Older woman having had skin tightening treatment

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

Avoid the Sun

After certain skin tightening treatments, you’ll want to stay out of direct sunlight for a few weeks, generally four to six (this also applies to the weeks before the procedure). This is so you can reduce or prevent the possibility of hyperpigmentation or darker pigmentation in your skin and 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. Remember that tanning salons also use UV rays, which will be just as harmful as exposure to direct sunlight. Once you finish your sessions and have given enough time for your skin to recover, you can return to your normal routine.

Woman shielding from the sun

Don’t Scratch Your Skin

It may be tempting to pick or scratch your skin if it becomes itchy, but you must always resist this urge. After all, be it after a non-invasive or 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 begin to form, you must 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, water is one fluid you should not hold back on. Keep yourself hydrated, and your skin will likely recover much quicker and produce 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 these side effects and how the proper aftercare can help you avoid them. With surgical treatments, such as facelifts, side effects typically include excessive bleeding, adverse reactions to medications or anaesthesia, or difficulty healing.

As for non-surgical treatments, 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 several days.

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

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Why Choose Aesthetic Skin Clinic?

The Aesthetic Skin Clinic team are experienced professionals, providing solutions tailored to individual needs. We focus on personalised treatment plans, ensuring clients receive customised solutions for their specific skin tightening goals.

At ASC, we also 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. We offer:

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