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Post-Operative Care for Facelift Patients

April 4, 2014

Having facelift can be an exciting experience! You can look forward to a renewed, youthful appearance and the satisfied feeling that you look as young on the outside as you feel on the inside—but along with that excitement also comes investment and commitment. The investment will be made financially as you are setting aside a healthy sum to improve your appearance as well as an investment in your time and energy for you will be required to take time off work for the procedure as well as the healing.  This is where the commitment comes in! Any surgical procedure is not just the surgery itself, but the healing process as well. Here are some tips to help ensure your investment is a good one!

Facelift Surgery

  • Make sure you have someone available to help care for you. This means arranging transportation to and from the clinic as well as someone who can help you with simple tasks that make seem daunting directly after surgery. Meal preparation, personal hygiene, and daily routines may need some alteration (and assistance!).
  • Don’t touch the bandages! Avoid the curiosity to peak under any dressing as everything is held in place to allow for optimal healing. You will be instructed on how to change any drains or bandages if required. Adhere closely to the doctor’s orders!
  • Don’t sleep on it! Your head should be properly elevated during rest for the first two weeks following surgery. Choose a recliner or use pillows to position yourself at 45 degrees. Check out Envy Pillow which allows for your head to be propped up during sleep and helps to keep you from applying direct pressure to your face.
  • If your doctor provides you with any cleansing routines for sutures, be sure to complete! This will keep wounds clean and avoid infection.
  • Keep your head up! You will experience some swelling, bruising, and numbness—this is normal! To keep the swelling to a minimum, try to keep your head elevated as much as possible for the weeks that follow your surgery. Avoid unnecessary forward bending, lifting, and strenuous work including rigorous exercising for two-three weeks.
  • Avoiding turning the other cheek! Try to avoid activities that include a lot of movement of the neck, head, face, and jaw. This includes chewing of hard foods, stretches and limit yawns where possible, pulling clothes overhead, and importantly, no checking the blind spot which means no driving!
  • Don’tput on your face! Avoid the application of makeup for the first week or two post-surgery. Your doctor will give you the all-clear when you can start using beauty products on the affected area.
  • Hydrate! Make sure to get plenty of water to help cleanse the body of toxins and flush out any medication used during the procedure. It will also help to heal the skin.
  • Move it! Although exercise is prohibited, make sure to walk around and get your blood flowing, this will prevent clots from occurring
  • Be sure to fill any prescriptions and follow the instructions provided.
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory products for one month post-treatment or otherwise stated by your surgeon. They can complicate healing. Use medication only as directed by your doctor.
  • Avoid excess heat! This means hot water, saunas, the sun—anything that can increase swelling. Sun should be avoided directly for the period of one year to avoid scarring. Apply 30+ SPF sunscreen liberally, use sunhats, and try to sit in the shade for best results!

Call us! When something doesn’t seem right, be it excessive bleeding, swelling, or unbearable discomfort—contact us for help, we are here to make this experience as pleasant as possible! You can reach our office at 1.866.692.8975!


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Robert S Backstein, MD STEELES AVENUE COSMETIC SURGERY
5109 Steeles Avenue West, Unit 13 Toronto, Ontario, M9L 2Y8
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