Facelift

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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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.

Abstain from taking aspirin, aspirin containing products, or any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents for at least 2 weeks following your surgery.

You will be prescribed pain medications and antibiotics. You should plan to gradually decrease your intake of pain medications to avoid nausea or constipation.

Antibiotics will be required until the drains are removed unless otherwise advised by your doctor.

If you are a smoker, you should abstain from smoking immediately. This will help to avoid respiratory complications and improve circulation to the surgical areas.

Avoid alcoholic beverages until advised by your doctor

Drink at least 8 glasses of water for the first 3 days.

We recommend you consume only liquids the evening after your surgery. You may then slowly advance your diet the following day to soft and bland foods i.e. mashed potatoes, over-cooked pasta, eggs, etc. It is suggested to stay away from dairy products for 3-4 days.

You should keep your head elevated and refrain from bending, lifting, or straining for 3 days. Walking is important to help with leg circulation and should be increased gradually each day as tolerated.

During the first several days, you will feel more comfortable sleeping with your head elevated. To assist with this, we recommend you sleep on a recliner or place pillows behind your back.

Do not lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk for the first week. You may then lift as much as 20 pounds for the next 3 weeks. After 4 weeks, you may engage in vigorous activities, sex, and exercise as tolerated.

You will not be allowed to drive until advised by your doctor.

You will have dressings placed to your head at the time of surgery. These will be removed the following day.

You will return to the office for suture removal in approximately 4 days. Several key sutures will remain for approximately 2 weeks.

You will be allowed to shower after your first postoperative visit. It is permitted for soap and water to come in contact with your incisions. It is not permitted to immerse yourself in a tub or pool until advised by the doctor.

Do not apply any body lotions, creams, vitamin K, or other skin treatments to your incisions until advised by the doctor.

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