When you have any kind of facial or body rejuvenation procedure, Dr. Brantner will give you instructions for after your surgery. These include everything from post-op care to ensuring a low-pain recovery. But many patients ignore one crucial area of post-op recovery: skin care. Proper skin care after a surgery will improve results, help patients heal faster, and extend the life of a cosmetic procedure. Make the most of your plastic surgery with these post-surgery skin care tips.
When performing cosmetic surgery, Dr. Brantner makes small, precise incisions to reduce scarring. However, all cosmetic procedures involve minimal scarring. Patients can reduce the visibility of surgical scars by:
- Following Dr. Brantner’s post-surgery instructions
- Keeping the wound clean and covered as it heals
- Keeping the scar out of direct sunlight
- Using mild, unscented soaps
- Applying fragrance-free moisturizer to the wound after suture removal
- Refraining from smoking and drinking, which dry the skin
Post-Facelift Skin Care
Patients who implement a regular skin care regime after facial rejuvenation have better results. Whether you’ve had a non-surgical chemical peel, an injectible filler procedure, or a facelift, you can increase the longevity of your regained youthful appearance by properly caring for your skin after a facial procedure.
- Follow any post-op instructions provided by Dr. Brantner and his staff
- Stop using topical medicines (for the timespan indicated by Dr. Brantner in your surgical consultation)
- Use mild, fragrance-free soaps and lotions
- Moisturize daily
- Stop using makeup until directed by Dr. Brantner, and always wash off makeup at night
- Avoid direct sunlight during recovery and apply sunscreen year-round
- Don’t touch or pick stitches, scars, or scabs
- Eat healthy foods and stay hydrated
A chemical peel, Botox treatment, or facelift surgery can reduce lines and wrinkles, giving patients more youthful skin. Make your cosmetic procedure more effective by practicing post-procedure skin care as recommended by Dr. Brantner.