How to Maintain Beauty After Cosmetic Surgery

Choosing to undergo cosmetic surgery means you have committed to investing in your appearance. There is much more to it than that. Investment into your appearance is also a testament to your sense of self, and your desire to allow your truest nature to shine through. Still, that investment is something that you expect to pay off, not just for a short time, but for several years – decades, even! Results from plastic surgery don’t take care of themselves. If you want them to last, there are a few things you need to do.

Maximizing your Surgical Outcome

Manage weight.

One of the best ways to manage surgical results is to develop a manner of living that supports the end goal. This is especially relevant for individuals who have undergone any body contouring, such as liposuction or abdominoplasty. Dietary habits are integral to preventing the expansion of fat cells in the future; because, although fat cells may have been removed through surgery, those that remain can still become larger and weight can increase.

Important point: An important aspect of body contouring surgeries is that individuals who already lead an active lifestyle may find it challenging to stay away from the gym or other fitness practice while their body heals from surgery. It is important to expect this challenge to avoid unnecessary discouragement. It is vital that the body is allowed to heal fully before resuming strenuous exercise. Remember, diet has the biggest impact on weight, anyway.

Manage health.

What we put into our body affects everything from how we look at how we heal to how we age. An important aspect of cosmetic surgery planning is to discuss your normal lifestyle habits with your doctor. Most surgeons require that their patients avoid smoking for several weeks before surgery. Ideally, smoking will never resume. At the very least, patients should have smoke-free strategies in place during their entire recovery period. Alcohol consumption is another lifestyle habit that can affect the outcome of surgery both in the short-term and the long-term.  Experts recommend no more than 2 drinks per day.

Manage skin.

While there comes the point in aging when topical skin care cannot reverse the damage, a good skincare routine is crucial to lasting results from cosmetic surgery and even non-surgical treatments.  One of the primary recommendations for post-treatment skin care is to develop a daily sunscreen habit. Broad spectrum sunscreen doesn’t have to have a high SPF; it just needs to be used every single day. To further support aging skin (at any age), experts recommend using medical-grade cleansers, moisturizers, and specialty serums. The concentration of active ingredients in such products is higher and therefore better able to nourish the skin at deeper levels.

Is it time to address those beauty concerns? We can help you. Call our San Antonio office at 210-227-3223 to schedule your consultation.

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