Postoperative Facial Skin Care and Cosmetic Tips
Postoperative Facial Skin Care and Cosmetic Tips
This page will familiarize you with some basic facts about enhancing the results of your facial plastic surgery, plastic surgery by following basic skin care, cosmetic and grooming tips. It will give you enough background to make you an “educated consumer” Dr Scaccia, facial plastic surgeon will explain how these tips apply to individual conditions.
After facial plastic surgery, it is not uncommon to have high expectations about the plastic surgery and to be anxious to see the “new you.” It is important to remember, however, that cosmetic surgery is major surgery and the healing process naturally takes time. Although actual pain is minimal, it is not uncommon to feel fatigued, tired or just “run down” for a day or two after surgery. Many people experience depression during the weeks or months it takes for final results to be visible, while surgical scars mature and shrink.
Fortunately, during and after the healing process, there are many skin care, cosmetic and grooming procedures that will promote healing and enhance plastic surgery results. Following these suggestions may help you maintain the positive attitude that is essential to looking your best.
BASIC HYGIENE RULES
After any kind of facial plastic surgery, plastic surgery, proper hygiene is important to promote healing. Dr Scaccia, facial plastic surgeon, will give you specific instructions to follow regarding the care of the affected area after your bandages are removed.
MM Gauze pads, or a clean, soft facial sponge, may be used to cleanse affected areas and to soften crusts. After washing, gently pat the area dry using a soft clean cloth or a gauze pad.
An antibiotic ointment or a vitamin preparation may be recommended to help prevent infection and speed healing. Sometimes hydrogen peroxide is used to soften and remove crusts. Moisturizing is important after dermabrasion or chemical peeling. You may be advised to apply a thin layer of bland vegetable oil shortening to the area, or Dr Scaccia may recommend a medicated ointment. Follow the specific instructions that he gives you carefully.
MM Incision scars often seem to get worse as they heal, but this is normal. Incisions heal in three stages. The first stage, characterized by swelling and redness, lasts a few days to a week. The scar tissue begins to form, causing the scar to look pink, lumpy and noticeable. This period can last up six weeks, but it is followed by a period of shrinking and softening than can continue for up to a year. Eventually, for most scars, only a fine, white line remains.
RESUMPTION OF NORMAL ACTIVITIES
Most people can resume normal activities after about two weeks, but care must be taken to protect incision sites and swollen or reddened areas. After surgery, sleep with your head elevated during the first two weeks and use cool compresses to help reduce swelling. Take care to protect the incision from being accidentlly struck by children or bed-mates.Avoid foods that require strenuous chewing. Try not to get involved in any arguments or spirited discussions, since exaggerated facial movements may place a strain on the incisions. If you have had a facelift or neck surgery, avoid turning your neck vigorously from side to side.
MM After dermabrasion or chemical peeling, use warm compresses to soothe the affected area. It is essential to avoid exposure to the sun during the first six months, as this can cause blotchy pigmentation. wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, stay in the shade if possible, and use a good sun-block (SFPF 15 or higher) if you are going to be outside any length of time. Also avoid excessive exposure to heat, cold, and wind as well, as these can cause drying of the skin. Continue to use a moisturizer for at least several weeks.
MM Don’t use aspirin or any-containing product from approximately two weeks prior to and two weeks after the procedure, as aspirin may increase your tendency to bleed. Avoid alcohol and smoking during this four week period as well. Don’t do any bending, heavy lifting, or other activities that may elevate blood pressure or cause sweating.
MM If you have had plastic surgery on your nose (rhinoplasty) glasses cannot be allowed to put pressure on the nasal bones for at least six weeks. If you need to wear glasses, ask your doctor about eyeglasses cradle. This clear plastic device is attached to the forehead with special tape and supports the nosebridge of the glasses.
