Undergoing a facelift is a huge decision. It is an intensive procedure which can produce dramatic results when performed correctly. However, the results you see can be dependent on a number of factors.
If you’re looking to achieve the best results from your facelift, below you’ll discover some of the top things to consider.
Follow your cosmetic surgeon’s advice
First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure you’re following the surgeon’s aftercare advice. All good plastic surgeons provide full aftercare instructions. This could include how long you need to wear bandages for, advice on bathing and the amount of rest the body needs.
If you don’t follow your surgeon’s aftercare advice, you may not achieve the results you were expecting. It can also increase the risk of complications during healing, potentially leading to further work needing to be carried out.
So, always follow the aftercare instructions provided to you and don’t be afraid to ask your surgeon for advice.
Protect your face from the sun
One thing you’ll need to do if you want to hold on to your results, is avoid the sun. Now, this doesn’t mean hiding away and never experiencing sunlight! What it does mean, is making sure you wear adequate sun protection, especially while you are healing.
The sun’s UV rays are one of the biggest causes of skin ageing, so try and only go in the sun out of peak times.
Pay attention to your diet
It’s important to eat healthy anyway, but after a facelift you’ll especially want to avoid sugar. This is because it triggers glycation, a chemical process which causes sugar to damage lipids, proteins and molecules that are crucial for the skin.
You’ll also want to make sure you are drinking plenty of water and eating antioxidant-rich foods. Together, this will help to keep the skin in optimal condition, slowing down the ageing process.
Supercharge your skincare routine
How well you take care of your skin will also impact results. You can ask the surgeon which products they recommend. Or you could go and see a dermatologist to ensure you are using the right products in your existing routine.
Look out for skincare products that contain vitamins, peptides and retinol. These are great for keeping the skin looking clear, smooth and youthful.
Avoid smoking and excess alcohol consumption
Smoking is known to be a leading risk factor when it comes to recovering from cosmetic surgery. It can increase the risk of wound infections and impact the healing process. Therefore, if you want to achieve the best facelift results, you’re going to want to make sure you quit smoking. You should also limit your alcohol consumption as this too can cause issues with recovery.
These are some of the top things you can do to get the best results from your facelift. For more advice, call 02380 764969 to arrange a consultation with Mr Nigel Horlock.