Facelift Surgery

Recovery after a plastic facelift – 2022


Recovery after a plastic facelift

A facelift surgery is performed in a hospital or clinic and most surgeons, as well as patients, prefer to have the operation under general anesthesia.

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The surgery

A facelift surgery is performed in a hospital or clinic and most surgeons, as well as patients, prefer to have the operation under general anesthesia. The operation can be performed under local anesthesia and intravenous anesthesia, but does not change anything regarding the hospital stay (overnight in the clinic is required after general anesthesia and this is why many want to avoid it), since the patient again will need to spend at least one night there.

Facelift in general is a surgery that lasts a long time as it can be combined with other cosmetic surgeries to have a more natural result. We will often see facial facelift combined with endoscopic forehead facelift and eyelid surgery. As for the facelift, it is done so often together with the “traditional” facelift that many doctors do not distinguish it from the facelift and consider it part of it. Other surgeries that can be done on the face at the same time as the facelift for even better appearance after the surgery, are augmentation surgeries on the cheekbones and chin and lip augmentation. While some type of facelift surgery can be performed on the neck as well.

Lifting is a surgery that can be done without a scalpel and how much it costs depends on what you want to do to yourself, so you will need to do a good market research and then have a discussion with your plastic surgeon to draw a conclusion, but we will talk about them in detail later. What you need to remember is that the older the patient, the more “necessary” the surgery solution is as bloodless solutions are simply not effective.

What to look out for before facelift surgery

If you are overweight and intend to lose weight, you should do it before surgery. This will allow your surgeon to remove more skin and therefore a much more pleasant and natural end result will be achieved. Excessive weight loss or gain after surgery can ruin the result, so you should have reached or near your ideal weight before surgery.

Special care is needed by patients receiving any medication. Specifically, as your doctor will tell you, for at least two weeks before surgery if the patient is taking aspirin (which is very common in people with heart problems) and other blood-thinning drugs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Voltarol should be stopped for about two weeks before surgery to avoid the possibility of uncontrollable bleeding during or after surgery.

Doctors also advise smokers to reduce a lot and preferably to stop smoking, at least two weeks before the surgery, so that there are no problems with wound healing, which can negatively affect the results.

Finally, women (or men) who dye their hair or generally go to the hairdresser, should not dye their hair and generally do nothing with dyes and other chemicals for two weeks before surgery.

Recovery after a plastic facelift

As mentioned above, regardless of the form of anesthesia the patient will have to stay in the hospital for at least one night for follow-up The patient’s face after surgery will probably be covered with a bandage immediately after surgery. The bandages are usually removed 1 or even 2 days later. If the doctor inserts a drainage tube (usually attached behind the ear), then it will probably be removed 1 to 2 days after surgery. Finally, the doctor will remove your sutures within 5 to 10 days after the operation.

It goes without saying that after a large enough operation on a part of the body with a lot of nerves, it makes sense that there is some pain in the first days after the operation. That’s why the doctor is almost certain to prescribe some mild painkillers to relieve the patient. Also, in many cases there is swelling and bruising in the areas of the face where the operation was performed which can be treated with cold compresses and compresses can. The doctor, finally, is sure to ask the patient to keep his head as high as possible and immobile when sitting or lying down, for as long as possible.

Smokers should completely avoid smoking after surgery for 2 to 4 weeks. The same goes for passive smoking, so before and after the operation it is good for the patient to stay as far away as possible from smokers and from places with a lot of tobacco and if he is a smoker, to quit. The reason we say this is the fact that cigarette smoke increases the risk of skin and tissue damage, while it can also delay the healing process of your face and make your scars worse.

Most recovery takes place 2 to 3 weeks after a facelift, after which most people can return to normal activities without significant restrictions. During this period the patient may feel his face stiff but this is completely normal and is due to wound healing and the recovery process in general. It is very important that the patient is prepared for this eventuality and does not panic. It is understood that after discharge from the hospital under no circumstances and for no reason should the patient take medication without the advice of his doctor.


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