A great facelift result depends on a smooth recovery.
Following a facelift surgery, you’ll need to follow Dr. Sinha’s post op recovery advice in order for the healing process to go smoothly. Once the surgery is finished, the incisions on your face will be bandaged and some swelling is completely normal.
You will usually have a follow-up appointment with your surgeon the day after your facelift surgery so they can check that everything is healing as it should be and there are no unexpected problems. In the following days your stitches will be removed and you will be advised by your surgeon when it’s OK for you to resume daily activities, such as washing your hair, doing exercise and returning to work.
Post op advice – secrets to a great surgical result
Below are some basic pieces of post op advice to follow after a facelift surgery–
- Sleep and rest with your head elevated
Keeping your head elevated will help with the healing process and also ensure that your incisions are not exposed to friction.
- Take prescribed pain medication
Your surgeon will provide you with pain medication to take following your facelift. The level of pain experienced will vary from one patient to the next so how often you need to take the medication will depend on your own tolerance of the pain.
- Avoid any pressure or friction on your incisions
Your incisions will take a while to heal and during this team you should avoid anything that will expose them to pressure or friction. This means it’s usually better to avoid any potential rowdy social gatherings where drinking will be involved for the first few weeks after surgery. You should also avoid wearing any tight or restrictive head wear, such as baseball caps.
- Wear clothing that doesn’t need to be put on over your head
When your incisions are still healing, you should try to avoid wearing any clothes with a tight neckline that need to be put on over your head, such as turtle-neck sweaters. Shirts, blouses, hoodies and cardigans are preferable during this time.
Rare side effects – Contact your surgeon immediately
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Pain down one side of your face or neck
If you experience any of these side effects then you should contact our team immediately.
For more information on facelifts or to book a consultation with Dr Sinha, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.