SUMMARY: With the popularity of non-surgical procedures on the rise in the United States, the traditional surgical facelift performed also increased by 6 percent between 2011 and 2012. This article explains the benefits of a facelift procedure and how you can maintain a youthful appearance before and after a procedure.
Part 1: Making Your Facelift Count
As Baby Boomers age, facelift procedures are growing in popularity. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS) statistics show that, while the majority of cosmetic procedures performed in the United States dropped in number between 2011 and 2012, facelift procedures jumped by 6 percent.
A facelift can make you look between 5 and 15 years younger, depending upon whom you ask. However, some surgeons have described the possibility of predicting the duration of facelift results as a “complex” prospect with several variables. If you opt for this potentially life-changing procedure, you have a considerable stake in your own results. But what can you do to prolong them?
First of all, you can heed your surgeon’s instructions. Dr. Kenrick Spence, who specializes in facial plastic surgery in Orlando, Florida, provides a detailed list of guidelines for patients recovering from a facelift. These include sleeping with your head in a neutral position and not straining or lifting. Avoid exposing your face to excessive heat or cold, as well as tobacco smoke, which can cause skin death. Taking care of your skin soon after your procedure doesn’t just help you heal more quickly; it provides a foundation for lasting results.
Avoiding sun overexposure – both immediately after your facelift and in the months and years to follow – is an important way to make your results last. This advice should go without saying for anyone concerned about skin health. UV rays have an exceptional talent for speeding up the aging process. Protect your facelift by keeping sun exposure at a minimum.
Baby Your Skin
Keeping your skin healthy and hydrated is also a big help in facelift preservation. Acts as simple as drinking enough water and following a daily skin care regimen promote hydration, which creates youthful, healthy skin.
Non-surgical skin treatments can be especially valuable tools in upholding your facelift’s integrity. Treatments like laser skin rejuvenation and injectable dermal fillers breathe new life into your skin by restoring volume and stimulating collagen production. These methods work together with your facelift to maintain smoothness and elasticity.
If you find your face sagging and drooping a few years down the road, fear not. Lots of people opt for a second facelift procedure, which, studies have shown, can be quite effective. But that’s another story.