Summary: With age comes wisdom, but, unfortunately, it also brings along with it lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. Although there are plenty of ways you can stave off signs of aging, there comes a time when the natural aging process will take precedence and shine through. The good news is that a facelift can offer dramatic results so that you can look and feel younger, rejuvenated and even more energized.
If you’re already planning your facelift, here are a few things to consider to help you get the most out of your procedure and get the long-lasting results you’re looking for.
1. Be In General Good Health
Many people often wonder if there is a certain age cutoff for getting plastic surgery. The truth is that more so than age, your overall health will play a large role in determining whether or not you’re a good candidate for plastic surgery.
As long as you’re in general good health, don’t smoke and make other positive lifestyle choices, you could be a great candidate for a facelift at just about any age. If you have health concerns, you can discuss them with your plastic surgeon during your consultation to determine if you could still be a candidate.
2. Have the Right Motivations
Before going ahead with your facelift procedure, you should take a moment to really think about what your motivations for wanting to get plastic surgery in the first place. The primary reason driving your decision should be because you want to improve your self-image and feel better about yourself, not because you want to look good for someone else or that you feel pressured to change your appearance for someone else.
While a facelift can have a significant positive impact on how you feel about yourself, it’s not going to be a magic wand. So if you’re considering plastic surgery for other reasons, such as to fix a troubled relationship or to get a promotion at work, you may want to rethink your decision and focus instead on yourself.
3. Stay Protected from the Sun
Once you’ve decided that a facelift is right for you, there are some small changes you can make to your skincare and lifestyle habits to help make your smooth, youthful-looking results last longer.
One of the biggest contributors to signs of aging is the sun. In fact, its UV rays account for an estimated 80 percent of the visible signs of aging on your skin, including lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and discoloration. As a result, spending lots of time outside in the sun without protecting your skin can accelerate the natural aging process and therefore interfere with your facelift results.
Instead, always make sure you wear sunscreen of at least SPF 15 on your face and other areas of your body that are frequently exposed to the sun. It’s also not a bad idea to wear a sunhat or visor when you’re going to be out in the sun, and don’t forget your glasses.
If you plan to be outside for long periods of time, such as lounging on the beach or by the pool, try to find a shady area that you can go to throughout the day to give your skin a break from the sun, even if you’re wearing sunscreen.
4. Use the Right Skincare Products
Along with sunscreen, there are certain skincare ingredients that can help to prolong the youthful appearance that a facelift has helped you to achieve. Some of the most effective anti-aging ingredients in skincare today include retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and resveratrol. All of these ingredients help to accelerate the skin’s natural exfoliation process, which can help to keep your skin looking and feeling smooth and radiant.
Additionally, many anti-aging products that contain these ingredients have been formulated to help increase the rate at which your skin is able to generate new cells, which can also have a big impact on its overall tone and texture.
5. Take Advantage of Nonsurgical Treatments
There are a variety of nonsurgical cosmetic treatments that can help to enhance your facelift results and keep you looking younger longer. Injectables like Botox® and dermal fillers can be great complements to your facelift, as these treatments can help to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles and restore lost facial volume for a smoother, fuller look.
One of the great things about injectable wrinkle treatments is that they can last for several months, so they are relatively simple and easy to maintain.
Laser skin resurfacing treatments can also be good choices to help you keep your skin looking and feeling rejuvenated. Keep in mind that a facelift can address lines, wrinkles and sagging skin, but it doesn’t get rid of discoloration issues, such as age spots, sun damage or scars. Because of this, many people choose to schedule a laser skin treatment after they’ve recovered from their facelift to help enhance their results even more.
6. Make Healthy Choices
Although the natural aging process is inevitable, there are ways you can slow it down to help you age more gracefully and make your facelift last. By making healthy choices every day, such as not smoking, eating right, getting regular exercise and getting enough sleep, you can have a significant impact on how slowly your body ages.
Whenever possible, try to swap out refined sugars and processed foods for fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and complete proteins to help keep your skin and body looking and feeling amazing, no matter your age.
7. Have Realistic Expectations
Finally, it’s crucial that you’re able to set and maintain realistic expectations for what a facelift can and cannot do for you. This procedure can absolutely have an amazing effect on your self-esteem, self-image and overall satisfaction with life. However, it won’t fix underlying psychological issues, marriage troubles, your job or stop the aging process altogether.
As long as you understand and accept these expectations, a facelift can help you get beautiful results that can last for years to come.