After Face Lift (Facelift)

On your pre-op face lift (facelift) appointment we will review all the  information for post-op care.  After your face lift surgery, the assistants will go over the same instructions with the person that will be accompanying you home. Don’t be surprised at the pale, bruised, and puffy face, neck and ears you see after the face lift (facelift) surgery. This is normal and will last from 7 to 14 days. Bruising is common and rarely will settle in the neck and even deep into the chest area. A feeling of tightness, especially in the neck, is frequently experienced after a face lift surgery. It subsides gradually over the first few months but remember this is the goal of the face lift surgery, tightened. There is usually no significant discomfort after after a face lift surgery; pain medication will be prescribed by Dr. Johnson to lessen any discomfort you may have. If you have significant pain or swelling after your face lift surgery, contact Dr. Johnson immediately.  This is suggestive for a hematoma.  Although rare, <6% of the time, it may be detrimental to the outcome of the surgery. Apply ice to reduce swelling and avoid exercise after your face lift surgery for two weeks as an increase in blood pressure or pulse can increase swelling, bleeding and general discomfort. Apply Polysporin® twice a day to the incisions.  The suture are blue in color. A facial wrap is applied and ice is placed over the dressing.  This dressing is to be worn for the next 72 hours and can be removed after that point to shower.  Please keep the incisions dry from water and moist only with the Polysporin®.  After 72 hours, please wear the facial wrap at night. Some numbness of the skin and/or ear is quite normal; it will disappear in a few months. Your hair may be thin for some time around the surgical face lift sites.  Two weeks after your face lift surgery please apply suncreen SPF 15 or greater to the incision sites for protection.  The incision sites may be red for months, this depends on your skin tone.