Aging can make all sorts of problems appear. However, some factors might speed up the process; smoking, heredity, stress, or sun damage. A facelift can be the answer to the deep lines in your face and neck, it can make some issues like the double chin disappear, and cheeks’ jowls. Doing a face and neck lift can be stressful, it literally satisfies the common saying that beauty is a pain. Before deciding on doing the surgery, you need to be well aware of all the aspects there is to it. We will discuss what you should expect from your surgery, the recovery time, and how to take care of your face.

What to expect

Many think that facelift surgery might stop aging or solve existing problems that you had since you were young. The surgery will help with restoring your original young face contour, however, it will not change it. There might be a risk factor in this procedure, including bleeding, scarring, infection, or swelling. However, if done correctly, you will only experience pain or discomfort afterward that your doctor will likely describe a pain medication for. Sometimes, a need for a subsequent surgery might appear as you might not get the desired results from the first time.

The recovery period

You can expect a full recovery within 2 to 4 weeks after the surgery. There are certain factors that are involved with facelift surgery and it’s important to be aware of them. It will be ideal if you avoid any excessive exercises in the first 24 hours after your surgery or even make use of these hours to enjoy bed rest. Some doctors will prefer that you stay for an overnight at the hospital. This is dependent on the kind of facelift you had. You will start noticing the disappearance of swelling within the first 10 days.

Aftercare

The way you take care of your face after the surgery matters even more than the surgery. Make sure that your head is elevated for the first day after your surgery without bending your neck. Make sure you wash your face with a gentle cleanser and follow it with massaging your moisturizing into your skin. Don’t forget to keep your facial expressions such as laughing, yawning, or even eating at a minimum. Use a strong sunblock if you are out to protect your skin from the harmful sun rays.

Try to stop smoking after your surgery for at least one month. Any action that requires your face to undergo stress, heating, or cooling can cause your face to reverse some of the benefits of the surgery. When you wash your hair after your dressings have been removed, use baby shampoo to lather your hair; make sure you are thorough when you rinse it with water until all the soap is out. Sunlight can do more damage than usual after the surgery because your face is going to be very sensitive for at least 8 weeks. Always remember to follow up with your doctor and keep them updated to avoid any mishaps.

 

Published by Peter Garlow