When you get cosmetic plastic surgery in the Tampa area, you are probably doing so to improve your appearance.  Most people want to see positive results rather quickly and are curious about ways to treat the skin during the healing period.  The recovery time following a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure will depend on many factors.  The type of procedure is the biggest consideration, as is the age and health of the patient prior to treatment.  However, there are some universal tips that can you to speed recovery and improve the results.

Types of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures

The type of procedure will often determine the optimal post treatment plan.   Rule number one is always to follow your doctor’s orders!  The doctor or aesthetician that provides your treatment is the best source of information on what to expect and what to do following acosmetic-plastic-surgery procedure.   The tips provided here are not meant as a substitution to their advice, but rather a general way to up the odds of a successful recovery.  That said, the type of cosmetic plastic surgery procedure will often fall into one of two categories – surgical and non-surgical.

Surgical procedures involve an incision and should only be done by a licensed and board-certified plastic surgeon.  Non-surgical procedures are not invasive which means that the skin is not broken.  Non-surgical procedures include Botox treatments, dermal fillers injections, or skin treatments such as microdermabrasion.   These forms of cosmetic treatments may be done by a surgeon but can also be accomplished by physician assistant, aesthetician or even a dentist.  However, according to Dr. Dominic M. Castellano, it is important to understand the qualifications of the practitioner before undergoing any work, surgical or non-surgical.  “Look for someone who is well-trained in facial cosmetic procedures and preferably someone who works directly with a board-certified plastic surgeon in an accredited medical facility.”

If you have had a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure, it is critical that you follow the surgeon’s direction on wound care in order to allow the incision to heal properly.  All wounds need to be kept clean and dry for about three days post-surgery.  Stick strictly to the doctor’s advice on changing dressings and be careful to wash your hands thoroughly before touching the dressing to avoid infection.  Also attend your follow up appointments so the surgeon can check on the incision as it heals.

Post Treatment Tips for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures

Past the advice provided by the practitioner, there are four tips that can help you to speed recovery and ensure the best results.

1)      Drink lots of water and stay hydrated following the procedure.  Water helps flush out toxins from within and gives the skin the nourishment needed to speed recovery.  Drink at least six to eight glasses of water a day to allow for optimal skin rejuvenation.

2)      Always use mild, hypoallergenic products, use non-soap cleansers and fragrance-free moisturizers on your skin after the treatment.  Even if you have product that you regularly used before the procedure, be careful to avoid putting anything on your skin that could cause an infection or irritation.  Be gentle with your cleansing!

3)      Always wear sun protection following the procedure.  Really you should always be careful about protecting your skin from the sun, but following a treatment it is critical to avoid any exposure to the sun.  Stay out of the sun, wear a hat if you must go out and look for sunscreen that is fragrance free and has a high SPF.  Ask your doctor for a recommendation on the use of sunscreen.

4)      Don’t pick at the wound.  It may be tempting to pull at peeling skin or want to remove a scab but this may increase the likelihood of an infection or cause a scar to form.  Keep your hands away from the wound!

These tips may seem rudimentary but according to Dr. Castellano, it is surprising how many patients do not follow through on all suggestions.  When you consider the cost and the time of having a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure, it makes sense to follow the treatment plan to the letter in order to get the best results.

Consult an Expert for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures

If you are interested in improving your appearance and would like to learn more about the surgical and non-surgical options available to you, please contact Elite Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a complimentary consultation.  Dr. Castellano is a highly respected and board-certified facial plastic surgeon.  The medical team is well-trained and specializes in facial cosmetic surgery and injectable procedures.  Call (813) 975-3223 today to schedule your complimentary visit or go to our website for more information www.JasinFacialandBody.com

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