Category: Healing

Why Winter is the Best Time for Laser and Cosmetic Procedures

Why Winter is the Best Time for Laser and Cosmetic Procedures

Some people are still under the misconception that you should not undergo cosmetic procedures or laser treatments during the winter. However, this is one of the best times of year for these treatments! A weaker sun means less sensitivity and an easier healing process for your skin. Additionally, you can spend more time healing indoors, so by summer you’re ready to show off your fabulous results!

Read below to discover why winter is a great time of year for a cosmetic procedure or laser treatment.

You Have Time to Plan Ahead

A concern most cosmetic surgeons hear from patients is they would like to recover in private and they want the post-op to be discrete so that they can heal comfortably. Planning your procedure around the holidays allows you to take advantage of some of the time off already allocated to you.

More Conducive to Treatment Plans

If you want to take advantage of the age reversing benefits of lasers, you’re looking at multiple sessions to get your desired results. These treatments are spread out because your skin needs time to heal in between. Cosmetic surgeons will also recommend that you avoid sun exposure. In winter, this is much easier to do because we naturally spend more time indoors.

You’ll Be Ready for Summer

When summer creeps up on us, we start thinking about fitting into swimsuits, shorts, and dresses. However, when you are considering laser treatments or cosmetic surgery you have to include recovery time. Undergoing procedures in the winter means you have plenty of time for your skin to heal and the swelling to go down, so you’ll be ready to show off your new self by summer.

Your Skin is Lighter

Give your summer tan time to fade before you book your laser treatments because they tend to work better on lighter skin. Lasers have an easier time penetrating the epidermis when your skin is at its lightest hue. So, if you wait until fall and winter, the treatment will be more effective.

UVA Won’t Damage Results

The goal of a laser treatment is to heal and repair you skin. However, being outdoors in the sun you are exposed to UVA rays, which damage to the skin. Since the sun’s power is much lower in the winter, you will receive less damage. Even if you apply sunscreen, waiting until the fall or winter is still a better option.

There is Less Sensitivity

Not only does the sun and UVA rays damage your skin, but they make it incredibly sensitive, which will also interfere with your results. The goal after a procedure is to heal properly. Spending more time inside means you will recover better and give your body the self-care it needs post-op.

The Additional Layers Are Protective

Part of a laser treatment or cosmetic procedure’s recovery might include redness, swelling, and sometimes flaky skin. By adding winter layers, you are providing an extra layer of protection between your new delicate skin and harsh elements. You can also use these layers to hide any bandages and temporary swelling you might encounter while recovering.

Laser treatments and cosmetic procedures help define silhouettes and improve the skin’s appearance. Whatever it is you want to enhance, reduce, define, shape, or smooth, there are practical solutions available to you this winter!   

At Marvel Cosmetic Surgery, we offer a comprehensive list of laser and cosmetic procedures. We provide patients with the most advanced processes to get unparalleled results with an emphasis on care. Call us today at 615-329-3900 to see how we can help you get your desired results!

What to Expect Before and After Cosmetic Surgery

What to Expect Before and After Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery provides individuals the opportunity to enhance and reduce areas of their body. However, any time you consider an operation, you need to do your due diligence. We’ve put together a quick guide to help you understand what to expect before and after a cosmetic surgery procedure.

How to Prepare for Cosmetic Surgery

The majority of cosmetic surgery planning revolves around the consultation, but before you schedule the meeting to discuss your treatment plan, you will need to choose the right cosmetic surgeon. Here are a few tips for choosing the one that is right for you:

Make Sure the Surgeon is Board-Certified

In order to comply and become certified, doctors must complete three to five years of training in general surgery and a minimum of two to three years of training in plastic surgery—in addition to written and oral tests. Plus, board-certified surgeons must undergo continued education.

Where is Their Operating Facility?

You’ll want to ask your surgeon where they perform surgery and about the facility’s accreditation. Accredited operating rooms have a life support system, in the off chance that something goes wrong. Look for AAAASF, AAAHC or JCAHO operating facility certification.

They Have Experience in the Procedure You Want

Each cosmetic procedure requires a different skill set. Make sure your doctor has experience in the surgery you are looking for. Look at before and after photos and reviews of their practice.

They Share Similar Aesthetics

Before and after photos are an excellent way to ensure your surgeon shares your aesthetic. Take time to look through images of previous clients to be confident the results will match what you are trying to achieve. For better comparison, look for others who have similar face, body, and age as you.

Asking Questions in The Consultation

Now, that you’ve chosen your doctor, you’ll schedule a consultation. This initial meeting is crucial to the success of your surgery. It’s at this time you convey your desired results and begin an open discussion about the treatment plan. To get the most out of your consultation, here are a few good questions to ask according to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery:

  • Am I a good candidate for my procedure of interest? If not, what is keeping me from being a candidate?
  • How many times have you performed this procedure?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What are the risks?
  • Do you have hospital privileges? If so, where?

  • Who will perform the anesthesia and what are their qualifications?
  • What type of anesthesia is required for this procedure?

What Happens After the Procedure

Each procedure will come with different post-op recovery plans, but there are a few additional areas you can address while recovering from cosmetic surgery.

Skin Care

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.

Diet and Exercise

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. 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 essential 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.

Up Your Vitamin C Intake

Vitamin C helps promote collagen regeneration which is crucial post-op. It also helps improve the immune system function, so you can recover without the worry of getting sick. Vitamin C is water soluble and is quickly expelled from the body which means two things. To maintain healthy levels, you will need to have a continuous supply, and you won’t be able to overdose. Your body will always be able to get rid of what it doesn’t need.

Sunscreen

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.

Dr. Marvel is the leading cosmetic surgeon in the Middle Tennessee area. He’s helped many individuals achieve their goals through cosmetic surgery. If you are ready to see what he can do for you, call 615-329-3900 to book your consultation today!

4 Tips for Maintaining Your Cosmetic Surgery Results

4 Tips for Maintaining Your Cosmetic Surgery Results

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.

Skin Care 

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.

Avoid Excess

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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