After Your Cosmetic Procedure: Tips To Help Your Recovery

 June 22, 2017
Posted by Benjamin Smith

Aesthetic procedures (surgical & non-surgical) can leave your skin feeling sore, so it’s important to take extra care in the days following your procedure. Irritants that your skin can usually handle may hinder the healing process, and open wounds may be liable to developing an infection from your old makeup.

In this article, we guide you through what to use and what to avoid to help your skin to recover as quickly as possible.


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Bruises are the most common side effects and although they’re somewhat unavoidable, you can take steps to reduce the likelihood of them occurring.

Woman after a cosmetic procedure holding two pots of makeup

In the days before and after the procedure Mrs Shah-Desai recommends avoiding:

  • Alcohol
  • Aspirin and other blood thinning drugs
  • Fish oils

She recommends attending the clinic for treatment without wearing any make up. In the hours after the treatment you should also avoid exercise (like swimming, cardio and weights) and touching the treated area, which can worsen any existing bruises and alter the results of treatment. Dermal fillers can leave the treated area feeling bruised, swollen and little warm. There will also be a small opening to where the injection occurred which it’s important to keep clean.

Mrs Shah-Desai recommends taking an anti-histamine like Piriton on the day of treatment and avoiding make up for 24 hours to minimise the transfer of bacteria to the area. Once this time is up, opt for mineral make up to give protection and add moisture to the delicate area.


After Skin Peels

A selection of cosmetics and botanical serumsSkin peels cause your skin to shed its outer layer, allowing younger looking, fresh skin to surface. The peeling skin will be drier than usual, and the new skin more sensitive. For this reason, you need to hydrate the skin as much as possible while also protecting the newly emerging skin from harsh ingredients and sun exposure.

In the days after the treatment Mrs Shah-Desai recommends certain products, which are non-fragranced. These include gentle cleansers, moisturisers, broad spectrum sun protection (even on a cloudy day, topping up as required every 4-5 hours) and in certain cases avoiding exfoliators (like retinol).


After Plasma Treatments Such As Plexr

Plasma treatments result in the swelling of the treated area for 2-3 days and a dry ‘crust’ for 1-2 weeks. This is a natural part of the healing process, but it’s important to treat this wound carefully to avoid irritation and infection.

Mrs Shah-Desai recommends using only Oxygenatix SPF foundation for the first 2 weeks after treatment. She also recommends gently dabbing Vaseline on the scabs from day 4, untill they fall off naturally. Once the wound has healed, she advises using a broad spectrum sun protection to protect the sensitive new pink skin.

It’s important to use new products on the treated area, as old makeup may spread bacteria to the wound.


After Eyelid Lifts

Surgical eyelid procedures take longer to heal than most non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Patients can expect bruising and swelling in the surrounding areas where the surgery took place, and may find that their eyes water.

Patients should:

    • Keep their head elevated at all times, to minimise swelling and bruising
    • Avoid activities that may strain the eyes – like reading or too much screen time
    • Wear dark sunglasses and broad spectrum sun protection
    • Bending, lifting and vigorous exercise, which can cause a haematoma or break the stitches


After care at Perfect Eyes Ltd

At Perfect Eyes Ltd Mrs Shah-Desai recommends each patient a recovery plan designed to help them to recover and maintain the result of their procedure as quickly as possible. This includes a topical botanical serums and creams, liquid essential micronutrients for re-building the collagen matrix of the skin and camouflage foundation.

Book your consultation or discuss your treatment options by emailing us at [email protected] or calling 08000016959.