I am a 48-year-old woman scheduled for a facelift next month. What facial products are recommended to precondition my skin for the surgery?
Well, congratulations on making the decision to have your facelift done. I recommend all patient to start using a retinol-based skin therapy and continue with it…forever. Retinol is the most important vitamin for the skin. It is the only skin treatment that has actually be proven to reduce wrinkles and prevent new wrinkles from forming. Retinol acts inside the skin cells to improve cell turnover. This in turn provides for a constant «peel» and makes the actual skin thicker. These two things will make the skin appear healthier. There are two concerns with retinol that I should talk about. One is that pregnant women should not use it. The other is that patients should have sun exposure during retinol treatment. They should therefore use sunblock daily. Posted by Dr. Bustillo