When performed by a qualified facial plastic surgeon, facelift provides many benefits — in particular, it softens deep creases and wrinkles, restores muscle tone and tightens loose skin. The result is a refreshed, well-rested looking expression.
But facelift is not a catch-all solution for every type of imperfection. Although facelift alone can deliver excellent results, there are additional procedures that can complement and even accentuate the outcomes of surgery. Read on as Dr. Jose Barrera, a respected facial plastic surgeon in San Antonio, reveals the best procedures to complement facelift.
Botox or Dysport Injections
Facelift focuses on improving the contours of the middle and lower face; its impact on the upper portion of the face is not as dramatic. Botox or Dysport injections can effectively smooth prominent wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes and forehead for a more rested expression.
Another excellent way to complement facelift is through fat grafting or transfer, which repurposes your own unwanted body fat to restore volume and fullness to facial areas that need it (for example, the cheeks, temples or under-eye area) and create a more youthful appearance. During fat transfer, fat is harvested from another area of the body such as the abdomen or hips, purified and then injected directly into the facial area.
Facelift surgery improves the tone of the skin but does not address issues of pigmentation. Light-based cosmetic treatments like Intense Pulsed Light can minimize the appearance of pigmented or vascular lesions, including brown spots, sun spots, rosacea and noticeable spider veins. Laser skin resurfacing can also be helpful for these types of concerns.
Skin Care Products
Using high-quality skin care products designed for your skin type and concerns can help nourish and protect your skin after facelift. Sunscreen in particular is critical, as it protects your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, preventing UV rays from breaking down proteins that are vital to the health and beauty of your skin.
Talk to Dr. Barrera about Your Options
If you recently had a facelift, you should ask Dr. Barrera how long to wait before pursuing other cosmetic treatments. It’s important to wait until you’ve fully healed from surgery. He can also recommend a specific combination of treatments to address your unique concerns.