All of us have our share of imperfections. We have scars and blemishes which we want to hide as much as possible. We also cannot avoid aging. Aging is inevitable, especially when genetics, stress and other factors are involved. As we age, the muscles of our face begin to weaken and become slack and we develop wrinkles and sags. We develop deep creases between eyebrows, lines between the nose and mouth, laughter lines around the eyes and skin sagging in the jaw and neck.
An easy remedy to this is a facelift. There are many people who have benefited much already from facelift surgery, particularly those whose faces show signs of aging but whose skin still maintains elasticity and whose facial bones still maintain good shape.
So what is a facelift? A facelift is a surgical procedure done to hide signs of aging on the face. Also called rhytidectomy, it was developed to correct aging problems of the face such as sagging skin in the midface, deep creases on the lower eyelids and on the nose and mouth, displaced facial fat, muscle tone loss in the lower face and loose skin on the jaw and chin. Through this, a facelift can defy aging after the procedure. But will the results last?
Experts say that facelift results can last long, about five to 15 years. This is dependent in some factors such as the surgical procedure and the condition of the skin. While traditional facelifts often last for 10 to 15 years, less invasive procedures such as mini-facelift and feather lift can only last for up to five years. There are some factors which determine whether your facelift will last a lifetime.
Metabolism and Aging
Aging is dependent on your metabolism, and how long your facelift will last is dependent on it too. Metabolism is the process by which your body absorbs and breaks down nutrients in the body. When you are older, your metabolism slows down and your body becomes inefficient in rebuilding body tissues such as the bone, blood, skin and connective tissue.
There is less synthesis of collagen and elastin, two important proteins involved in maintaining the integrity of the skin. There is also less synthesis of natural oils. After a facelift, you have to maintain nourishment and regrowth of skin tissues so that you can retard skin sagging, wrinkles and other signs of aging that will take place despite your facelift.
You may have to boost your metabolism. Ways of boosting metabolism include exercise and balanced nutrition. Stress can also slow down your metabolism, so be stress-free most of the time.
Aging is dependent on genetics. This means that the genes for early aging may be handed down from one generation to another. If your grandparents seem to look older than their age, then it’s time to start thinking about your own aging genes too. In some people whose genes favor early skin aging, facelifts cannot last that long. Aging can also be a part of medical conditions such as hypothyroidism.
Exposure to the sun can cause much skin damage than you can ever imagine. This is because sunlight contains ultraviolet alpha and beta waves (UV-A and UV-B rays) which can cause injury to skin cells. It is said that UV damage may be greater at high altitudes, in locations closer to the equator or during the summer season. UV light damages skin cells in such as way that it penetrates through deeper layers of the skin and make skin cells produce melanin pigment. Melanin is the pigment responsible for age spots and freckles. UV light continues on to break down collagen and elastin in your skin and connective tissues, causing your skin to sag and develop lines and wrinkles.
If you want your facelift to last, limit sun exposure. Avoid too much outdoor activities during the summertime. If you cannot easily avoid sunlight, applying sun block will do.
Good Habits and Hygiene
Good health habits contribute to healthy skin. One good habit is getting adequate sleep. Whenever you sleep, your body feels rejuvenated and you give your tissues time to regenerate and rebuild itself. Lack of sleep can hasten aging because during sleep, the body undergoes its natural detoxification. Lack of sleep leads to buildup of free radicals and premature aging. If you want your facelift to last for many years, get adequate sleep every night.
Good nutrition also plays a role in skin health. Poor diet and inadequate fluid intake can hasten skin aging and will not make facelift results last long. Extra weight or obesity can further lead to premature aging, so that even when you lose weight, your skin sags or get wrinkles.
Smoking and too much alcohol are things you have to give up to make your facelift results last longer. Smoking gives rise to free radicals which hasten aging. Alcohol increases fat deposition and destroys the contours of your face. These vices also make you prone to illnesses.
Take extra care of your health so that you will not fall into sickness. Poor immune resistance can lead you to acquire infections such as acne and herpes which can place a toll on your skin. With disease, aging is hastened, and your facelift results will not surely last long. Also, don’t forget to smile to exercise those facial muscles and avoid formation of fines lines and wrinkles on your face.
Knowing these factors, you have to find time to consult with your doctor about how to better take care of your skin after facelift. Remember that the years your facelift lasts depend on your habits and how well you take care of your skin and body.