Medical Surgery Technique

Do you have to Change Your Skin-Care Routine After Plastic Surgery?

Plastic surgery and good skin care complement each other. Most surgeons swear that a solid skin-care routine can improve your surgical results as well as help maintain them.

Your Skin and Surgery

Any plastic surgery but especially facial cosmetic plastic surgery eliminates sagging skin and lifts the structures underneath, but cosmetic surgery doesn't really address the skin itself. The skin's texture, tone and quality can further be approved by laser treatments, injectables and of course skin care. Physicians treat skin care line is usually better than over the counter lines. You should ask your plastic surgeon for their recommendations.

While the Skin Heals

Certain products and ingredients are strictly off-limits right after surgery, while others need to be part of the plan.

Be Gentle!

After surgery, you should get her on the side of being gentle. A mild, gentle and calming routine reinforces healing skin. The skin barrier is important and this is a time not to strip away the essential elements. Non-foaming cleansers and simple moisturizers are key, especially when there’s swelling and inflammation. You should hold off on anything that breaks down the skin, including physical scrubs and exfoliating ingredients like retinol, retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). Avoiding products with parabens, sulfates, fragrances and some antioxidants which can irritate and dry the skin is also a smart idea.

Hydrate Well

Hydration is always essential for your skin but especially when you're healing. Nutrient-rich moisturizers with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants help the skin thrive after surgery. It shouldn’t be too occlusive, which can cause milia at the incision.

Redness of Scars

Applying topical anti-inflammatory products is important and our natural scar support treatment is by far the best option in our opinion. Laser treatments can also help the redness of a surgical incision go away quicker.


Sunscreen should be part of any skin-care routine, especially after surgery.

About Author: SAM SPERON MD

Sam Speron, MD,

Sam Speron, MD, is an ASPS Member plastic surgeon who is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and trained especially in plastic surgery. ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) members work only with certified medical departments, adhere to a strict code of principles and fulfill continuing medical training requirements in plastic surgery, including training in patient safety procedures. Dr. Speron received his medical degree from Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University and as your medical partner; he is dedicated to working with you to help you achieve your beauty goals. Whether you are planning to have cosmetic surgery or reconstructive plastic surgery, you want the experience of an ASPS Member Plastic Surgeon. Contact Sam Speron who is well known as an expert plastic surgeon in the Chicago area with more than 20 years of surgical training and practice in plastic surgery. His training and experience make him uniquely qualified to perform Chicago cosmetic or reconstructive procedure.

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