Utah Oral & Facial Surgeons – 801-783-3645 – Facelift & Forehead Surgery Post Op Instructions
Post Op Instructions for Facelift & Forehead Surgery
The following instructions apply to patients who have undergone facelifts. Since no two patients are ever exactly alike in their surgical needs, type of surgery performed or rate of healing, we may elect to individualize the following guidelines for each patient. In such instances, we will so instruct you. Otherwise, we urge you to follow guidelines for each patient.
- Since you have just undergone a major surgical operation, use good common sense in the first four weeks after surgery in restricting your normal activities, exercise regimes and activity requiring heavy lifting or straining.
- When you move, stand, or change position, do so deliberately and carefully for the first seven days. In turning your head, move the head and shoulders deliberately as a single unit.
- You may eat a normal diet the day following the surgery. In moderation, talking and smiling are perfectly acceptable.
- Your head should be elevated on at least two pillows during sleep for the first 14 days, in order to keep your head higher than you r heart to help facilitate the resolution of swelling. Do not sleep face down. Sleep on your back or side.
- DO NOT TAKE ASPRIN OR ASPRIN CONTAINING MEDICINES FOR 7 DAYS, and then only on the advice of your personal physician. Other routinely taken medications may be taken as necessary.
- Any unexplained development of pain, facial swelling, or fever should be reported to us immediately.
- Some facial and neck swelling and bruising are normally present after facelifts, but the degree of each varies widely from patient to patient. Do not be concerned if you have more or less than others who have undergone the “same” operation. Generally, most patients appear quite sociably acceptable within 10-14 days after surgery.
- You may gently cleanse the incision lines twice daily with 3% hydrogen peroxide and cotton (or Q-tips). Apply the ointment sparingly twice daily to the incision line in order to avoid excessive crusting of the incision and to accelerate the reduction of incision redness.
- You may gently shampoo your hair 24-48 hours after surgery, avoiding any strong rubbing or combing trauma to the incision in the hair and around the ear.
- Your earlobes and portions of the face that have been lifted and repositioned will be slightly numb for several weeks; sensation will then return as healing progresses. Do not wear heavy or tight earrings for six weeks.
- A wrap will be gently placed and should be worn around the head for the first week.