Preparation for cosmetic surgery – tips from a doctor

The desire for beautiful, even and healthy skin is becoming more and more important and has become a very important issue. Because a beautiful skin appearance is usually associated with health, purity and discipline. But how do you get this desired complexion? How does a preparation for aesthetic surgery proceed?

Treatment at the beauty-doc planned? Dr. Sonja Sattler reveals what you can do for your skin in spring, how preparation for aesthetic procedures works best and why regular care is so important. She is co-founder of the Rosenpark Clinic in Darmstadt and an expert in all things skin.

Preparing for aesthetic surgery – what needs to be considered?

“On the one hand, there is the possibility to accustom the skin to the acid already at home with local therapeutics, for example, before a fruit acid peel, so that the peel does not have too aggressive an effect. On the other hand, UV protection can also be a good preparation for other treatments. In general, well-cared-for skin is always a particularly good preparation for aesthetic procedures.”

How to prepare your skin for laser treatment?

“Laser treatment is primarily about light energy, which primarily affects pigment formation in the skin. In part, this is intentional, for example, if one wants to remove pigments with a laser. However, this also carries the risk of unwanted pigmentation, although only a refreshing of the skin was desired. To avoid this, the skin should not be exposed to UV light for two weeks before the treatment. Therefore, I recommend protecting the skin permanently with UV protection (at least sun protection factor 30).

When a laser is used to ablate the skin, aftercare is also very important. Wound healing care is needed for three to ten days for the skin to regenerate, depending on how much the skin was exposed. Normal skin care or anti-aging skin care can be started again after about a week.”

What can be done about scars?

“Generally, a distinction is made between acne scars that have developed after an inflammatory disease of the facial skin or on the back, and surgical scars. The earlier therapy of scars is initiated, the better the chances of smoothing scars. For this purpose, the classic micro-needling, radiofrequency-needling or fractional laser is usually used. Usually it is not possible to remove scars completely, but they can be well smoothed and reduced in size.”

How can physicians and cosmetologists work together in preparation for aesthetic procedures?

“Cosmeticians with medical expertise are a great help to physicians, for example, in the follow-up of invasive laser treatments and in recommending suitable cosmetic products for the individual skin type. In this way, physicians and cosmeticians work hand in hand to provide patients with the best possible advice. This is especially true when preparing for aesthetic procedures.”

What role does apparative cosmetics play?

Beauty tools for home, Marina Jagemann, a young woman is treated with beauty tools“Appliance-based cosmetology is a weakened form of the devices used by a doctor. To avoid the risk of injury, stronger devices should only be used by physicians, as cosmetologists lack the anatomical knowledge to safely treat patients. For example, unlike micro-focused ultrasound, which only physicians use to cause targeted skin injuries and lift the skin, only a light ultrasound device is used in cosmetics.”

The issue of skin quality is becoming more important. How to improve it?

“For beautiful skin, you should protect yourself from UV light. When you are young, you tan easily and your skin looks undamaged, however, as you age, the effects of sun exposure become visible. Therefore, UV protection should be applied every morning. In addition, a regular skin care routine is essential for beautiful skin. In the morning, one should cleanse the skin, then apply an adapted care and use make-up if necessary. In the evening, cleanse the face thoroughly again and apply a rich night cream. Constantly changing care products is not recommended, as even a robust skin type can become sensitive to skin as a result. At most, a product can be changed every two to three months, but even that should rather be avoided.”

Good skin care also contributes to good skin quality. Are expensive products better?

“Regular care does not always have to be expensive, but adapted to the skin type. Regularity is the key to good skin! Nowadays, the customer notices more and more blemishes on the skin. e.g. by zooming in on their own selfie. Then pores become visible that the customer would not have seen otherwise. This is a new challenge for us doctors. Through medical services, good cosmetic treatments and adapted care, a beautiful skin appearance can be created and this is then even visible on the selfie.”

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