Preparation before any kind of surgery is essential to a smooth-flowing operation. Before undergoing facelift, your surgeon will first check your medical history to know if you have any conditions which may interfere with the operation and healing process. Aside from this, here are some pre-operative facelift instructions that you should follow:
A facelift is one of the top five surgeries performed in the US in 2013. It went up by 6% from 2012, with over 133,000 patients. More and more people are turning into facelift to slow down the inevitable aging process.
1) Stop smoking for at least a month before the surgery.
Here is another reason to stop smoking. Smoking before a surgery impedes blood flow. You should stop smoking for a month before the surgery because this puts your lungs and blood circulation in the best condition during operation.
2) Do not take any aspirin or ibuprofen or any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs two weeks before the surgery.
Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is a big no-no. You should avoid aspirin, ibuprofen like Advil, naproxen, and other NSAIDs two weeks before the surgery. Such products can interfere with the operation and cause excessive bleeding. As an alternative, Tylenol and another acetaminophen can be taken instead.
3) Stop taking herbal medications and diet pills two weeks before the surgery.
Save your herbal meds and diet pills for a later time. Prior to the facelift, it is recommended to discontinue the use of such drugs because it can increase surgical complications. Aside from this, it can also complicate the surgery and cause cardiac problems.
4) Do not drink or eat anything after midnight of the surgery.
It is important to not eat or drink anything after midnight of the surgery. Even drinking water is discouraged before surgery since it may increase surgical risks. Gums, mints, and candies should also be avoided.
5) Do not put any makeup, lipstick, powder, hair gels, deodorant, perfume, and lotions on your skin, hair, or face.
Makeups and can mask your skin color which many doctors rely on in determining your operative status – to know if you are coping well with the surgery or not. Doctors also aim everything to be sterile and makeups can flake and eventually contaminate the operating room.
Once your facelift surgery is done, you may experience some swelling and bruising which will subside a few days after. Discomfort will be easily relieved by medications your doctor will prescribe. Your sutures will be removed 5-6 days after your surgery. Here are some post-operative instructions to achieve the best results of facelift:
1) Avoid alcohol consumption and smoking cigarettes.
For the same reason in the pre-operative care, smoking and alcohol intake slows down healing since it interferes with blood circulation by consuming oxygen in the body.
2) Avoid sun exposure.
Since you have just undergone a facelift, your skin may temporarily lose its ability to protect itself from the sun’s rays. It can also worsen scars and delay it from returning to your natural skin color. It is essential, therefore, to avoid the sun completely for two weeks. After this, you may apply sunscreens every time you have to go outside.
3) Keep your head elevated when sleeping.
In sleeping, it is advised to get 2-3 extra pillows beneath your head to keep your head elevated. You should also avoid from turning sideways. These are to reduce the amount of swelling that may occur in your face.
4) Keep your emotions intact.
Depression after surgeries is not unusual but if you can avoid crying, then it is for the better. Emotional outbursts like crying and anger expression can contribute to the swelling of your face. Better keep feeling neutral before your face fully heals.