After the Surgery

Before the Surgery : Day of the Surgery : After the Surgery

Things to have at home after the surgery

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide
  2. Bacitracin
  3. Q-tips or Cotton Balls
  4. Vitamin E ointment
  5. Bag of frozen peas or corn or Heat & Cold Ice Packs

Post-Operative Emotions Self Reminder List

Feelings of sadness after your procedure may occur and are not un-common. Stress and anxiety will only make matters worse and you must try to not let these sentiments affect you. Patience and positive thinking helps to promote better healing and relaxation. The healing period is not the end result it is the bodies’ way of responding to the procedure. By following your surgeon’s instructions’ will help to increase your desired results.

I will be:

  • sore
  • tired
  • irritable
  • unsure
  • possibly depressed
  • bloated
  • bored
  • anxious
  • restless
  • unable to sleep at times

During my recovery, treatment area may:

  • be asymmetrical
  • be crooked
  • be bruised
  • be tender to the touch
  • experience sharp pains or numbness
  • be firm or hard
  • break out with acne
  • experience irritation from the tape or anesthetic
  • I realize that even the daily subtle changes or flaws that I see in the mirror may not be visible to others as I am my own worst critic.
  • I know must not take out my insecurities or anger from the pain on my significant other, family or friends.
  • I know I need to keep thinking positively and allow my body and mind heal.
  • I know that I can get support from my loved ones and friends if I so need it.
  • I know while I am in this state of emotional and physical changes, it is only temporary. This too shall pass.
  • Today I will smile and remain patient because tomorrow will be another day and will bring me one day closer to being fully healed.

Is there any way to reduce bruising after facial cosmetic procedures?

Following most cosmetic procedures done on the face, there is a possibility to bruise both locally and sometimes a bit further from the site of surgery or injectible treatment. It is important to recognize the factors that may contribute to excessive bruising or bleeding after surgery so that they can be prevented.

First, go through the list of medications you may be on including any vitamins or other supplements. Check our alphabetized list of medications under “Before the Surgery – medications to avoid prior to surgery”. Providing they appear on the list, stop taking those two weeks before treatment and reduce the risk of bruising. Discontinuing any medication that thins blood or prolong bruising time will allow for speedier healing and less signs or bruising after any plastic surgical procedure.

One of the few holistic medications that have been adapted in Facial Plastic Surgery to reduce bruising is called Arnica Montana. It is prepared from a mountain plant and has been successful in treating bruising, pain and stiffness as well as muscle soreness. The medication has a property of stabilizing platelets, a component in the blood that participates in blood clotting and allows for reduced spread of the bruise marks on the face. Check our post operative packages for Arnica and other anti bruising products.

What products should I use after surgery?

Ask Dr. Dagan’s staff about the available products or packages that will enable quicker healing and more convenience. Our post-operative package contains everything you will need after surgery from antibiotic ointment to scar cream. All our products are carefully selected to provide the best possible comfort and results after your surgery. Some may be sold separately.

Looking better after plastic surgery

Most people are eager to return to work and social activities after plastic surgery. How quickly you do so depends on two factors: how you feel and how you look. Dr. Dagan will let you know when it’s physically safe to resume your normal activities. But only you can decide how comfortable you feel with the way you look.

Almost everyone has some temporary cosmetic side effects from plastic surgery, such as swelling, bruising, or visible incision marks. It may be days, weeks, or even months before these signs disappear and you can fully appreciate the results of your surgery. But there’s no need to sit at home and wait. There are a variety of makeup products and techniques that can be used by men, women, and teens to camouflage the temporary side effects of surgery and help you face the world with confidence and ease.

Here we will introduce you to the kinds of products available and show you how to use them to your best advantage. It may take some practice. But the skills you learn now will serve you well right after surgery and in the long term, helping you to enhance the permanent effects of your cosmetic surgery.

When To Start Applying Make-up Concealer or Camouflage

It’s best to ask you surgeon’s advice before you start using camouflage cosmetics. Most people can begin applying makeup to cover bruising or disguise swelling as early as a day or two after surgery. If you want to hide incision lines, you’ll need to wait until the stitches have been removed and the incision is completely closed.

After nose surgery, you can normally use makeup as soon as the cast is removed. With a chemical peel or dermabrasion, if a crust has formed you’ll need to wait until it’s completely gone.

What To Look For in Make-up Concealer or Camouflage Products

You may use special camouflage products recommended by Dr. Dagan, commercial camouflage products available in many large department stores, or even a standard makeup that you already use.

