After having cosmetic surgery, a proper recovery is also essential in achieving anticipated results and preventing infection. After a facelift, your surgeon will give you explicit directions based on the details of your procedure, but the following guidelines are a good place to begin.
In the hours and days immediately following your facelift, you may experience bruising and swelling. Use ice or cold compresses regularly. Sleeping with your head elevated above your heart will also help avoid an increase in swelling overnight. U-shaped pillows, like the kind you would use on an airplane, are useful for elevating the head and supporting the neck.
Your skin may be sensitive in the weeks and months following the procedure. Limit sun exposure and wear sunblock with an SPF of at least 30 if you spend any time outdoors. Do not use abrasive soaps on your face; instead substitute them for gentle, fragrance- and dye-free soaps.
Resist the temptation to pick at peeling skin or scabs. This will not speed the healing process. It is more likely to cause infection or scarring. Your body has the ability to heal on its own and scabs will fall away in due time.
A few weeks after the procedure, your doctor may give you permission to wear makeup. Use mineral based makeup; it is gentler on your skin. Make sure you remove the makeup every night with a gentle non-soap cleanser.
Things that you did to prepare for surgery may also be helpful for your recovery, such as not smoking and increasing water intake. For more information, visit our cosmetic surgery recovery blog.
The above directions should be only taken as a guideline. You should always follow the directions given to you by your surgeon. If you are interested in having a facelift in the West Palm Beach area or have questions about recovery, contact Dr. Michael Schwartz at 561-228-5888 or schedule a consultation online.