If the stress of COVID 19 did not make your skin break out, then wearing the mask might. As it is important to wear a mask many people are experiencing the unwanted side effect known as mascne. Yes “mascne” or “maskne” can be an annoying, frustrating skins issue. Mascne can be caused by either friction against the skin or trapped moisture/bacteria against our skin. The fabric from the mask causes a rubbing or friction against the skin resulting in irritation, inflammation and eventually acne. Add the trapped sweat, oil, moisture and bacteria from our breath under the mask, and this creates a perfect environment for acne. However, with a good skin care regimen, mascne can be prevented or minimized. Always wash your face before and after wearing a mask. Starting your day with clean skin under your mask helps to reduce the trapped oil and bacteria. Cleansing your face at the end of the day removes the built-up residue, oil and bacteria. It is important to use a gentle cleanser as you do not want to further irritate your skin. Applying a lightweight moisturizer with sunscreen will also help reduce irritation and friction. Moisturizer not only helps prevent irritation but can also soothe already inflamed skin. Avoid wearing makeup. Makeup is just one more thing that sits on your skin and clogs your pores, plus your beautifully applied makeup wipes off on the mask. Use this time to give your skin a break, “au natural” is in. It is also important to frequently change your mask especially after exercising and to wash your masks frequently. Keep in mind that not all mascne is caused by the mask. If you don’t see a difference in your skin after implementing the above tips, it is time to consult with a medical professional. Having the right skin care routine will help reduce mask related skin irritation and mascne.
The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is one of the hottest growing plastic surgery procedures. The reason for the popularity of the Brazilian Butt Lift is the buzz of pop culture icons across all social media platforms. Today, women and men are seeking a more voluptuous, fuller derriere. The Brazilian Butt Lift is not an implant in any regard. The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure “harvests” fat from excess areas of the body which is then injected into the buttocks. The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure involves three steps: 1. Extra fat is “harvested” or removed generally from the abdomen, thighs, flanks, and hips with liposuction. 2. The extracted fat is then purified. 3.The purified fat is injected specifically into targeted areas in the buttocks to increase volume giving a fuller, voluptuous contour. After exhausting countless hours on the step mill, squats and lunges the fuller buttock is difficult for many to achieve. Removing unwanted fat and relocating it to the buttocks makes the Brazilian Butt Lift a very desirable procedure. For many the reduction of unwanted fat and a fuller derriere spikes confidence and self esteem. While the Brazilian Butt Lift is a popular procedure, it is not right for everyone. It is important to talk with your board-certified plastic surgeon about your expectations and desired outcomes.
The recovery period after plastic/cosmetic surgery can be tedious, and intimidating. It is critical that you allow your body the proper time to heal following a surgical procedure. It is important to prepare both physically & mentally to help with a smooth recovery process. 1. No smoking or vaping- Smoking/vaping causes the blood vessels to constrict, decreasing blood flow that is needed for proper healing. 2. Walk throughout the day- Do not become a couch potato! Walking after surgery helps to reduce the risk of blood clots by improving circulation. This means walking to the bathroom, strolling around the kitchen a few times per day. 3. Be patient and trust the process- Before and after pictures show incredible results, however they don’t show the in between process. You will not look or feel like yourself after surgery. Final results can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. Pain, swelling and bruising are all expected and temporary. Cover up mirrors during the recovery process. Do not focus on appearance until healing is complete. 4. Eat, Eat, Eat- You will lose your appetite after surgery. However, food helps your body heal from the stress of surgery. Protein is especially important after surgery. Protein helps repair damaged tissue, fights off infections & synthesizes collagen. Good protein sources are chicken, fish, seafood, nuts, and lean ground beef. 5. Drink water- Anesthesia & pain medication can cause constipation. It is important to drink plenty of water and eat high fiber foods such as whole grain bread, fruits and vegetables. Also walking throughout the day can stimulate the bowel. 6. Take the pain meds- Take the pain meds as prescribed. You should expect to have some pain after surgery. Pain medication will keep you comfortable but it will also speed up recovery. 7. Support System- Surround your self with friends and family that support your surgical decision. DO NOT be afraid to ask for help. Let your friends and family take care of you. You will need some physical and emotional assistance. 8. Follow your doctor’s instructions- Your doctor will give you a list of recovery instructions for a reason. Not following their instructions can have regrettable consequences. Do not look for advice on the Internet Call you doctor at anytime if you have any questions or concerns. 9. You are not alone-take heart in knowing many people have gone through the same process. It is normal to have feelings of fear, doubt, guilt, apprehension, or nervousness. Elective surgery is unknown territory for many. Despite all attempts of preoperative education, when it happens to you it becomes personal. We ask if you have any questions concerns to please contact us The recovery period after plastic surgery is often the most difficult part of the process. Remember the healing process is an essential part of the journey. Being both physically & mentally prepared, having a positive attitude and following these tips can promote faster healing and the best possible outcome for years to come.
The holiday season is an ideal time for giving the gift of plastic surgery. For some, plastic surgery is the perfect gift. It might be something they might appreciate, but never give for themselves. Or, it could be something that someone has wanted for a long time but have never committed to for various reasons. A surgical procedure isn’t your typical stocking stuffer. If you are considering gifting plastic surgery to someone special keep these tips in mind: 1. Don’t suggest a procedure your special someone has never mentioned. 2. Research plastic surgeons in your area and choose a surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. 3. Give a consultation with a promise to pay for the surgery. It is important that both the patient and surgeon feel the procedure is appropriate. 4. Gift certificates for a treatment your special someone regularly gets such as Botox or fillers are a great choice. Like all gifts, the gift of plastic surgery should be from the heart. When properly considered giving someone the gift of plastic surgery can make them feel a new self confidence that will continue on into the New Year.
Nutrition is a vital role in your recovery after surgery. Good nutrition helps your body repair tissue and heal wounds. Sometimes people have a lack of appetite after surgery. However, failing to eat enough nutrients after surgery can delay the healing process. Now is NOT the time for weight loss. Often when people are sedentary they worry about gaining weight and will decrease their caloric intake. In fact, your caloric needs are higher than usual because your body requires energy from nutritious foods to promote the healing process. If overall energy and protein needs are not met, body tissue will begin to breakdown compromising healing and prolonging recovery. It is important to eat well-balanced meals and a wide variety of foods. Eliminate junk food, as you need whole foods that are packed with nutritional value. Your body requires more protein during this time. Good protein sources include lean beef, poultry, fish, seafood, nuts and legumes. In addition, vegetables and fruits are important as they contain many vitamins and minerals that help reduce inflammation as well as accelerating wound healing after surgery. Proper hydration also assists in wound healing. It is important to drink a minimum of eight glasses per day. The easiest way to tell if you are not drinking enough water is to analyze your urine, which should be clear and odorless if you are sufficiently hydrated. Susan Bisseck, FNP