After having facial cosmetic surgery there will be a number of things you will need to do in order to speed healing and ensure a successful facelift. Dr. Weiler will go over most of these things with you when you are preparing for surgery, however preparing ahead of time can help ease the stress and ensure you have plenty of time to recover. Each type of surgery and how extensive each surgery is will determine just exactly how much time you will want to allot for recovery as well as how long healing will take.
Right After Facial Cosmetic Surgery
As with any type of surgery there will be a period of initial recovery. During this time, you will have bandages at the surgical sites designed to minimize swelling and bruising. There may also be drainage tubes in place to remove excess blood and to reduce swelling. In addition, depending on the type of anesthesia you received, you may experience nausea, the incision sites may be tender, you may feel cold. This is completely normal after a surgical procedure, and it should pass quickly. Dr. Weiler may prescribe pain medication or antibiotics if necessary, and your stay in the hospital should be minimal.
The First Week After Surgery
Swelling will continue for a few days, then start to go down after day 3 or 4. Bruising will likely also be present and can shock some patients, so be sure to be prepared for a fair amount of bruising that will take some time to fade. Dr. Weiler will give you a list of things that you should refrain from doing, and you will likely want to take this week off completely from work to rest up and facilitate healing.
Getting Back Up to Speed
In the second week life can slowly start to return to normal. You will still have some restrictions, and bruising will still be quite apparent so you may choose to stay home through the rest of the second week. By week 3 you will be able to apply makeup, head back to work and more or less resume your normal life. Keep in mind that incisions and bruising may still be visible from your facial cosmetic surgery, but a bit of creative makeup work will help to cover any remnants of recovery left over at this stage.