Once you’ve decided to undergo facelift surgery, you may start to wonder what happens after. Following your surgery, there will be downtime, pain, and several days spent looking less than ideal. And while nothing will eliminate this period, there are some things to keep in mind to not only survive recovery but pass with flying colors.
Preparation is the key to ensuring a smooth healing process. After you wake up, you will feel groggy and uncomfortable for about a day or two. In the days to follow, swelling will peak around the third day after surgery, with usually little bruising. Before your surgery, it’s important to have the following prepared:
- Someone to drive you—don’t drive for about a week.
- Comfortable pillows to keep your head/neck straight and elevated at a comfortable angle.
- Soft, easy-to-prepare food for the first few days. Smoothies and shakes are good also.
- Plan to take about 10 days off from work.
- Stay out of the sun for the first few weeks, and if you do go out, make sure you wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat.
- Plenty of rest and a balanced diet accelerate the recovery.
- Hands off—try not to touch or rub your face except for daily cleaning as instructed.
Minimize Pain and Swelling
There will be some pain and discomfort immediately following your facelift. Dr. Baker will prescribe pain medication for the first two to three days. After that, TYLENOL® should be enough to handle any pain. Although bruising and swelling are common after facelift surgery, sleeping with your head slightly elevated, walking around, and avoiding heavy lifting may reduce swelling and encourage blood circulation. Don’t exert yourself for two weeks, and ease into exercising slowly.
Attend Checkups With Your Doctor
Frequent checkups with Dr. Baker ensure that you are healing properly. Dr. Baker will ask to see you every two to three days for the first two weeks of recovery.
Remember to Relax
Pain and swelling are temporary, and discomfort is normal. Don’t stress if your bruises and swelling get worse before they get better. It’ll take about 10 days for you to be socially comfortable and go out to dinner. Thereafter, your appearance will improve daily over the next few months. Remember that you are doing this for yourself; even when you are feeling down or uncomfortable, think about why you chose to have this procedure and focus on the outcome—your new and refreshed look!
During your consultation, Dr. Baker will give you a full list of recommendations on how to prepare for your surgery as well as what to expect for your recovery. To set up your consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, call our office at (305) 859-4729 or fill out our online contact form.