Facelift Side Effects - What Can You Expect?
By Sheryl Pilcher on November 05, 2016
Facelift surgery is an effective and popular procedure. It can dramatically reduce the signs of aging in patients by minimizing the appearance of jowls and tightening the skin. The facelift procedure offers many benefits to patients, but it is associated with some side effects that can be expected in the days and weeks following the procedure. At Accent Plastic Surgery, P.A., Dr. Sheryl Pilcher educates patients about the side effects that occur after facelift surgery so they can make informed decisions about whether to proceed with treatment. To learn more about possible facelift side effects, read on, and then contact our San Antonio, TX practice to schedule your facelift consultation.
Swelling is a sign that your body is healing from the incision and tissue manipulation that occurred during surgery. Immediately after surgery, patients can expect to experience swelling. Swelling is typically at its peak for the first week after surgery; after this time, you should notice the swelling gradually subsiding in the following weeks. Generally, 90 percent of the swelling is gone six to eight weeks after surgery. Any remaining swelling should disappear in six months.
To reduce swelling, patients may apply an ice compress in the first couple of days after surgery. They should also wear compression bandages per the surgeon’s instructions, keep the head elevated, and avoid moderate to heavy activity for several weeks after surgery.
Bruising may occur after facelift surgery. Like swelling, bruising will be at its worst in the first week following surgery. After this time, you should notice improvement in your bruising on a daily basis. Typically, all bruising is gone by three weeks after surgery.
Bruising can be limited with the use of an ice compress in the 48 hours after surgery, and with the use of arnica montana.
Discomfort is at its worst in the first two to three days after surgery, and should subside in the days after surgery. Most patients experience little or no discomfort by two to three weeks after surgery.
To minimize pain after surgery, use an approved pain medication as directed on the label. Pain relievers should be taken on schedule to help patients stay ahead of the pain. Patients can also rest, keep the head elevated, use an ice compress, and limit moderate and heavy activity to limit discomfort.
Patients may experience some minor skin tightness after facelift surgery. As you become accustomed to the results of your facelift, this skin tightness should disappear, typically within a week or two of surgery.
Rest, the use of pain medication, and an ice compress may relieve skin tightness after facelift surgery.
Any time the skin is incised, scarring is likely to occur. In the case of facelift surgery, the incisions are made in the hairline, obscuring their appearance. In addition, when patients follow post-operative instructions, the incisions heal quickly, resulting in minimal scarring.
To learn more about the side effects that can be expected after facelift surgery, contact Accent Plastic Surgery, P.A. today.
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