Post-Facelift Care: Making The Most Of Your Surgery
As you may spend significant time and money on your facelift, it is important that you do everything necessary to ensure that the best result possible is gained. It is essential that you fully understand and adhere to your post surgical care plan to achieve the best outcome and most rewarding result. While your surgeon should comprehensively outline what needs to be done, here are the basics of post-surgical facelift care.
Caring For Your Face After Surgery
It is completely normal for your face to feel painful for a short time after plastic surgery. Swelling and bruising are common side effects of plastic surgery, and in fact mean that the procedure has gone well and everything is in order. There are several ways you can ease the swelling and bruising to make things more comfortable for yourself:
- Elevation – Gently elevate your head when you are sleeping, as this helps the swelling to drain down your face.
- Compression – For the first few days after surgery, you should wear the head wrap that the surgeon has placed you in. After this, wear your compressive facial garment as much as possible during the first two to three weeks post-surgery.
- Things To Avoid – While walking is encouraged, strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least two weeks, and after that time should gently be re-introduced into your daily routine. Make-up should be avoided for one week post-surgery, and eye make-up for two weeks.
- Travel – When you are off pain medication and can safely operate a car (most typically after 5-10 days), driving is fine. Air travel or very long car journeys are best avoided for the first four weeks post surgery, but are usually fine after this time if you get up regularly and walk around.