Between the pull of gravity, daily habits and heredity, facial aging is inevitable, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. While you can't stop time, you can do something about it. Facelift surgery is an often-used option that can freshen your appearance and take years off your looks.
You've weighed the pros and cons, consulted a board certified surgeon and made the decision to have the procedure. You're in good company! Facelifts are in the top five when it comes to total number of cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S., according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Along with planning for the surgery itself, prepping for the days following your facelift is a key part of your recovery. How can you make the most out of the days following your cosmetic procedure?
Wear your compression garment/wrap. If your doctor puts a wrap around your face, always wear it as directed. Even though it might not look pretty, it's part of ensuring a successful recovery.
Stay hydrated. Even though you need to rest and relax, remembering to drink plenty of fluids keeps you hydrated and helps your overall health.
Sleep with your head elevated on an incline. Doing so promotes circulation and may help to minimize swelling.
Say no to washing your hair – at least for a few days. A thorough scrub might feel good, but could disturb your stitches or incisions.
Get up and walk. Yes, rest and relaxation are important during this time. That said, you should get up and take a few steps the day after surgery. Why? To help with overall circulation.
Take pain medications as prescribed by your doctor. These greatly help to minimize any discomfort that you might feel in the first few days after surgery.
Ask for help. Even if you feel better, you still need to take it easy. While you might not need help caring for yourself, ask your spouse, a friend or a family member for some assistance around the house. Sit back and relax, letting your caregiver worry about running your household.
Talk to your doctor. You're an individual. With that in mind, your surgery and recovery may be somewhat different than your best friend's, aunt's or anyone else's. Before removing any bandages, wearing make-up or returning to your usual activity routine, talk to the surgeon for the go-ahead.
The major focus of your facelift recovery period should include your health and healing. From what you do (or don't) put on your face to how you care for your hair, even the seemingly small aspects of recovery impact your recovery time. Planning for this before your procedure, getting the facts from your doctor and understanding what you need to do to make the most of time are all essential parts of your results. Contact a plastic surgeon, like those at http://www.myplasticsurgerygroup.com and similar sites, for more help and information.
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