A facelift is designed to tighten sagging skin, redefine your contours, reduce wrinkles, and give you an overall younger-looking complexion. What it does not do, however, is stop the clock. After a facelift, your skin, like the rest of you, will continue to age, hence good facelift aftercare is really the key to prolonging and maximising the results.
What type of facelift should you choose?
Luckily, there are many different facelifting options available in Singapore that can reverse the signs of ageing. Whether you are looking for a drastic change or something more natural, there is an option that suits everyone.
A threadlift facelift is a great non-surgical option for anyone who wants instant, natural-looking results. With no need for incisions, the procedure takes less than one hour and requires no downtime. The results last on average eighteen months but can last up to three years with the right facelift aftercare.
In a threadlift, very fine surgical sutures are inserted into the soft tissue of the face, gently lifting and supporting sagging skin. Once the suture is inserted, the body’s healing response is triggered, thus stimulating collagen production, plumping any wrinkles, and restoring elasticity to the facial appearance.
High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is the latest type of non-surgical facelift. The treatment uses ultrasound energy to target the top layers of the skin, rapidly heating the tissue to damage the cells and trigger collagen production.
HIFU is particularly effective for lifting the brows and eye area. It takes less than one hour and there is zero recovery time, hence its nickname ‘the lunchtime facelift.’ Most patients see instant results after a HIFU facelift, but it can take up to three months to see the full effects, and the youthful glow will last at least six months.
Dermal fillers are one of the most common facelifting treatments in Singapore for anti-ageing. There are a few types of fillers available and your aesthetician will help you choose which is best for you. Options range from hyaluronic acid fillers to fat injections, with results lasting from six months to forever, depending on which filler you pick.
Do’s in facelift aftercare
Whichever type of facelift you settle on, good aftercare is crucial to long-lasting results. There are several easy tips you can keep in mind to maintain your youthful new appearance.
A facelift does not mean you can ditch your skincare routine. Alongside cleansing and moisturising, regular exfoliation using an AHA or BHA will get rid of those dead cells which make your skin look dull.
Speak to your doctor for recommendations on the topical skincare to combat further signs of ageing. Once you have recovered from your treatment, you may also want to try an at-home facial massage to improve circulation to plump and lift the skin.
Keeping a healthy diet can help to significantly improve the overall look of your skin. To maximize the results of your facelift, include collagen-boosting foods such as avocado and turkey in your diet.
Antioxidants such as green tea can also help to fight off the free radicals that cause your skin to age. Avoiding sugar is recommended as it is scientifically proven to speed up the ageing process.
Regular exercise will help to maintain your youthful appearance. Any form of exercise that increases your heart rate encourages blood circulation, and this brings lovely new oxygenated blood and vital nutrients to the face and the rest of the body, promoting that all-important collagen production.
Don’ts in facelift aftercare
So now you know what you should be doing, what about what you should not be doing after a facelift? Smoking, excessive drinking and fun under the sun are all no-nos – these can counter the effects of a facelift and promote sagging or damaged skin.
Avoid smoking and alcohol
While exercise draws oxygen and nutrients to the skin, smoking deprives the skin of these vital things, thus accelerating the ageing process. Excessive alcohol consumption will do the same, thanks to a whole host of side effects from dehydration and bloating to dark circles.
Avoid direct and prolonged sun exposure
Sun damage is the enemy of a youthful complexion. UV light leads to wrinkles and dark spots. Research shows that UV exposure is the culprit of 80% of your skin’s ageing. So, slather on the sunscreen – your skin will thank you later!
Aftercare is essential to ensure you get the most out of your facelift and prevent unwanted early recurrence of sagging skin or wrinkles. A facelift is not a miracle cure-all solution, but without proper aftercare, it can be fruitless.
It is also good to note that everyone’s recovery time is different, but by following our facelift aftercare tips, you can enjoy firmer, tauter skin for longer periods of time.