Lifestyle Factors That Effect Facelift Results

15th August 2023
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Facelift surgery is considered the gold standard in facial rejuvenation, especially when performed by a highly experienced plastic surgeon. The procedure can restore a firmer lower face and neck, removing sagging skin and lifting the facial muscle and tissues to a youthful position. Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones at Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C. has created natural-appearing, lasting facelift outcomes for his patients, but there are patient lifestyle factors that can impact facelift results.

Facelift surgery uses incisions hidden around the ears to lift and tighten the lower face and upper neck. When performed using advanced techniques, results can last for ten years or longer, but this also depends on the patient. Some lifestyle choices should be avoided to maintain longer-lasting results.

No Smoking

Smokers that are considering plastic surgery of any type should quit before moving forward, especially with facelift procedures. Smoking increases risks for infection and slows the healing process, which is why many surgeons insist their patients quit smoking for at least two weeks before surgery. For facelift patients, smoking can quickly ruin the results of the procedure. Smoking can increase scarring, and it can dry out the skin while creating creases around the mouth.

Weight Management

Weight gain and loss can affect the facial skin and tissues. The ideal candidates for facelift surgery are at a healthy weight and plan to maintain their weight. If someone is overweight and undergoes facelift surgery, the results can change if they lose weight. When fat is lost, the facial skin may sag, and the results of the facelift can be lost.

Sun Exposure

The UV rays from the sun are responsible for a significant portion of skin lines and wrinkles and other aging effects. Sun exposure should be minimized as much as possible to protect facelift results. Wearing a hat to shade your face is recommended whenever outside. Sunscreen should also be worn daily to prevent sun damage to the stretched and lifted facial skin.

Skin Care

A facelift is an investment in your confidence and appearance. To maintain your results, you want to provide your skin with the best possible care. Committing to a skincare regimen that will moisturize and protect your skin can help maximize the outcome of your facelift. Cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and other skincare treatments like professional facials can keep your skin looking younger.

Hydrate and Eat Right

Healthy skin and facial tissues start on the inside. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, daily and eat a healthy diet. You may also benefit from adding certain nutritional supplements to ensure you are getting enough vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients.

If you have been considering a facelift, it is important to also consider how your lifestyle will affect your results. To learn more about preparing for facelift surgery and maintaining your outcome, contact our team at Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C. We can schedule a facelift consultation with Dr. Jones to discuss your facial rejuvenation procedure.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones, Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C.