The important thing is to look for products that are hypoallergenic and fragrance free. If you’re happy with the products you currently use, you can continue using them after surgery—but buy fresh ones with new applicators so they’ll be as clean as possible.

There are three basic approaches to camouflage cosmetics: concealing—hiding incision lines and bruises; color correcting—neutralizing color in reddened or yellowish skin; and contouring—disguising swelling and creating the illusion of highlights and shadows.

Concealing—Concealers are thicker and more opaque than regular foundation makeup. They can cover healed incision lines as well as scars or bruises on your face or body. Concealers can be used to hide the visible incision lines, along with the surrounding discoloration, that may follow facelift or eyelid surgery. Choose a concealer that’s opaque and waterproof, but creamy enough that it doesn’t pull on your skin when you apply it. If you can find a concealer that closely matches your skin tone, you may not have to use a foundation on top of it.
It’s not a good idea to use concealer on the thin, delicate skin around your eyes, since concealer is thick and will collect in the creases. Instead, try using a normal fluid foundation, color corrector, or eye makeup alone.
Call today for advice regarding the most recommended products for concealing bruises after surgery.

Color Correcting—Color correctors are used to disguise the yellowish shade of a bruise or the overall redness that follows chemical peel and dermabrasion. They come in tints: lavender corrector neutralizes yellow tones, while green corrector removes red. Less opaque than concealers, color correctors have the same consistency and sheerness as foundation. They’re generally used under your foundation.

Contouring—Contouring can be applied anywhere on the face, but it’s most often used to disguise the swelling that accompanies nose surgery and facial implants. Contouring creates dimension using light and shadow: lighter areas appear to come forward, while darker areas recede. Contouring can also make a swollen nose appear narrower, or minimize a swollen chin. You’ll need two separate products for contouring: a highlighter, which is about two shades lighter than your normal foundation; and a contour shadow, about two shades darker than your foundation. (You probably won’t find products labeled highlighter and contour shadow. Just look for the appropriate shades of foundation makeup or pressed power.)
Blending is the key to successful contouring: you want to create the illusion of angles without seeing stripes of makeup. The techniques of contouring are subtle and take some practice. Once you’re adept, however, you can use contouring to create “higher” cheekbones, narrow your nose, or minimize a swollen chin.

Removing Camouflage Cosmetics
Camouflage cosmetics tend to be thicker and more adherent than everyday makeup, so it’s important to remove them every night. First, use a cleansing cream that removes all of your makeup. Then use a gentle, alcohol-free toner applied with a cotton ball to remove any cleanser residue. Follow this with a moisturizer formulated for your skin type: oily, dry, or combination.

Sunscreen, working out, and smoking after surgery

It is particularly important to stay out of the sun for approximately three months after Rhinoplasty surgery, facelift surgery, facial rejuvenation procedures and large volume injectible treatments of the face. The sun’s rays can increase swelling in the tissues of the face/nose. Heat also can cause increased swelling. Following re-juvenative procedures on the face, the sun may cause changes in the pigmentation of the skin following treatment. It is very important to avoid sun exposure in the three weeks following such treatments to prevent increased redness or any changes in the color of the treated skin.

It is recommended to wear hats to protect your face and sunscreen on your nose if you have to be out in the sun or the heat. Use a sun screen with a minimum 35spf protection rating. Make sure to ask your doctor about moisturizing the facial skin or nasal skin following surgery. Physical activites like gym workouts and running can be started as early as four weeks after surgery.

Also, check our newest addition to sun protection products—a 75 SPF UV protection—shield yourself from the harmful rays to enjoy a longer time in the sun with less worries!

Smoking is not recommended at any time after surgery. Nicotine causes decreased blood circulation to the nasal region, which can decrease healing and cause post operative complications.

Also, smoking is one of the leading causes of aging lines and wrinkles around the mouth, eyes and cheeks. After Rhinoplasty surgery it is important to avoid any contact sports for at least 6 weeks. Keep in mind that your nose is fragile during this time.

Also, smoking is one of the leading causes of aging lines and wrinkles around the mouth, eyes and cheeks. Ask you primary physician about Chantix or other methods of quitting today.

After rhinoplasty surgery it is important to avoid any contact sports for at least 6 weeks. Keep in mind that your nose is fragile during this time.

Generally, physical exercise should be phased back gradually after surgery. Particularly after facelift surgery, if you go to the gym the following should serve as a guideline for exercise regimen:

First two weeks after surgery : No gym—Rest and drink fluids
Two weeks after surgery : Light treadmill walking is allowed (No running), avoid any strain,
weight lifting, stretching exercises, Yoga and Pilates
One Month after surgery : Resume all activities at your own pace