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11May, 2016

Skin care treatments following a facelift

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Skin care treatments following a facelift

Over the years, operative facial rejuvenation procedures have become incredibly refined. Be it a facelift or lower limited facelift, a board certified plastic surgeon can adeptly create both youthful and natural looking results. Operative facial rejuvenation is a blend of sheer artistry and skill. It requires years of dedication for a plastic surgeon to reach this level of perfection.

When a patient embarks on the operative facial rejuvenation journey, they will be delighted with their refreshed appearance. However, skin care treatment is an important part in maintaining those youthful results since a facelift does not alter the skin per se.

Different ways to enhance those facial features may include the following:

  • Chemical Peels
  • Dermaplaning
  • Botox

As mentioned, one way to rejuvenate the skin is by way of a chemical peel.

According to Elizabeth Reed, a registered aesthetic nurse who works for San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. D. Glynn Bolitho, a chemical peel can also help prepare the skin prior to surgery.

And following surgery, it can be an excellent protocol in controlling fine lines, wrinkles and brown spots.

“A chemical peel can give patients a nice healthy and youthful glow to their skin,” Reed said.

This type of luminosity is a skin care goal. According to Reed, following an operative facial procedure, she typically recommends a series of three chemical peels.

“You can space those about a month apart, and then the maintenance can be once every three months,” she said.

Another popular procedure that Reed likes to employ for patients is dermaplaning. Gently, she utilizes a stainless steel tool and delicately glides it along the face to remove both dead skin cells and vellus hair.

There is no downtime to dermaplaning and it can be performed on a monthly basis. With the right type of skin care navigation, an aesthetic nurse can map out the right anti-aging regimen. A few times a year, it may be suggested to combine both a dermaplaning and chemical peel. Performing a dermaplaning prior to a chemical peel will allow for better product penetration and optimal results.

“Following a dermaplaning, your skin is super soft,” she said. “So when you’re washing your face or you are putting on your makeup, you are noticing a wonderful smoothness to your skin.”

Another pathway for maintaining facial rejuvenation following a facelift or lower limited facelift is by implementing a regimen of cosmetic injections. Botox is highly sought after since it helps diminish the appearance of fine lines.

Every patient is unique and their skin care should be just as distinct. Prior to starting skin care treatments, an aesthetic nurse should thoroughly examine a patient’s face while listening to their patients’ skin care goals.

For Reed, this begins with makeup removal and then utilizing a bright magnifying light to afford a better skin care analysis. And then a suggested customized treatment plan can begin.

“It’s based on what the patient is looking for, and then I tailor the treatment for you,” she said. Reed added, “And it’s not always the same for everyone.”

Partnering with an aesthetic nurse can help achieve and maintain a youthful facial canvas.

30Nov, 2015

Consensus: How To Choose A Plastic Surgeon

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Consensus: How To Choose A Plastic Surgeon

A call to action for patient safety in choosing the right plastic surgeon has become a global awareness effort. In Great Britain, serious concern was raised following patient safety at Nu Cosmetic Clinic in Liverpool. The clinic no longer can conduct procedures.

Like the United States, it’s continually recommended that potential patients only seek a board certified plastic surgeon for cosmetic procedures.

A fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Dr. Kevin Hancock, who practices plastic surgery at Whiston Hospital is also a regarded spokesperson at the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).

In a recent article in a Liverpool Echo, reporter Joshua Taylor covers advice given by Dr. Hancock. The correlation between plastic surgery recommendations in Great Britain is aligned with the United States. Dr. Hancock also raises other important aspects which can benefit patients all around the world, including here in the United States.

To minimize risks and enhance positive surgical outcomes, Dr. Hancock recommended that individuals research their plastic surgeons and check on their records and certifications. Like the United States, Great Britain also has a register for certified plastic surgeons at the BAAPS.

It’s also highly advised not to partner with a traveling surgeon. As Dr. Hancock explains, “Some clinics use surgeons who are flown in from Europe. This is bad for continuity because your surgeon should be available at any time in case there is a problem.”

Dr. Hancock also noted that preoperative appointments should be with the plastic surgeon and no one else.

Another important point raised was making sure the operating suite was top-notch, including resuscitation equipment. In the States, operating suites should be accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities.

Dr. Hancock also advised that one chooses a “reputable establishment” which has had a longstanding history to help ensure continuity of care postoperatively.

“Stay away from businesses offering special deals. This isn’t selling pizza,” he said. “Clinics shouldn’t be offering Groupon vouchers, two-for-one offers or introduce-a-friend rates. That’s not appropriate.”

As mentioned before, while this sound advice comes from Great Britain, it’s sage guidance that can be used no matter where one lives.