If you’ve undergone a cosmetic surgery, especially a procedure involving your face, there are many things you can do to maintain results for as long as possible. While you can’t halt the aging process, here are four ways to maximize your investment in yourself and keep your youthful appearance for years to come.
Complement with non-surgical treatments
If you’ve had a cosmetic surgery such as a facelift, non-surgical treatments such as laser resurfacing and skin rejuvenation treatments such as chemical peels can enhance your results. Botox and dermal fillers are often suggested in combination with other facial plastic surgery. Your plastic surgeon will be able to help you determine a timeline in which to get these treatments after surgery.
Protect your skin in the sun
The sun can feel so good on your skin, but too much can be a bad thing. The sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays can accelerate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and cause dark spots and sagging skin. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more. Apply liberally and often, especially if you’re swimming, sweating or when toweling off. And avoid tanning, whether it’s indoor or outdoor tanning, as that will cause sun damage and increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
Give your skin an extra glow
Get into the habit of using a good skincare regimen that will help maintain results. Choose products that contain ingredients such as retinoids, peptides and antioxidants, and are right for your skin type and specific concerns.
Glow from the inside out
It’s no secret that a healthy lifestyle can improve the appearance of your skin. Follow a healthy, balanced diet and fill your plate full of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Reduce or eliminate sugar as it causes inflammation, producing enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. It also aggravates skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.