What You Need to Know After Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Procedures
It’s that time of year again when we start thinking about changes we want to make in our lives and explore fresh, new things that make our lives better. As we make our way through 2023, many of us are taking a hard look at things we would like to change and begin to check out facial treatment options that can make us look and feel better about ourselves. Typically something like fitness, weight loss, and wellness are at the top of almost everyone’s list. However, the reflection we see in the mirror reveals a deeper story… the effects of daily stress, the impact of sun exposure, and environmental damage. Along with dark under-eye circles (allergies and lack of sleep) and wrinkled, sagging skin, aesthetic procedures and plastic surgery are serious considerations to help turn back the clock and seriously repair neglected skin.
Fortunately, some fascinating (and super effective) aesthetic procedures are now available that provide healthy alternatives to Botox, fillers, and surgery that make these changes possible and don’t involve significant downtime. This being said, depending on your individual needs and expectations, you may choose a surgical procedure -an aesthetic treatment – or both to get the desired results. This is where a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon or a skilled clinical aesthetician can help you sort through your options to help you make an informed decision about the best treatment for your specific goals.
If you are fortunate enough to have an experienced skin therapist and cosmetic surgeon willing to collaborate to create a roadmap for your ultimate transformation, you hit the jackpot! If major skin work is necessary, a collaboration like this is fantastic and you get the best of both worlds. In my field of expertise, I help clients achieve impressive results with minimally invasive procedures for skin tightening using Jet Plasma, Plasma Fibroblast, Micro-needling, and Skin Peels. These procedures can be a very effective alternative to surgical intervention and are often combined to prepare the skin for surgery (when needed) to achieve optimal results.
Having worked with clients in all these areas over the years, I have to tell you how vital the proper skin care routines are both pre and post-procedure. Preparing the skin before treatment ( at least 6-8 weeks pre-op) and having a precise post-care (ingredient-specific) routine for skin healing and recovery is as essential as the procedure or treatment itself. That is what this blog is all about. Before your procedure, the daily skin preparation basics are; Cleansing and Detoxification, Exfoliation, Hydration, and Sun Protection. For the purpose of this blog, we will focus a bit deeper on post-care to help the skin recover quickly after any cosmetic procedure to ensure the end result is as rapid and as perfect as possible.
Types of Cosmetic Procedures
Cosmetic procedures vary in the degree to which they affect your skin, ranging from mild aesthetic procedures to surgical procedures, including face lifts, eye lifts, breast augmentation, and full bodywork. The top cosmetic procedures that leave your facial skin intact (but grow and dramatically build collagen, gently lift the skin and minimize lines and wrinkles include:
- Jett Plasma
- Mild chemical peels
Aesthetic procedures that are ablative (the process of removing the epidermal and superficial dermal layers of the skin to reduce signs of photoaging) include:
- Deep Chemical P
- Permanent Make Up
- Laser Resurfacing Treatments
- Plasma Fibroblast
- Surgical procedures, such as eye lifts, rhinoplasty, and face-lifts
One of the primary things I hear most from clients who consult with me about their aesthetic treatment options is – What should I expect during my recovery after skin rejuvenation and resurfacing treatments? When your procedure is complete, your skin’s appearance can range from slightly inflamed to red and flaky, depending on the treatment received. Deep discoloration can sometimes surface if you have experienced lots of sun damage in your life, but (don’t panic! Your skin’s response is temporary. Suppose you had laser resurfacing or deep skin peels. In that case, your skin may feel rough, and scab over (this is part of the healing process for some aggressive procedures), and so that you can prepare, your skin therapist or physician can address the potential of this happening in your case more precisely.
How To Pair Skincare Products With Cosmetic Procedures For the Best Results
Your skin requires exceptional care after any procedure, and specific healing ingredients are necessary to accelerate the recovery process and minimize redness and pain after a cosmetic procedure. Also, some methods produce bruising that can be tough to treat. Fortunately, Sunshine Botanicals Rapid Repair Collection was made to treat these challenging skin healing situations and has had rave reviews from clients and physicians alike. We received this letter from a highly respected cosmetic surgeon Bryan J. Michelow, MD, F.A.C.S. who has used these formulations in his practice for some time. His experience speaks volumes about the healing power of nature and how powerful it is in healing and restoring damaged, traumatized skin. Sunshine Botanicals has created a powerful, holistic post-procedure skin recovery system that the surgeon in the letter above used for his patients – and now you can get this system for yourself! This system dramatically changes the recovery experience with cosmetic procedures, and it is now available for you to use without visiting a physician’s office.
Try my protocol for the fastest recovery and the best results after cosmetic surgery or aggressive aesthetic procedures. Here’s how:
Post-Procedure Skin Recovery: Four Cardinal Rules for Success
STEP ONE- Your skin is fragile, and a very gentle touch is necessary. Set aside your daily everyday skin care products and focus on skin healing and recovery to restore the skin barrier, reduce redness and inflammation and help heal the skin. Do not use abrasive skin cloths or exfoliation of any kind. The goal is to heal quickly, so don’t pick at the skin to avoid hyperpigmentation or discoloration. Make sure you’re using products with anti-inflammatory ingredients and potent antioxidants to keep the skin super clean and prevent bacteria that can lead to infection. Redness Relief Bar is antibacterial and anti-fungal and perfect for cleansing fragile skin after any procedure. Use lukewarm water – create a rich lather and work into the skin with your hands for about 60 seconds, then rinse well. Gently pat the skin dry.
STEP TWO – Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Hydrating Recovery Mist is a literal Godsend for dry, inflamed, and irritated skin. This mist is an intense blast of healing herbs for the skin that must begin immediately after cleansing and can be misted on the skin throughout the day to accelerate healing and calm inflamed skin. Whether you’ve had a minor procedure or an all-out surgery, frequently spray your face with Hydrating Recovery Mist, and drinking six to eight glasses of water daily is a must! Use the Hydrating Recovery Mist throughout the day to fight bacteria, help prevent infection and instantly soothe stressed skin.
STEP THREE – Let your wounds heal. No matter how tempted you are to pick at your peeling skin or scabs after cosmetic surgery or ablative aesthetic procedures – don’t!!! Rapid Repair Fluid applied twice daily to clean skin will hydrate and help restore the skin’s natural barrier function and help rebuild damaged tissue.
STEP FOUR – Apply Rapid Repair Balm to abraded areas (or to the whole face) 3 – 4 times daily for rapid wound healing. This balm is a potent, botanical alternative to petroleum jelly and traditional pharmaceutical skin ointments and dramatically accelerates the healing process. Rapid Repair Balm is also a great lip balm for chronically chapped lips.
STEP FIVE – Be extra vigilant about sun protection. The first few days after a procedure, it’s best to avoid the direct sun if possible, but if you do go out, opt for a chemical-free UV protector to help deflect harmful sun rays. Total Eclipse is the perfect alternative to chemical sunscreens that irritate the skin and often clog pores. This ultra-clean formula is also infused with botanical antioxidants and provides weightless moisture and protection.
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