Your facelift recovery starts as soon as the facelift procedure is finished. Although you would have discussed what happens after the surgery during your facelift preparation, it will all make much more sense while you are actually healing.
If you had surgery under general anaesthetic rather than local, you will probably have to stay in hospital for a few hours so that your recovery is monitored by the doctors and nurses. After this, you can go home but you will need to spend the first day or so resting in bed. Make sure you have someone to take you home and look after you for the first few days of your facelift recovery.
Bandages and dressings are removed 1-2 days after the surgery as well as any drainage tubes. Facial stitches are removed 5-6 days later but the stitches in your scalp may be kept in longer because the scalp takes longer to heal.
You need to keep your head elevated for the first week and sleep with pillows under your head and upper body. The plastic surgeon will give you a detailed list of post-operative instructions that you need to follow in order to ensure your facelift recovery goes smoothly. These instructions will also help you to avoid any facelift risks and side effects that may occur at this time.
When you first see your face, you might be worried about the way it looks. You will probably have bruising and swelling and you might look a bit pale for a while. This is to be expected because the results of your facelift will only start to be noticeable after a couple of weeks.
If you are in pain during your facelift recovery, talk to your plastic surgeon about getting some pain medication. Better yet, organize this before your surgery so you don’t have to worry about it when you should be healing. Most over the counter medications will be effective enough.
You can start walking and moving around in a couple of days. It is good to do this so you feel healthy. Avoid strenuous activities or anything that increases your blood pressure for the first few weeks of your facelift recovery.
If you are a smoker, you will have to stop smoking for the first month of your facelift recovery. This is because smoking increases the chances of skin necrosis occurring around where the incisions where made. You will also not be able to drink any alcohol for a few months after your surgery.
Depending on which type of facelift you had, your facelift recovery may take weeks or months. Be patient, however, as you will soon start seeing some fantastic results. Your rejuvenated face will make you feel youthful and amazing.
It is important that you know what to expect during your facelift recovery so make sure you discuss all of these issues with your plastic surgeon at the first consultation you have in Mexico.
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