Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) May 5, 2008 -- As more and more people are resorting to cosmetic surgery for the occasion lift or tuck, understanding how to care for skin, post-procedure, is essential for the healing process. Skincare-News.com's latest article, "After Cosmetic Procedures," discusses how to treat symptoms such as swelling, scarring, skin sensitivity and bruising.
Chemical peels, used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, acne, and age spots, peel off or dissolve the top layer of skin to reveal a smooth, new layer. Count redness (similar to a sunburn), scaling, swelling, and sun sensitivity among possible reactions. A more intense peel may result in the appearance of watery blisters, which will eventually form scabs, peel off and disappear. Keep the skin well hydrated and protected by applying a rich moisturizer which will soothe skin post-peel. Depending upon the severity of the peel, makeup may be applied after three to eight hours. Most important, avoid sunbathing or tanning beds for at least three weeks after a peel, and wear sunscreen liberally to protect new skin while in the sun.
Botox (Botulinum Toxin Type A), is a popular method of reducing frown lines between the brows by reducing the muscle contractions that cause the wrinkle to form. After treatment, the injection area may experience redness, bruising, swelling, tenderness and localized pain. A normal skincare routine may be resumed the same day, however, avoid applying concealer or makeup for at least several hours after treatment. Sunscreen must be worn on a daily basis to prevent hyperpigmentation, an over-abundance of melanin in the skin which leaves behind dark spots or marks, or further environmental damage to the skin cells.
Laser hair removal passes an intense, pulsating beam of light through the skin. As the intensely hot light hits the hair follicle, the hair is destroyed, slowing re-growth. Typically, several treatments are needed to stop hair growth completely. In addition to skin sensitivity, mild redness, swelling, and bumps may persist for several days after treatment. Though the procedure is considered relatively safe, certain skin tones, in particular dark or olive complexions, may suffer hyperpigmentation after treatment. Tend to the treated area with an ointment formulated to alleviate discomfort and diminish redness, dryness, tightness, and reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation. Also, utilize cold compresses on red or bumpy areas to reduce swelling. Additionally, steer clear of products containing Retin-A, alpha hydroxy or glycolic acid, or alcohol-based astringents, and avoid exercise for at least 24 hours as sweat may increase sensitivity. As with other cosmetic procedures, avoid the sun and use sunscreen daily.
Those who wish to reduce acne scars, wrinkles, or surface irregularities may opt for microdermabrasion, a clinical procedure which uses aluminum oxide crystals to smooth away the topmost layer of skin, evening out skin texture and improving tone. After treatment, the skin may exhibit a rosy glow, similar to sunburn, for several days. In addition, common side-effects include discomfort, stinging, burning sensations, itching, swelling, and tingling. Like laser hair removal, darker skin tones may experience hyperpigmentation after treatment, as well. Guard newly peeled skin with a sunscreen that provides full spectrum UVA and UVB protection and avoid excess sun exposure for at least a week following treatment. Also, discontinue use of products containing glycolic or other alpha hydroxy acids, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, or topical acne medications 24-48 hours after microdermabrasion. Instead, use a mild cleanser and keep skin hydrated.
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Hydroquinone is a chemical lightener used in many topical skin lightning products throughout the world. Hydroquinone works by suppressing the formation of melanin, the pigment that causes a darkening of the skin. Hydroquinone is available over the counter in 2% topical solutions, such as a cream or gel, or prescribed from a doctor in a 4% solution to lighten skin discolorations such as age spots, freckles and melasma.
Kinetin is used in anti-aging skincare products because of its ability to improve the appearance of mature and photodamaged skin. Studies have suggested kinetin is effective in improving hyperpigmentation, promoting an even skin tone, smoothing the skin's texture and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. By helping the skin retain up to 25 percent more moisture, kinetin also promotes a healthy and hydrated complexion.
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