Caring for your Skin after a Facelift

We need to take care of our skin everyday. Our skin has important functions aside from making us look good. The skin keeps the insides of our body from falling out and warms up our bodies when we are cold. It also keeps us cold when we feel warm. Aside from this, the skin protects us from infections and keeps us from getting sick.

For these reasons you need to love your skin. Love your skin and it will love you back, because the more you take care of your skin, the more your skin loves you back by not growing wrinkles and fine lines.

However, speaking of fine lines and wrinkles, we cannot totally avoid getting them as we grow older. As we grow older, our skin goes through many changes. One of these changes is slower skin growth and regeneration. Also, the dermis, which is the lower layer of the skin, gets thinner because it loses skin proteins such as elastin and collagen. Elastin is the protein responsible for making the skin elastic while collagen keeps the skin tight. When we age, the skin loses its elasticity and tightness causing our skin to sag and loosen. This causes fine lines and wrinkles.

When wrinkles, sagging eyelids, sagging eyebrows and skin discoloration results; a facelift may be necessary. A facelift is a type of surgery which removes excess skin on the face and wrinkles on the face. It may tighten underlying skin tissues in the face. With these, the person looks younger.

Facelift results can last for about 10 to 15 years; however, these results may not last long if you do not take good care of your skin. So how do you properly take care of your skin after a facelift? Here are some tips:

Cleanse Your Skin Properly

After healing from facelift surgery, you would want your skin to be spotless. If you want your skin to heal without any discolorations, prevent pigmentation by regular cleansing with the right skin care products. Make sure that you choose skin care products which can easily remove dirt, grime, excess oils, germs and other substances which are harmful to the skin. However, you should also be careful that these skin care products will not harm your skin.

There are a lot of facial products to choose from. Bar soaps can get rid of dirt and grime easily however they can be irritating to the skin. Liquid cleansers can effectively cleanse the skin, but these are not suited to oilier skin types. Facial cleansers are often milder than the other types of cleansers but they cannot effectively remove dirt and grime.

No matter what you choose, be sure that you use hypoallergenic products that wouldn’t irritate your skin. Your face doesn’t be necessarily dry to be considered clean. The best cleanser for the face after facelift is one which is mild but still can remove dirt, oil and debris.


Moisturizing is an essential part of the skin. Moisturizers not only prevent the skin from turning dry but can also prevent fine lines, wrinkles, cracks and flakes from forming on the skin. You should choose a mild moisturizer that could replenish your skin with natural ingredients so that your skin will maintain its normal structure. Your moisturizer should also prevent free radical damage on the skin and should help skin cells function normally.

There are a wide range of moisturizers to choose from. Glycerol-containing moisturizers can help the skin hydrate by facilitating entry of water and other moisturizing ingredients into the skin. Moisturizers that contain ceramides can help the skin maintain its natural oils. Those that contain hydroxyl acids can help remove dead skin cells by exfoliation. Those that contain the ingredient niacinamide enables the skin to produce natural oils and helps remove signs of sun damage such as spots and blemishes.

Whatever moisturizer you choose, make sure that it does not irritate your skin or create allergic reactions.

Protect Your Skin From the Sun

Frequent exposure to the sun can take away the goodness of facelifts by speeding up signs of aging. The skin can be easily damaged by UV radiation and this can create photoaging, burns, scars, spots, wrinkles and skin cancers.

It is a must that you protect your skin from sunlight especially during the first few days after facelift. You should limit sun exposure initially. If you cannot avoid going outdoors on a sunny day, use SPF 30 or 40 SPF sunscreen. The best sunscreens to use are those that block both alpha and beta sun rays.

Let Wounds Heal

After the procedure, you may experience itchiness, pain, tingling or other mild symptoms. Your skin may peel off or develop scars. Leave your wounds alone. No matter what your symptoms are, do not attempt to pick them by yourself. If you continually pick at your wounds, you will most likely get infection or scarring. If you cannot withstand these symptoms, ask your doctor for reliever medications or other alleviating forms of treatment.


Water is essential is skin recovery from facelifts. You should drink 6 to 8 glasses a day. Drinking adequate water can help flush out dead skin cells and other toxins harmful for your skin and can help rejuvenate your skin.

Apply the Right Makeup

After the procedure, you can resume applying makeup if you already have intact skin and if there are not open wounds. The wounds will start to heal in a few days; however it is best that you wait for the epidermis or the top layer of the skin to be fully reformed before applying makeup.

If ever you should apply makeup after the skin has healed, you can opt for mineral-based products. These products are gentler on the skin and can adequately cover scars and flaws.

If your skin appears red or if you have purple bruising after a facelift, you can use a green-colored base to balance out these colors and to have a natural-looking skin color. After applying this base, you can wear a shade darker than what you usually wear.

At the end of the day, do not forget to wash off all your makeup. Don’t forget to cleanse your skin after a busy day. Make it a habit to wash off your makeup every night before going to sleep using a non-soap cleanser.


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