Want the Best from Your Facelift? Prioritize These Things During Recovery!
- Posted on: Aug 15 2020
It is a big decision to undergo a facelift and one that remains quite common. While injectables like Botox and dermal fillers can do wonders to fight the signs of aging, they can’t solve all of the problems that occur. Facelift surgery improves the angles and curves of the lower face, from the cheeks to the jawline, producing results that can last many years. Most people who undergo a facelift to restore a more youthful shape to the face never have the procedure repeated. That’s how good the outcome is and how long the results last!
If you’re thinking about having a facelift to achieve the most noticeable and long-lasting improvements, you want to know how to maximize this experience. A lot of the success of plastic surgery comes down to proper healing. Here, we discuss a few things that you can prioritize after a facelift to ensure you have the best experience possible.
Here’s something interesting about people who plan a facelift. First, they worry that they will be in significant pain after their procedure. Then, once they’re home, they feel so good that they don’t take their pain medication right away. There is a reason why pain may not be noticeable on the day of surgery: anesthesia! Facelifts are often performed under general anesthesia, which affects the central nervous system and how the brain processes (or doesn’t process) pain signals. It can take several hours for the full effects of anesthesia to wear off.
We’re not saying that when the anesthesia wears off patients will experience intolerable pain. What we’re saying, though, is that the pain receptors will wake up at some point and it’s best to not wait until that happens to begin taking prescribed pain meds as directed. Comfort is a priority during recovery because when patients are uncomfortable, their bodies are stressed, and the stressed body heals more slowly.
Another interesting thing that we see in some people who undergo plastic surgery is that they have a difficult time committing fully to their need for rest. We understand! For those who are used to be the Caretaker of All and the Doer of All Things, taking a few days for nothing but rest and relaxation can feel selfish. Patients must resist the urge to resume their normal caretaking role after undergoing surgery. Someone else should do the cooking and pet-walking and other tasks for a week or two. After that, a new boost of energy is very likely, thanks to the rest that has been had and the increase in a youthful appearance.
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