Your Role in Maintaining Results from Plastic Surgery
Facial Surgery in Philadelphia, Scranton and Maryland
You invest time and money into getting the natural looking results you desire from your facial plastic surgery. By following a few simple steps and the advice of your plastic surgeon, you can help maintain your refreshed, younger appearance for years to come.
Follow the doctor's orders. Dr. John Lee will give you instructions for pre- and post-operative care. Be sure to listen to his instructions and ask questions if you don't understand how you are supposed to care for yourself during recovery from plastic surgery. These aren't suggestions; they are rules to ensure your plastic surgery results in the best possible outcome for you.
Keep your follow-up appointments. Dr. Lee needs to ensure that your recovery from plastic surgery is progressing well. A good recovery allows for optimal results.
Protect your skin from sun damage. Always wear sunscreen and try to avoid prolonged sun exposure. This is especially important as your scars heal, but always a good rule of thumb. Sun exposure increases the signs of aging on your skin. Always wear sunglasses when you're outside to protect your eyes and the delicate skin around your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun. This area can be sensitive following eyelid surgery.
Keep a healthy, active lifestyle. One of the best ways to keep yourself looking and feeling young after plastic surgery is to eat a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables and stay active.
Take care of your skin. Use high quality cleansing and moisturizing products to keep your skin looking young and healthy. Don't resume makeup use for a few days after your plastic surgery to ensure your wounds have healed, and be sure to always wash your makeup off at night.
Quit smoking. Dr. Lee will advise you to stop smoking before your plastic surgery as a safety precaution because smoking impedes your blood flow and slows your healing time. Additionally if you are a smoker, you are aging your face more quickly than your non-smoking peers. To keep your youthful appearance, put out the cigarettes for good.
Avoid excess alcohol. In some cases alcohol is acceptable and even beneficial to your body, like a glass of red wine a day. But excessive amounts will dehydrate you and contribute to early signs of aging.
Drink water. Water is an essential component of our bodies and important to drink after your plastic surgery. Keeping yourself well-hydrated will keep more elasticity in your skin and give you a more youthful glow.
If you would like to discuss your plastic surgery options with a Philadelphia or Maryland plastic surgeon, please contact Dr. John J. W. Lee to schedule your initial consultation.