Tips for Taking Care of Your Face After a Facelift
A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, including deep creases below the eyelids, sagging in the mid-face, nasolabial creases, displaced facial fat, and excessive skin or fat deposits beneath the chin. While a facelift is a great way to rejuvenate your appearance, there are several necessary steps to follow after the procedure. Consider these tips for making the recovery process go more quickly and smoothly:
Immediately following the procedure, your face may have surgical tape or sutures to seal the incisions. While these may itch during the healing process, it is important to avoid scratching or disturbing them, as this can impact the integrity of your facial tissue.
Elevate your head while sleeping. Try propping yourself up with several pillows, as this will help to reduce any discomfort and swelling.
Remember that your skin is fragile immediately following the procedure, so avoid harsh scrubbing or cleansing. Be as gentle to your skin as possible, taking care not to brush your hair too close to the hairline, as this can irritate your skin or loosen the sutures.
After the bandage is removed, you may ice your face with a cold compress to help alleviate swelling, inflammation, and any minor discomfort--just be sure to wrap any ice or compress in a soft towel, rather than placing it directly on your skin.
Are you ready to get rid of facial lines and wrinkles? For natural-looking facelifts, neck lifts, and other cosmetic surgery procedures, contact Dr. McBride at (214) 989-3322. With decades of experience, Dr. McBride is devoted to providing the best cosmetic and maxillofacial surgery in the Dallas area.
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