Facelift surgery can take 1-2 weeks to heal enough to be able to make up and go back to the office. Here are 11 tips for healing faster and hiding your surgery:
– homeopathic medicines before and after surgery
– Avoid blood thinners before and after surgery
– Get optimal skin care before surgery
– Body position immediately after surgery, including ice formation just after surgery
– Check your high blood pressure before and after surgery
– Use antibiotic cream
– Change hairstyle immediately after surgery, grow hair longer, or get extensions
– Use anti-bruises
– Avoid excessive exercise just after surgery
– Use makeup over the areas of bruising and swelling
Before you even have an operation, some people feel that Arnica, a homeopathic drug, can help reduce swelling and bruising. You should take 1-2 tablets overnight before surgery and several tablets after surgery to help with healing. Arnica cream, just after surgery applied to bruises, can also help reduce pain and swelling.
Aspirin, Ibuprofen and even certain foods and supplements can make the blood thinner, causing more bruising and swelling just after surgery. To get the fastest healing possible, consult your plastic surgeon about which medications and foods to avoid, before and after your facelift.
Optimal skin care includes mainly prescription drugs such as Retin-A, hydroquinone, glycolic acid and scales and other lotions. Large skin care before surgery causes the collagen to become more organized and thicker, allowing you to heal faster after surgery. This should be started at least 1-2 months before the face lift.
Shortly after surgery, your posture should be optimized to reduce swelling and bruising as well. Your head should be elevated and above your heart level. You may also want your head to rest on pillows.
You should have ice packs or cold compressors available to place on your face, to reduce swelling.
Patients with high blood pressure should monitor and control blood pressure before and after surgery. Don't forget your high blood pressure medication! High blood pressure can contribute to swelling soon after surgery and lowering your blood pressure with medication helps.
You will probably be told to use antibiotic cream shortly after surgery to help your cuts heal. It is important to do this consistently, as this cream helps your cut heal faster and create less scar tissue.
Changing hair style directly after the face lift is a good distraction. Your friends and family will be visually focused on a change of hair color, extensions or another cut. You may want to have your hair longer than usual before surgery, as the longer hair after surgery can help hide your surgical sites. Longer hair over the forehead can distract from a pannah hat and the hair over the ear area can hide ear slits.
You want to avoid exercise for weeks until your plastic surgeon says it's ok. Exercise increases your heart rate and blood pressure, which increases bleeding and swelling in your surgical areas. You should wait until your cuts have healed before exercising.
Wearing makeup is also an option. Again, ask your plastic surgeon when you can apply makeup to your face lifters, which can hide or camouflage your surgery.
Check with your plastic surgeon to talk deeply about your individual plan to recover from your facial lift operation.