If you wear contact lenses, you should be able to resume wearing them within two weeks. In some patients, however, eyelid surgery temporarily affects the eye fluid, causing the eyes to be drier than normal. It may be necessary to wait an extra week or two before using contact lenses if this occurs. You should wait three to six weeks before resuming such activities as aerobics, tennis, weight-lifting, contact sports, and swimming or diving. Check with your doctor before going back to your athletic routine.
COSMETIC TIPS AFTER SURGERY
Women can usually resume cosmetic use about one week after surgery and ten days after dermabrasion or chemical peeling. Careful use of makeup can help camouflage bruising and discoloration and can do wonders for your self-esteem during the healing period.
MM Water-based cosmetics are usually recommended during the first three weeks, since they can be easily washed off with water if irritation occurs. If your skin is particularly sensitive,you may want to use hypo-allergenic makeups. Avoid products that contain fragrance or alcohol during the first few months.
Generally, you can return to your former makeup routine (including oil-based or perfumed cosmetics) about six weeks after plastic surgery, but many women feel that this is an ideal time to reassess their beauty routine and perhaps make some changes. A consultation with our professional asethetician, cosmetician can give you a real boast.
MM Incision scars from many facial plastic surgery procedures are hidden and do not present a cosmetic problem. Scars in a noticeable location present problems because they tend to be a different color from the surrounding skin, show a texture difference (such as a shiny surface), or they may be slightly raised or lowered.
MM The first two problems are dealt with by using a foundation makeup with good coverage. Surface irregularities are harder to camouflage because they create shadows that do not mask easily. Avoid trying to cover an irregular scar with makeup. Makeup tends to collect in slight depressions or along the edges of raised scars, making the blemish even more noticeable. Try using a sheer foundation and play up other features to draw the eye away from the scar. It may be possible to use dermabrasion at a later date to even out irregular facial scars.
MM If regular makeup does not adequately cover bruised or reddened areas, special corrective cosmetics are available. High-coverage makeups have been developed for use by both men and women after plastic surgery, burn or cancer surgery, or to conceal port-wine stains and other severe birthmarks and scars. Such products are available in a variety of shades for all skin tones or “color block” products are also available in a variety of shades for all skin tones, including black. Special skin toners or “color block” products are also available in green, pink, and purple to neutralize skin discolorations. Corrective cosmetics and skin toners are available commercially and can be purchased at most department store cosmetic counters.
MAKEUP TIPS FOR A NATURAL APPEARANCE
* Always select a foundation that is one shade lighter than your natural skin tone.
* Use a translucent powder after foundation for complete coverage with a soft, natural look.
* A concealer ( stick or cream) may be applied under the eyes to mask bruises or dark circles. Apply it under your foundation, and use a shade slightly lighter than your base color.
* Use green skin toner to balance excessive redness, pink to counteract a sallow complexion, and purple to mask yellow discoloration.
*Avoid brown or black eyeliner after eyelid surgery, as these colors tend to emphasize redness. Blue eyeliner, smudged along the lash line on both the upper and lower lids, helps to minimize redness and dark circles.
* Scars in the eyebrow area may leave brow hairs missing. Use a small, angled brush to shade the missing area using a flat shadow color close to your hair color. This looks more natural than shading with eyebrow pencil.
* A soft eye shadow pencil in slate or taupe can be smudged toward the outer corner of the eye to correct any visible scars in this area.
* Avoid using metallic or iridescent eye shadow or face makeup as theses colors emphasize
open pores, scars, and other skin flaws.
* After a facelift, choose a soft, face-framing hairdo. Hair that is too short around the face, and hair that is swept up off the forehead may reveal scars. Medium-length bangs, perhaps gently curled, can help to camouflage scars in the forehead area.
* If hairline and forehead scars are not a problem, a soft, full backswept hairstyle can promote a youthful appearance. Avoid severely pulled-back styles.
* If you have a reddened complexion or redness around the eyes, never wear fuschia, rose, red, or hot pink. Instead, choose soft shades of blue and green for both wardrobe and makeup.