So, it’s summertime. We know that it is fun to be outdoors, going to the beach, having a picnic in the park, planning your summer vacation… But if you’re scheduled for plastic surgery soon, it’s essential to adopt a special skincare routine for your entire body. Remember, your skin is your largest organ, and caring for it should be about health, not just beauty. So check the tips we selected for you and consider applying them to your routine starting today!

Before Surgery

  1. Cleanse: Make sure to remove dirt daily with a gentle, hydrating cleanser. Opt for a non-soap formula tailored to your skin type.
  2. Exfoliation: Shed old, dead skin cells to make way for healthy ones. Exfoliate two to three times a week, adjusting frequency based on your skin type.
  3. Moisturize: Hydrate your skin to support its barrier against dirt and dry weather. Stick to your current skincare routine; drastic changes can stress your skin. Avoid over-moisturizing either, as it may not provide additional benefits.
  4. Sunscreen: If you are venturing into the sun, protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Remember, even on cloudy days, UV radiation can damage your skin and impair healing. Choose the highest protection this time.

After Surgery

  1. Sun Protection: Continue minimizing sun exposure during the initial recovery period to prevent hyperpigmentation and promote proper healing. If you must go outside, cover up with clothing, sunglasses, and a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher.
  2. Gentle Exfoliation: Some doctors consider very light exfoliation to address dark spots or dead skin cells, excluding the scar area, only once a week.
  3. Moisturize: Use a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer unless your doctor recommends a specific blend. This helps counteract dryness from summer heat and chlorine exposure, but avoid applying it directly to incision sites.
  4. Avoid Swimming: While tempting, refrain from swimming in pools, oceans, lakes, rivers, or spas until you receive medical clearance. Submerging incisions in water can increase the risk of infection and compromise healing.
  5. Hydrate Yourself: Did you know that proper hydration could expedite healing? Ensure adequate fluid intake to support bodily functions post-surgery. Stock up on non-alcoholic drinks and, of course, plenty of good-quality water both before and after your procedure.

By following these pre- and post-surgery skincare tips, you’ll promote optimal healing while maintaining the health and appearance of your skin throughout the summer months. Ready for your appointment?

*Don’t substitute these tips for a medical appointment if you need one. Always consult with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about specific skin conditions you may have.


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