Top Medical-Grade Skin-Care Brands Plastic Surgeons Always Recommend

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Whether or not you’ve ever visited a plastic surgeon, when they make a skin-care recommendation, you can trust it’s the real deal. Think about how much time, money and skill goes into a surgical procedure like a facelift, so maintaining those results is paramount. That’s where the heavy-hitting good stuff comes in, like these medical-grade skin-care brands that top plastic surgeons consistently recommend when patients want efficacy and results.

“Medical-grade skincare can make a big impact on one’s skin,” says Boston facial plastic surgeon Jaimie DeRosa, MD. “Whether you trying to maintain the results from your in-office treatments or are new to the skin-care world, choosing quality medical-grade skin-care products is a great investment and doesn’t have to break the bank. One thing I’d caution anyone who is purchasing products online, is make sure you are going through a validated site such as a medical spa, doctor’s office or a product website, and not other places that may sell a variety of products or that offers discounted skin and hair care, as there is no quality control for those places and you won’t really know if you’re getting a real, non-expired product.”

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“The SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum is my personal go-to favorite and I highly recommend this to my patients. It’s the perfect pre and post facial rejuvenation product.” —Grand Rapids, MI plastic surgeon David R. Alfonso, MD

“We use TNS Serum before and after facelifts for general skin care due to its growth factor properties, which also helps with the maintenance of the surgical results. I also recommend Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum for hyperpigmentation.” —Houston plastic surgeon Henry Mentz, MD

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“The medical grade skin-care line we recommend most to patients is SkinCeuticals. We appreciate the science that backs the products and find the line has a wide variety for every skin type and issue. One of our favorite products is C E Ferulic. Its patented antioxidant combination not only protects against environmental damage, but also helps improve photodamage, loss of firmness, fine lines and wrinkles while brightening the skin. Nicknamed ‘liquid gold’ by our patients, it is considered the gold standard in daily vitamin C treatments.” —Pittsburgh plastic surgeon Leo R. McCafferty, MD

“I frequently recommend SkinCeuticals Simply Clean for regular cleansing. It is gentle enough to be used after laser procedures and also provides nice exfoliation.” —Richmond, VA plastic surgeon Ruth Hillelson, MD

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ZO Skin Health

“I’ve recently been using the ZO Skin Health Daily Power Defense as my daily moisturizer and I now recommend it to all of my patients. It smells so good and it’s perfect for the summertime with a lighter feel. All of my patients are also recommended to apply a good growth factor eye serum, and my top recommendation is the ZO Skin Health Growth Factor Eye Serum, which reduces fine lines and has a nice cooling applicator.” —Grand Rapids, MI plastic surgeon Bradley Bengtson, MD

“As a plastic surgeon I founded MDSkin to elevate the skin-care experience—simplifying and empowering our clients to create a lifestyle commitment to SkinFitness. We partner with skin-care brands that are committed to creating effective products backed by science—brands that promote skin health education and offer simple regimens that work. One of our favorites is ZO Skin Health, as it is similarly committed to effective products that are innovative and utilize key ingredients such as retinols, antioxidants and growth factors that work to restore skin health and strengthen skin’s natural barrier and and function.” —Scottsdale, AZ plastic surgeon Bryan W. Gawley, MD

“One of my favorite cleansers is ZO Skin Health Hydrating Cleanser. Its creamy formula gently cleans the skin without leaving a residue. It also has sodium hyaluronate, panthenol and glycerin that act as humectants to help maintain hydration within the skin. I also love ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Polish—it’s simply a treat to use. This physical scrub works well on all skin types with its nonirritating, ultra-fine magnesium oxide crystals that help to remove dead skin cells and debris and wash off without a residue. Added to the scrub is a vitamin C that in combination with the exfoliant results in bright, glowing skin.” —Dr. DeRosa 

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skinbetter science

“There are a few key ingredients we recommend with which patients start their skin-care routine. These include an SPF with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, retinol, vitamin C, and moisturizer. We recommend a brand called skinbetter science, which uses high-quality ingredients and has clinical research backing its products. It also avoids fragrance, parabens and sulfates, which is important in skin care.” —New York facial plastic surgeon Dilip D. Madnani, MD  

“I remind all of my patients to wear their sunscreen. I like the sunbetter SHEER SPF 56 Sunscreen Stick for my personal use—it’s easy to carry and reapply. I also continue to recommend the sunbetter TONE SMART SPF 68 Sunscreen Compact. It has a high level of sun protection and adapts to all skin tones.” —Dr. Alfonso

“As far as retinoids, I will recommend AlphaRet Overnight Cream because it does not dehydrate the skin.” —Dr. Hillelson

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“EltaMD has a great price point and is an easy skin-care line for those just starting to use good quality skin-care products. It also has a huge selection of sunscreens that make daily sun protection easy. I love the Foaming Facial Wash, which is pH-balanced and paraben-free, and although it does not have active anti-acne ingredients, it is great for those with even the most sensitive skin.

