Post Op Instructions - Face Lift and Neck Sculpting
Some general guidelines for post operative Face Lift and Neck Sculpting patients.
- NO ASPIRIN OR ANY ASPIRIN CONTAINING PREPARATIONS ARE PERMITTED FOR A PERIOD OF ONE MONTH FROM THE TIME OF SURGERY. Aspirin is a blood thinner and its use may cause severe bleeding. If there is a question about medication, please call the office.
- You may shower and shampoo your hair the day after we remove the plastic drain tube(s) and as often as you like. Be gentle when washing around the stitches and use a large toothed comb. Rollers may be used but loosely. A hair dryer may be used but at the “comfort” zone (never hot), since at this time you may not have full sensation in the areas operated upon. Tinting and hair coloring may be done about two weeks following surgery. Wigs may be worn one week following surgery. Men please do not shave till sutures are removed.
- On occasion, small areas of skin (usually behind the ears and in the temples) may show delay in healing and may tend to crust for several weeks following surgery. Keep it coated with our ointment whenever possible.
- At times, fluid or blood may accumulate in the operative sites, which may require aspiration or drainage. This is of temporary nature and will not affect the result of the surgery.
- There will be scattered areas of numbness on the face and especially on the neck following surgery. The numbness is because of swelling of the nerves of sensation. Sensation usually returns gradually from a period of several weeks to months as the swelling subsides.
- There may be discoloration (black and blue) for up to 10 days following surgery. This is of a temporary nature and always disappears with time.
- There are, of course, scars as a result of surgery, and these scars are permanent. However, they are very finely crafted and are placed in natural creases so that they are barely discernible. The incisions in the hairline are not visible once the hair is combed over them, and the incision in the ear is placed so as to be inconspicuous as possible.
- There may be swelling in the face, which can persist for several weeks. The swelling always goes down over a period of time.
Remember before you see the improvement you are expecting, you will go through a standard postoperative period in which you may look slightly swollen and bruised followed by another temporary period when you may look “strange” to yourself. This varies considerably with each individual. You can expect swelling of the face and eyelids and some discoloration. The discoloration will be most noticeable on the second and third days and diminished by approximately 10 days. When both facial and eyelid surgery are performed together, you should set aside up to 2 weeks for recovery. At the end of this time, most patients are able to appear in public, although the scars may need camouflaging with makeup. In some patients, this time may be shortened by a few days and in others a slightly longer period is required.
I think you should also bear in mind that in some patients undergoing facial and eyelid surgery there is a temporary period of slight emotional depression immediately following the surgery during the period of time when you look your worst. This is quite normal and should not alarm you.
It is not easy to look bruised and swollen, particularly when natural expectations are towards improving your appearance. Fortunately, this period usually passes rather quickly.
If you have any other questions, be sure to have them answered by me or my staff. Members of my office staff have been with me for several years and are thoroughly informed, trained, and able to answer questions that may occur to you. It is unwise for a patient to accept advice from individuals who are not directly familiar with our technique, for example, friends who are nurses, friends who are physicians and even friends who have had similar operations. Find out everything you want to know from us. A well-informed patient is a happy one.