Planning a Facelift During the Summer: Essential Tips from a Top New York Facial Plastic Surgeon

Summer is synonymous with relaxation and rejuvenation. With lighter schedules, it’s the perfect time to invest in your appearance with a facelift—a natural disappearance act from the public eye won’t raise eyebrows, and you’ll return looking radiant, as if from a fabulous vacation. Also, with kids away at camp and lighter New York City traffic, you can focus on yourself without interruptions. Finally, modern facelifts’ quick recovery times ensure that you won’t miss out on summer events and gatherings.  So why not take the time for yourself?

Below are some essential tips to make sure your recovery from a facelift is smooth and successful.

Avoid Sun Tanning Prior to Your Surgery

In the week leading up to your facelift, it is important to steer clear of the beach and avoid sun tanning. Even mild redness from sun exposure can increase the risk of postoperative bleeding and bruising. Keeping your skin calm and free from irritation is crucial for optimal healing. Protect your skin by staying indoors or using your favorite sunscreen.

Make Sure Your Air Conditioner is Up to The Task

Make sure your home is equipped with good enough air conditioning to maintain a cool environment. A simple fan is unlikely to provide the necessary comfort.  Sweating and feeling overheated is never fun, but is even less so when recovering from surgery. Keeping the room comfortably cool helps reduce swelling and speeds up the healing process. Plan ahead to ensure your home is a perfect recovery haven. 

Apply Your Sunscreen to the Incisions Daily

Once the incisions heal, make applying sunscreen with at least SPF 50 a part of your daily routine (just like brushing your teeth). This step is essential to protect the wounds from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Applying your favorite sunscreen will help you avoid excessive redness, irritation or dark pigmentation. 

Protect Your Skin from the Sun – In Style

Invest in a stylish, wide-brimmed hat to shield your face from the sun. This not only protects your skin but also adds a chic touch to your summer wardrobe. Sunglasses can provide an additional layer of protection and are necessary if a blepharoplasty was a part of your surgery. Fashionable glasses not just protect the incisions, but greatly complement your look. Keeping your face covered while out under the sun helps to ensure best healing and minimize the risk of potential setbacks in your recovery. 

Time Your Hair Treatments Accordingly

If you’re someone that loves getting summer highlights in your hair, you should hold off on getting these treatments done for at least a month after your procedure. This will allow time for your face and surgical incisions to heal without being irritated from the dyes and chemicals used at the salons. Using gentle shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products during this time is also beneficial in reducing irritation. 

Take Care of Your Incisions After Swimming

If you enjoy swimming, be sure to rinse the incision areas with fresh water immediately afterward. Salt water can irritate incisions as they heal and potentially cause increased redness and inflammation. Keeping the incision sites clean and free from salt is a simple step that helps to ensure your incisions heal the best.

Following these tips will ensure your summer facelift heals just as well as the one done during another one of the four seasons.  It will also help you heal quickly, while allowing you enjoy the vibrant summer. With the expert guidance of top New York facial plastic surgeon Dr. Konstantin and his team, you’ll be on your way to achieving a stunning, rejuvenated look that fits perfectly with the season’s aesthetic. To schedule a consultation, please contact us via our consultation form or call us at 212-380-3634.

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