Imagine that you’ve spent the time and money on a life-changing plastic surgery procedure. You look and feel better than ever! Like any responsible patient, you want to enjoy the results of your procedure for as long as possible. Here, Dr. Himansu Shah of Signature Institute of Aesthetic Sculpting shares tips to prolong your plastic surgery results.
Follow Dr. Shah’s Guidelines
Dr. Shah is a knowledgeable plastic surgeon that has performed thousands of procedures. He understands what can go wrong after surgery, how these potential complications can negatively affect your results and how to prevent them in the first place.
For example, if a surgical wound doesn’t heal properly, it may cause a disfigurement that never disappears. This is why you must follow all of Dr. Shah’s post-operative instructions and allow him to monitor your recovery. Ignoring his instructions raises the risk of complications that lead to an unfavorable outcome (and possibly additional corrective treatment).
Stay In Contact With Dr. Shah
Consistent communication with your plastic surgeon is key to enjoying your results for years to come. Even after you have fully healed from surgery, it’s a good idea to periodically check in with Dr. Shah for a visit. He will keep an eye out for any potential problems and, if you wish, recommend additional treatments to enhance your results.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
Unprotected sun exposure is terrible for the health and appearance of your skin, especially after plastic surgery. Sun exposure can worsen surgical scars. Also, over time the sun’s harmful rays can break down the supportive structures of the skin and cause laxity, sagginess and wrinkles. This is true for most areas of the face, body and breasts, so all plastic surgery patients must use daily sun protection and follow safe sun practices to prolong the tightening and toning effects of surgery.
Avoid (Or Quit) Smoking
Smoking is one of the worst things you can do to your appearance. Smokers take longer to heal from surgery and are at a higher risk of increased scarring. This may cause a permanent disfigurement of your plastic surgery results. To maximize your results, quit smoking well ahead of your procedure and do not start up again after surgery.
Maintain Your Weight
Gaining a substantial amount of weight will stretch the skin so it loses its taut quality. Depending on your procedure, weight gain may also reverse the corrective effects; for example, gaining a lot of weight after tummy tuck may stretch out the abdominal muscles that were stitched together during surgery. The same is true for pregnancy-related weight gain; this is why it is wise to postpone plastic surgery until after you are done having children.
Consider A Complementary Non-Surgical Treatment
If you wish to maintain the anti-aging effects of facelift, eyelid surgery or a similar procedure, consider additional non-surgical options available through our med spa. Cosmetic injectables such as Botox and dermal fillers can fill in fine lines and wrinkles that crop up around the face. Laser skin resurfacing may enhance the results of rejuvenating surgery on the face or neck. Ultherapy is a non-surgical treatment that lifts the skin on the eyebrow, chin and neck.