Skin Care Before and After Facial Plastic Surgery

I have just started obagi nuderm. I am planning to get a revision rhinoplasty and full face fat grafting. Obviously I would like to limit my time off Obagi in order to get the maximum results. And of course, I don't want to interfere with the healling of my nose and face. So when should I stop and when should I start back up with Obagi?

Doctor Answers 11

Skincare Befor/After Facial Surgery

With fat grafting and a rhinoplasty there is no need to discontinue use of most of your skincare products prior to the procedure. If you are using retina A or a strong retinol product, then you may want to temporarily stop those aggressive products several days before surgery to reduce skin sensitivity for the procedure and then slowly resume them after surgery. By using your Obaji Nuderm system prior you are actually creating healthier, stronger skin that will heal much faster. Post procedure due to the splint on the nose you will not be able to apply the product in that area but will be able to apply to the outer face until the splint is removed and then you can continue with your regular regimen full face. We agree that a proper medical skin care program before as well as after aesthetic surgery and non surgical procedures can improve and prolong optimal results.

Toledo Plastic Surgeon
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Skin care before/after facelift surgery

Every surgeon would answer this question differently. Prior to the surgery that you
are anticipating, it is best to avoid anything that might create inflammation of the
skin of the nose and face. Therefore, I would probably recommend that you discontinue your skin treatments for a couple of weeks prior to your surgery. However, it is best that you check with your surgeon to see what he or she recommends

Skin treatments after rhinoplasty

Any type of skin care regimen can be started approximately three weeks after rhinoplasty and facial fat grafting and/or a facelift. It is important to wait three weeks to make sure that all healing has taken place prior to placing makeup on the skin.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 126 reviews

Skin Care and Facial Plastic Surgery

There is no absolute answer to your question. There are many variables such as your skin type and your response to the Obagi treatment. Ask your surgeon and follow his/her recommendations. You are smart to treat not only the skin, but also address underlying structural, contour problems.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Obagi before and after facial surgery

You should stop the Obagi system at least 7 to 10 days prior to surgery. The Obagi system is great because it contains Retin A and Hydroquinone but these products dry your skin. You’ll probably experience some drying of your skin post surgery so you would want to talk to your surgeon before starting the Obagi system again. Don’t forget sunscreen especially since you’re on the Obagi system, the Retin A makes you more sun sensitive. Good luck.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Skin care after facelift

Obaji skin care products will not interfere with the healing process. However you may want to stop for a week before and a week after the surgery to limit the irritation to the skin from the Retin A and the exfoliants.

Resume after healing and when you can tolerate it.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Obagi skin care and facial plastic surgery

Hi there-

Each surgeon will have their preferences for immediate preoperative skin preparation, so to be fair, I would suggest you ask your surgeon what his/her preferences are.

I usually ask my patients to stop all tretinoin and hydroquinone containing products for one week prior to surgery.

Skin care after facelift

My recommendation to you is to stop the Obaji products about 10 days before the surgery, especially if they contain Retin A and Hydroquinone. You may restart this product about 4 weeks after the surgery. After the facelift, the face can become dry and a simple moisturizer will be useful. Retin A can make the skin even more dry within this period.

When to stop and start an Obagi regimen before a nose job and fat injections

If you were to get very dry and peel a lot prior to your surgery, you might develop slight cracks in the skin which in the dryer winter weather could be exacerbated. This might increase the risk of skin infection. Ask your surgeon, but it might be prudent to not use the products for one to two weeks before and a week after.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Skin care before/after facial surgery.

 Each surgeon will have a different answer to this question. Check with your surgeon since he will know what surgery was done and how it will affect your healing.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

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