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Minimizing Discomfort during Your Facelift Recovery

Patients seeking to achieve a refreshed appearance can turn to Drs. Dustin Heringer and William McLeish for facelift surgery. As surgeons with exceptional skill, our doctors take extra measures to minimize the chances of potential complications and side effects associated with the procedure. To help ensure optimal results, we will provide detailed instructions regarding your facelift recovery during a consultation at our Scottsdale, AZ, practice. To schedule an appointment and learn more, contact our practice today.

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Patients can typically return to work within two weeks of surgery.

The Week of Your Procedure

During the first week of your facelift recovery, you can expect bruising, swelling, and discoloration near the incision sites. It is important to focus on resting and healing at this time and follow post-operative instructions as closely as possible to help minimize any discomfort. These instructions include:

  • Cleaning and caring for drainage tubes
  • Wearing bandages regularly and changing them when needed
  • Using ointments and creams as instructed by your surgeon
  • Returning for all post-surgery follow-up appointments
  • Avoiding water on your face
  • Keeping your face clean and make-up free
  • Applying a cool compresses on the eyes
  • Avoiding alcohol, aspirin, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications

To prevent infection, you should be taking all prescribed medications as instructed, including antibiotics. Pain management medication may also be prescribed to help alleviate discomfort, although some patients find over-the-counter options to be sufficient. To promote healing and reduce pain, you should keep your head elevated, even while sleeping, and restrict your head and neck movements as much as possible. While it is important to rest at this time, you will also need to move around periodically to stimulate blood flow and prevent the formation of blood clots. You can expect to return to our office five to seven days after your procedure to have your sutures removed.

The Following Weeks

Patients will generally resume everyday activities and return to work one to two weeks after the procedure. Swelling and bruising may persist for several weeks, but should be less noticeable as time passes. As your healing progresses, the positive, rejuvenating results of your facelift will become more pronounced. While you may look and feel better, keep in mind that you will need to continue to follow recovery protocols and activity restrictions until cleared by your doctor. You will be advised to stay away from steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs, and swimming pools for some time following your surgery. Our doctors also advise that you refrain from lifting heavy objects and other strenuous activities until you are fully recovered.

When to Contact Your Doctor

Choosing a reputable surgeon like Dr. Heringer or Dr. McLeish is an important first step to help greatly reduce the risk of side effects and complications. If you experience concerning symptoms, be sure to contact our practice right away. These can include:

  • A fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • Abnormal discharge from the incisions
  • Extreme swelling, tenderness, pain, or reddening near the treatment areas
  • Stitches coming undone before they are scheduled to be removed

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Drawing upon extensive experience, one of our doctors can perform a facelift that provides the youthful results you deserve, with a comfortable and expedited recovery period. We also perform mini facelift surgery, which offers a slightly shorter recovery. Learn how our expertise can take years off your appearance with a facelift by contacting our practice today.

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