When you have cosmetic surgery, you are taking a step towards getting the look of the person you want to be. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 18 million people underwent minimally invasive cosmetic and surgical procedures in 2018.
However, the surgery itself is only the first step. Your skin and body have suffered trauma and need proper care to ensure you look healthy and happy.
In the days and weeks following surgery, adopting an appropriate skin care regimen is essential to promote faster recovery. All of this can be done at home.
Avoid exposure to direct sunlight
Direct sunlight presents a problem for the skin at the best of times. Approximately 90% of skin aging results from damage caused by the sun.
Sun exposure immediately after cosmetic surgery is known to increase the severity of side effects.
For example, men and women who have had facial plastic surgery usually report problems with bruising, swelling, and inflammation.
If you must be in the sun, wear sunscreen that blocks both alpha and beta sun rays. An SPF 30-40 is sufficient because sunscreen with higher SPF numbers tends to block the pores, which can prevent skin recovery.
To eliminate the effects of sun damage, you can also consider rejuvenating sun damaged skin with BBL combination treatments, which you can inquire with your doctor.
Treat your skin with extra care
The danger that your skin faces after cosmetic surgery is discoloration. Protect your skin pigment by treating your skin with special care. After all, your skin will never be as sensitive as it is in the days and weeks after your procedure.
Here are some tips from a certified plastic surgeon, Dr Scott Yarish, MD:
- Choose hypoallergenic skin products to limit the potential for allergic reactions.
- Opt for gentle cleansers for the face. Your skin is extremely sensitive and you need to do what you can to avoid irritation.
- Never apply moisturizers with perfumes after cosmetic surgery. Perfumes are often irritating to the skin and can be extremely aggressive.
- Avoid the use of soap. The soap is too acidic for average skin tone. When used several times a day, soap can dry out the skin and cause rashes.
- After washing the affected area, dry your face with soft towels to limit scratching.
The main thing is to treat your skin with tender and loving care. While you can eventually go back to your regular skin care regimen, under the direction of your doctor, you need to take extra precautions at this time.
May all wounds heal
Although non-invasive procedures are on the rise, many men and women are opting for full surgery to get the look they want.
For many procedures, there are simply no non-invasive alternatives, so it’s not uncommon to see a sore or two after a procedure.
In this case, leave the wound alone. It will heal on its own over time. Picking, scratching and touching can lead to infection and scarring.
In addition, you should follow all of your doctor’s directions for healing your wounds. This may involve balms or creams that need to be applied gently to the wound or scar. The more invasive the procedure, the longer it will take for the wound to heal.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
The average American often underestimates how much water the body needs on a daily basis. Water helps the body to heal because humans are mostly made up of water.
Water is known to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin, but it can also flush toxins from the body.
While CDC Guidelines do not make any recommendations for the right amount of water, refer to previous guidelines on drinking at least six to eight glasses of plain water per day.
Still water is always the best, but if you find it boring or just aren’t a fan, consider adding a few drops of lemon or orange juice to make it more palatable.
By the way, it is highly recommended to make this practice a lifelong habit. It’s one of the easiest ways to ensure flawless, glowing skin for the rest of your life.
Relieve excessive swelling
Everyone reacts to surgery differently. Whether your surgery is non-surgical or involves an invasive procedure, excessive swelling can occur. This is perfectly normal and there is nothing to worry about immediately after the surgery.
Use cold compresses or ice packs on the affected area to relieve swelling. The only exception to this rule is if you have recently had rhinoplasty. If you’ve had rhinoplasty, avoid putting anything directly on your nose.
A good tip for avoiding swelling with rhinoplasty surgery is to sleep with your head elevated above your heart. Although uncomfortable, it can speed up the healing process and limit side effects, due to the increased blood flow to the affected area.
Approach makeup with care
What if you have had cosmetic surgery on the face and want to start putting on makeup?
Typically, if your surgery left no wounds open and was relatively non-invasive, you will be able to resume makeup in just a few days. For laser procedures and deep chemical peels, you will have to wait a little longer.
Once your doctor has agreed with you, follow these tips for Dr Scott Yarish, MD:
- Balance out red and purple bruises using a green base.
- Consider mineral-based makeup brands, as they are known to be gentler on the skin.
- Make sure to remove makeup every night with a mild, soap-free cleanser.
As a general rule, it is recommended that you do not apply makeup for at least a few weeks, as a safety measure.
Protect your skin and recover faster
The vast majority of people do not experience any lasting complications from cosmetic surgery. The chances of experiencing permanent changes in skin pigmentation, swelling, and infection increase if you don’t take care of your skin after your surgery.
Talk to your doctor and follow his advice for as long as he tells you to. If you think something is wrong, you should contact your healthcare professional immediately.