers and environmental effects cause increased aging in the face. Applying a daily moisturizer, especially following hot showers, can help your skin appear smoother and softer.

Have a Healthy Diet

The food we eat provides the nutrients our body needs to replenish dead skin cells and promote a glowing complexion. Your diet can also impact hormone balance and reduce inflammation. Suggested foods to incorporate into your diet include

  • Olive oil, which contains antioxidant polyphenols that fight free radicals
  • Tomatoes because the antioxidant lycopene can increase the skin’s natural SPF
  • Fish high in omega-3 to reduce inflammation
  • Protein-rich meat to restore healthy protein, which is used as the building blocks of collagen and elastin tissues

Routine Non-surgical Treatments

Non-surgical treatments are designed to combat the minor surface imperfections that come with aging like wrinkle treatment around the eyes and mouth or addressing any discoloration. Injectable fillers can help restore volume in the cheeks and lips, as well as smooth wrinkles. BOTOX® Cosmetic relaxes muscles that cause wrinkles in order to smooth them out. Fraxel® Repair laser treatments can target brown sun spots and wrinkles.