Post-Op Recovery After Facelift Surgery

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After you have collaborated with a facial cosmetic surgeon and determined that facelift surgery will revitalize your appearance, it is important that you are prepared for the recovery process.  An experienced surgeon can operate successfully, but there is a continuing process following the surgery day in order for the final outcome to meet your expectations.

Dr. Cory Torgerson’s experienced operating staff includes a recovery nurse who is assigned to all surgery patients, ensuring that they stabilize properly before leaving his surgery facility.  Detailed post-op instructions are given to you prior to surgery as well as to the person accompanying you home following the facelift.  These will include a list of symptoms you can expect as well as what complications to look for.  The aftercare will have been discussed with Dr. Torgerson prior to surgery, but the written note will serve as a reminder for you and your caregiver.

Although the cotton packing placed around your face and head will be uncomfortable, it should be removed only by the surgeon.  This will take place approximately 1 to 2 days after surgery.  The head bandage offers a snug protective layer around the suture lines.  During this time, you should sponge bath only.  Once the packing has been removed, you will be able to shower as long as your face is kept away from the hot water.

It is important to note that during the first 72 hours you will experience the most pain and discomfort.  Pain medication will have been prescribed to help alleviate this and to maintain your comfort level.  Cool compresses gently applied to the eyes may soothe the pressure, but heat should never be placed on the face or eyes.  No anti- inflammatory pills should be taken during recovery, as they may thin the blood and stimulate excess bleeding.

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Bruising, swelling, and tightness over the entire face and neck can be expected for the first 14 days.  This is why it is recommended to book 2 weeks from your schedule for recovery.   To reduce swelling, it is important that your head is elevated during this time and that you sit or sleep in a recliner rather than lie down in your bed.  Bending or lifting is not recommended, as this raises blood pressure and also increases swelling.

After you have returned to your normal routine, swimming and other athletics should be avoided for at least the first month.  Using 2 pillows to elevate your head is recommended for several weeks as well.  Although you will feel confident being out in public after 2 weeks, your face has undergone major surgery and will continue to heal subtly in the following months.  It is not uncommon for facelift patients to experience numbness in their face and neck for the first month and for their incisions to appear red rather than invisible.  Protecting your face from sun exposure is a must following surgery but is easy to do with the use of sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses.

Although this post-op recovery list is extensive, there is no need to allow them to deter you from pursuing your dream of appearing 10 years younger!  Discussing your concerns with Dr. Torgerson during a private consultation in Toronto will be sure to alleviate your anxieties.

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