Skin tightening is an incredibly sought-after procedure that aims to improve the appearance of your skin by reducing skin laxity. Many choose this treatment after considerable weight loss, after having a baby, or after getting tired of visible ageing signs.

Whether you choose a surgical or non-surgical treatment, it’s still important that you follow the correct aftercare for each procedure in order to maximise your chances for success, and to eliminate the possibility of skin damage and side effects. So, what exactly should you do to ensure the best possible recovery after undergoing a skin tightening procedure?

Avoid the Sun

After a skin tightening treatment, you’ll want to stay out of direct sunlight for a few weeks, generally 4 to 6 (this also applies to the weeks before the procedure). This is so that you can reduce or prevent the possibility of hyperpigmentation or darker pigmentation in your skin, as well as limit the chance of getting sunburn and damaged skin.

Using sunscreen between skin tightening sessions is also a good idea, as it can keep your skin protected and safe from harmful UV rays from the sun. Remember that tanning salons use UV rays as well, which means this will be just as harmful as exposure to direct sunlight. Once you finish your sessions and give enough time for your skin to recover, you can go back to your normal routine.

 Take a Break from Alcohol

This is especially important for surgical procedures. Alcohol should be avoided for a while after your treatment, as your body needs the time to recuperate first. Alcohol thins your blood, which can cause excessive bleeding. Your liver will also want to get rid of the alcoholic molecules first, instead of going after the ‘deactivated’ fat cells.

Don’t Scratch Your Skin

It may be tempting to pick or scratch at your skin if it becomes itchy, but you need to resist this urge at all times. After all, be it after a non-invasive or a surgical skin tightening treatment, your skin will be more sensitive for a while and, if you do scratch it, you risk damaging and scarring your skin. If scabs do begin to form, it’s very important that you let them fall naturally to avoid large wounds, scars and the risk of infections.

Drink More Water

While alcohol should be out of the question after your treatment, there is one fluid that you should not hold back on: water. Keep yourself hydrated and your skin is likely to recover a lot quicker and start producing collagen faster. It is worth noting that coffee or tea can dehydrate you instead as a diuretic due to its caffeine content, so stick to water for a while after your skin tightening procedure.

Don’t Have Hot Showers or Baths

While this doesn’t mean you should stop showering altogether or start showering with freezing water, it is recommended that you should avoid hot water and opt for cooler temperatures instead. Long, hot showers can strip the natural protective oils from your skin, while cool or lukewarm water can help you to recover faster and avoid trauma to the irritated parts of your skin, even if it’s just washing your face with cold water.

Potential Side Effects

The possibility of developing side effects or complications might be rare, but it is still important to discuss what these side effects might be and how the proper aftercare can help you to avoid them. With surgical options, such as facelifts, side effects typically include excessive bleeding, adverse reactions to medications or anaesthesia, or even difficulty in healing.

As for non-surgical options, the possible side effects are not as permanent or intense and can include redness, warm sensations to the skin and minor swelling. These issues typically resolve themselves within a number of days.

The importance of observing the best aftercare is easy to see and can help you to prevent side effects such as these.

 

We will put your mind at ease by answering any questions you may have about the best skin tightening aftercare so that you won’t have to worry about the recovery process – just contact us today and a friendly and professional member of our team will be on hand to discuss this subject with you.