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Do you have to Change Your Skin-Care Routine After Plastic Surgery?

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Plastic surgery and good skin care complement each other. Most surgeons swear that a solid skin-care routine can improve your surgical results as well as help maintain them.

Your Skin and Surgery

Any plastic surgery but especially facial cosmetic plastic surgery eliminates sagging skin and lifts the structures underneath, but cosmetic surgery doesn't really address the skin itself. The skin's texture, tone and quality can further be approved by laser treatments, injectables and of course skin care. Physicians treat skin care line is usually better than over the counter lines. You should ask your plastic surgeon for their recommendations.

While the Skin Heals

Certain products and ingredients are strictly off-limits right after surgery, while others need to be part of the plan.

Be Gentle!

After surgery, you should get her on the side of being gentle. A mild, gentle and calming routine reinforces healing skin. The skin barrier is important and this is a time not to strip away the essential elements. Non-foaming cleansers and simple moisturizers are key, especially when there’s swelling and inflammation. You should hold off on anything that breaks down the skin, including physical scrubs and exfoliating ingredients like retinol, retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). Avoiding products with parabens, sulfates, fragrances and some antioxidants which can irritate and dry the skin is also a smart idea.

Hydrate Well

Hydration is always essential for your skin but especially when you're healing. Nutrient-rich moisturizers with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants help the skin thrive after surgery. It shouldn’t be too occlusive, which can cause milia at the incision.

Redness of Scars

Applying topical anti-inflammatory products is important and our natural scar support treatment is by far the best option in our opinion. Laser treatments can also help the redness of a surgical incision go away quicker.


Sunscreen should be part of any skin-care routine, especially after surgery.

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When I first published The 7 Critical Questions to Ask Before Letting Any Surgeon Touch You, I had no idea that it would be so popularly received. Since its publication, this brief guide has helped thousands like you to more safely navigate the world of cosmetic surgery. The 7 Questions have been updated and a bonus section, Applying the 7 Questions, has just been added. Be my guest to read, learn and share.



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