Protect your investment: how to look after your facelift

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With anything you purchase, the better you look after it, the longer it will last and the principle is true for cosmetic surgery. There are some simple steps that can be taken when you have undergone procedures such as a facelift that will ensure that the work you have had done will last for as long as possible. This handy checklist gives a few easy hints and tips for how to ensure your facelift will last as long as possible.

Adopt a good skincare regime

Finding a good moisturiser is a great idea and getting a little bit of help from the experts is well worth it. The skincare market is a multi-billion pound industry worldwide, so this means that your choices are extensive. Getting the right balance of retinoids (components that contain vitamin A which helps encourage skin rejuvenation), peptides (these contain amino acids which help construct protein and collagen – the latter helps keep skin looking young and fresh) and antioxidants (certain antioxidants have skin firming credentials) to suit your skin type can make a real difference to the effectiveness of your moisturiser.

Limit sun exposure and take necessary steps to protect your skin from UV

The sun’s rays are one of the main factors that can accelerate the ageing process and make subtle changes to your skin over time. Ensuring that you wear sun cream regularly will help prevent the harmful UV rays getting through. Many foundations and daily moisturisers also contain sun cream these days so can help easily weave this into your morning routine.

Eat a healthy, balanced diet

Making sure that you look after the inside of your body as well as the outside can have a big effect on how well conditioned your skin is. Ensuring that your diet is rich with vitamins and minerals is important for ensuring your skin has all the nutrients it needs to stay nourished and supple, which will help keep it looking firm and youthful for longer. Getting at least five portions of fruit and vegetables per day will keep your vitamin intake high and also look for foods that are rich in antioxidants.

It’s not just what you should eat but also what you shouldn’t be consuming. In recent years, there have been more and more studies that have linked sugar and accelerated ageing. In a process known as glycation, sugar bonds with the proteins in your body, hardening collagen and elastin and slowing down further production. All of this means your skin becomes less elastic and wrinkles start to appear.

Avoid negative lifestyle choices

Your life choices can also impact on the overall condition of your skin and there are some big culprits that can affect the longevity of a procedure like a facelift. Gaining weight (and then losing it again) affects your skin’s natural elasticity and can affect the work done by a facelift – it can essentially undo the good work done by the surgeon. Poor sleep patterns and stress also have an impact on skin quality

However, the biggest enemy to preserving youth when it comes to facial ageing is smoking. Nicotine in cigarettes causes the blood vessels in the upper layers of your skin to constrict, slowing down blood flow and reducing the amounts of oxygen and nutrients that are being delivered to the dermis. The chemicals in cigarettes damage collagen and elastin which provide skin elasticity and, furthermore, repeatedly pursing your lips when inhaling gives you those awful wrinkles around your mouth. So if you’re a smoker, consider cutting down or quitting.

When you undergo a facelift with Mr Paul Tulley at the Clarence Clinic, giving up smoking before and in the post-surgery healing period is essential, so why don’t you take the opportunity to quit the habit for good.