Jill a board certified dermatologist focused exclusively on cosmetic dermatology, explains a range of anti-aging treatment options a patient may want to consider before plastic surgery.
Botox injections, face lifts, nose jobs, breast implants, eyelid surgery, and liposuction are the most popular cosmetic procedures being performed. The times for recovery vary depending upon the type done and the extent of the work.
Sometimes called body sculpting, liposuction removes fat deposits such as love handles or saddle bags that are difficult to get rid of and deviate from the ideal body image. To perform liposuction, a small incision is made through which the surgeon vacuums the fat out. After the procedure, some numbness, bruising, and swelling will be present in the area of suctioning. Depending upon how much fat was removed, patients are often well enough to return to work within a few days of the procedure.
Eyelids are reshaped in a blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery. This procedure does not remove fine wrinkle lines, but does tighten loose skin around the eyelids and removes bags around the eyes. Afterwards, expect some bruising and swelling to occur. In some case, the swelling persists for a couple of weeks. However, the bruises are no longer visible after 10 days. You might experience dry eyes, easily tear up, or find that your vision is blurred for a few days after having the operation done.
Saline-filled bags are placed between the chest muscles and chest wall or between breast tissue and the chest muscles when breast implant surgery is done. While you won't be able to bathe for a week following surgery, you should be able to get out of bed and walk within a day or so after the procedure. It's okay to return to work within a few days to a week following a breast implant procedure, but exercise should be avoided for two to three weeks.
Your nose can be transformed into just about any shape by a skilled Cosmetic Specialist. The cartilage and bone that forms the structure of your nose is altered and some skin is removed during these procedures. You won't feel like going out for a couple of days after a nose job. During the first three days following the surgery, swelling and bruising is the worst. Expect it to take several weeks for the swelling to subside completely. However, the bruises go away within a week. After three weeks, your appearance should return to its new normal.
As you age, your facial skin begins to fold and sag. To smooth and tighten it, a face lift may be performed to stretch the skin upwards towards the scalp. Bruising and swelling will occur after this procedure. The bruises linger for two weeks, but the swelling persists for an extended period of time. Facial numbness often occurs for several weeks afterwards. Two weeks after having a face lift, you should be able to return to a normal routine. Stay out of the sun and don't do very much during your first few days of recovery.
To remove fine wrinkles from around the eyes and smooth out frown lines, botox injections are often performed. There will be decreased movement in the muscles at the sites of the injections because the procedure paralyzes them. There is no recovery period needed for these injections. The majority of people get the injections and go about normal activities, but some people do report numbness, bruising, and swelling. These side effects are temporary. Every three to four months, you will need to have additional injections.
How would you like your skin to feel like heaven clouds? Well I have some solutions that I've tried and I want to recommend.
Coconut oil is known for its many uses: from beauty, health/diet and even for guitars. What few know is when to use coconut oil as a face moisturizer and when not to, for its maximum effect.
Back story: when I was 20, me and my girlfriends (5 of them) was starting to experience with all kinds of products. Oils and creams had a special place in my heart. We used to have all weekends to test/ relax. :) I remember that 1 of us hadn't the best experience with coconut oil. She had dry skin and this oil is a gentle surface moisturizer. For dry skin it's needed a moisturizer able to go deep into the skin. The other 4 of us never had such a glowing skin before. I am still using it once in a while for it's effects.
If you have dry skin or you haven't had success with coconut oil, I recommend you try peppermint oil. Peppermint oil has the ability to increase blood flow on the area where it is applied. It is astringent (it will also clean the pores) and it can give a tingling sensation. Remember to dilute it, as this oil is concentrated and just like peppermint in food its the condiment not the main course. Use other oils (even coconut, almond, or olive oil) to dilute it.
As a second option for really dry skin, olive oil can help. However try first the peppermint oil as you probably will benefit the most from this.