6 Facelift Recovery Tips
A facelift repositions the underlying muscle and soft tissue to restore a more youthful appearance. It can be quite intensive, both during and after the operation due to the sensitivity of the affected areas.
Still, most procedures are well tolerated, especially if you follow post-op care instructions and try some of the tips I have for you in this blog.
What should you do after your facelift surgery?
1. Drink Plenty of Water
Proper fluid intake is even more important for a recovering patient. It keeps your cells revitalized, making the healing process faster and more efficient. Water also ensures any toxins and waste products are continuously flushed out of your system.
2. Eat Plenty of Protein, Vitamins, and Minerals
A healthy diet contributes to better recovery time and results. Proteins, alongside vitamins and minerals, are key to cellular regeneration. It should be noted that proteins, in this case, refer to the likes of soy, non-fat milk, and lean and white meat.
3. Rest and Sleep as Much as You Can
While water and food provide the basic building blocks for healing, sleep and rest are when most of it is actually used. However, you can’t just lie down in any position you want, which brings me to my next point…
4. Sleep with Your Head Elevated Above the Neck
Swelling is often caused by water and other fluids being stuck in your face. Sleeping at a 45° - 90° means that these fluids flow away faster, quickly reducing swelling and freeing up space for proper healing. For the record, 45° is about the height of two pillows. Keep this up for about two weeks and swelling and bruising will disappear soon after.
5. Clean Your Sutures
Keeping your body clean is as important on the outside as it is inside. Typically you will have medical wrappings around your face to prevent infections, but they have to be replaced with fresh ones to keep doing that job. I usually provide antiseptic for my patients and instruct them to use it daily after shower, until any redness and swelling go away.
6. Refrain from Scratching Your Face
Itches in the face mean that the recovery process is going along well! As tempting as it may be to scratch them, this will not only remove all that brand new skin but might also make the underlying tissue react aggressively by healing unevenly. There are many oral and topical prescriptions that can relieve these symptoms. Additionally, any excess shed skin can be removed by lightly dabbing your face after showering.
The most important tip
If you underwent a facelift with a board-certified plastic surgeon, these tips will ensure that your recovery will be smooth and quick. As time goes on, your face and neck will feel tighter, and you will look younger and rejuvenated.
If you’re interested in finding out if a facelift surgery might be right for you, make an appointment with the Yeung Institute today. I will personally discuss your goals with you, so you can make an informed decision about any procedure.