Thinking of a Facelift This Fall? Here’s What You Want to Do!

In recent months, we’ve been looking at ourselves in the mirror in ways we may not have done before. For many people, this fresh look at their unadorned reflection has brought up concerns about the ever-progressing signs of aging. You know them; the sagging jowls at the sides of the face. The flattening cheekbones or sunken cheeks. The double-chin and down-turned corners of the mouth. These changes in the landscape of the face can diminish self-confidence and, while some can be temporarily improved with dermal fillers, there’s nothing quite like a facelift to get lasting improvement.

As popular as facelift surgery is, many patients do worry about what recovery will be like. Often, few usable examples are given to help patients know what they need to do and what they should not do. We offer a few tips here.

Facelift Recovery Do’s and Don’ts

In the area of comfort control:

  • DON’T wait it out to see how pain develops. This is a temptation for many because, upon returning home from their surgery, they feel relatively well. The reason for this temporary comfort is the lingering effects of anesthesia. Patients should not expect intolerable pain, but they should understand that they will feel sore and tender. Pain medication is prescribed for this reason. Taking it before pain starts is the best way to avoid a stressful situation.

For a smooth recovery experience:

  • DO put your needs first. It can also be tempting for patients to continue their normal behaviors after undergoing their facelift, especially pain is well-managed. Patients may find themselves feeling guilty if they are not making dinners as they normally do, or not taking care of the pets and the kids and the house and all of the other matters normally on their plates. This can be challenging, which is why we mention it here. After facelift surgery, patients should allow themselves to nap whenever they please, to watch their favorite television shows, or listen to new podcasts or music. The more rest is honored in the first week after surgery, the better the body can heal because all of its energy is being used for tissue regeneration.

Facial rejuvenation need not be complicated or stressful. Contact our NYC office at (212) 508-0000 to discuss what a facelift could do for you.

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