Though the field of aesthetic medicine is continually advancing, we don’t yet have a way to halt the natural aging process entirely. However, facelift surgery can take years off your appearance and leave you looking more youthful and vibrant. After you finally commit to getting a facelift, the way you treat your skin can make all the difference in preserving your results. Here are Dr. Eric Desman’s top five tips.
Nourish Your Body
Be kind to yourself from the inside out by eating a well-balanced diet and staying hydrated. Plan meals that include a rainbow of fresh produce, along with whole grains and lean proteins from sources such as salmon. Eliminating processed foods and sugars from your diet can also help your anti-aging efforts and lead to optimal skin health.
Shun the Sun
Limited exposure to sunlight can help boost your mood and enable your body to produce vitamin D, but be sure to take the right precautions. UV rays can break down essential proteins within your skin and compromise your long-term facelift results by hastening the formation of new wrinkles and sagging. Wearing sunscreen every time you go outdoors and avoiding overexposure to sunshine can help protect your skin’s quality after a facelift.
Follow a Consistent Skin Care Regimen
Regularly cleansing, moisturizing, and retexturizing your skin can also prolong the results of your facelift procedure. Having a glowing complexion doesn’t require you to keep up with a complicated, multi-stage skincare routine. All you need is a combination of high-quality products, such as our exclusive Neos product line. We formulated this line to work at the cellular level to promote rapid turnover and regeneration. Your result will be clearer, healthier skin that everyone will envy.
Rely on Non-Surgical Solutions
What else can you do to continue enjoying the results of your facelift for longer? Consider the range of minimally invasive options we offer for revitalizing your skin, such as the revolutionary Vi Peel to gently improve your skin’s tone and texture. You can also combine neuromodulators such as Botox® and Xeomin® with dermal fillers like Juvéderm® and Radiesse® to enjoy nearly immediate anti-aging results with minimal risk and no need for downtime.
The best candidates for facelift surgery are non-smokers. However, if you find yourself feeling tempted to pick up the habit after recovering from your procedure, we strongly advise that you don’t. Not only can smoking shorten your lifespan and increase your likelihood of developing health concerns such as high blood pressure and cancer, but it also ages your skin more rapidly. The nicotine in cigarettes restricts your circulation, depriving you of essential nutrients. The toxic chemicals in the smoke also damage collagen and elastin, which weakens the skin’s structure and causes sagging and wrinkles.
Choose a Qualified Cosmetic Surgeon
The smart steps you take after your facelift can help you look younger for longer and have all your friends wondering what your secret is. However, your choice of plastic surgeon is also an essential factor in your long-term satisfaction with your results. Be sure to check for board certification, which is a hallmark of a doctor’s commitment to upholding high standards of medical ethics and the art and science of plastic surgery.
If you’re looking for the top facelift surgeon in Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C., area, contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Desman. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!