&Facelift Recovery Process

What to Expect During Facelift Recovery?

Facelift as in every operation, first of all require the patient to be ready for this process.

If the patients know what kind of process they will go through and are ready for it, both the operation will be more successful and the patients will feel more comfortable in the pre- and post-operative period.

For the face lift, it is sufficient for the patients to allocate a period of approximately twenty days for this procedure.

Patients should be very sensitive in choosing a doctor in order for the process to be more comfortable and for a successful result after the treatment.

For choosing the right doctor, it would be a right way to do good research and to observe the stories of the patients with whom the doctor has previously practiced.

Natural results can be achieved if face lift procedures are planned correctly and applied by a specialist. In these treatments, which are a fight against signs of aging, patients can decide more easily because the possibility of post-procedure complications is less.

What is the Facelift Timeline?

After facelift surgery, it is a process that patients must be careful and attentive to. In this process, attention should be paid to the following issues, here is the time line:

  • A drain can be placed for the fluids accumulating under the skin of the person. These drains will be removed within 48-72 hours.
  • It is recommended to keep the head above the level of the heart in order for the swelling and bruises to go away faster during the healing process.
  • After the operation, patients should use a face mask. In order for the face to fit properly and to prevent blood accumulation under the skin, a mask should be worn both day and night for the first week. For the next 2 weeks, it is sufficient to wear a mask only at night.
  • After the operation, attention should also be paid to nutrition in order to accelerate the healing process. In particular, excessive salt consumption should be avoided. In general, it is recommended to stay away from foods and behaviors that cause edema.
  • Adequate water consumption per day is also extremely important.
  • Immediately after the procedure, there will be a scar in the area. This situation should not worry or scare you, because over time, the appearance of scars will be almost non-existent.
In general, these are the factors that patients should pay attention to after facelift procedures. Your doctor will inform and warn you much better about this.

You should definitely listen to his advice and pay attention during this process.

What are the Tips to Speed Up Facelift Recovery Time?

As before the operation, smoking and alcohol use must be stopped after the operation. Such habits will slow down the healing process of the person and at the same time reduce the effect of the operation.

No skin care treatments should be applied to your skin for the first 3 days after the procedure. Afterwards, you can perform skin care procedures according to your doctor's recommendation. Thanks to the vitamin supplements taken in this process, it will be possible for the skin to recover itself.

As before the operation, you should not consume drugs and foods that have blood thinning effects for a certain period of time.

  • Since hair dying is not possible for at least a month, you should dye your hair before the procedure.
  • You should not shave your beard for three months
  • You can take a shower after three days
  • Back to work or social life will be possible after two weeks
  • You should also wait for two weeks to wear make-up
  • Avoid any blow to your face
  • Avoid heavy exercise for two months
  • Protect your face from the sun by wearing sunscreen every day for six months

What are the Complications can be Occurred After Facelift?

Since facial rejuvenation and lifting operations are often performed with anesthesia, they carry risks like any surgery.

However, although they are not heavy and very risky operations, they are operations that will not cause problems after the operation.

The operations performed by expert surgeons will be performed in a way that you will not be disturbed and you will not get infected, and you will be healed in a short time. Facial lift operations are among the operations that heal in a short time.

Hematoma: Collection of blood under the skin (hematoma) is one of the common complications of facelift. The hematoma causes swelling and pain. It usually occurs 24 hours after surgery.

Once a hematoma has formed, prompt surgical treatment helps prevent damage to the skin and other subcutaneous tissues.

Scars: Incision scars formed after facelift surgery are permanent. However, they are often hidden by the hairline and natural contours of the face and ear. Rarely, possible infections that you may get during the operation can cause raised scars.

Injury of Nerve Cells: Injury of nerves is not very common in facelift operations. An injury that may occur during the operation can affect sensation or the nerves that control the muscles. This effect can be temporary or permanent.

Temporary loss of sensation or inability to move a facial muscle can last from several months to a year, which can cause an uneven facial appearance or expression. Surgical intervention, which you can have as a result of such a complication, may allow the healing process to accelerate.

Hair Loss: Temporary or permanent hair loss may be observed near the incision areas. Permanent hair loss can be removed with hair follicles and skin transplant surgery.

Skin loss: Although rare, side effects that may occur during the facelift operation may cut off the blood flow to the facial tissues. This can cause skin irritation and flaking and peeling. Skin shedding can be treated with medications and appropriate wound care.

Infection: The appearance of skin infections after its treatment is very rare, but it can still be seen. A serious skin infection that can occur under the skin can be life-threatening. Postoperative surgical intervention may be required.

Hyperpigmentation: Hyperpigmentation refers to the appearance of dark spots caused by the overproduction of the melanin pigment that gives the skin its color and the excessive accumulation of the said pigment under the skin.

As a result of the operation, this side effect can be observed permanently or temporarily. If it is observed together with other side effects, contact the nearest health center.

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