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After Cosmetic Surgery: Taking Care of Your Skin

Try these tips for fast recovery and best results after cosmetic surgery.

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Even though your face will be sore after cosmetic surgery, it’s important to continue to cleanse your skin regularly to help with healing and avoid build-up in your pores that might lead to breakouts. Try washing with mild astringent pads to cleanse sore areas without applying pressure. Then, be sure to apply a gentle, non-comedogenic moisturizer.

“In all cases, we keep the areas clean and moist,” says Jeffery Dover, a Chestnut Hill, Mass.-based dermatologist.

Make-up After Cosmetic Surgery

If your skin is intact and you have no open wounds, you can resume using makeup just a few days after your procedure. After deep chemical peels or ablative laser procedures, however, it’s essential to wait until your epidermis (the top layer of your skin) has fully reformed. Be sure to check with your doctor about makeup use after any cosmetic surgery.

When you do get the go-ahead to use makeup, remember the following tips:

  • Go for mineral. Many makeup manufacturers now make mineral-based lines that are gentler on your skin and provide excellent coverage.
  • Combat red with green. If you have red skin or purple bruising after cosmetic surgery, a green base will help balance out those colors and give you a more natural-looking skin tone. Top this base with a powder about one shade darker than you usually wear for best results.
  • Wash it off at night. You can’t overestimate how important it is to cleanse your skin regularly, especially during cosmetic surgery recovery. Be vigilant about washing your makeup off every night using a non-soap cleanser.

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