It’s the season of weddings, festivals and parties, and you might want to give yourself a quick makeover in the new year alongside a few cool resolutions. Come January, you’d see a host of advertisements and you might just be tempted to go under the knife or visit a specialist to help you transform into a new avatar. With dozens of different skin-perfecting or correcting treatments in the market, finding the one that best suits your needs is important. However most importantly, to find the best after-surgery care can be a downright challenge. We find out about the post-surgery care needed…
Skin care is an intrinsic part of any woman’s life and more so for a young girl or a bride-to-be. Be it at-home skin care or more crucial the after-surgery skin care routine needed after a beauty surgery. Many brides-to-be opt to go under the knife to improve their looks, get corrective surgeries done to improve their self-confidence. Having spent a huge sum of money on the treatment, it makes good sense to get the to-do and do-not on your skin care agenda. One should not be negligent on the post-surgery skin care; rather remember to baby your skin as much as is possible for atleast a month post your surgery.
Cosmetic procedures for young girls can vary in the manner in which they affect your skin, they can range from mild procedures such as micro-dermabrasion, to surgical procedures such as face-lifts, botox shots, chemical peels, and eye lifts. Most women are able to return to their normal skin care routine after a mild, non-invasive cosmetic surgery than after surgical procedures that cause more injury to the skin.
Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, Sr. Consultant Dermatologist, Medlinks tells us why cosmetic surgery for brides is common. He says, “Women always want to look their best. The wedding day is the biggest and most important day in a woman’s life. She wants to look her best on this day. Nowadays, it is a very common practice for women to undergo cosmetic surgery before their wedding. Be it a special diet or surgeries for breast enhancement, rhinoplasty or labiaplasty, women are getting it all done for their wedding. Some of the most common procedures include laser hair removal, nose job, breast augmentation, spider vein removal, microdermabrasion, cellulite treatment packages, abdominoplasty, facelift, skin whitening, scar removal, liposuction and Brazilian butt lift. Many pre-wedding cosmetic surgery packages are available, which help brides to look radiant and picture perfect on their special day.”
Most importantly to get maximum benefits from your treatments; and to heal without any discoloration you must keep a few things in mind. If your skin is really red, you really have to take special care of it after surgery to prevent unsightly hyper pigmentation. Try to use mild, hypoallergenic products, like non-soap cleansers and fragrance-free moisturizers. Even though your face might be sore after surgery, it is fine to continue to cleanse your skin regularly to aid healing and avoid build-up in your pores that lead to breakouts. It would help to wash with mild astringent pads to cleanse sore areas without applying pressure.
Make sure you are extra vigilant about sun protection. It is best to avoid the direct sun the first few days after your surgery as skin is ultra-sensitive to harsh sun-lights. If you must go out, opt for a sunscreen that blocks alpha and beta sun rays. SPF 30 or 40 is essential, but the sun screens with higher SPF tend to block the pores, so it may be better to avoid them.
If you want to decrease your swelling, it is recommended to regularly use ice or cold compresses, especially in the first few days after your surgery. Also sleeping with you head elevated above your heart will also help avoid swelling at night.
Try to let your wounds heal faster by not picking at your peeling skin or scabs after cosmetic surgery just to speed up your recovery. By touching and picking your skin you are simply increasing the chances of an infection or even scarring.
Remember, gentle cleansing and moisturizing are essential after all micro-dermabrasion to ablative laser procedures. If you have peeling skin bothering you, apply moisturizing lotion on a warm, wet cloth and extremely gently massage your skin. Steer clear of scrubbing, lest you could remove additional layers of skin unknowingly and cause severe damage. Also these resurfacing treatments can result in hypo pigmentation, so it is advisable to ask your doctor whether you can use a skin-bleaching hydroquinone cream after your cosmetic procedure to lessen this.
Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, gives us very important guidelines to follow. He advices further, “Women can change their looks and look beautiful by undergoing cosmetic surgery! It is a big decision to change the way you look by using cosmetic surgery. When you undergo any kind of cosmetic surgery, you need to follow some guidelines. Let’s take a look at the pre and post operative care in case of minor and major cosmetic surgery for women:
- Patients are advised to quit smoking at least a month before the surgery. They should not resume smoking until after 2 weeks from the surgery as smoking is said to interfere with the healing process and can lead to many other complications.
- All oral contraceptives need to be discontinued 1-2 weeks prior to the surgery. Depending upon the type of surgery, you may also be asked to stop all medications containing Vitamin E, aspirin, blood-thinners, ibuprofen etc since these can cause bleeding for a long time.