EltaMD offers a range of mineral-based broad-spectrum SPFs, but my go-to year-round is UV Clear Broad-Spectrum 46. It is available in both tinted and non-tinted versions, and with transparent zinc, it feels more like a light moisturizer than a powerhouse of a sunscreen. It also contains niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and lactic acid to help combat pigmentation and breakouts while providing hydration.” —Dr. DeRosa

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Jan Marini Skin Research

“Jan Marini products are overall good quality and they do what they say they will. They help in the defense against aging skin.” —New York facial plastic surgeon Lee Ann M. Klausner, MD

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“These medical-grade skin-care products are our top recommendation. Targeting all skin types and conditions, iS clinical products are customizable for everyone. iS clinical serums, including Active Serum, Super Serum Advance+ and Pro-Heal Serum Advance+, are phenomenal for fast-acting ‘magic’ results, and all of them are clinically proven formulas for age-defying results. Studies show that the antioxidant in these formulas is effective at obliterating dark spots and stimulating collagen production, making it one of the best anti-agers on the market.” —Dover, OH facial plastic surgeon David Hartman, MD

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“I like DefenAge because of the science behind the products, which is impressive. The products are based on defensins that promote skin cell regeneration by waking up dormant cells to create brand new skin cells. This results in fresher, newer skin cells and a radiant appearance. The science behind this line is akin to wound healing in that it promotes new skin cells to form. I’m a big fan of medical-grade skin care.” —Beverly Hills, CA facial plastic surgeon Kimberly J. Lee, MD.

“The 8-in-1 BioSerum is a favorite of mine. Between the defensins—molecules that act like a retinol alternative and help repair signs of aging—the skin really feels the clock reset.” —Dr. Hillelson

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“At my spa we offer the medical-grade skin-care line Alastin, as these products help maintain your results post surgery. They have key ingredients that help slow down the anti-aging process and help maintain a beautiful youthful glow.” —Houston plastic surgeon German Newall, MD

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“The Alphascience line of skin-care products was developed in France with the strictest, most stringent standards for safety and the environment. The ingredients are formulated to be stable even at high temperatures, which is important because a lot of other products lose potency when exposed to heat. The serums target specific skin-care needs and are packaged in glass-stoppered bottles, so you really feel like you’re using a medical-grade product. The antioxidant serums all are also fragrance- and preservative-free, so they can be used on recently treated skin and are great for those with allergies.

These are a few of my favorite Alphascience products: Tannic [CF] Serum is my go-to for my patients who are interested in anti-aging and reversing fine lines and wrinkles; Alpha Bright Serum is great for those with oily or acne-prone skin because it helps to restore the proper skin oil (sebum) production; and Phytic [TC] Serum is my go-to for people with oily and acne-prone skin who are looking to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve brightness, while also helping to prevent pigmentation issues such as brown spots.” —Dr. DeRosa

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“I always recommend FormRx medical-grade skin care. It was invented by a plastic surgeon in an attempt to get ‘surgical level’–type results for patients. I think patients nowadays want more and demand more. This company does a good job of trying to fill that void, and these products contain only ingredients that have been proven to work and are safe to use after surgical procedures.” —Salt Lake City facial plastic surgeon P. Daniel Ward, MD

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Dr. Kimberly J. Lee Skincare

“We also have our own line of medical-grade skin-care products that are specially made for our office and they are customized for our patients’ needs. Specifically, our line combats signs of aging using medical-grade ingredients to promote skin brightening and rapid cell turnover.” —Dr. Lee

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Dr. Speron’s Natural Skin Care

“I might be a little biased, but at this point I recommend my own skin-care line. It’s the first line to contain everything your skin loves, and our natural Scar Treatment is really amazing. It contains oxygen, probiotics, all the necessary vitamins, hyaluronic acid and peptides. There’s nothing on the market like it.” —Chicago plastic surgeon Sam Speron, MD

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Iridesse Skin Care

“I love the benefits and effects of Iridesse Skin Care products. Because I created and developed the line, I know the enormous benefits the patients will get. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are powerful, but the Genesis Factor growth factor stimulants get the job done with respect to collagen and elastin stimulation. For procedures such as radio-frequency fractionating treatments, I recommend the Omega Serum. The Genesis Factor and hyaluronic acid are very effective for recovery and rejuvenation. 

Iridesse Night Nutrient, Day Brilliance and Eye Love It are performance products that help promote beautiful skin. These are all developing a cult following! The Kiss Lip Treatment keeps lips soft and plump while minimizing fine lines. I use this many times during the day and before I go to bed.” —Dr. Hillelson

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