Top 4 ways to preserve your cosmetic surgery results

Having cosmetic surgery is no small undertaking: as well as taking time out of your routine for surgery and the recovery, it requires lengthy deliberation to ensure it is the right course of action, and a financial investment. So when Mr Tariq Ahmad discusses the process with patients in his Cambridge cosmetic surgery clinic, he is frequently asked about the longevity of the results – and what can the individual do to make them last as long as possible.

1. Quit smoking.

Smoking cigarettes is one of the best ways to reverse the rejuvenating effects of your cosmetic surgery: it hampers the blood supply that keeps skin tissue looking supple and healthy, and depletes many nutrients which protect and repair skin tone. Nicotine causes the narrowing of blood vessels, thereby limiting the flow of healing oxygen-rich blood to tiny vessels around your wound; these then take longer to heal, and the scars are likely to be bigger and redder than in a non-smoker.

2. Go easy on the booze.

Smooth and healthy skin keeps you looking younger. Alcohol is a hepatotoxin – a toxin to the cells that detoxify your body – and the signs show up on your skin. Additionally, it dehydrates the skin which leads to wrinkles and premature ageing.

3. Maintain a steady weight.

As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, sags and starts to travel south. This is exacerbated by fluctuations in weight: once skin has been stretched, it is does not easily shrink back to its former size – and older skin is much less likely to do so. By keeping a steady weight, you avoid putting strain on skin and muscles that have already been tightened and firmed up. Many of Mr Ahmad’s Cambridge patients have felt so re-energised by their cosmetic surgery and pleased with their results that adopting a healthy, active lifestyle has been an easy step to make.