Undergoing any cosmetic plastic surgery procedure is a major investment and my patients are always interested in making sure that investment continues to pay off. The body is constantly growing and changing, and so the results of any plastic surgery will eventually begin to fade. However, there are several helpful tips that you can do to make your plastic surgery results last longer, ensuring that you maintain the look you want for years to come.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle:
The best way to prevent disease and feel good is through a nutritious diet and regular exercise routine. Staying active is crucial to looking and feeling youthful. The results of liposuction, tummy tuck and other body sculpting procedures can be altered or even reversed by significant weight fluctuation, so establishing healthy habits that you can stick to is especially important. Illness can also impede healing after a cosmetic procedure, so give your immune system a hand. Smoking, in particular, should be avoided as it can hinder the healing process by flooding the body with harmful chemicals, restricting the oxygen that the blood needs to support the body’s healing mechanisms, and constricting the blood vessels so they have a hard time delivering blood to the healing tissues. Smoking also contributes to visible signs of aging, chiefly skin discoloration and wrinkles, undoing the benefits that your cosmetic surgery achieved.
Take Care of Your Skin:
The best cosmetic plastic surgery results are the ones that heal without any discoloration or scarring. Give your wounds plenty of time to heal and, no matter how tempted you may be, avoid picking at peeling skin or scabs. This could increase your likelihood of infection or scarring. In the weeks following any procedure, try to baby your skin and keep yourself hydrated. Drinking six to eight glasses of water a day will help rejuvenate your skin from the inside out and flush any toxins from your system. Finally, avoid sun damage, if at all possible. While everyone should try to avoid excessive sun exposure, individuals who have undergone plastic surgery need to be particularly careful, as sun exposure can cause incision scars to become more pronounced. It may be best to avoid direct sunlight for the first few days following any procedure. If you do go out in the sun, try to cover your incisions with clothing and use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher that blocks both UVA and UVB radiation. Additionally, medical-grade skincare products with active ingredients that improve the appearance of the skin may extend the lifespan of the results of facial plastic surgery. Make sure you’re using mild, hypoallergenic products, like non-soap cleansers and fragrance-free moisturizers in order to prevent any change in pigmentation.
Consider Touch-Up Treatments:
While plastic surgery may seem to be able to “turn back the clock,” it cannot stop it completely. Specifically, plastic surgery won’t stop gravity and the aging process from continuing to affect your skin and facial features after you have had your procedure. Touch-up treatments with non-surgical medical products can be a great way to maintain the results of your plastic surgery. BOTOX® Cosmetic can temporarily prevent new fine lines and wrinkles from forming around and between the eyes, and facial fillers like Juvéderm® can help alleviate the loss of facial volume that becomes more noticeable with age.
If you are interested in a procedure I perform, please contact my office to schedule a consultation today. Additionally, Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. provides a variety of options for financing, including Care Credit®, to assist you. Don’t forget to connect with me, Dr. Allyson Maske, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news and updates.