20 Dec Always Use Sunscreen: How To Keep Your Facelift Fresh With SPF & Moisturizer
How The Sun Can Reverse Your Facelift
Facelifts typically come with the benefit of looking 5-10 years younger. But without proper care, sun damage can reverse the effects of the surgery. After a facelift, keep the results fresh with proper sun protection, including applying daily sunscreen and moisturizer.
What does sun damage do?
Most people know that too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light leads to skin cancer. UV light also breaks down collagen, the protein that helps provide skin structure, bounciness, and elasticity. When collagen breaks down, people might have sagging skin, extra wrinkles, and a more aged appearance.
How does the sun affect my facelift?
Sun damage is one of the most prevalent reasons people develop visible scars after a facelift. That UV exposure can make scars thicker and more noticeable and can also increasing swelling. After a facelift, proper sun protection is a crucial part of a healthy recovery.
What sunscreen should I buy?
In general, everyone should wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every single day. But many people don’t know what to look for at the drugstore, or don’t apply enough sunscreen. Ask the surgeon for sunscreen instructions before returning home. If needed, the surgical team may prescribe a medical-grade sunscreen that’s sure to work against the sun’s strong rays.
Why does moisturizer matter?
Keeping the skin moisturized helps to reduce scarring and wrinkles. Choose an unscented moisturizer and apply twice daily after washing the face. Applying moisturizer around the incision sites can be very effective in reducing the appearance of scars.
Do I only need sunscreen in the summer?
Many people think that sunscreen is only a necessary step in summer skincare routines. But even though there are less UV rays on cloudy or rainy days, the sun can still get through clouds and windows to cause sun damage. What’s more, the incision sites around the facelift can be affected by sun damage for up to six months to a year after surgery. Even for winter facelifts, daily sunscreen is crucial.
What else can I do to protect my skin?
Sunscreen is just one step to preventing sun damage. Wear a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors and try to stay in the shade as much as possible. Many doctors also recommend staying indoors when the sun’s rays are strongest, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Practice proper sun protection and facelift results will last for years.