How to Protect Your Plastic Surgery Results

At the Manhattan cosmetic surgery practice of Joshua A. Greenwald, we recognize that undergoing the cosmetic surgery procedure of your choice involved a significant investment of your time, capital and emotions. However, now that you have had the procedure and are finished with the initial recovery period, the hard part is over! Now, it’s time to enjoy your new look. To protect your aesthetic results from plastic surgery and ensure that you are enjoying your improved appearance for many years to come, be sure to follow these tips.

Follow All Dr. Greenwald’s Instructions – You were meticulous about following all Dr. Greenwald’s preoperative instructions. Don’t stop, now that you have moved into the postoperative phase! The instructions you received from the NYC plastic surgeon are designed to encourage proper healing over the long term and to minimize the chance of experiencing postsurgical complications that could compromise your results.

Keep Scars out of the Sun – To minimize the appearance of your scars, keep them completely out of the sun for at least one year — this is how long it takes for scars to fade so they closely match the color of the surrounding skin. Even 20 minutes of sun exposure can cause a scar to become red and raised from the surface of the skin. Once this happens, it is incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to reverse. Cover scars with clothing or sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 (preferably higher), and make sure to reapply the sunscreen frequently.

Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices – If you consistently eat unhealthy, highly caloric foods and gain a substantial amount of weight (about 10 percent or more of your total body weight) following your liposuction or body contouring procedure, you could compromise the aesthetic results of your cosmetic surgery. In addition, practicing unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as smoking or sunbathing without the proper UV protection, can inhibit proper healing and counteract the aesthetic results of procedures such as facelift surgery.

Get Routine Massages – This tip is one that most of us will enjoy practicing. Not only do massages help relax tight muscles, they also stimulate the lymphatic drainage of toxins from your body as well as promote good blood circulation, both of which are beneficial for maintaining your plastic surgery results.

To arrange a personal consultation with Dr. Greenwald to learn more about the plastic surgery procedure of your choice, contact his practice by calling (914) 421-0113.


Dr. Joshua Greenwald is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City who studied and trained at prestigious educational institutions including Columbia University, Emory University, and New York University School of Medicine. His keen aesthetic eye and refined surgical techniques have led him to be a top choice for cosmetic face, breast, and body procedures in NYC. His exceptional patient care has earned him the distinction of “Top Doc” by both Westchester Magazine and Castle & Connolly for over 10 years running. Dr. Greenwald is an active member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Medical Association, and the Westchester County Medical Society.