How to Extend the Life of Your Facelift

No matter how skilled your plastic surgeon is, a face lift isn’t going to completely stop the aging process. Gravity continues pulling down on muscles, the sun’s UV rays keep damaging your skin and collagen production keeps declining. For many men and women face lifts can help you maintain a more youthful for longer look despite all these factors, as long as you follow a few simple tips.

A Proactive Approach

For younger people who are just starting to show signs of aging in their face, the best approach is to be proactive. These days, the approach toward facial rejuvenation isn’t to rush right into surgery. Instead, a combination of treatments can be used even before your first wrinkle to help keep skin healthy, glowing and young.

Medical-grade facials and chemical peels can remove and repair the damaged outer layers of the skin, revealing healthy skin below. Laser resurfacing accomplishes the same goal, using a more aggressive approach. Once wrinkles do start becoming more visible, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections can smooth away dynamic wrinkles, while dermal fillers can be used to add volume to deeper lines and furrows.

All of these treatments work the same magic after a face lift as before, and accomplish the same goal: to help you put your best face forward. If you take good care of your skin following surgery by always using sunscreen and following a sensible skincare regimen, minor cosmetic procedures can definitely extend the life of your face lift.

Dr. Alexander received his Medical Degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, one of the country’s first medical schools, and then had five years of intensive general surgery training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, serving as chief resident in 1993-1994. There he was one of two residents honored “Outstanding Teacher” by the Whitehead Society.

After becoming Board Certified in General Surgery, Dr. Alexander attended the University of California San Francisco, one of the premiere Plastic Surgery programs in the United States. There he completed two additional years of residency training in Plastic Surgery. Dr. Alexander is double board certified in Surgery and Plastic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Alexander specializes in facial rejuvenation, and was the first surgeon in California to perform the QuickLift,™ a revolutionary surgical procedure that takes years off the face with less downtime than traditional facelifts. He is a specialist in chemical peels and laser surgery and was selected to author the chapter “Facial Resurfacing” in Plastic Surgery, the premiere textbook of the specialty. He also specializes in facial cancer reconstruction and endoscopic, minimally-invasive procedures, publishing his own original research about endoscopic plastic surgery. He lectures in medical forums and has presented his results at both national and international surgical meetings.

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