Maintaining Your Results After Surgery
With more than 1.5 million cosmetic procedures performed last year, it’s no surprise that plastic surgery has become desired by people of all ages. From surgical procedures like facelifts and liposuction to non-invasive treatments like BOTOX Cosmetic® and laser skin resurfacing, a question that many people often ask is, “How long will the results last?”
When an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Henry performs cosmetic surgery, patients can expect their results to be long-lasting. However, besides following a healthy diet and exercise regimen, there are few other recommendations that can make your results as enduring as possible.
You probably already know that smoking is detrimental to your health, but smoking after treatment can also adversely affect your results, as well as speed up the aging process. Quitting smoking altogether is a hard habit to break, but there are many products (gum, patches, lozenges) that have proven effective in kicking this unhealthy habit completely.
Limit Sun Exposure
Avoiding the sun for the first couple of weeks after a cosmetic treatment is crucial to a safe recovery, but protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays at all times can noticeably preserve your results down the road. Whenever you’re in the sun, it is best to always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher.
Care for Your Skin
To ensure that your wounds heal properly after a facial cosmetic treatment, makeup must be avoided for the first couple of days. However, maintaining long-term results involves daily treatment. For the best results, use cleansers and moisturizers that contain antioxidants and retinols. This will help preserve your appearance and slow the development of wrinkles.
Although plastic surgery typically produces satisfactory results, there is no way to fully prevent the aging process from occurring. This is why it is common for patients to undergo touch-up treatments in order to maintain the most attractive appearance possible.
For all of your cosmetic procedures, we welcome you to contact our San Francisco practice today. Call (415) 924-1313 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kimberly Henry. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Henry looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve fantastic results.