Your skin is incredible. This dynamic material renews itself regularly and is fed from the inside while being affected by influences outside. Choosing a facelift in Toronto is one of the most impactful ways that men and women can turn back the clock and reduce the look of years on their facial skin. However, depending on how you look at it, facelift surgery isn’t really a stand-alone procedure. Keep reading to find out what to do for lasting success.

Can you make your own facelift better?

You might be surprised to learn that once you heal, there are ways you can take action to make your outcome even better. Likewise, if you fail to take some of these necessary steps, you may not see your benefits for long. No one wants to invest in cosmetic surgery only to see short-lived or lacklustre results. At the Dr. Torgerson Clinic, we want all of our patients to enjoy exceptional improvements that really last, so we place a lot of value on patient education and empowering you to take great care of this fresh look. If you want your beautiful results to be with you for a lifetime – and they can – read on to learn about the top 5 most important things that every facelift patient must do to continue enjoying a younger appearance.

#1 The result of a lifetime starts with Royal College-certified facial surgery experts

We’re going to start here, even though technically your choice of surgeon comes before the maintenance of results. However, the impact your chosen expert will make is so vital, it bears emphasizing.

How do you select a facial cosmetic surgeon?

Many people seek top-rated doctors online and assume, based on ratings or impressive websites, that they are qualified to perform a high-quality facelift in Toronto. While this world-class city is home to some excellent plastic surgeons, not all professionals are ideally suited to carry out your facelift procedure. If you choose a surgeon who has rave reviews for breast augmentation and Brazilian butt lift surgeries, there is a good chance that they are leaders in that area, but not in facial cosmetic procedures. Each individual area of the human body is complex and fascinating. Surgeons spend many additional years studying each subcategory of anatomy and surgical treatment in great detail because of these intricacies. The knowledge required for one area will not be the same as another.

Just like with any method or skill you practice, the more you study it and do it, the better you will be. For most surgeons, it’s not possible to thoroughly research and practice in each area of cosmetic surgery on a regular basis. You’ll find that experts who specialize in one area or surgery type are the leaders in their field. Dr. Cory Torgerson has advanced facial cosmetic surgery practice experience and in-depth head and neck reconstructive and surgical expertise. Dr. Torgerson is a highly trained facial plastic surgeon and one of only a few surgeons in Canada with an MD, Ph.D., and FRCSC. His knowledge and skill, combined with artistry, set him apart and make him highly sought-after.

When you select a leader in your chosen procedure area, they’ll play a key role in your long-term results as well. We see clients regularly after surgery and forge an ongoing relationship to ensure their satisfaction and continued benefits over many years.

#2 Take care of your whole-body health. Your skin will show it

An often overlooked influence for vibrant and firm skin is the general nutritional health you maintain. Your skin is your body’s biggest elimination organ. Through this semi-permeable layer, you take in nourishment but also environmental toxins and applied chemicals or contaminants. Through the skin, your body releases unwanted material as well, and the skin is continually renewing itself.

“Out with the old, in with the new” usually works well for the skin unless you are dehydrated, not receiving adequate nutrition, or not maintaining good skin care. We like to emphasize a healthy, balanced diet for our Toronto facelift clients because high-quality food and clean eating can have a visible impact in the way skin looks and feels. People who consume and absorb adequate vitamins and minerals tend to heal more quickly from surgery and to produce their own collagen and elastin in better supply. Excellent circulation also keeps the skin looking vibrant and improves healing. This can be influenced by what you eat and by regular, daily exercise.

We suggest reducing or eliminating a few known skin health disruptors such as sugar. Sugar causes glycation, a chemical process that damages the proteins, lipids, and other necessary components for vibrant skin.

Alcohol is known to dehydrate. Plenty of evidence suggests that consuming high quantities of alcohol can impair your absorption or utilization of nutrients.

You may have heard about the need for drinking lots of clean water all day long. We agree that being well hydrated from the inside out does wonders for your skin, especially as we age. When the weather is cold and dry, try to take extra measures to get lots of natural hydration in.

You’ll want to go for pesticide-free, organic fruits and veggies as much as possible and avoid preservatives and junk. A good tip is that naturally bright or dark green foods are typically loaded with skin-friendly nutrients and anti-oxidants.

#3 Sun protection – immediately and for the long run

The emphasis on avoiding sun exposure is big after cosmetic surgery or non-surgical skin treatments, but have you ever wondered why? There are a few reasons to cover up when it’s sunny, and some are immediate, while others will matter long after you heal.

