Having plastic surgery of any kind can do fantastic things for your face and overall appearance. Whether you get a small change or a big change, you will enjoy enormous benefits. Once you have plastic surgery, however, the trick often becomes maintaining those enormous benefits.
The longevity of your new appearance has a lot to do with what kind of procedure you get. It also has a lot to do with the choices you make after your surgery. These choices include the ways you take care of yourself after your surgery and whether you get additional procedures. For example, a facelift procedure can last up to ten years by itself. Yet, with proper care and supplemental procedures, that time frame can be significantly extended.
Other Procedures To Complement Your Facelift
One of the best things about facelift surgery is that it goes with just about any other surgical or nonsurgical facial procedure. It’s actually pretty common for patients to get one or even two procedures in addition to their facelift. Some procedures are small, while some are more complicated. However, they are all capable of boosting the surgery results. Even something like rhinoplasty, which focuses more on improving the nose, can complement your facelift to improve your overall appearance.
Even though you could choose from any facial procedure, there are a few that are considered more beneficial than others. A facelift tightens and smooths the skin around the lower half of your face to improve the contouring around your chin and jaw. It also works at removing wrinkles around your mouth and nose. While the facelift can produce dramatic results, these results can be further enhanced with fillers, injectables, and fat transfers.
Fillers, Injectables & Fat Transfers
Fillers are often used to improve the look and feel of your skin. Some give your skin better hydration, which makes it look healthier. Others provide extra collagen to give your skin better structure. There are also fillers that are used to add volume to your face. All of these help make your skin look better by improving how it looks, smoothing out wrinkles, and adding greater definition to your facial contours.
Injectables include products like Botox and Dysport, which also work to improve lines and wrinkles around your face. These are botulinum toxins, which temporarily paralyze your facial muscles and prevent them from contracting. When your muscles contract, they create folds in your skin which later become the wrinkles around your eyes, forehead, and mouth. By paralyzing the muscles, your skin is able to smooth out and reduce those lines.
Fat transfer are a third type of injection that involves taking fat cells from one part of your body and moving them to your face. These injections are strategically done in specific areas of your face to give you additional volume, which can be used to flesh out your cheeks if they are a little hollow, make your cheek bones more prominent, or fill in the areas where you have wrinkles.
These are only three of the possible procedures you could use to complement your facelift. There are many others that can be used to improve your overall appearance and give your facelift results an extra boost. Prolonging your results isn’t all about what else you get, however; it’s also about what else you do after surgery.
Taking Care of Yourself After Facial Plastic Surgery
Many people who choose plastic surgery do so because they want to improve their appearance. Getting a facelift can do that for you if that is also your goal. But getting plastic surgery is like getting a brand new car. After saving up for it, deciding what you want, and going through the ordeal of buying it, you’re definitely going to take care of your car so you get the most out of it. Taking care of yourself after your facelift is like taking care of a new car. You do it so you can get the most out of the surgery.
Facelift surgery is about improving your appearance by tightening and smoothing your skin. As such, it makes perfect sense that you would want to take care of your skin after your procedure. A skin care routine should already be a part of your life, but if it’s not, starting before your surgery is a great move. This helps you get into practice so when you have your surgery, you won’t have to form any new habits in addition to your recovery. A quality skin care routine should include washing your face twice a day, keeping it well hydrated with moisturizer, and using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to protect against additional damage.
Staying well hydrated is also good for your skin. It gives your skin that healthy glow, flushes away toxins, and brings important nutrients. Drinking lots of water regularly is good for your skin, and it’s good for your body too.
Speaking of your body, taking care of yourself by maintaining healthy habits is also very good for your skin. The skin is the outermost layer of your body and reflects how it’s doing on the inside. When you’re feeling great, your skin will echo that. Being healthy means doing all the regular things like exercising and eating well, but it also includes things like avoiding tobacco products. Nicotine and the other chemicals in tobacco products can wreak havoc on your skin and the damage builds up over time. It also causes problems with your blood flow, which is why surgeons stress that you quit tobacco use before your surgery. Too much alcohol can also cause problems, so surgeons recommend you avoid alcohol before your surgery and during your recovery period.
Facelift Surgery By Dr. Bustillo
Dr. Andres Bustillo dedicates his entire practice to facial plastic surgery, and about half of his patients come to him for facial rejuvenation procedures like the facelift. If you are interested in learning more about facelift surgery or scheduling a patient consultation, contact Dr. Bustillo at (305) 663-3380.