How To Care And Manage Pain After Going Through A Face Lift
A Guest Post by Reggie
We all know that any type of surgery involves some form of risk and pain after the procedure. A face-lift surgery is no different. Although some form of facelift are usually elective and non invasive, it’s still important to know the probable risks and follow the guidelines in recovery as close as possible. It is easy for most patients focus on the results of the procedure that the recovery and healing time. Complications like infections and wounds opening may happen if the doctor’s are not followed by the number. Patients also fail to recognize the importance preparation before the surgery, how they feel and look after a few days or weeks after the procedure. Being an informed patient will help your healing and recovery to as intended and an important step in achieving the expected results after leaving the operating room.
The instructions listed below are based on actual experiences of many facelift patients. It will be best for you and your family to read the facts and tips stated here to be familiar with some possible outcomes after the surgery. Try to follow these tips as faithfully as possible because it will help with managing pain and enhance proper healing.
- Swelling. Every surgery no matter how minor it is will be result in swelling of the surrounding tissue. This is the body’s natural reaction in repairing wounds. Although the amount of swelling will vary from person to person, the swelling seems more in the face since there is a little tissue looseness. There are cases that swelling will be more pronounced on the second day after surgery. Swelling in the jaw line will be more noticeable in the morning.
- Skin discoloration. Discoloration is another natural body reaction. Muscle and skin tissues are trying to heal and rejuvenate replacing the damaged one after the surgery. The discoloration will be noticeable a few days after rate surgery. It can show up in the neck jaw line and around the eyes. The discoloration will fade after a week or two.
- Head movement. Avoid too much head turning or neck bending. Doing so will affect the sutures and wounds. Too much head movement may also result in sutures opening and can lead to bleeding.
- Pain. Feeling pain is normal after every surgery. The effects of anesthesia wear off thus pain will be felt. Any damaged or cut tissue contains sensory nerves thus if it is damaged pain will be felt. The patient may experience a bruised sensation because of the swelling and the face may feel heavy and bloated. Too much movement will result in pain. Pain can also manifest at night and when the patient becomes nervous. The plastic surgeon will prescribe pain reliever to minimize pain. Cold compress is a big help in managing pain. It numbs the wound and minimizes swelling.
- Expect to look worse after surgery. This is normal. Bruising and swelling are normal but once it subsides, you will be able to see the improvements.
- Head elevation. Keep your head whenever you sleep or lie down for a couple of days. This will help in minimizing the swelling in the face.
- Cold compress. An ice bag, a clean towel or cloth with ice applied to the jaws, neck and swelling areas for twenty minutes several times daily for the first three days will help lessen the swelling and discoloration. You do this whenever you feel pain on the sutured areas. This will bring you comfort while your wounds are healing.
- Patient with high blood pressure. Patient experiencing hypertension or high blood pressure should have extra care. Blood pressure should be checked twice a day. High blood pressure will result to excessive swelling that will prolong the recovery. The plastic surgeon will be able to give the patient the proper instructions for hypertension medications together with the pain relievers the patient is taking.
- Bandage removal. The bandage will be tight at first because it will prevent swelling and will place the sutures in place. Bandages will come loose after a day so adjust if necessary. After 24 hours the chance of bleeding will go down. Restricted head movement is still suggested.
- Medication. Antibiotics will be prescribed to prevent infections. Antibiotics are given as soon as the surgery is finished in one week. Specific pain relives and other medications will be prescribed. Try to avoid blood thinning vitamins and medications or until the doctor says you can take it again.
- Remaining in bed. The first 12 hours are very crucial. Bed rest is necessary after surgery to prevent the patient from any surgery shock and bleeding. After 24 hours, you may be able to sit in a chair and walk to the bathroom if needed.
- Heavy lifting. Avoid over bending or lifting anything. Lifting something heavy will put pressure to the wounds and can result to swelling, bleeding and wound opening.
- Sunlight. Try to avoid prolonged sunlight exposure. Too much heat will let the blood flow to your head and can result to prolong discoloration and swelling.
If you feel anything or see anything that is not normal while healing, tell your doctor about it. Follow the scheduled checkups your doctor has given to see the progress of the recovery. After the checkup, the patient will feel a lot better about the procedure. Crusting and scabs will appear, these are normal when wounds are healing after facelift procedures are made. It will feel itchy; just try to scratch it lightly to avoid opening the wound.
Knowing these steps will prepare any patient on what to expect after surgery. An informed patient will recover quickly because he or she will know what to do.
Author: Reggie is founder of a healthier cosmetic surgery movement and is a blogger herself. Her main goal is to provide beauty and healthy living tips. One of her beauty surgery sources online is http://www.aafps.com.au, a website that provides valuable information about the different cosmetic procedures to Australians.