While going through a facelift can drastically improve your appearance and quality of life, you're going to have to take some time to recover before you can enjoy the full benefits.
Your doctor is probably going to make some recommendations about what you're going to need to do to recover. The following are six things your doctor may recommend for you to do after a facelift.
Avoid assuming your recovery will be shorter than expected
One of the most important things you need to do while recovering is be patient. You are going to have to wait a few weeks until you feel back to normal. Impatience can lead to higher stress levels while you're recovering, which could extend your recovery time.
Put ice on the surgery area
Patients who undergo facelift surgery will inevitably experience some level of swelling while they're recovering.
Applying ice to the surgery sites will help to bring down swelling while also diminishing any pain or discomfort that are experienced during recovery.
Take any painkillers that are prescribed if you are dealing with discomfort
Sometimes, facelift patients attempt to tough it out and avoid taking prescribed pain killers because they mistakenly think it will help them recover faster.
In fact, taking prescribed painkillers if you are dealing with discomfort is important to helping the recovery period to go by faster and even minimizing recovery time.
Stop smoking until you've healed
Smoking is known to diminish the body's ability to achieve optimum blood circulation.
Circulation is important to healing because it ensures that new tissues can develop as quickly and efficiently as possible. Circulation also facilitates vital nutrient delivery to the skin, which is important in recovering from a facelift.
Maintain some level of activity
Maintaining some level of activity by at least walking or moving about while your'e recovering is important. You may be instructed to rest while you're recovering, but that doesn't mean you should be on bedrest all day.
Getting some activity can help you to boost your circulation and also stay energized while you are recovering.
Take a break from strenuous work-outs
While you want to maintain some level of activity, you don't want to overdo it. If you typically engage in strenuous exercise often, you'll want to take some time off while you're recovering to avoid provoking swelling or elevating your blood pressure.
Strenuous exercise while you're healing could increase your chances of experiencing bleeding and bruising and thereby elongate your healing time.