Face lifts can be a great surgery for eliminating some of the more major signs of aging throughout the lower face and upper neck. Yet, you shouldn’t feel like you need to rush into surgery as soon as you see your very first laugh line or forehead wrinkle. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep looking younger for longer, without cosmetic surgery.

Sun Protection

Sun damage is the primary cause for the most obvious evidence of aging in the skin; UV exposure is responsible for creating pigmentation damage like age spots. Sun also breaks down the skin’s integrity faster, so someone who’s exposed to more sunlight will show more advanced wrinkles than someone who avoids the sun. Staying vigilant about sun protection when you’re outside is an important preventative measure that keeps your skin looking young.

Resurfacing

If you learned about protecting yourself from the sun a little bit later on in life, you probably have some existing damage that’s contributing to an aged look in your face. Resurfacing treatments like microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing actually remove the layer of dead and damaged skin so that healthier, glowing skin is revealed. These procedures can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as even out skin tone.

Injectables & Fillers

There are two types of wrinkles: dynamic wrinkles, and those caused by volume loss. Dynamic wrinkles develop due to repeated muscle contractions; BOTOX® Cosmetic injections can be used to temporarily paralyze the responsible muscle and smooth away wrinkles. Dermal fillers can restore lost volume to deeper furrows that develop after losing naturally supportive collagen in the skin. A combination of injectables and fillers can help you look years younger almost immediately, without surgery.