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How a Facelift Can Treat Sun and Wind Damage on Your Skin

By dsherris on July 20, 2018


A woman enjoying the sun while stretching in a parkIf you want to look your youngest, you need to take good care of your skin. That can be easier said than done, however. The natural aging process and various environmental factors can make it difficult to fight the signs of aging. That’s why many people come to our Buffalo, NY for skin care and facial rejuvenation treatment. Undergoing a facelift and other anti-aging procedures can turn back the clock and repair skin damage.

The sun and the wind are two of the biggest causes of wrinkles, lines, and blemishes. Let’s take a moment to consider how each affects your skin’s texture and appearance.

The Effects of Sun on Your Skin

The ultraviolet rays of the sun can do a lot of damage to your skin if you’re outdoors a lot and aren’t careful. A case of sunburn is just one uncomfortable consequence of prolonged sun exposure. Repeated sunburn and sun exposure can lead to other kinds of blemishes, such as blotches, wrinkles and dark spots causing premature aging.

The Effects of Wind on Your Skin

Sunburn isn’t the only worry, however. Windburn is also a factor to consider. Windburn isn’t skin damage caused by the wind per se, but a factor that exacerbates the sun damage to the skin. Harsh or heavy winds can cause the topmost layer of your skin to become dry and irritated. Repeated exposures also contribute to premature aging and looking older than your years.

Long-Term Wear, Tear, and Exposure

Over time, the effects of the sun’s UV rays can leave a lasting impact on your skin which is permanent. Minor wrinkles can deepen, and blotches on skin can grow darker or spread. It’s been estimated that 80 percent of skin’s aging is related to sun exposure. If you are not careful, this sun exposure could also result in cell damage and skin cancer.

How a Facelift Can Help

A facelift is a popular facial plastic surgery procedure that targets the lower two-thirds of the face and neck. Through carefully made incisions, a plastic surgeon can adjust underlying layers of tissue and tighten facial skin, targeting jowling, the loose skin along the jawline and neck.

When used to treat aging along with sun and wind damage, a facelift is excellent at reducing the prominence of static wrinkles of the lower face, jowling and wrinkling of the neck.

The Results of a Facelift

The results of a facelift can be quite remarkable, turning back time and helping you feel younger and more refreshed. Incision are carefully hidden around the hairline and ears to prevent visible scarring. All efforts are made to improve and reverse the premature aging and sun damage allowing for natural-looking anti-aging results.

Is a Facelift Right for Me?

While a traditional facelift is quite effective at dealing with sun and wind damage, there are other surgical procedures and non-surgical skin care options that can help as well. During a consultation at our practice, we can discuss facial plastic surgery options as well as skin rejuvenation procedures in more detail. We will develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.

Protecting Your Skin from Sun and Wind Damage

To keep your skin smooth, healthy, and protected from the elements, consider these tips:

  • Wear sunglasses when outdoors
  • Wear a hat with a brim to shade your face
  • Always wear sunblock when you’re outside
  • Wear long sleeves to protect your skin from direct sun exposure
  • Limit your time in the sun and wind to reduce the damage done
  • Stick to the shade whenever possible
  • Use a good lotion after you shower to help moisturize and repair your skin

Contact David Sherris, M.D.

To learn more about skin care and fighting signs of advanced aging, we encourage you to contact an experienced cosmetic surgeon. During a consultation at our practice, we can discuss various treatment options in greater detail.

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