In the post-operative phase, patients who’ve undergone a facelift in Toronto must avoid tanning and must protect their faces from UV rays, because incisions can darken in response and create pigmented scars. Swollen or freshly healed skin may also react to sun exposure with rashes or widespread discoloration.

Most people know that UV rays are facial-aging culprits, leaving us with blotchy, uneven pigment and fine lines. Sometimes known as sun spots or liver spots, this hyperpigmentation can also represent damage under the surface that breaks down essential proteins and strength factors in the skin. In the long run, if you want your facelift to look amazing 5, 10, and even 20 years from now, you’ll need to be quite serious about light exposure. This means physical coverups like sunglasses and hats, along with high-level sunblock applied regularly. Avoid deliberate tanning and use bronzers or sprays instead.

#4 Don’t smoke or use nicotine products

For people with an addiction to this cigarettes, quitting can be one of the hardest things they ever do, yet arguably one of the healthiest and most life-changing. If you’ve invested significantly in your transformative facial cosmetic surgery, you must heed your doctor’s advice and let this be the time you vow to stop smoking for good. As far as long-term effects on one’s face, for smokers, the problems start immediately.

Nicotine and some other chemicals in cigarettes constrict blood vessels and impair blood flow. This means slowed healing and, in some cases, even tissue death. After your delicate tissues and structures have been incised and adjusted, they rely on healthy blood flow to supply oxygen, platelets, and growth factors; to regenerate cells; and to heal you quickly with minimal scarring. Your risk of acquiring an infection or seeing much less optimal scarring goes up the longer it takes you to recover. When we cut our skin, we assume the body will patch the area up and heal it quickly. This is usually the case for healthy people, but in smokers, this natural process is impaired, making beautiful results less predictable.

In the long run, nicotine causes disastrous visible effects for the skin, including discoloration and severe dehydration. That same circulation impairment means all the healthy food you eat, vitamins you take, and topical skincare products just won’t work as well. The unfortunate truth is that patients who smoke or consume nicotine dramatically reduce the longevity of their facelift results. Quitting could be one of the most important steps you take toward looking and feeling better.

#5 Commit to a professional skincare plan

Great, ongoing skin care is so vital for both men and women that at the Torgerson Clinic, we have medical aestheticians and an abundance of non-surgical skin care services and products designed to take care of this critical element of positive aging.

With each year that passes, you’ll notice diminishing collagen and hydration, along with visible pores, discoloration, and fine lines. These things develop inevitably because the skin’s inherent cell turnover process slows and natural collagen and hydration dwindle with age. Even for the healthiest people, at some point in their 30’s and ’40s, they may see unwanted changes, and that’s a sign that they could use a little help.

Our facial treatments range from intensive and powerful to gentle and refreshing. One of the most useful tools you can employ on a regular basis if you’ve had a facelift in Toronto is the regular professional cleaning and exfoliation of your skin. Your body will slow down its skin cell turnover as you age, and the complexion can quickly appear dull. Regular exfoliation, photo facials, chemical peels, micro needling, and laser treatments all offer measurable improvements with minimal or non-existent downtime.

Then let your facial cosmetic surgeon advise you about a medical-grade skincare program to nourish, moisturize, and gently cleanse. Not all products are created equal. While some skincare products make impressive claims they do not deliver on in the least, other poor-quality brands come loaded with skin-damaging and clogging ingredients. Trust the skin experts to keep you on track. Plan ahead to keep your face looking youthful and vibrant for many years to come.

You might be surprised to learn that once you heal, there are ways you can take action to make your outcome even better. Likewise, if you fail to take some of these necessary steps, you may not see your benefits for long. No one wants to invest in cosmetic surgery only to see short-lived or lacklustre results. At the Dr. Torgerson Clinic, we want all of our patients to enjoy exceptional improvements that really last, so we place a lot of value on patient education and empowering you to take great care of this fresh look. If you want your beautiful results to be with you for a lifetime – and they can – read on to learn about the top 5 most important things that every facelift patient must do to continue enjoying a younger appearance.

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Dr. Cory Torgerson is one of Canada’s most talented and prominent facial plastic surgeons, focusing on head & neck facial surgery. Dr. Torgerson has been frequently invited to teach and lecture on these topics across North America. He has hospital privileges at Sunnybrook Hospital, one of the premier hospitals in the University of Toronto Health Network.
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