- All pre-operative blood tests may be performed 3-4 days before the surgery, so that you can get the result before the surgery.
- Patients are advised to bring their pain-killers with them, so that they can be verified and administered by the nurse.
- Let your physician know if you suffer from motion sickness or nausea, so that it can be taken care of.
- Many women experience a change in their menstrual cycle post pregnancy.
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetable before and after the surgery, since you are most likely to have constipation due to the medication.
- You should not eat or drink anything after midnight.
- Avoid going out in the sun. If it is really important to go out, make sure that you protect your skin from the sun.
- Use only mild soaps and cleansers on your skin so that you don’t suffer any allergies.
- Drink lots and lots of water to flush out all the toxins from the skin.
- Moisturize your skin with a gentle moisturizer. Apply it very gently, no scrubbing.
- Medication prescribed by the doctor should be taken regularly. It should not be discontinued without asking the doctor. If a medicine doesn’t suit you, consult your doctor immediately. Do not discontinue it or take any substitutes without telling your doctor.
- Since you might have been given local or general anesthesia, you will feel dizzy and so you need to rest for 24 hours after the surgery. Do not drive or operate any machinery during this time.
- Bathing is allowed after 48 hours but do not overdo it. The incisions should not be soaked in water for very long.
Makeup Post Surgery
If your treatment is mild, heals fast enough and the skin is fine and you have no open wounds, you can resume using makeup a few days after your procedure. However, if it’s a deep chemical peel or ablative laser procedures, it is advisable to wait until the top layer of your skin has fully reformed. To be on the safer side, check with your doctor about makeup after your cosmetic surgery. If you are using makeup, here are some vital pointers to keep in mind:
- Go for mineral. Mineral-based makeup products are gentler on your skin and provide excellent coverage.
- If you have red skin or purple bruising after cosmetic surgery, a green base will help balance out those unsightly hues and give you a more natural-looking skin tone. Top this base with a powder about one shade darker than you usually wear for best results.
- Wash it off at night. It is extremely important to cleanse your skin regularly and more so at night, especially during cosmetic surgery recovery. Be vigilant about washing your makeup off every night by using a non-soap cleanser.
Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi throws light on applying Makeup post surgery. He suggests, “You may resume the application of makeup after a few days, provided that your skin is healed and there are no open wounds. It’s always better to check with your doctor before proceeding. However, there are some points that must be kept in mind while applying makeup after surgery:
- Apply only mineral makeup. Mineral makeup is gentle on your skin and it is easily available in the market nowadays.
- Remember to wash off all the makeup at night, since it is very important to keep the skin clean after a cosmetic surgery. Use a non-soap cleanser.
- Some women get purple or red bruising post a cosmetic surgery. They can go for a green base to balance the colors on their face. This helps to give the face a more natural look. You can use a powder on this base that is a shade darker than your usual shade.
One major skin care essential is water. So go ahead and hydrate yourself as much you can. Whether you have had a minor or major surgery, drinking six to eight glasses of water a day will help rejuvenate your skin from the inside out and flush any toxins from your system. Besides indulge in juices, smoothies and healthy food to speed up the healing process and bring on a radiant glow on your skin.
Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, advices us on the diet post surgery:
- Constipation is very common after a cosmetic procedure, since most pain killer medicines lead to constipation. So eat lots of fibrous food and drink fruit juices. These are high on antioxidants. Take a walk inside the house. You don’t need bed rest.
- You can do a little work around the house but don’t overexert yourself. You cannot get back to your usual routine for some time. Your body needs appropriate rest to recover.
- Try to eat less of breads and pasta. Avoid processed and refined foods. These are unhealthy carbohydrates.
- Avoid deep-fried foods and spicy foods.
- Avoid eating red meat. You may eat chicken, which is a lean source of protein. Fish with Omega-3 fatty acids can also be eaten. These include mackerel, salmon, black cod and sardines.
- Increase your intake of olive oil or flaxseed oils, since these are nonsaturated fats.
- Many patients experience high blood pressure post surgery. It is advised that you don’t join back your health club for at least two weeks after the surgery and keep monitoring your blood pressure.
- Do not stop eating. You can eat your normal diet with all the proteins and carbohydrates. After all, you need these for healing and for the normal functioning of the body.
- Drink lots of water every day – at least 8 – 10 glasses per day.
- Eat small frequent meals so that it’s easier to digest. You should not be on an empty stomach for more than five hours.
- Limit your intake of alcohol. Red wine should also be taken in moderation.
Before you decide to undergo any cosmetic surgery, discuss with your family and consult your doctor!