Genetics and how we care for our skin determine the quality and longevity of our skin’s appearance. Since we can’t do anything about the genetics side of it, let’s concentrate on what we can do…the choices we can make to both enhance and improve the skin we’ve been given by our genetic backgrounds.
Here is a list of 7 things to do and/or avoid to help us stave off a facelift.
1.Do NOT smoke. Not smoking helps prevent the build up of damaging free radicals and the breakdown of healthy elastin and collagen.
2.Be obsessive about sun protection. Always use sunscreen (even when it’s cloudy, gray, raining, etc.) and always wear a wide brimmed hat.
3.Consider a “liquid facelift.” This is a combination of assorted dermal fillers to combat the ravages of naturally occurring collagen production loss, elastin loss and facial fat tissue loss as we age. A combination of Botox and/or Dynsport, Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, Sculptura, Perlane, etc. can harmoniously restore curved facial contours and reduce wrinkles, folds and creases.
4.Consider treating your skin to collagen stimulating procedures (see #3) as well as micro-needling, CO2 laser resurfacing, PLP, IPL and Ultherapy treatments
5.Consider skin and/or fat grafting procedures. Though surgical in nature, these grafting procedures are substantially less costly and require less down time than face lifting procedures.
6.Use top quality skin care products that strengthen and stimulate collagen and elastin production.
7.Maintain your weight. Weight fluctuations play havoc with your skin. And maintain your ideal weight by not becoming too skinny as you age in order to retain the fat tissues and volume in your face.