How to Take Good Care of Your Skin After Facelift
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Posted on October 18, 2019 under Facelift
If you are considering a facelift, there are things you need to care for your skin after the procedure to quicken the recovery process and enjoy great results. The procedure is tailored to restore a youthful and natural-appearance to the face. After undergoing facelift surgery, here is what you need to do to ensure your face remains natural and damage-free.
Cleanse and Moisturize
First and foremost, you should take a 24-hour rest after your facelift. While you may experience some bleeding, this is normal. Monitor how your face responds to the surgery. You can remove the bandages after 24 hours. Expect some tenderness and pain around the incisions. Clean these areas using clean water and soap at least three times a day to prevent infections and bacteria.
When washing your face, be gentle and use an antibacterial cleanser to deter bacterial buildup. Dry your face by patting it with a towel and then mix water and hydrogen in equal portion and apply on your face in small portions. Your face specialist may have also given you some antibiotic ointment to apply on your face. Once done, moisturize the skin to curb scarring.
Stay Far Away From Sun Rays
You should always protect your skin from ultraviolet rays of the sun; otherwise, the sun rays can make the incisions become darker and make it difficult for it to dry off. Avoid sun rays from the sun for a couple of weeks after your facelift.
Use sunblock or sunscreen to protect the skin from dangerous rays. Use sun protector formula for at least a month. However, do not use a lot of the formula because it can clog pores, which are supposed to remain clear when you are healing. You should use sunscreen alongside sunglasses and hat.
Drink A Lot of Water
Make sure that you drink a lot of water before and after the surgical procedure. When your skin is hydrated, it remains moist and fresh at all times. In addition, it shortens the recovery by getting rid of dangerous chemicals and toxins from the body.
Reduce Bleeding and Swelling
Bruising and swelling after facelift typically get worse before healing starts. Discomfort is usually at its worst in the initial days after the facelift. To reduce bruising and swelling, use cold compresses and keep the head elevated. Using pillows when sleeping will keep your head at ease and comfortable. To prevent more swelling, you can also avoid heavy lifting, bending over, and bumping against the neck and face. As stated earlier, it is reasonable to see mild bleeding. This frequently happens as a result of blood pressure, which is caused by coughing, lifting, bending, strain, or sneezing.
Reduce your level of activity. Always ensure your head is elevated and lie on your back when sleeping, especially during the first week after the facelift. Notably, herbs such as ginseng, garlic, and gingko, as well as drugs such as aspirin can also cause bleeding, and so, must be avoided too. Also, the amount of swelling among patients depends on the patient in question. If medication does not reduce pain, please contact Dr. Jabs, Dr. Magge or Dr. Richards at Cosmetic Surgery Associates.