Surgical Arts Centre
Lisa Pacheco, DO
Director: Wellness Medical Spa
1201 Westwood Drive, Suite A
Hamilton, MT 59840
Making Facial Cosmetic Procedures Last
Deciding to have a facial cosmetic procedure done is a big decision, whether
you choose a non-invasive option such as a laser treatment, or a surgical
facelift. While making your decision, it is vital to both have reasonable
expectations regarding the typical results of the procedure, as well as
reasonable expectations regarding how long those results will last.
How long your facial skin treatment lasts depends on a number of factors,
including the type of procedure you choose, your medical history, your
age, and your genetics. One of the biggest factors that affect the longevity
of your cosmetic procedure is simply how well you take care of your face
and skin. There are three major steps you can take to extend the results
of your facial procedure - and to keep your skin as healthy as possible
as you age.
Most people habitually engage in a dental hygiene routine that may consist
of brushing, flossing, mouthwash, and regular checkups. But fewer people
take as much care when it comes to their face and skin. Establishing and
promoting a regular skincare routine is absolutely key to maintaining
your facelift or skin treatment results.
What should a skincare routine consist of? Consider the regular applications
of a cleanser, a moisturizer, a toner, a sunscreen, and an exfoliant.
In some cases, more than one of these types of treatments can be found
in a single product, such as anti-aging creams. It is also valuable to
obtain professional advice about care of your specific skin type from
a physician with this specialized expertise.
A regular skincare regime may also include regular trips to your dermatologist,
especially if you suffer from skin conditions or diseases, including acne,
eczema, rashes, or psoriasis.
Protection from the elements
In addition to giving your skin the care that it needs in the morning
and evening, it is also important to protect your skin from specific environments
and exposures that could prematurely age the skin.
The most important aspect of skin protection is shielding your face from
the sun. While a few minutes of sun exposure per day is healthful, avoiding
direct and extended sunlight can help minimize the development of wrinkles,
age spots, and skin cancer. Using a moisturizer with a built-in sunscreen
is wise, but it is even wiser to completely shade your skin from the sun
with a hat or other covering and to apply a mineral high-SPF sunscreen
before direct long-term exposure.
You should also protect your skin against wind damage and harsh and dry
winter conditions - conditions that are common in Montana throughout the
winter months and into the spring. Do so by applying moisturizer before
and after your outdoor adventures and by wearing the appropriate protective
gear, such as scarves, glasses, goggles, or balaclavas.
Examining your lifestyle
It is a common misconception that skin treatments begin and end with lotions
and concoctions that you place directly on your skin. In truth, the health
of your skin depends heavily on many of your daily lifestyle choices,
from what you eat to how you spend your time.
First and foremost, know that smoking and drinking can wreak havoc on
your skin (in addition to harming the rest of your body). Studies have
found that these two habits can affect how old you look in under ten years
of usage, as both habits can deplete vitamins in your body, alter the
function of your blood vessels, and cause long-term dehydration.
Your diet can also greatly affect the health of your skin. Eating fruits,
vegetables, nuts, beans, organic meats and eggs which are filled with
vitamins and nutrients will build elasticity in your skin and slow the
aging process. Foods particularly high in antioxidants commonly referred
to as "superfoods," have been shown to keep skin looking healthy
Water and hydration is also great for your skin. Drinking water promotes
the elasticity of suppleness of your skin while discouraging dryness and
wrinkles. Hydration also promotes healthy circulation and increases blood
flow to the skin.
Finally, never under estimate the importance of rest for your skin's
health. Getting enough sleep, getting quality sleep, and reducing the
stressors in your life can help you look great, especially around the eyes.
Remember that you cannot stop time
With the proper care and maintenance, the effects of a surgical facelift
can last for a decade or more, while the effects of a non-surgical facelift
and other non-invasive skin treatments can last many months or years.
Although cosmetic facial procedures can turn back or slow the clock, understand
that time marches on and that your face and skin will continue to age
despite our best procedures. To slow the rate of decline, some of our
patients opt to simply make lifestyle changes and skin care regiment changes
to improve or preserve their skin, while others may opt to have another
procedure in the future.
Feeling your best inside and out
Both non-invasive and invasive facial skin treatments are ultimately about
improving the health of your skin and feeling your best. In many ways,
our skin is a reflection of our health as a whole - and taking good care
of your body, both through skin care and through living a healthy lifestyle,
will show in your appearance and your attitude. We believe that cosmetic
skin procedures, in tandem with other life changes, can help our patients
be healthier and feel more confident.
Looking your best at the Surgical Arts Centre
Understanding that our patients have a variety of needs and goals, we
offer a wide range of anti-aging skin treatments from chemical peels,
injectables, laser treatments, liquid facelifts and Ultherapy skin tightening,
to surgical facelifts, brow lifts, and neck lifts. We invite you to contact
us to discuss whether we may have a solution that would benefit you.
Questions and or comments regarding this week's health column please
contact Lisa Pacheco, DO at the
Surgical Arts Centre
, 1201 Westwood Drive, Suite A, Hamilton, MT 59840 or 805 S. Reserve Street,
Missoula, MT 59801. Working together to build a healthier community!