The average facelift – if it’s done well and if your skin was healthy to begin with – lasts about five years. After that, you can either get another facelift or learn to love your skin as it is. Of course having your face done every five years is taxing on your health, your psyche, and your wallet, so you should try to retain your initial results as long as possible.
This doesn’t mean you become obsessive about skin care. After all, a facelift is intended to make you feel better about yourself. You’ll look younger, healthier, and more beautiful. You need to enjoy it rather than constantly worrying about losing it. Here are some tips to help.
Start your procedures early
Most patients wait until they are 60 to have their faces lifted, but you don’t have to leave it that long. It’s better to start at 45 when your facial lines have started to look distinct but aren’t debilitating yet. The advantage is that younger skin heals faster and is more elastic so that it will hold the results longer and the effect will be less dramatic.
While a 45-year-old facelift is less distinct than a 60-year-old one, this subtlety works in your favour. Instead of it being obvious you went under the knife, observers will notice that you look more attractive, but they won’t be sure why. And you’ll look better for longer too.
Always wear sunscreen
The sun’s rays can give us a glorious tan, but they’re also the primary cause of ageing. Sunshine and gravity combine to sag our muscles and dry out our skin, so while sunscreen is always essential, it becomes even more crucial after a facelift.
Feel free to use stylish accessories to protect your face from direct sunlight. Designer sunglasses, beautiful hats, delicate scarves, parasols, fans, and even some facial spritz or misty skin splash.
See a dermatologist
A facelift is an expensive undertaking, so once you commit, it should feel a little more natural to invest in products that can maintain the results of your surgery. Skin products prepared by dermatologists are significantly more costly than counter brands, but they’re also a lot more effective.
They often go beneath the skin to work on deeper levels, promoting the increase of elastin and collagen. Ask your dermatologist to prescribe products specially formulated for your skin, and be sure to follow his or her directions and avoid misusing these treatments.
Top up with non-surgical treatments
Facelifts offer the best anti-ageing results, and the difference can be quite dramatic. Facelifts focus on the chin and cheeks, because these areas show the biggest change, and also because they often have the most distinct signs of ageing.
That said, there are other areas that could use some work, and getting some ‘spot treatment’ can enhance and lengthen the overall effect of your facelift. Try boosting your look with lip fillers to hide smoking wrinkles, brow fillers for frown lines, and eye-ridge fillers for crows’ feet. Laser treatment and liquid facelifts are also a handy bonus.
Drink lots of water
Dryness and wrinkling are among the clearest signs of ageing skin. They’re generally what prompt that first call to your facelift surgeon. Keeping your skin moist will boost its natural elasticity. This becomes even more crucial after you’ve had some work done.
While there are plenty of creams and gels that can help your skin stay moist, the best way is to practise internal rejuvenation. Drinking about two litres of water every day keeps your body healthy, flushes out toxins, and refreshes your face from the inside out.
Dig into the citrus
Orange juice is one of the best tonics for your facelift, though your facelift surgeon would prefer you drink it rather than squeezing it into your face mask. Vitamin C, commonly found in citrus fruits, promotes natural collagen production.
This keeps your face healthy, shapely, and fleshy, in a positive way. It smooths out your skin and reduces wrinkles, which can only help the longevity of your facelift. You can get your daily dose of Vitamin C through oranges, lemons, grapefruit, strawberries, and kale.
Ace it with vitamins
Vitamin A is a healing mineral. It helps skin rejuvenate and repair itself, keeping it soft, smooth, and supple. This vitamin moisturises your skin and actively prevents dehydration. The silky moistness of Vitamin A enriched skin maintains your youthful look.
You can find Vitamin A in high protein foods like fish, liver, milk, and eggs. Fruits and vegetables that have deep green, bright orange, or sunny yellow hues are good sources of Vitamin A. They include squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, mangoes, spinach, and tomatoes.
Keep things complex
The Vitamin B Complex includes Vitamins B1 through B12. There are nine of them, and you may know them by their technical names, including niacin, thiamine, folate, and riboflavin. The B Vitamins help new cells to grow, which is important because healthy young cells will keep your skin bright and fresh-faced.
The B Complex can be consumed in the form of supplements, but you can also find it in food. Most brightly coloured fruits and vegetables have Vitamin B in them. Examples are legumes, potatoes, bananas, chillies, and whole grains. Turkey, liver, and tuna are rich sources as well.
E-zee does it
Vitamin E is an essential component for the health of your skin. It helps your skin to heal from scarring and everyday damage, so it’s the best thing when you’re recovering from surgery. It also repairs your skin from regular wear and tears, so it will not only keep your skin flawless, but it will also maintain the results of your facelift.
Because it soothes and smooths rough skin, lots of beauty creams are enriched with Vitamin E. Read your labels to see if your favourite brand has any. For dietary sources, nuts and spinach are rich in this nutrient. Add them to your regular menu, preferably as a salad rather than a smoothie, since salads have a higher fibre content, which helps to eliminate toxins.
Ditch the cigarettes
Smoking isn’t just bad for your lungs. It’s bad for your skin too. The smoke from your cigarettes dries out your skin, which reduces its elasticity, making it easier to wrinkle and keeping the wrinkles around for a longer time.
Nicotine interferes with the way your body absorbs and processes Vitamin A, while carbon monoxide limits your skin’s access to Vitamin C. Both these chemicals slow down your body’s ability to heal, so when you stop smoking in preparation for surgery, you should seriously consider quitting the habit for good.