Recovery Tips for Facelift Surgery Patients
By Dr. Suzanne Yee on June 15, 2014
So many options are available if you would like to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and make yourself look years younger. Many patients who are looking for anti-aging solutions often meet with a cosmetic surgeon in order to achieve optimal results. Your plastic surgeon will be sure to help you consider all of your options for advanced aesthetic care, which means surgical as well as non-surgical treatments that will leave you looking your very best.
While pre-planning and the surgical procedure itself are very important, it is also of the utmost importance that you take the post-surgical recovery process seriously. We'd like to take a few moments right now to consider some basic tips following your facelift that will help you heal free from complications.
About Facelift Surgery
It's helpful to go over some of the basics of facelift surgery first before we consider some of the tips for recovery. In basic terms, facelift surgery involves the tightening of skin around the middle portion of the face in order to reduce wrinkles and sagging and to make patients look younger and more refreshed. It's an ideal option for wrinkles around the corners of the eyes as well as drooping situated around the upper cheek area.
Get Lots of Rest and Do Not Over-Exert Yourself
One of the most important things that you can do in the first days of surgery is to get a lot of rest. While walking a little around your home when you are able is a good idea to help promote circulation, you'll want to take it easy for the most part in those early days so your body can focus all its energy on recovery.
Patients will also be asked to refrain from any heavy lifting, vigorous exercise, and sexual activity for some time after surgery. This can vary from patient to patient, so be sure to follow your surgeon's instructions to the letter.
Sleep So You Don't Disturb Surgical Dressings
When you sleep, be sure to sleep on your back with your head at an incline. This is the best way to prevent moving or shifting the bandages/surgical dressings and to avoid touching the incision sites.
Stay Away from Cigarettes and Alcohol
Tobacco products and alcohol both have a negative impact on the healing process. Be sure to avoid tobacco products and alcohol for several weeks before surgery and several weeks after surgery to ensure optimal healing.
Avoid Hot Showers, Saunas, and Steam Rooms
The steam and humidity of hot showers can have a negative effect on your healing experience, which is why it's important to avoid hot showers for at least a week after surgery. Saunas and steam rooms should be avoided for even longer, possibly for a few months. Your surgeon will be able to provide you with a personal time estimate based on your needs.
Take Pain Medication as Directed
Soreness and discomfort are both common parts of the recovery process, and it's important that you keep that in mind. You will be given prescription medication to address these issues as they arise. Be sure to take these medications as directed and not to exceed the recommended dosage.
Keep In Touch with Your Surgeon as You Heal
Issues may arise while you are healing that were not covered during the consultation. Be sure to keep in contact with your surgeon and the surgical team, particularly in those early days after surgery. Even though there are multiple follow-up visits, it helps to ask questions as they arise, allowing you to get the help you need as soon as possible.
Learn More About Facial Plastic Surgery Treatment
If you would like more information about facelift surgery and your many other options for wrinkle reduction and anti-aging, be sure to contact our Little Rock cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Suzanne Yee and her entire team look forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.
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