Everyone knows cosmetic surgery is an investment both emotionally and financially. The energy put into researching options and consulting with doctors should be rewarded with long-term results. Once the process is over, it’s often easy to forget that there are certain measures you should take in order to maximize the longevity of your results.
Here are 4 tips to help you get the most out of your cosmetic surgery.
Diet and Exercise
It may sound commonplace to talk diet and exercise, but these two can have an effect on your results. If your cosmetic surgery involved body contouring and removal of fat, diet and exercise are vital. Liposuction does remove fat cells, but only in a particular area. This means other areas of your body could gain weight since they still contain fat cells. Without proper exercise and diet, you might find that other areas become trouble spots.
Tummy tuck’s and butt lifts require skin tightening. For these particular procedures to last, it is important to maintain the weight you were at the time of your procedure. Otherwise, you risk stretching out the skin and losing some of the results you waited so patiently for.
With most procedures comes scarring. It’s a necessary part of the process, but most scars will fade if you take the right care. Sometimes the recovery time can take longer than you would like, but the worst thing you can do is Google your own alternative solutions. Your doctor should give you specific care instructions after your surgery on what is best for healing. Adhere to these instructions with care, as they will affect your results and the visibility of your scars.
Ask if your cosmetic surgeon has an aesthetician on staff. They can help by recommending specific moisturizers and creams to help the healing process. Because they work with your doctor, they will be familiar with your postoperative needs, advising you on only what is best!
Get out of the Sun
While recovering from facial surgeries or procedures, try your best to stay out of the sun. This is especially important since your skin will be at its most delicate. If being outside for extended periods of time is unavoidable, make sure to apply sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher. Better yet, bring it with you so you can reapply throughout the day.
Excess drinking and smoking is definitely something to avoid after your cosmetic procedure. Most doctors will tell you to stop smoking before your surgery, but trying to kick the habit after is still helpful. Excess amounts of alcohol and cigarettes can accelerate the skin’s aging process. In fact, nicotine has an impact on your skin’s healing ability, not something you want when you’ve spent time and money to look and feel your best.
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