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Heating Pads After Cosmetic Surgery? No!

June 24th, 2019

Ice bag with water to ease pain

Heating Pads After Cosmetic Surgery? No and here’s why.

Contrary to the soothing warmth a heating pad delivers for common musculo-skeletal ailments and sports injuries, heating pads are NOT ever advised during convalescence from cosmetic surgery. A normal part of any surgical procedure is swelling, bruising and pain. Swelling in the skin and subcutaneous tissues not only reduces sensation, but also makes the delicate skin more susceptible to injury following surgery.

It’s very important to exercise caution during cosmetic surgery recovery. Small nerves are disrupted during surgery, which leaves you with temporary numbness around the surgical site. Normally when the pad gets too hot for comfort, you just remove it. This is natural defense mechanism, which is temporarily lost following surgery. The skin is numb, the surgical site is swollen and is very susceptible to being burnt quite easily. Pain medication may also interfere in monitoring, so I recommend using ice with some water in a zipper bag applied gently in most cases and refreshed as needed. The water helps keep the ice at a safe temperature to safely ease pain and swelling.

Never use heating pads during recovery from cosmetic surgery due to the risk of skin burns and scarring. Note that this risk can remain present and last for up to six months following surgery during the recovery process. When in doubt, always consult your doctor.

 

 

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3 Things To Tell Your Stylist (after having facial cosmetic surgery)

February 24th, 2015

Hair GraphicAt Nipntuck.com our goal is for you to look better naturally. We want you to feel more confident in your skin without looking like you’ve changed your identity! Because we want to give you the most natural results, other people in your life may not realize you’ve had cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgeons and salon professionals have one goal in common: we want you to look more beautiful. So if you are visiting your stylist (aesthetician, hair guru or makeup artist) for the first time after having facial cosmetic surgery, please consider sharing a little bit of information with them…            

  1. Tell them how you feel. Healing takes time and each person is different in the way they heal. Although you may feel well enough to go back to most activities of daily living just a few days after surgery, your body is still healing and there may be areas of your face and scalp that are still sensitive to the touch. Share this information with your stylist so that she/he may take necessary precautions to keep you safe and comfortable during your treatments.          
  2. Show them your scars. Scars are necessary for surgery but we aim to place scars in areas of your body where they will be hidden by natural skin creases, hair and/or light make-up. The average scar takes six weeks to reach 80% of its maximum strength, so if you have recent scars from facial surgery, please let your stylist know so that she/he may protect healing skin from further stress.
  3. Tell them about changes in sensation. Temporary changes in sensation are common after surgery. These changes may take up to six months to return to normal. During this time you may experience numbness and/or tingling in your face and scalp and you may not be able to carefully judge whether something is too hot or too cold. If you have residual numbness and/or tingling after facial surgery please share this information with your stylist and allow them to protect you from potentially damaging styling tools and products.
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