Facelift surgery remains a popular option for many adults who want to correct the signs of aging. This outpatient procedure need not be put off until the “time is right.” Many of our facelift patients are in their forties. Some are in their seventies. Regardless of age, this surgery that lifts and tightens the skin and muscle structure of the lower face can achieve astounding results. The effects of a facelift include a naturally-younger appearance, not one that is overly tight. Also, the effects of a facelift last, which is the primary reason more and more people are turning to this technique as a way to maximize their rewards.
If you’ve been feeling dissatisfied about the signs of aging on your face, chances are you’ve been down the injectable route already. Perhaps you’ve gotten facials or radiofrequency treatments or microdermabrasion. Perhaps you’ve been using the best skin care products you could find, and yet, your face continues to age (as it always will). If this is you, then the best place to go next may be straight to our office to discuss what a facelift can do for you! Here, we touch on two primary areas of focus after a facelift to ensure the best possible experience.
Important Areas of Focus after a Facelift
An interesting thing happens with many facelift patients. Before their surgery, they express a fair amount of concern about postoperative pain. We assure them that their pain medication will keep them very comfortable. Then, once patients return home after their procedure and the time comes to take their prescription painkiller, the don’t Why? Often it’s because they feel “good enough” to wait. We encourage you NOT to do this if you have surgery. On the day of a procedure, anesthesia may take hours to fully wear off and return all physical sensations to normal. Waiting to see if pain gets bad enough for medication is a common way that patients cause unnecessary stress for themselves.
After your facelift, take your pain medication as directed. At least for a few days. After that time, you can begin tapering or may switch to an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Surgery of any kind puts physical and energetic stress on the body. The energy that would normally provide stamina to do household chores, cook, and care for others must now be turned inward. The body needs all of that energy to regenerate tissues and produce the chemicals necessary to heal incisions and tissue repositioning. As nice as it sounds to lie around and catch up on shows for several days, to take naps at will, and hand over the reins of home, pet, and child care to someone else, many patients find this difficult once they’re back in their own environment. If you know you’re going to have a facelift, know that rest needs to be your primary focus as you heal.