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June 27, 2024

Post-Procedure Care Tips for a Milwaukee Summer 

Summertime in Milwaukee is perfect for enjoying the beautiful beaches and outdoor activities, but if you’ve recently had a cosmetic procedure, special care is needed to ensure your skin and body heal properly. Here are some essential post-procedure care tips to keep you healthy and protected during the sunny season. 

1. Sun Protection is Key 

After any cosmetic procedure, your skin is more sensitive to UV rays. Use a high SPF sunscreen like Illume’s Daily Scar Cream SPF45, which offers broad-spectrum protection and helps prevent darkening of scars and loss of elasticity. If you’re looking for fun outdoor activities on a sunny day, why not try kayaking on the Milwaukee River? Paddle through the heart of the city, stopping at charming bars and restaurants along the way. Just remember to keep your sunscreen handy and reapply every two hours to maintain protection. 

2. Stay Hydrated 

Proper hydration helps your skin and body heal faster. If you’re out attending Milwaukee’s summer festivals, like Summerfest or Jazz in the Park, or visiting the Milwaukee Art Museum, bring water, take breaks, and stay hydrated. Consider carrying a reusable water bottle to stay refreshed throughout the day. 

3. Avoid Excessive Sweating 

Sweat can irritate healing skin and surgical sites. You’ll be told to avoid strenuous activities like intense workouts or long hikes in Whitnall Park. When you are cleared to do so, you can ease back into your routines with gentle walks along the Lakefront or through the beautiful Boerner Botanical Gardens. Milwaukee offers plenty of scenic, low-impact activities that are perfect for a leisurely day out. 

4. Wear Protective Clothing 

Lightweight, long-sleeved clothing can protect your skin from the sun while keeping you cool. A wide-brimmed hat is perfect for shading your face while exploring the Historic Third Ward’s outdoor markets or taking a stroll through the Milwaukee Public Market. Sunglasses with UV protection are also a must to protect your eyes and the delicate skin around them. 

5. Follow Your Skincare Routine 

Stick to the skincare regimen recommended by your provider at Illume Cosmetic Surgery & MedSpa. This might include gentle cleansers, moisturizers, and specific post-procedure products to aid in healing. 

6. Watch for Signs of Infection 

Monitor your skin and surgical sites for any signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or pain. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact Illume Cosmetic Surgery & MedSpa immediately. 

7. Be Gentle with Your Skin and Body 

Avoid scrubbing or using harsh products on treated areas. Pat your skin dry and use soothing, gentle skincare products. If you’ve had body contouring or other surgical procedures, follow your surgeon’s guidelines for care and activity restrictions. 

8. Avoid Hot Tubs and Pools 

While it’s tempting to cool off in a pool or lake (Bradford Beach, anyone?), or relax in a hot tub, it’s best to avoid these for a few weeks post-procedure. Chlorine and bacteria can irritate or infect healing areas. 

9. Healthy Diet 

Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals supports your body’s healing process. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains in your meals. Check out healthy restaurant options in Milwaukee like The Green Kitchen, Beans & Barley, and Urban Beets Café & Juicery. 

10. Show Up to Your Follow-Up Appointments 

Regular follow-up appointments with your provider at Illume are crucial to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns. These visits ensure that your recovery is on track and any issues are promptly managed. 

By following these post-procedure care tips, you can enjoy all the attractions Milwaukee has to offer while ensuring your skin and body heal beautifully. (And always talk with your provider about complete post-procedure care tips for your specific procedure!) If you have any questions or need further guidance, don’t hesitate to contact Illume for personalized advice. 

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