Can plastic surgery really make you look younger? Yes! There are lots of different surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments that can help you achieve the refreshed and rejuvenated look you’re after. No matter which treatment or combination of treatments you choose, follow these four key tips to get the most out of your facial plastic surgery results.
1. Choose an Experienced Plastic Surgeon
Before moving forward with any plastic surgery, the most important step is to carefully choose your plastic surgeon. First and foremost, check for board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Osteopathic Association. Then, narrow your search based on his or her expertise. If you want facial plastic surgery, for example, you want to choose someone who has ample experience in this area.
Equally important is scheduling an office visit or two to not only discuss your needs and goals in more detail, but to also make sure this is the plastic surgeon with whom you want to work. During your initial consultation, look for things like:
- A clean, organized office and exam rooms
- Friendly, helpful staff
- How comfortable you felt talking with the plastic surgeon
2. Clearly Communicate Your Goals
Once you’ve selected a board-certified plastic surgeon, the next step is to make sure you’re both on the same page about what you hope to gain from facial plastic surgery. Be very clear, direct and honest about your goals so your plastic surgeon knows exactly what you’re looking for.
At the same time, it’s important that your goals are realistic. A facelift can make you look up to 12 years younger, but it’s not going to make you look like you’re in your 20s again if you’re in your 50s. So if you’re honest and transparent about what you’re hoping to get out of a facelift, your plastic surgeon can help you gauge whether or not those goals are achievable through plastic surgery.
3. Consider Combination Procedures
The right cosmetic treatment for you will depend on your goals, preferences and your natural facial structure. In some cases, combining various procedures can help you maximize your results. For example, you might combine a facelift with a brow lift, since a facelift primarily addresses the lower half of your face, while a brow lift can help with a drooping brow and pronounced forehead wrinkles.
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You can also combine surgical and nonsurgical treatments for enhanced results. After getting a facelift, you can touch up your look with fillers and/or BOTOX® to prolong your results. There are also many nonsurgical options that you can get on their own before opting for surgery, including:
- Dermal fillers
- “Liquid nose job” with fillers
- Laser treatments
4. Follow Your Plastic Surgeon’s Recovery Guidelines
After plastic surgery, it’s crucial that you stick to your plastic surgeon’s specific recovery guidelines to help your body heal efficiently so you can see the best results. He or she can help you decide how much time to take off work, when to resume more vigorous exercises and activities and what medications and supplements to take and avoid during plastic surgery recovery.
Additionally, lifestyle factors will play a major role in your recovery and results. Just a few general tips to help you recover and see long-lasting results after facial plastic surgery are:
- Stay out of the sun and tanning beds
- Follow a skin care program recommended by your plastic surgeon to maintain your results.
- Wear sunscreen
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Drink plenty of water
- Get the right amount of sleep and exercise