After your facelift, expect to come home with some swelling, bruising and tenderness.
While these symptoms are typically manageable and will gradually improve as your body heals, there are a few things you can do to reduce swelling and bruising after facelift surgery.
1. Keep Your Head Elevated
Try to keep your head elevated as much as possible in the first few days after your facial plastic surgery to reduce swelling. Some people find that sleeping in a recliner or propped up on several pillows in bed are comfortable ways to stay elevated and get some much-needed rest.
2. Use Cold Compresses
You can use cold compresses to reduce swelling and make you feel more comfortable. Never apply ice directly to your skin. Instead, place a towel or other soft barrier in between. Ask your plastic surgeon how long you should apply cold compresses. The general rule of thumb is no more than 20 minutes at a time.
Do not apply heat to swollen areas, since heat increases blood flow and swelling.
3. Get Enough Rest
Your body needs time to rest and recover, so take it easy in the first days after your facelift. When you’re feeling up to it, walking around the house can help to promote good circulation and healing, but don’t overdo physical activity at this stage of recovery.
4. Follow Your Plastic Surgeon’s Instructions
Your plastic surgeon should send you home with specific instructions about bandages, wearing a supportive compression garment, physical activity limitations, which medications and supplements to avoid and more. Follow these guidelines as closely as possible to maximize healing and your final facelift results.
After getting a facelift, you can expect to still look like yourself—just a younger, revitalized version.
If you’re wondering how you can make your facelift last for many years to come, take a look at these four important tips to follow for great skin.
1. Protect Your Skin from the Sun
The sun’s UV rays can wreak havoc on your skin, causing lines, wrinkles, sagging and age spots. To help prolong your facelift results, avoid deliberate tanning, wear a wide-brimmed sunhat, use sunscreen and seek shade.
When choosing a sunscreen, look for broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection of at least SPF 15 for use on your face on a daily basis.
2. Adopt Healthy Lifestyle Habits
Besides practicing good sun protection, there are quite a few other lifestyle habits that can make or break your facelift results. Avoid smoking, which can accelerate the natural aging process. It’s also important to eat healthy, balanced meals, get enough sleep and get regular exercise to look and feel youthful.
Eating antioxidant-rich foods may help to give your skin a boost of youthful radiance.
3. Let Skincare Lend a Helping Hand
Using the right skincare products can be a huge help when trying to make your facelift results last. Ask your plastic surgeon for recommends on the best anti-aging skincare products for your unique skin type and concerns.
4. Turn to Injectables
Don’t forget that you can pair cosmetic treatments like dermal fillers, BOTOX®, laser resurfacing and more with your facelift to help you get the absolute most out of your results.
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