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Pre- and Post-Op Skin Care
By: Lydia Sarfati
Posted: March 1, 2014, from the March 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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At least four weeks before a clients’ procedure, provide a thorough, deep cleansing of the face and neck. This can include exfoliation and moisturizing treatments that should be repeated each week until surgery. The objective is to keep the skin as healthy as possible by nourishing it with vitamins and minerals, improving circulation with massage, and increasing hydration with moisturizers packed with amino acids, vitamins and peptides. This will help to prevent severe edema and hematoma (bruising). It is also important to schedule at least one visit to teach your client about potential scars, and demonstrate how cosmetics can conceal those areas. Inform, direct and educate the client at each scheduled visit to address appearance, healthy maintenance, scar-concealment, cosmetic changes and issues related to her specific surgery. Two weeks prior to the procedure, the client should be receiving services twice per week.
Directly after surgery, procedures such as hydration and possibly lymphatic drainage can be used to hasten healing and help decrease swelling. Actual manipulation of the skin should be avoided until the skin and underlying tissue has had time to begin healing. Once the skin is set, the client will be given instructions regarding makeup and skin care to keep the skin clean and healthy. After surgery, the client’s skin is going to feel very tight. Lymphatic massages, as well as cooling seaweed masks will help with tightness and swelling. (See Post Operative Treatment Guide for instructions on specific post-medical treatments.)
Facial treatments to perform after receiving the OK from the client’s physician include:
- Lymphatic drainage of the face and neck;
- Extraction of noninflammed comedones;
- Massage and stimulation;
- Exfoliation (not invasive);
- Peeling (invasive);
- Hydration; and
- Corrective makeup.
Body treatments to perform include:
- Hydrotherapy, such as seaweed baths;
- Massage, such as electro-mechanical massage and percussion modalities;
- Wraps, such as body treatments utilizing bandages to help with edema and fluid retention;
- Cleansing; and
Set your goal to help clients achieve the look they desire. If they are receiving laser resurfacing, offer them a cooling sheet mask to help reduce redness. If they are having an eyelid procedure, recommend that they take home cooling eye pads with vitamin E to help with the healing process from your retail area. In cases where they might have scarring, such as a breast augmentation, offer massages with beta carotene and vitamin E to help reduce the appearance of keloids and help speed up healing. If the client has had a tummy tuck or liposuction, couple it with contouring and detoxifying body treatments to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. The list of treatments you can offer is endless.