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Regain That Youthful Feeling

Facelifts are performed to address the loss of elasticity in the facial area, decreased muscle tone and reduced fatty tissue beneath the facial skin. During this procedure the lower two-thirds of the face and the neck are “lifted” to give the patient a more youthful look and feel.

What Do I Need to Know?

The surgeon will make an incision in front of the ear extending up into the hairline. The skin is lifted and the tissue and muscle underneath is tightened. The surgeon will trim away excess skin and fat, re-drapes the skin over the face, the incision is closed with sutures.

What Should I Expect After Surgery?

A loose bandage will be applied to your face and head. You should expect bruising, swelling, numbness, tenderness, and tightness of the skin. The bandage will help reduce bruising and swelling. For the first three days, keep your head elevated with as little movement of the face as possible. First two weeks after surgery, you should only take on light activities such as walking or mild stretching. Pain medication, prescribed by the surgeon, will help control the discomfort during your recovery period. Instructions for home care will be provided at your pre-op appointment.

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Please Read Following

1. If you are a smoker, you should stop completely. This will help to avoid respiratory complications and to improve circulation to the surgical areas.
2. Abstain from taking aspirin, aspirin containing products, or any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.
3. Avoid alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours prior to your surgery.
4. Do not eat or drink after midnight the day of your surgery. If you must take medications on the day of surgery, you may take them with a small sip of water.
5. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home after surgery. Please make arrangements for a family member or friend to pick you up.
6. Do not apply any body lotions, creams, antiperspirants, hair treatments, or make up on the day of surgery.



Begin with soups and slowly advance your diet to normal foods for as long as you are free of any nausea or vomiting.

Drink at least 4-6 glasses of liquids a day to avoid dehydration and constipation.

If you are a patient under the care of a bariatric surgeon, please follow the dietary instructions given to you by our dietary team.


Upon returning home, you should rest comfortably for the next 24 hours.

Do not drive while taking pain medications or have pain.

Avoid heavy exercise and limit lifting to 10 lbs or less for 6 weeks.Your doctor will clear you for work following surgery.

Keep your head elevated at all times to help reduce the swelling.

Use a bag of frozen peas as an ice-pack to also help with swelling. Gently place the ice on your eyes for 20 minutes on, and 20 minutes off, for a few hours each day.


Do not remove any of the dressings or bandages. Your physician will remove them for you during your first post-op appointment.

You may not shower until cleared by your physician..

Avoid baths, swimming, oceans and hot tubs until approved by your doctor.


Your incisions are usually closed by dissolvable sutures.

It is not unusual for a small amount of blood or fluid to escape from the wounds. Significant bleeding on the gauze is not normal. Please be sure to contact your physician if this occurs.

Mild bruising after surgery is to be expected. This can be quite dramatic, but is not dangerous.

Any unusual pain or redness may indicate infection and should be reported to your surgeon.

For any foul smelling drainage or unusual odors, please notify your physician.


Pain medications will be prescribed; take this as needed and as directed for pain.

Anti-nausea medications will be prescribed; this as needed and directed for nausea.

Antibiotics will be prescribed; take this as directed. Be sure not to miss a dose.

Please follow instructions and ask your physician if you are taking other medications.

Do not drive while taking pain medications.

Unless directed by your physician, avoid aspirin-type medications such as Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve and Advil as these can cause ulcers and thinning of the blood that may lead to bleeding.

Tylenol is suitable for minor pain.

6Post-Ops & Follow Up Appointments

Expect to receive a post-op phone call from the surgery center within 24 hours of your procedure. If we are unable to reach you at the time of the call, please return our call at your earliest convenience.

It is important to come to your initial post-op appointment. You will be seen in your physician’s clinic 1-2 days immediately after surgery, and then as frequently as your physician requires.

Call the office if you cannot make your appointment that is given to you.

The first appointment is to check your incisions and make ensure that you are recovering well.

7Possible Side Effects
Call us immediately if you notice any of the following:

• Unusual bleeding

• Purulent or foul smelling discharge

• Excessive pain

• Excessive swelling of or around the incisions

• Increased redness

• Light headedness

• Temperature of 100° F or higher

• Severe Headache

• Dizziness

• Changes in vision

• Nausea and Vomiting

• Chest pain

• Difficulty breathing

• Diarrhea or Constipation

8High Blood Pressure

If you take blood pressure medications, please check your blood pressure before taking the medications.

If your blood pressure is low, do not take them and contact your doctor.

If you are taking diabetes medications, please check your blood sugars before taking the medications. If it is low, hold off from taking them and contact your physician managing your diabetes.

9What To Expect
Bruising, Oozing, Swelling, Emotional ups and downs, Numbness, Itching, and Discomfort

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