Maintaining Facial Plastic Surgery
Maintaining Facial Plastic SurgeryPublished on December 4, 2012 by Dr. Anthony Corrado
Facial plastic surgery produces great results. It’s a way to improve self-esteem by reducing or eliminating signs of premature aging. It can also correct any facial or skin flaws. The result is that you’ll feel more confident in your appearance, and take years off your age.
Electing to have facial plastic surgery is an investment in time and money, and you’ll want the results to last. Be sure to discuss your long-term outlook with your doctor. Although your new look will last for years, there are things that you can do in keeping a healthy lifestyle that will help maintain the effects of your facial surgery.
Immediately after the surgery, you as the patient have responsibilities to ensure proper healing. It’s important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully – these will vary depending on the type and location of the surgery. If advised, be sure to:
- Use cold compresses to reduce swelling.
- Elevate your head when lying down.
- Restrict your movements as instructed, such as not bending over for a period of time.
- Clean the surgical area as directed and apply any provided ointment.
- Take any prescribed medications, including painkillers if necessary.
- Reduce your activity levels as recommended.
- Avoid sun exposure and use sunblock when appropriate.
Of course, certain factors affecting the longevity of facial surgery are beyond your control. These include skin quality, genetics and past sun exposure. Your age at the time of the surgery is also a factor, as older skin tends to be less firm and less elastic.
There are, however, many things you can do in order to maintain your new look. Take a few moments to assess your health and lifestyle practices like skin care, exercise and diet. Here are some suggestions:
- Stop smoking: Smoking reduces the blood flow to the skin, bringing it fewer nutrients and less oxygen. It can also damage important connective fibers like elastin and collagen.
- Reduce sun exposure: UV rays damage elastin fibers. Use appropriate sun block and add vitamins C and E for extra protection. Wear a hat and protective clothing when out of doors.
- Enjoy regular exercise: Exercise increases blood flow to the skin, bringing along healthy nutrients and carrying away waste products.
- Reduce stress: Excessive stress can release hormones that produce more oil and trigger skin conditions. Besides regular exercise, try relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation.
- Practice good nutrition: Eat a balanced diet and enjoy a variety of good foods in moderation. Foods such as colorful vegetables, fish, nuts, and seeds are rich in antioxidants that can protect skin cells and encourage their growth.
- Drink water: Drinking enough water each day keeps your skin hydrated and healthy.
- Take care of your skin: Keep your skin healthy and elastic with good skin care. Wash daily with a gentle cleanser, then apply moisturizer and sunblock.
- Get adequate sleep: If you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases a stress hormone that can damage collagen. Most adults need seven to nine hours each night.
- Avoid significant weight gain or loss: These body changes will force your skin to expand or contract quickly, and may affect your surgery results.
- Improve overall health: Healthy skin is an indicator of general medical health. Take prescribed medications according to doctor’s instructions. Get a physical exam annually.
Taking better care of your body will lead to better maintenance of your facial plastic surgery, as well as better overall health. You will feel and look better, and will be able to enjoy your new look for many years.