Making Facial Cosmetic Procedures Last

Surgical Arts Centre
Lisa Pacheco, DO
Director: Wellness Medical Spa
1201 Westwood Drive, Suite A
Hamilton, MT 59840
(406) 549-6600

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.

Daily care
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 and young.

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!


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