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How to Prolong the Results of Your Facelift

A facelift in its traditional sense is a surgical procedure that involves carefully placed incisions to tighten skin in the lower face and neck. Now the term “facelift” has become more commonly used to describe both surgical and non-surgical procedures that seek the same results. No matter the kind of facelift you’ve decided on, all patients want the same things: more youthful and firm skin, and for their results to last. Drs. Renee Marshall and Paul Gorman of GLOW Surgical Arts want to give you these basic rules for keeping your skin rejuvenated no matter the type of facelift you choose.

Skin protection is something you've probably heard about before, but it can't be stressed enough that the sun is damaging to skin. Sunblock is one of the most effective and underutilized ways to protect your skin. You don't have to spray your bottle of beach sunblock on every day, but you should invest in SPF-included makeup and facial lotions and use them every day. Accessorizing can also be key. Hats and sunglasses can protect your newly refreshed skin from the outdoors. If you must go out unprotected, try to avoid direct sunlight between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you're inside, protect your skin from the elements with moisturizing creams. Dry skin needs to be taken care of whether or not you're outside.

Eating healthy and staying hydrated are also important ways to help your skin. Anti-oxidants and vitamins make your skin healthy and allow your cells to reproduce properly. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day is a healthy average for people who want to maintain healthy-looking skin. A well-functioning balanced diet with fats, vitamins, and nutrients will keep your body healthier and allow your skin to stay naturally radiant. Remember, caring for yourself is caring for your skin.

Don't smoke. This isn't just a surgeon general warning. The staff at GLOW Surgical Arts wants to make sure you know that smoking damages skin. Nicotine causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, the layers we see. It also restricts blood flow. That will mean slower healing after a facelift, with the potential to impact results. Smoking is bad for your health, and it is very expensive over time. Don’t let it cost you more money by allowing it to damage your refreshed, more youthful skin.

The professionals at GLOW Surgical Arts can give you a more specified set of rules for caring for your skin after a facelift, based upon the type of procedure you select. Would you like to learn more about how a facelift can help you? Contact your Bay Area cosmetic surgeons Dr. Paul Gorman and Dr. Renee Marshall today if you live in the Redwood City, CA and greater Bay Area at (650) 241-2209 to discuss your facelift and post-procedure needs.

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