When it comes to plastic surgery, there are a lot of rules and regulations for getting a procedure. While some surgeries may seem too good to be true, the reality is there may be more than meets the eye. Let’s go over some of our most popular procedures and tell you the truth about what you need to know before committing to plastic surgery.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is one of the biggest crazes in skin rejuvenation. This treatment takes off the top layers of skin to balance uneven skin tone and texture and rid the treated area of fine lines and wrinkles. Keep the following in mind when making your appointment.
- Make sure to stop using retinol creams at least one week before your laser resurfacing treatment.
- Do not get dermal fillers or injectables for up to one month prior to your laser resurfacing treatment.
- Having a tan or fake tan is not recommended, as laser skin resurfacing will affect your skin pigmentation.
- Be prepared for a small amount of downtime as your face will be red for one to five days post-treatment.
- Protect your sensitive skin with a medical-grade sunscreen after your laser resurfacing treatment.
CoolSculpting® is one of the most popular non-surgical body contouring treatments on the market today. This non-invasive treatment has a ton of benefits, but there are a few things to keep in mind, including:
- Lengthy treatments that can last between one and four hours.
- Patients do report feeling some discomfort throughout treatment.
- Patients have reported feeling numb in the treated area for up to six weeks post-treatment.
- You may experience redness and bruising in the treated area.
- Treatments cannot be made to a herniated area.
- There is no downtime and recovery restrictions post-treatment.
Botox® has become a household name over the years with its reliable wrinkle-removing capabilities. Here’s what you need to know before undergoing this injectable treatment.
- It may take up to seven full days to see results from your Botox® treatment.
- Certain areas may require more Botox® than others.
- Make sure to stop using retinol products 3 days prior to your Botox® treatment.
- You may experience some redness and bruising post-treatment.
Juvederm® is a fan-favorite when it comes to dermal fillers. This injectable treatment is an easy way to get rid of your fine lines and wrinkles. Here’s what you need to know before your appointment.
- Make sure to stop using retinol products at least three days prior to your treatment.
- The results of your Juvederm® treatment are immediate.
- You may experience swelling in the treated area, but this typically resolves within three days.
- You may experience redness and bruising in the treated area as well.
Medical-Grade Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are a great way to resurface the skin, but there’s a lot to consider before making your appointment, including:
- Chemical peels are not recommended for patients with deeper skin tones as the chemical solution can affect skin pigmentation.
- The skin may peel for up to 10 days post-treatment.
- Side effects of the chemical peel may include redness, dryness, stinging, burning and slight swelling.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal has become a go-to solution for body hair for years. Before booking your treatments, consider the following.
- Laser hair removal takes between four and six sessions to complete.
- Your hair must be shaven the day of your procedure.
- Waxing, electrolysis, bleaching and depilatory creams must stop at least 4 weeks prior to your treatment.
- Laser hair removal works best on dark, coarse hair and does not work on unpigmented gray or blond hair.
If you want to know more of the nitty-gritty behind your favorite plastic surgery treatment, call us today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. David West. He’ll go over your treatment options with you and answer any questions you may have.