Most of us fear aging, fear those wrinkles that will inevitably appear no matter how impeccable our skin care and preservation routine. This fear is the reason that the plastic surgery industry is so successful, one of its most popular surgeries being a facelift. Facelifts, also known as rhyetidectomies, are popular because of their ability to restore some of the youthful appearance to the face and bring back lost confidence as a result. Facelift surgery, though is no outpatient surgery. Instead, a more serious and careful approach is required for facelift recovery. A one to two week window will be necessary for this recovery, bringing the individual to the point where she can put on makeup and go out in public. For those who wish for an optimum and quick recovery, a few practices are advised.
1. Use homeopathic treatments and medications both before surgery and after surgery. Many people swear by Arnica, which is one popular homeopathic medicine often used to reduction in swelling and bruising. The correct dosage for Arnica is one to two tables each night about two weeks before surgery and for several weeks after surgery.
2. Before and after surgery, avoid all use of blood thinners. Some common blood thinner that you might not think of immediately are ibuprofen, aspirin, garlic, and olive oil. These should be avoided after surgery since their blood thinning effect will cause more and more bruising and swelling, both of which you will want to avoid.
3. Keep skin well cared for at all times. The best skin care regimen will include regular cleaning, exfoliation, and moisturizing. Many people also use Retin-A, hydroquinone, glycolic peels, and microdermabrasion. Optimal skin care pre-surgery allows for a greater store of collagen, this store enabling the face to heal more quickly and completely after surgery.
4. Position the body effectively and ice the face and surrounding areas after surgery is completed. The best body position for after surgery is elevation of the head.
6. Make use of antibiotic cream and anti bruising cream. This cream is great for keeping wounds clean, germ free and healing. Use them per the doctor’s recommendations.
7. To distract people from evidence of your surgery, change your hairstyle right after you have the surgery done. One dramatic change you might consider is extensions. These changes will keep people from noticing any incisions or scars, keeping them from asking uncomfortable or awkward questions and allowing you to feel relaxed. Bangs might distract from the scars from a forehead lift and hair styled over the ears will distract from incisions near the ears.
8. Lay off the hard exercise until a few weeks after your surgery. Exercise will immediately increase a person’s heart rate and blood pressure, and these effects will increase bleeding and swelling in the areas the doctor operated on. Wait until at least the incisions have healed before you hit the gym or the jogging trail.
9. Use makeup to cover up any bruising or discoloration.
Raval MD of Denver can answer any other facelift questions you might have. Don’t hesitate to contact them.