The skin is a tough and resilient organ, but it is subject to a great deal of stress from both internal and external factors. Time, environmental factors such as sun and pollution, lifestyle, habits and nutrition can all contribute to the overall rate of aging, skin quality and discoloration. Fortunately, there are many treatments available today for slowing the signs of aging and regaining a more youthful glow. Some of these treatments include:
- Chemical peels, for improving skin tone and quality
- Laser treatments, for wrinkles, fine lines, dullness, acne scars, discoloration and improving skin tone and quality
- Dermabrasion and microdermabrasionfor treating light scarring and skin irregularities
- Thermage for moderate sagging skin
These treatments and others offer varying levels of results and involve different amounts of associated recovery time, depending on the treatment. However, it is extremely important to care for your skin properly following any cosmetic skin treatment. This helps ensure good results and promotes optimal healing. Here are some general ways to care for your skin after your treatment.
1. Protect Your Skin FromSunlight
The rays of the sun are dangerous to healthy skin, so it makes sense that they pose an even greater threat to vulnerable, recovering skin. Protect your delicate facial skin by applying sunscreen diligently, even when driving or sitting near windows indoors. You should also wear a wide-brim hat and sunglasses, and avoid strong sunlight when possible.
2. Leave Your Skin Alone
As tempting as it may be to touch your face and pick at skin or scabs, you must resist if you want to avoid complications and encourage optimal results. Your skin needs time to complete the healing process on its own, and touching your face excessively can result in scarring or other problems.
3. Go Easy on the Makeup
At the beginning of your recovery period, you should not wear makeup at all, allowing your skin to breathe and heal. As your skin recovers, you can start using light cosmetics again. Ask your doctor for guidelines on when you can start using makeup again and which types are best for sensitive skin.
4. Be Kind to Your Body
Skincare isn’t just external; it’s internal as well. To help keep your skin healthy and beautiful, it’s important to maintain a healthy diet and get enough rest and exercise at all times. During your recovery, you should be especially diligent about staying hydrated and avoid alcohol for at least the first few days following treatment. Cigarettes rapidly accelerate aging and can greatly impede wound healing, so you should not smoke before or after your treatment. For some of the more invasive treatments, your plastic surgeon should refuse to perform the procedure until you have been smoke-free for several weeks or months.
5. Ask Your Doctor
The most important post-treatment skincare tip is to follow your doctor’s instructions as closely as possible. He or she will give you instructions specific to your procedure and skin type, and you should do everything you can to follow these custom tips in order to make the most of your treatment and avoid complications. Why risk compromising your results?
Don’t Have a Doctor Yet?
Even if you’re only looking for minimally-invasive treatments such as a chemical peel or Botox injections, you should choose an experienced plastic surgeon to perform your procedure.
Even simple treatments require skill and finesse to produce good outcomes, so don’t settle for a provider you’re not comfortable with.
Do your research and choose a reputable, board certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Haitham Masri at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Dearborn and Birmingham, Michigan.
For more information on any of the procedures above, call 866-487-3223today to schedule your free consultation.