If you have deep lines and wrinkles on the face, you may have found that over-the-counter skin care products and non-surgical aesthetic techniques are not powerful enough to reverse the appearance of these wrinkles. That’s when you might want to consider a facelift; the gold standard of plastic surgery for turning back the hands of time. Learn more about this surgical procedure before you schedule a consultation at Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, FL.
What’s the Best Age To Get a Facelift?
Most plastic surgeons will recommend scheduling a facelift procedure if you are in your 40s, 50s, or 60s. This is typically the age range in which collagen depletion leads to more visible lines and wrinkles, particularly on the midface. At this age, using non-surgical treatments to increase collagen production may not always be effective, and over-the-counter skin care products will usually not produce a long-lasting youthful appearance.
Of course, the best age for you to have a procedure such as a facelift will depend on the condition of your skin, your genetics, and even your lifestyle factors. For example, fair-skinned people age more quickly because their skin has less protection against UV rays, while medium and dark-skinned people may have a slower aging process. People who used sun protection from a young age will typically be able to delay the visible results of aging, as well.
What About a “Refresher” Lift?
Occasionally, people will want to schedule a refresher lift. You may want a refresher lift if you had a mini lift in the past or a facelift several years ago. A refresher lift is a customized treatment that allows a plastic surgeon to tighten and lift your skin so you can enjoy longer-lasting results. Typically, you will have a refresher lift about 10 to 15 years after your first procedure, since this is when the visible signs of aging may start to creep back in.
How Long Will Results Last?
The results of a facelift procedure can last for about 10 to 15 years. A full lift produces the most dramatic results, while a mini lift will produce results that can last for up to five years. Naturally, the longevity of your results may depend on how well you can take care of your skin and factors that are beyond your control, such as a genetic predisposition to deplete collagen more quickly.
How Can You Maintain Your Results?
Any plastic surgery procedure is an investment in both your time and money. Given the long recovery period associated with an invasive treatment such as this one, you may want to consider ways that you can maintain your results.
Maintaining long-lasting results means you are taking steps to protect the collagen production in your skin so that you can enjoy skin firmness and elasticity. Some of the best methods to maintain your results include:
A treatment such as a neurotoxin injectable can help you enjoy longer-lasting results, particularly when you use this treatment around the eyes and on the forehead. Research shows that using Botox regularly can prevent or delay the visible signs of aging.
After a procedure to lift and tighten the skin on your face, it may be a good idea to use neurotoxins to keep muscles in the upper face relaxed so that you can prolong your results. By relaxing your facial muscles, less tension will be put on the skin, which will ultimately slow down the development of lines and wrinkles.
You may also be able to use dermal fillers to maintain or enhance your results. After a lift procedure, using dermal fillers can top up your results so that you can enjoy smoother, firmer skin. Using dermal fillers is common several years after a lift procedure so that you can prolong your results.
You may also be able to use dermal filler to accentuate your results, such as using these products to contour areas of the face. Many people use dermal fillers to contour the jawline, nose, lips, and cheekbones.
Sometimes, maintaining your results means tricking the eye into thinking your skin looks younger because of a lack of superficial skin concerns. In particular, superficial skin concerns such as sun damage and dark spots can add years to your overall age, even if the texture of your skin is tight and supple. Regular chemical peels can gently resurface your skin so that you can have a radiant, even-toned appearance.
You may want to consider other aesthetic facials, which can include laser treatments that enhance collagen production, or facials that resurface the skin. Non-surgical facials can tighten and restore the skin, which can prolong the results of your lift procedure. Furthermore, some aesthetic facials can enhance the health of your skin, which can also help you look younger for longer.
When it comes to maintaining long-lasting results, protecting your skin from the sun is essential. Sun protection should be the final step in your daily skincare routine so that you can prevent free radicals and UV rays from breaking down collagen prematurely. Sun protection will allow you to enjoy longer-lasting results and will prevent the development of superficial skin concerns, such as melasma and other blemishes.
Your skin care products are essential for enjoying long-lasting results after a lift procedure. Although your skin care products may not be powerful enough by themselves to reverse the visible signs of aging, they can maintain the results of your lift procedure when you use them consistently. For example, using products that contain retinol and collagen can keep the texture of your skin supple and youthful.
Reducing stress can be another way you can maintain longer-lasting results. The stress hormone cortisol is associated with faster collagen depletion. By reducing your stress response when you can, you can help the collagen in your skin last longer, which will allow you to enjoy a tighter skin texture for longer.
There are several ways you can reduce stress, such as cutting back on work hours, meditating, or addressing interpersonal issues in your life that are contributing to daily stress. Emotional stress, however, isn’t the only type of stress you need to worry about when it comes to premature aging. Not getting enough sleep is a physical type of stress that can also cause premature aging.
Finally, leading a healthy lifestyle can go a long way to prolonging the results of your lift procedure. In particular, you will want to make sure that you are eating healthily, drinking enough water, and exercising regularly. When you can balance these healthy aspects of your lifestyle, your skin will respond by maintaining a more youthful appearance.
Another healthy lifestyle change you can make is cutting back on tobacco or alcohol consumption. Tobacco in particular can contribute to premature aging, so it might be time to quit smoking or using other tobacco products if you want to look younger for longer.
What Can You Expect From This Procedure?
A lift procedure for the face typically takes a few hours to complete. Most of the time, the surgery is completed under general anesthesia, so you must be healthy enough to withstand this surgery. Before your surgery, you will usually need to complete several labs and exams to assess your eligibility for the procedure.
How Should You Prepare for Surgery?
To prepare for this surgery, you will need to stop smoking and stop taking anti-inflammatory or blood-thinning drugs for at least one week. This can include aspirin, ibuprofen, and certain herbal supplements. Some people may also use Arnica Montana supplements to fortify the body’s natural healing response so the recovery period is shorter.
Will You Have Aftercare Guidelines?
Your recovery period after this surgery will usually take two to four weeks. During your recovery, you will have to follow several aftercare instructions for how you can wash your face, wear makeup, or apply skin care products. You will also need to avoid activities that involve lifting heavy objects, bending over, or elevating your blood pressure with strenuous exercise or exposure to heat.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If your skin care products and non-surgical aesthetic treatments just aren’t cutting it anymore, you may want to consider a surgical option to lift and tighten the skin on your face. Usually, people between the ages of 40 and 60 are the best candidates for a facelift procedure. The results of this surgery can last for over 10 years. Reach out to us at the Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, FL to schedule your consultation today.