• At Home Regimen for Mature Skin: Caring for your Aging Skin Before and After a Cosmetic Procedure

    by Dr. Semone Rochlin
    on Mar 23rd, 2017

As we age, our skin loses elasticity due to decreasing collagen. Skin can also age prematurely due to sun exposure or lifestyle factors. Fortunately, there are many cosmetic procedures that can help minimize or eliminate these results, but proper skin care is key, both before and after the procedure.

Popular cosmetic treatments that address aging skin include dermabrasion, chemical peels, fractional laser resurfacing, liposuction, micro-liposuction, micro-dermabrasion, soft-tissue fillers and neuromodulators, such as Botox. To get the most out of your cosmetic treatment, we’ve put together some tips that will help maximize your results.

Pre-Surgery Tips

Consult with your doctor regarding all the medications you are taking, both prescription and over-the-counter. One to two weeks prior to your procedure, stop taking ibuprofen and aspirin products, NSAID’s, Omega 3, ginger and garlic preparations, and St. John’s Wort. These supplements and medications have been known to increase the risk of bleeding and bruising.

You might consider taking arnica, an herb with anti-inflammatory properties. You can start taking arnica up to two weeks prior to your procedure. Speak to Dr. Rochlin for specific dosage information.

If you use topical steroids or Retin A, these can exacerbate inflammation after your surgery. It is recommended that you cease the use of these medications for at least two weeks following your surgery, but ask Dr. Rochlin if you have any concerns. Above all, be forthcoming about what you are taking, both orally and topically, as what you might think is harmless may actually be putting you at risk for a less than perfect outcome.

Above all, continue to take excellent care of your skin up to and after the procedure. Smoking and alcohol are detrimental to the healing process and also to general skin health, so abstaining is highly recommended for best results.

Post-Surgery Tips

Depending on what procedure you have had, there are several recommendations that you should plan for. The more complex the procedure, the more specific the after care is likely to be. Always follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.

If using ice, wrap your ice pack in a soft cloth. Continue to ice on and off throughout the day, while awake.

Avoid anything that will potentially raise your body temperature: no hot tubs, sun exposure, hot yoga, or slaving over a hot stove.

Elevate your head when sleeping. This will reduce swelling and aid in the healing process.

For laser treatments or peels, use an anti-oxidant rich moisturizer, preferably one with emollients. In addition, use a silicone based serum, which has excellent skin-healing properties.

Don’t scrub your skin or use facial scrubs, and avoid exfoliants such as BHA or AHA for the first couple of weeks. If you are concerned about this, talk to Dr. Rochlin for advice.

Your Best Skin Ever

Dr. Semone Rochlin is a trusted cosmetic surgeon in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. With over a decade of experience, she has performed hundreds of facial cosmetic procedures and breast augmentation surgeries, and can answer any questions you might have about what is right for your aging skin. Call today to set up a consultation. The new you is just a phone call away.

Author Dr. Semone Rochlin Dr. Semone B. Rochlin is a Board Certified General Surgeon specializing in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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