Knowing the Side Effects of Facelift

By Sheryl Pilcher on June 07, 2016

An older woman smilingDr. Sheryl Pilcher is proud to serve people in and around San Antonio, helping them look younger and more refreshed through advanced facial plastic surgery and body contouring procedures. This includes facelift surgery, an effective anti-aging and wrinkle-reduction procedure. Thanks to a facelift, a patient can smooth out lines and wrinkles and reduce sagging and drooping of problem areas of the face.

Side effects are a natural part of the healing process, and they should not be confused with complications. In essence, experiencing side effects mean that your body is healing and that it is responding to the surgery that you have undergone in a natural manner.

What to Expect Right After Surgery

Immediately following a facelift, it's not uncommon for patients to experience grogginess, nausea, fatigue, and discomfort. In many cases, these are issues that are linked to a person coming out of the effects of general anesthesia.

After surgery, patients should get ample rest, laying with their back propped up by pillows rather than flat on their back.

Soreness and Discomfort

Soreness and discomfort after surgery are both common to experience, especially in the areas around the incision sites. The soreness will be most pronounced during the first few days after surgery, and it can be managed through the use of recommended pain relievers.

Bruising and Swelling

Bruising and swelling are also common after undergoing a facelift, as your body is simply responding to the trauma it sustained during the surgical procedure. Both of these side effects are most pronounced in the early portion of healing.

Significant bruising will typically last for the first week or so after surgery, fading by the two week mark and then essentially dissipating by the end of a month.

Swelling is a bit of a different story. Major swelling after a facelift should abate by the end of two weeks, though some minor swelling may persist for several weeks afterward.

Numbness and Tingling Near Incision Sites

As with any surgery, it's not uncommon for there to be some changes in sensation near the incision sites. Numbness or tingling around the ears or the lower portion of the hairline is normal. As the nerves and soft tissue heals during the next few weeks, these issues with numbness and tingling should resolve themselves.

A Word on Post-Surgical Scarring

Scarring is a natural part of any surgery, though thankfully with facelifts, the scars are well-concealed. All effort is made to make incisions as small as possible. While the scarring immediately after surgery may be of a discernibly different color than your skin, it will fade with time and become closer in color to your skin. This can vary from patient to patient, and it's something we can discuss during the consultation process.

Attend All Follow-Up Visits with Your Plastic Surgeon

As you recover from a facelift, you will have a number of follow-up visits with your plastic surgeon. These will be done to monitor the progress of your healing and to ensure that you do not suffer from complications. Be sure to attend these follow-up visits as scheduled, and do not hesitate to contact the practice between these visits should any concerns arise.

Contact Dr. Sheryl Pilcher About Facial Plastic Surgery

For more information about facial plastic surgery procedures and how we can help you look your absolute best, be sure to contact our cosmetic skin care and plastic surgery center today. Dr. Sheryl Pilcher and her team look forward to your visit and helping you reduce the signs of advanced aging.

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