Even if you’re confident that a facelift is the right procedure for you, you might still feel some apprehension or nerves when it comes to the idea of facelift recovery. Every surgery, even less invasive ones, requires some amount of downtime afterward. Knowing what you can expect during the recovery period and what you can do to make it go as uneventfully and as smoothly as possible will help you prepare for both the surgery and the time afterward.
Find Someone to Help You
One of the most important things to remember about your facelift recovery is this: You don’t have to go it alone. In fact, it’s recommended that you not try to go it alone. You’ll want to have someone to bring you home from the surgical center and stay with you for at least the first night.
Whether that person is a relative, friend or a professional is up to you. Some people prefer to have someone they know look after them while others prefer to hire a nurse for at least one night. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to leave the surgical center unless someone is there for you, so make sure you have at least one person lined up, as well as a back-up in case something prevents your first pick from being able to care for you.
Take it Easy
Another thing to remember when recovering from a facelift is that it’s important to take things easy. Now’s not the time to try and catch up with all your responsibilities that you fell behind on because of work or other commitments. You want to have as little stress and strain in your life as possible.
Taking it easy also means avoiding physically challenging activities for at least a month after the facelift. Your surgeon will let you know when you can start working out or vigorously exercising again.
That’s not to say that you need to confine yourself to the bed or couch for the first few weeks after a facelift. Some light physical activity is a good idea and will help you heal. Try to take short walks at least once a day, as soon as your surgeon gives you the go ahead.
Do What You Can Before the Facelift
It’s often recommended that patients do as much as possible before their surgery to prepare for the recovery period afterward. Your surgeon will most likely prescribe some medications to you for after surgery, such as pain relievers, steroids or antibiotics. If you can, pick up those prescriptions before the facelift, so that it’s one less thing to worry about after.
You might also want to stock up on easy-to-eat foods, such as soups, pudding and oatmeal for the recovery period. Some patients go all out and prepare and freeze meals that they can easily reheat during the recovery period.
Keep Your Head Up
One thing you need to remember to do while you recover from a facelift is to keep your head elevated. Doing so will help reduce swelling. That means avoiding bending forward as much as possible and avoiding lying flat or prone. Put a few extra pillows on your bed to keep your head up while you sleep.
Remember That Your Surgeon Is There For You
If at any point during the facelift recovery period you feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable, remember that your plastic surgeon is there for you. It’s a good idea to check in with your surgeon from time to time to make sure everything is going as planned. You’ll most likely have a few follow-up visits after your facelift, but you should also remember that you can call your surgeon any time you have a question or concern about the recovery process.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
To learn more about your options for tired looking eyes, contact the Aesthetic Surgery Center to book an appointment with Dr. Anurag Agarwal. He has been featured on many of the major news networks, including ABC, NBC, and FOX, as a recognized expert on a variety of plastic surgery topics. Dr. Agarwal believes that educating and communicating with patients are the keys to helping them achieve successful, natural-looking results. Book your appointment at the Aesthetic Surgery Center, located at 1175 Creekside Pkwy, Suite 100, Naples, FL, by calling 239-594-9100.