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After Facelift – Tips for Keeping Skin Tight and Smooth

At our practice, one of the more profound gifts we give to some of our patients when they come to us for cosmetic surgery is an entirely new lease on life. Plastic surgery is a physical, emotional, and financial investment in yourself, and many new patients take this revitalizing experience to make lifestyle changes that make them happier and healthier. One of the remarkable things in doing so is that it will also make your recovery smoother and your results from surgery better in most cases.

In this post, we’re going to focus on the facelift procedure, also known as a rhytidectomy, and we’ll give you our top five healthy tips for keeping your skin tight and smooth after you’ve had one.

Adopt a Healthy Diet

Eating healthy is one of the most important and underrated tips when it comes to good skin care in general. Your body gets its building blocks from the foods you eat, and foods that are high in vitamin E, zinc, and antioxidants such as lycopene are fantastic for helping your body rebuild and create new healthy tissue. If you want youthful-looking skin that glows, eat foods like salmon, seafood, tomatoes, and avocados during your facelift recovery and beyond. These foods also remarkably reduce inflammation, which will help with swelling and puffiness.

Get Your Rest 

Another seriously underrated tip when it comes to skincare is to make sure you’re getting your rest. This is especially important during your facelift recovery and in the months after. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases a stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol not only helps your body pack on weight as it prepares to deal with increased levels of stress, but it also triggers serious inflammation and amplifies swelling. If you want healthy, smooth skin, make sure your z’s are a priority.

Make Tobacco Completely Off Limits

Using tobacco in any form is bad news when it comes to healthy skin. Smoking makes your lungs less efficient at delivering oxygen to the blood. This makes it much harder for your skin to get the O2 and nutrients it needs to look rejuvenated and fresh. In addition to rapidly increasing the effects of environmental damage, smoking also causes uneven skin tones, even in many younger patients. Although there is not a lot of long-term data available yet, many recent studies are showing that vaping is also harmful to skin health.

Take Sun Protection Seriously

Nothing beats kicking back with a pair of sunglasses on, digging your toes into some sand, and feeling the sun’s warmth on your face. But the truth is, without at least a 15 SPF (absolute minimum) barrier, the sun’s rays are pretty darn harmful to your skin. Even minimal, unprotected exposure adds up over time. Improper UV protection is one of the main reasons that bring people into an aesthetic medical practice to fight the signs of premature aging. If you’re getting a facelift, make sure you always carry sunscreen to keep your skin smooth, tight, and protected from the not-so-good part of sunshine.

Drink Plenty of Water Every Day

One of the main ingredients in many dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid. One of the reasons hyaluronic acid is used to restore volume at injection sites is because of its amazing ability to gather and retain water. If you want your skin to look as tight and smooth as it can, with or without hyaluronic acid injectable treatments, you have to stay hydrated. After you’ve had a facelift, make it a habit to drink no less than two liters of water (about eight glasses) every day.

Partner with a Leading Plastic Surgery Practice for Your Facelift Procedure

Whether you’re thinking about getting a facelift or have already had one in the past, these tips will help you maintain tight, smooth, and youthful facial skin. Additionally, staying hydrated, eating healthy, and other good habits will also help your body heal and minimize scarring during your recovery process. Giving your body what it needs nutritionally helps it rebuild healthy tissue and essential structural proteins such as collagen and elastin.

If you’d like to talk to Dr. Anthony Wilson about your facelift procedure, please contact AW Plastic Surgery for your consultation. Dr. Wilson is an Ivy League trained, board-certified plastic surgeon.

Call AW Plastic Surgery in Portsmouth, NH at (603) 294-4526. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact us through our website at your convenience.