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So you have spent a lot of money, time and energy on your cosmetic surgery, and now you want to know how you can maximize those great results for as long as possible. While surgery has done its part, it’s now your turn to do yours.

It’s important to understand that your results require upkeep to stay in shape, and that nothing can fully stop the effects of aging, lifestyle habits, and genetics. The great news is, that there are some things you can do to successfully maintain your results for years to come starting at the recovery stage.

Be sure to follow your post-operative care instructions provided by your surgeon in order to reduce as much scarring as possible. Protect your incisions from the sun, keep the area clean, and use the topical scar care creams and ointments recommended by your doctor.

For active patients, the recovery time can be a challenge because you’re asked to put your regular exercise routine on hold for about 4-6 weeks. Don’t let this discourage you. Make sure to eat the right foods and introduce non-strenuous activity slowly and this will make getting back to the gym a bit easier.

Once your 6 weeks are up, maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise routine are very important. Sun exposure, tobacco and alcohol all accelerate the aging process of your skin so eliminate them as much possible. Fat removal procedures such as liposuction will permanently get rid of the fat cells you’re targeting, but if you gain weight, the remaining fat cells will expand.

A good skin care routine is a big one! Medical-grade skin care products can help enhance and maintain your facial cosmetic surgery results. At Solomon Facial Plastic we highly recommend a consultation with our Medical Esthetician following your surgery to help you develop a skin care routine that is specific to your skin and aesthetic needs. Even if you already have an existing skincare routine, it’s best to ask about the products you are currently using to see if you should adjust anything going forward.

The good news is, feeling good about yourself after your cosmetic surgery can be very inspiring and motivating to help you maintain healthy habits.

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