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    Recovery after facelift – The Basic Know-How

    Updated October 3, 2019
    ClinicHunter Ltd
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    Facelift surgery is a procedure that can reverse time and make you look and feel younger. However, it is still a surgery and there are tips that can help you with recovering after a facelift procedure. Read our article and find out how to help yourself feel and look better!

    Follow the instructions of your doctor

    After the procedure, the surgeon will give you post operative instructions that are very important for your recovery. He will tell you which medications you should take and for how long. Also, he will tell you about taking care of your incision site and bandages. If possible you should take someone with you, who will take notes and remind you what to do.

    Turn on the hydration

    Water is an universal way of helping your body. In Chinese tradition it cures even cancer. It has many positive effects and can help you with healing. Remember to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, that about 1,5-2 liters per day. That way you will help your body organize itself after a major procedure like facelift quicker and allow for the skin to remain flexible.

    Plan your recovery time

    If you are a workaholic then we have bad news for you: You should give your body time to rest and heal, so plan your recovery time wisely and take a time off your work. Use up your vacation days if you work or finish house chores before the surgery so you do not need to do anything around the house. Just sit back, relax and get other to help you out after the procedure.

    Keep your head up

    Keeping your head up might sound like not the best tip, but believe us it is very important. When you keep your head elevated, you reduce pressure on the treated area and you help with healing. With your head up, the swelling will go down faster and you will feel less pain. Also, remember to have your head up even when you are sleeping. You should use pillows to elevate your head in the bed.

    Patience my friend

    We know that you would like to see results of your surgery as soon as possible. However, you should give your body time to work its magic. Let the swelling go down, let the redness disappear and most importantly let the incisions heal.

    Just keep calm and relax

    Have you ever heard about ‘beauty sleep’? If yes, then you know that sleeping is the best thing you can do for yourself. After the surgery your body will be exhausted, so do not forget about resting! No house chores, no working! Sleep, rest with a good book or a movie. You deserve it!

    Do not pick up heavy objects

    Lifting heavy objects can influence your healing process. When you start to pick up something heavy, your blood pressure increases, you strain all your muscles and you make your blood flow faster. All of that can have a terrible way of slowing down your healing! Remember not to lift heavy objects after your facelift, or to continue your any of your exercises that may influence your blood pressure.

    Listen to your body and remember that as soon as you see final results you would understand that it all was worth it!


    If you want to know more about the procedure of facelift read more here, if you’re interested in preparation for the procedure, read more here.

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