As a cosmetic surgeon, I’ve seen the devastating effects that acne can have on a person’s self-esteem. Acne can lead to low self-confidence and make a person feel like they’re not good enough.
That’s why I’m writing this blog: to help people who are suffering from acne feel better about themselves. The first step to improving your skin is understanding what causes it and how you can treat it. The second step is taking action!
This blog will give you all of the information you need to start feeling great about your skin once again!
A lot of patients ask if they can have a tummy tuck while on accutane. The answer is yes, but it depends on your individual situation.
Accutane is actually a pretty big deal in the world of cosmetic surgery. It’s an acne medication that usually needs to be taken for at least 4 months before you see any results. But it’s also one of the most effective treatments available for severe acne—and that’s why so many people take it!
But here’s the thing: Accutane can cause dryness and peeling of the skin, which could lead to scarring if you decide to get a tummy tuck right after starting your treatment. Because of this risk, we generally recommend waiting until you’re done with your accutane treatment before getting any type of cosmetic surgery procedure.
tummy tuck while on accutane
If you’re considering having a tummy tuck while you’re on accutane, it’s important to know that there are risks involved.
Accutane is an acne medication that can help reduce the amount of oil your skin produces and help clear up acne. Unfortunately, it also increases your risk of developing thinning skin and stretch marks when you stop taking it, which is why many people find it important to consider plastic surgery while they’re still taking accutane.
While some doctors may be willing to perform these procedures, others may not feel comfortable doing so because of the increased risk of complications. Before making any decisions about your body and its appearance, make sure you understand what risks are involved and whether those risks are worth taking for the results you want.
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) directly delivers heat energy to skin and subcutaneous tissue that can stimulate and renew the skin’s collagen and thus consequently improving the texture and reduce the sagging of the skin. It literally achieves the results of a facelift or a body lift without any invasive surgery or injections. Moreover, an added bonus of this procedure is that there is no downtime. Furthermore, it works equally well for people of all skin colors, in contrast to that of lasers and the intense pulse lights.
It’s heating directly to deeper tissue, in order to lift the skin. It is performed in the office with only ultrasound gel applied to the skin. An ultrasound screen image allows the physician to visualize the level of treatment before energy is applied to the targeted tissue. The treatment takes from 45 to 90 minutes depending on the area(s) treated.
The intensity and duration of your side effects depends on the treatment aggressiveness and your individual healing characteristics, but usually can last up to a week after treatment.
Most swelling will resolve within a day or two, but please use these techniques to minimize swelling:
Apply cold compresses to the treatment area for 10 minutes every hour
Sleep elevated the first night. Use as many pillows as you can tolerateMost redness resolves within a few hours, but if the skin is still slightly pink or red in areas please avoid hot water when washing or showing until the ‘blush’ has subsided. If you wish, you can apply makeup immediately after treatment to minimize the redness.
After Treatment Skin Care
Avoid Excessive Heat: For 2 days post-treatment, avoid partaking in activities that will heat up your skin, such as going in a hot tub/Jacuzzi/sauna, or strenuous exercise.
Skin Care Products: All of your skin care products should be non-irritating and non- clogging for the first week. Please do not use any scrubs, toners, glycolic acid, retinoids (RetinA or retinol), or bleaching creams (hydroquinoin) until your skin has healed.
Sunscreen: Proper and frequent application of sunscreen is very important. The sunscreen should offer broadband protection (UVA and UVB) and have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more. You should apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside, and again, immediately before. After that, reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours. If direct sun exposure is necessary, wear a hat and clothing that covers the treated area. Use this regimen during the healing period and always.