It’s fair to think of cosmetic surgery as an investment in the future. It can help stave off aging, restore the body or face, and provide an important boost in confidence. In cosmetic enhancement, just as with any investment, sound decisions can contribute to long-term peace of mind. Overwhelmingly, plastic surgery patients at my Boston-area practice are curious about what they can do to prolong their results and maximize the return on their investments. Regardless of procedure, there are 3 steps that all patients can take to maintain their surgical results and experience a better quality of life:
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle: The best way to prevent disease, promote mental health, and feel good is through a nutritionally dense diet and regular exercise routine. Living a healthy lifestyle is also the best way to maintain your looks. The results of many cosmetic surgery procedures can be altered or even reversed by a significant weight fluctuation, so establishing healthy habits that you can stick to is especially important. Illness can also impede healing after a cosmetic procedure, so give your immune system a hand.
- Practice good skin care: By now, most of us understand that excessive sun exposure, smoking, and other environmental factors have a lot to do with the condition of our skin. Because plastic surgery doesn’t stop the aging process completely, the skin is still susceptible to these factors after your procedure. A good skincare routine doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. To keep your skin healthy for life, look for products with proven ingredients, such as retinol or peptides, and make sunblock application a part of your routine, even on cloudy days.
- Consider cosmetic treatments: Many patients choose to periodically “touch up” their surgical results with non-surgical medical spa treatments, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic. These medical-grade, FDA-approved products are highly effective at addressing fine lines, wrinkles, loss of facial volume, and more — without the need for a second surgery.