Top facial creams after a facelift or necklift - Melarase vs. Obagi
After facial surgery, our office places patients on the RR Retinoid Repair Cream and Melarase to help further improve skin quality and skin resiliency.
Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS
Skin Care After Facelift
Retin A and sunscreen are two products that keep skin looking good over time. Which moisturizer you use is less critical. Ask you esthetician about a complete skin care plan.
- Expensive moisturizer is a luxury that few if any people need - with or without a face lift.
- A healthy skin - unless exceptionally dry - needs no moisturizer except in cold, dry weather.
- Skin care (tretinoin + glycolic) restores moisture to most skins
- Pond's cold cream, Eucerin or any other moisturizer that your skin tolerates is fine.
- Many people break out from all moisturizers - and cannot use them..
Moisturizer post face
There are so many different products out there and to me the best one is the one that you can tolerate AND afford.Spending more money will not meann it is a better product.
After surgery scar care
After surgery, there are descent studies that support the use of silicone and sun block to maximize scar healing and prevent more visible scars. I typically recommend these skin/scar care products post op after the first couple of weeks. I recommend a more expensive hypoallergenic product now, as I have seen problems with the cheaper products causing breakouts and pimples in the past.
As as far as general skin moisturizers, the same problems can exist. The cheaper products seem to cause more problems in patients with sensitive skin, especially on the face and behind the ears.
A good aesthetician will work with his or her surgeon and, in some instances, use a facial product postop depending on the patients skin and how they heal. If there are areas of pigment irregularity, or postoperative melasma, a compounding pharmacy can help by mixing a specific cream containing a hydroquinone, retinoids, and cortisone. Many liquid products contain water as the primary ingredient.
Sometimes, you get what you pay for. Talk to your board certified plastic surgeon in regard to the exact reason you are using that cream and any possible cheaper alternatives.
Moisturizers after facelift
Any moisturizer will do as long as it does not cause irritation of the skin. The superiority of one product over others have not been proven.
There are a multitude of moisturizers sold over the counter and many TV reports have demonstrated that they are essentially the same, with different perfumes and packaging. You should be fine with any product, including Jergens, Neutrogena, etc.
Skin care post facelift
I do not feel that moisterizers do much if anything for truthfully improving the tightness and look of the skin. I recommend ZO skin care products. Exfoliation and proper products will tighten the skin, make it look more youthful and allow the facelift results to last longer. Go to their site and do some research.
Suggestions for more reasonably priced aftercare applications?
These days, there are many great products to chose from in all price ranges. Experiment with various products in your price range, to determine what works best for you.