Aging is an endless process that we may begin to address as early as our teens (if we are well-informed, or have French ancestors). From this standpoint, you could say that maintenance is a valuable task even before the idea of a facelift forms. If you are considering what this procedure can do for you, or you have already addressed aesthetic concerns with a facelift, you are once again on a journey of maintenance. The goal is to lengthen the duration of results, and there are several ways to achieve this goal.
Guard the Skin
There are two ways that we guard our skin. First, by using sunscreen daily, without fail. Secondly, we guard our skin by understanding what it needs. Everyone is different, though, so guarding the skin may seem complicated. We’ll try to simplify your path.
- To ward off UV damage, apply a pea-sized amount of broad-spectrum, SPF 30 sunscreen beneath makeup, or instead of it. Do this first thing in the morning, at least 30 before going outdoors. If you will be in the sunshine for the day, reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or so.
- Skin care is best simplified with a visit to your local esthetician. A consultation with a skin care specialist will reveal if you have sensitivities or specific concerns that need to be managed.
Stress management has become a bit of a buzzword phrase, but it is worth some attention. When we do not manage stress, we allow stress chemicals to shorten the telomeres in our DNA. The cells in the body are then treated to a shorter lifespan. The faster cells become damaged and die, the faster we age. There are many ways to mitigate stress in your life. It may be as simple as listening to your favorite music while making dinner or taking a walk on your lunch hour, and the rewards are countless.
Kovanda Plastic Surgery does not insist that patients undergo a surgical procedure to reach their aesthetic goals! Whether before a facelift or after, you are invited to take advantage of our various minimally- or non-invasive treatments. These range from microneedling to broadband light treatments to laser resurfacing to innovative skin-tightening technology.
Working together, we can find the ideal solution to your cosmetic concerns. Call our Edina office at (612) 335-9032.