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The Power of Pairing

If you’re thinking about undergoing cosmetic procedures, such as Botox, filler, laser treatments, or even surgery, those few hours you spend at the medical spa or doctor’s office are just a small part of your journey to beautiful skin. The process of skin rejuvenation is a long one, and it starts with solid skin care.


However, proper skin care is not a single product, it’s a comprehensive regimen combined with cosmetic procedures. When these align, it’s possible to reverse signs of aging, improve sun damage, and even prevent future skin damage from occurring. The ultimate goal is to find the right balance for your skin and treat its specific needs with or without plastic surgery.

The ideal regimen
Nearly everyone’s skin can benefit from antioxidants, growth factors, peptides, and other special ingredients. Antioxidants can actually help reverse existing signs of damage. Retinol or Retin A and skin brighteners, such as hydroquinone, are other key skin-improving ingredients and they benefit just about everyone, especially those with acne and visible signs of aging and hyper-pigmentation. Lastly, sunscreen is a crucial part of every skin care regimen, but SPF alone isn’t enough. It needs to be one that contains UVA/UVB broad spectrum coverage. Together, these ingredients help get skin in optimal shape before cosmetic procedures or cosmetic surgery. This also ensures the best and longest lasting results possible.
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Microdermabrasion treatments essentially remove the uppermost layers of skin in order to eliminate damaged cells, so skin care plays a crucial role before and after this procedure. Before a treatment, it’s especially important to have stopped using Retin A or retinol products for three days. A proper skin care regimen also ensures an optimal result.

 

Chemical peels also help to retexturize the skin by exfoliating the upper-most layers. When the skin is peeling and healing immediately after treatment, patients use a very gentle regimen.

 

Treatment cream is important after any sort of laser procedure. The ingredients such as retinol, growth factors, and skin lighteners help prevent future damage. It’s like an insurance policy for your investment.

 

Micro-needling is a non-surgical treatment that is extremely effective for treating a variety of skin conditions including wrinkles, acne scarring, texture or dryness problems, and hyper-pigmentation issues. Additionally, it has the advantage of being possible on skin that is not well-suited to the irritation of peels or the heat of lasers. It’s important to use the proper products in conjunction with this treatment.

Surgery
In order to obtain the best end result, the skin must be in optimal condition before undergoing cosmetic surgery. You have to keep in mind that surgery doesn’t have an effect on skin quality — only a skin care regimen can do that. For example, a facelift can remove extra skin, but can’t improve the quality of the skin that remains. This is why surgical patients need to be on a solid skin care regimen for at least six to eight weeks before the procedure.

 

Regardless of your personal skin-improvement plan, using the right products is key for obtaining the most beautiful, healthy skin possible. Cosmetic procedures are wonderful ways to improve the appearance of the skin, but the proper skin care regimen can take their results to a whole new level and preserve the skin’s rejuvenated appearance for years to come.
   

The board-certified plastic surgeons at Twin City Plastic Surgery bring you the latest procedures and newest technologies, along with the attentive care and comfort you deserve. For more information on any procedure, you may contact Dr. Laura Randolph — 309-664-6222, Dr. Chad Tattini — 309-664-1007, or Dr. Paige Holt — 309-664-4444 at Twin City Plastic Surgery or twincityplasticsurgery.com. Their office is located at 2502 E. Empire in Bloomington.
 

 

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