Any facial plastic surgery is a commitment, a commitment of both time and money. Don’t you want to get the best results from your investment?
Following a facelift, blepharoplasty, browlift, or facial rejuvenation procedure, follow these four simple steps to really care for your skin.
Following any facial plastic surgery, you’re going to have stitches, healing incisions, and skin that feels swollen.
As the incisions or skin heal, you may find your skin feels itchy. Avoid touching or scratching it. Not only can you pull your stitches, but you increase the risk for infection.
If the incisions become infected, you’ll set your recovery time back and may find your incisions now form excessive scar tissue. If itching is driving you crazy, call your surgeon and ask for advice.
Drink Plenty of Water
The common belief that eight small glasses of water is what you need isn’t exactly true. The amount of water you need depends on your level of activity, the foods you eat, and even the temperature outside.
If you sweat, your body is losing vital moisture, so it must be replenished by drinking additional amounts of water. Certain foods have high water content, celery is a good example, and this water content will make up part of your intake, so you do not have to drink as much.
If you feel thirsty, you’re already in the early stages of dehydration. As a result, the Food and Nutrition Board released new guidelines for staying hydrated to benefit both your skin and organs.
Women should drink 2.7 liters of water per day, and men should drink an additional liter bringing their total to 3.7 liters. Increase this if it is very hot outside or you have been actively exercising
Watch What You Eat
Sugar affects your skin’s health. In a Huffington Post article, doctors discussed how spikes of insulin trigger an inflammatory response within your tissue. This inflammatory response releases enzymes that wear down your skin’s collagen stores and elasticity. As a result, eating too much sugar can lead to dull, older-looking skin.
Foods rich in antioxidants are better alternatives. Instead of sugary cookies and cakes, snack on berries. Blueberries and raspberries are excellent options. Also, stick to healthy oils like avocado or olive oil. Enjoy whole grains like brown rice or barley, and eat plenty of cruciforms (cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli) and leafy green vegetables (kale and spinach).
Protect Your Skin from UVA and UVB Rays
The sun’s powerful rays dry out the skin and also lead to sun damage. Sun damage ends up causing sun spots, lines, and even wrinkles. Following a facial plastic surgery, stay out of the sun for a week, possibly longer depending on your surgeon’s recommendations.
Anytime you go outside, wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or 40. Reapply the sunscreen often. Cosmetics often have an SPF of 15, and this is not enough protection.
Apply sunscreen over your foundation, if necessary. Even on partly cloudy days, your skin is being affected by the UV rays, so make sunscreen a permanent part of your skin care regimen.
Finally, pay very close attention to your facial plastic surgeon’s post-operative care instructions. This is the best way to ensure you heal properly and care for your refreshed skin. From time to time, return to view your current skin damage levels.
From there, Dr. Masri is happy to answer your facial plastic surgery questions or discuss corrective actions to reduce the signs of aging. Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery is easily reached by calling (866) 487-3223.