A facelift is a transformative method of facial rejuvenation. In fact, it is the most effective way to treat cosmetic concerns such as deep wrinkles, stubborn folds, and significant sagging.
To ensure a smooth recovery and stunning results, avoid these five things after your procedure:
Sun exposure: Unprotected sun exposure can darken your healing scars. In addition, the heat can worsen post-op swelling. Limit your time outside and focus on getting rest. If you go out, remember to protect yourself with a broad-spectrum sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat.
Styling products: If your surgery involved incisions in your hairline, you should not apply any styling products, such as gels and hair spray, during the healing process. Use a mild shampoo when you shower, and avoid drying your hair with heat or blowing air on your scalp.
Smoking and alcohol: Few things inhibit healing like smoking and alcohol. Smoking negatively impacts the immune system and the body’s ability to deliver nutrients that are essential for a quick and complication-free recovery. Alcohol also interferes with important healing processes.
Strenuous exercise: Walking is encouraged after facelift surgery because it boosts blood flow and promotes wound healing. However, you want to steer clear of any physical activities that are more intense. Exercising too hard too soon can increase your risk of complications.
Lowering your head: Keeping your head elevated is an easy method of minimizing unnecessary bruising and swelling. Try to seep with your head propped up on an extra pillow or use a recliner. Also, avoid activities such as yoga that will put your head below your heart.
These are just a few of the things that could compromise your facelift recovery. For complete aftercare directions, it is always best to consult the information provided by your plastic surgeon.
Learn More About Post-Op Precautions
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Brucato will make sure that you know what to avoid after your facelift procedure. He is also available to answer any questions that you may have.
Call 203-431-7644 to book a complimentary consultation. Brucato Plastic Surgery Center serves Ridgefield, Danbury, Wilton, and other areas of Connecticut. Our practice welcomes the opportunity to help you look your best.