A facelift is a semi-common procedure done across the country and in fact around the world. That is because no one is immune to the effects of aging, no matter the type of lifestyle that they live and since beauty is so important, no one wants to admit they are getting older. The problem is that if you live in an area with a lot of sunlight, it is sometimes difficult to avoid the sun and this sun damage can speed up the effects of aging, making a facelift necessary sooner than it would be otherwise. The main concern people with sun damage have is how well the facelift will work on their skin. Although everyone is different, chances are extensive sun damage will have some effect.
The main problem that occurs with sun damaged skin is that the skin's quality changes and this makes it more difficult to work with for the plastic surgeon. Any expert will tell you that skin with extensive sun damage is simply different in quality. The problem is that skin damaged by the sun is lower in quality meaning that it is not as healthy or supple as healthy skin which was always protected. This simply means that the skin will be harder to work with.
The quality of the skin isn’t the only problem faced by those who want face lifts, however. Experts will tell you that people with sun damaged skin will often also have a larger number of fine wrinkles which are due to the UV light. The problem with these wrinkles is that it is not always possible to get rid of them with a typical facelift. If you have some of these fine wrinkles, your doctor may suggest laser treatments or skin peels in addition to the facelift.
The good news is that even lower quality skin (such as sun damaged skin) can have good results from a facelift; it all depends on the surgeon and after care. The only thing to keep in mind is that the procedure will be more challenging for the plastic surgeon and the facelift may not last as long. However, most quality plastic surgeons have enough experience to still give good results, even if they are not as long-lasting as they would be for skin that is not sun damaged.
Most experts agree that the most important part of any facelift is the after care. You can ruin even a perfect facelift with improper after care. This is why if your skin has sun damage before the facelift, your doctor will caution you to take extra care with future sun exposure. Future sun damage can cause your skin to age again, ruining your perfect facelift. Because of this, anyone who has a facelift (whether they had sun damage before) needs to take care when in the sun. You should always wear sunscreen and adding a hat with a wide brim would be even better. If not, you may find the results of your facelift fading faster than you would like, forcing you to go in for another treatment.