How well you prepare for any surgical procedure can certainly help shorten the length of recovery time. This is equally true with a facelift or necklift procedures.
During your surgical consultation let your doctor know about any medications you are taking or any other medical conditions.
Smoking and other tobacco products can have a negative influence on your body’s ability to heal after surgery. It also can have a serious impact on the condition of the skin of your face. You should talk to your general physician a few weeks before the procedure to try to find a tobacco cessation program that is right for you.
You should also stop taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.
If your procedure will require deep sedation you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home from the procedure. Recover from a facelift can sometimes take longer than other procedures, so it’s a good idea to try to take a week or so off from work. Try to arrange to have someone at home for the first few days that can help you get back on your feet.
While you are recovering you should not wear makeup in any of the affected areas. Your surgeon will advise you on how to take care of the surgical site and if there might be concerns with minor weeping from the incisions. They will also prescribe any pain killers or anti-inflammatory medication as needed.
In most cases your surgeon will require a follow up appointment in order to monitor how you are healing.
If you have any questions about preparation and recovery from your upcoming procedure please feel free to call us at 309.827.3881 to schedule an appointment.