A facelift is one of the longest-lasting anti-aging treatments available, with results being measured in decades rather than months or years. The skin is a living organ however, and even after a Toronto facelift, it’s important to give your skin proper ongoing care so you can enjoy your more youthful appearance as long as possible. Here are a few tips to help make the most of your facelift and keep yourself looking younger for years to come.
The sun is one of the biggest contributors to skin damage and is responsible for a great deal of premature aging. Getting a facelift in Toronto will smooth out your skin and restore elasticity, but sun exposure can wear away at collagen and elastin while adding blemishes and discolouration. The good news is that you don’t need to shun sunlight to make your facelift last longer—all you need are a few common sense habits.
On sunny days, remember to apply sunscreen before heading out. Look for products that are at least SPF 30 and contain zinc oxide for the best results. Make use of hats or sun umbrellas to reduce direct exposure and be smart about how you tan. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy basking at the beach, just that you should be mindful of how long and how often you do so.
As the saying goes, you are what you eat. Diet has a profound effect on every part of our lives and the longevity of a Toronto facelift is no exception. A well-balanced diet is good advice in general, but there are specific nutrients you should keep an eye out for in order to maximize the benefits to your skin.
Each of the B vitamins are used to create new skin cells and vitamin C encourages collagen production. Combined, these two help support the underlying structure of the skin while ensuring that your skin can be easily maintained by a swath of fresh, healthy cells. Look to bright fruits and vegetables for B vitamins and oranges, peppers, or green leafy vegetables in general for vitamin C.
The remaining two nutrients are vitamin E, which helps in the healing process, and vitamin A, which helps hydration. The body’s healing process comes into play more often than you might think, since cells take damage all the time from environmental effects like sunlight without leaving visible signs. Helping your body recover from the metaphorical cuts and dings of life and stay nourished and hydrated will go a long way to preserving your facelift results. Nuts and spinach are a good source of vitamin E and sweet potatoes or fish can offer vitamin A.
You should avoid smoking for at least two weeks before and after a facelift in order to prevent circulation impairment from interfering with the recovery process. If you want to preserve the effects of your procedure even after recovery, then it’s worth considering trying to quit. Smoking dries out the skin and promotes aging, which is why a lot of smokers look older than they actually are. It also diminishes blood flow, which is crucial for quick healing after surgery.
The consultation is a direct conversation between you and your surgeon and is a great opportunity to ask about suggestions for long-term care of your facelift. Dr. Phillip Solomon will take your individual circumstances into account and offer tips that are tailored to your personal lifestyle.
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