The Wentworth Clinic, Bournemouth

01202 428 773 01202 422 171

Harley Street Clinic, London

0203 417 3891
The Wentworth Clinic

Advice following Facelift Surgery

Immediately After Surgery

  • Wear the helmet-type dressing as much as possible until we see you again
  • Ensure you get adequate rest in order not to increase your blood pressure, toprevent bleeding and to decrease swelling and bruising.

Bruising and Swelling

  • External bruises and swelling usually will subside in 2 to 3 weeks. If you have persistent bruising, make up will cover this until it subsides. 
  • Internal bruising and swelling may take 6 to 8 weeks to heal. In most cases, this is only obvious to the patient.
  • No alcohol for 2 weeks if possible (or in moderation) as it increases swelling.

Pain and Medications

  • Stay in the company of a responsible adult.
  • For pain, take your prescribed analgesics.
  • Take antibiotics as prescribed and apply ointment as instructed.
  • Do not make any legal decisions or operate any machinery whilst under the influence of medications or after an anaesthetic.
  • Do not take Aspirin or any medication containing Aspirin or Vitamin E for at least 2 weeks after surgery as this increases bleeding.
  • No smoking for at least 2 weeks after surgery.
  • Do not drive while taking strong analgesics for discomfort or pain.
  • Continue the Arnica tablets for another 7 days.

Wound Care for the Face/Brow

  • Shower as normal after 3 days, cleanse skin as recommended.
  • Cleanse all stitches with warm water using cotton buds or gauze. Pat dry thoroughly.
  • Apply prescribed antibiotic ointment to stitches.
  • Apply moisturizer to the rest of the skin but away from stitches.
  • Padding as necessary, using a few pieces of gauze, especially over the ears.
  • Stitches will be removed in 7 to 10 days.

One Week to a Few Months Following Surgery

  • Numbness in various areas of the face, neck and ears etc is common and may persist for weeks, months or even up to a year.
  • Occasionally, numbness has been reported to be permanent, but this is rare.
  • The face and neck may feel “rigid” or “tight” during this time, especially in the neck and cheek areas. This will ease with the course of time, this is usually not obvious to others.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure for 6 to 8 weeks as this may cause swelling and increase the redness of the scars.
  • Vitamin E cream can be applied and massaged firmly to reduce the prominence of the scars in front of your ears after incision lines are well healed.
  • Makeup can be applied after 5 days.
  • You can usually return to work in 2 to 3 weeks.

In summary you can expect:

  • Moderate discomfort and pain
  • Moderate Swelling
  • Black and blue discoloured bruising
  • Slight signs of blood on bandages

Please contact us should you have:

  • Severe pain not responding to medications
  • Marked swelling or obviously more swelling on one side than the other
  • Any bleeding
  • If your bandage seems too tight

Should you have any problems or concerns following your surgery, please contact the Wentworth Clinic on: 01202 428773 or 01202 422171.

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