Three Tips for Maintaining your Cosmetic Surgery Resultarticle: Posted on
Cosmetic surgery is an investment in yourself. You want to make sure you protect or maintain your cosmetic surgery investment and keep feeling good inside and out.
Most patients are thrilled with their results for many years after surgery, however, it’s important to understand that your results are best served by staying in shape and nothing can fully stop the effects of aging.
1- Start with eating right and regular exercise.
No surprise here! Body contouring can give you beautiful curves and the results may seem magical, but it only lasts as long as you maintain a healthy weight.
Fat removal procedures will permanently rid you of targeted fat cells, but if you gain weight , you will see it in other areas of your body as the remaining fat cells will expand as they normally do.
The best thing is that maintaining a healthy diet and exercise program will improve your overall health and what looks better than feeling great.
Pro tip: Recovery from cosmetic surgery can be a challenge for active patients since the recovery time will effect your regular exercise routine. Eating right and introducing non-strenuous activity when it’s safe can get you back to the gym as a smooth transition once you’ve healed.
2- Maintain good skin care practices
Immediately after your procedure, proper care is essential to help minimize scarring. And as time goes by, continuing with a skin care regimen will help your results look good or better than ever.
Scarring is an aspect of many surgeries and while you surgeon will place your incisions where they can be hidden, making sure they heal optimally and fade over time is in your hands. Make sure you follow any postoperative activity restrictions as they will help you avoid straining your scars which will cause them to be more visible. Protect your incisions in the sun, keep the area clean and use the topical scar care creams and ointments recommended by your doctor.
Medical-grade skin care products can help enhance and maintain your cosmetic surgery results, especially when it comes to facial procedures.
Pro tip: follow your surgeon’s after care treatment to the letter. There are a number of holistic scar care products on the market making unsubstantiated claims- and some of these can actually cause healing problems. Save yourself time, money and potential harm by using only what is recommended by your cosmetic surgeon.
3- Use your surgery as a jumpstart to healthy habits
Many patients feel better about themselves after a cosmetic procedure and get inspired to continue to improve their appearance. It’s the best time to be motivated to maintain healthy habits going forward. Old habits like smoking tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption work against your ability to maintain your appearance. Plus, those habits are just not good for your overall health.
Pro tip: Be honest with your surgeon about your lifestyle habits. Let him or her know if you smoke, how much you drink, any medications you are on, and even what supplements or vitamins you use both internally and externally.
In the end, good health really equates to looking good. We suggest you keep taking positive steps forward to look your best on the outside and feel your best on the inside.