Plastic Surgery Specialists’ clients have plastic surgery to improve their look, but right after the surgery the skin is vulnerable and needs extra care, at least for the first few weeks. Here are some tips for skin care after plastic surgery:
No Make-up For a Few Days
You should avoid makeup, topical medicines and nutraceuticals for at least three days after your surgery. However, you need to keep the skin hydrated and clean. Use a mild, hypoallergenic cleanser that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals or fragrance.
You can start to apply makeup when the epidermis, or the top layer to the skin has healed. Most estheticians recommend a mineral-based makeup soon after surgery, as it’s gentler on the skin.
Stay Out of the Sun Right After Plastic Surgery
You’ll need to avoid the sun, which can damage and discolor post-operative skin. If you absolutely need to go out in the days after your surgery, should use a powerful sunscreen with a sun protection factor or SPF of 30 or 40. Any higher rating tends to clog pores, which need to remain open during the healing process.
Let the Wounds Heal
You must avoid picking at scabs, though it may be tempting. Removing scabs interferes with the healing process and may damage the skin.
Drink at least six glasses of clean, fresh water a day while you heal from your surgery. Water keeps skin springy and elastic. It also removes toxins from the body.
Even if the skin is still a bit tender, it’s important to use a gentle moisturizer. Make sure that it’s the type that doesn’t clog pores. Place a drop or two on a washcloth soaked in warm water, and pat it into the skin. Avoid scrubbing.
Help For Bruising
You should apply cold compresses to the surgical site for the first 72 hours or so and sleep with your head elevated.
Above all, follow your doctor’s orders. Everyone’s skin is different and our board certified surgeons will provide proper instruction for you skin care after plastic surgery.
Call Us at PSS For More Advice on Skin Care After Plastic Surgery
Let us help you with your skin care after plastic surgery. Call us today at 866-540-3911 for a consultation at our main Annapolis office or any of our convenient satellite offices in Prince Frederick or Easton.