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Face Lift Home Care Instructions
Please read these instructions several times and make sure all of your questions are answered prior to surgery. We will give you specific instructions if we make any changes in these directions.
Since you have just undergone a major surgical operation, use good common sense in the first 7 days after surgery in restricting your normal activities, exercise regimens, and any activity requiring heavy lifting or straining for at least one week or longer. It is acceptable to do some light walking on the day of surgery. Jogging and light non-contact exercise should not be resumed for two weeks. You can resume more strenuous activities as your condition improves.
You may be up and around on the day following surgery but some natural fatigue may persist for two to three days due to the normal effects of the anesthesia and surgical procedure.
Use your best judgment and do not ignore signs from your body of overdoing. When you move, stand or change positions, do it deliberately and carefully for the first seven days. In turning your head, move your head and shoulders deliberately as a single unit. Don't twist your neck.
Do not use ice packs with the pressure dressing on. After the bandage is removed you may use ice packs (a few ice cubes and a half cup of water, or frozen peas in a bag) if you like for the second day while awake. Do not use the ice packs continuously. Use them for thirty minutes, then leave them off for thirty minutes. Do not use ice after 48 hours unless you are told to do so by Dr. McBride.
Sit up or rest with your head and back elevated with two pillows. It may help to sleep in this position for two to three days to prevent bruising and swelling.
Diet and Fluids
Soft foods will generally be easier to chew for the first few days. Protein in your diet is very important to help you heal and to prevent swelling. Be sure to eat 60 grams or more of protein per day. Protein supplement drinks like Ensure, Boost and Carnation Instant Breakfast, dairy products, meats and fish are excellent sources of protein.
You must drink at least 2 quarts (64 ounces) of fluids each day to prevent dehydration. Start drinking as soon as you get home after surgery and keep a written record of your intake to be sure you are getting enough fluid. If you feel nauseated, it usually means that you are dehydrated. Drinking more fluid will help to eliminate the nausea. In moderation, talking and smiling are perfectly acceptable, however excessive smiling and talking may increase your swelling.
Facial Pressure Bandage
The facial pressure bandage will feel quite tight on the day of surgery. The pressure is very effective in preventing bruising and swelling. You will tend to bruise in your neck below the bandage but not under it. We will remove the bandage on the day after surgery, and tell you if you will be able to go without it or wear it at a comfortable pressure.
Take pain medication with food or liquid as prescribed. You may take any of your regular medications as usual unless instructed not to take them. Avoid aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs (Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, Aleve, etc.) for seven days after surgery, these medications can increase bleeding and bruising. Other routinely taken medications may be taken as necessary.
Take the Medrol Dosepack as directed on the package, except do not take any pills before bedtime. They may keep you awake.
General Care and Expectations
Your head should be elevated on two pillows during sleep for the first 2 days. This keeps your head higher than your heart and helps facilitate the resolution of swelling. Do not sleep face down. Sleep on your back or side.
Facial and neck swelling and bruising are normally present after facelifts but the degree of each varies widely from patient to patient. The worst swelling usually occurs on the third day after surgery. Do not be concerned if you have more or less swelling than others who have undergone the "same" operation. Generally, most patients appear quite socially acceptable within 10 to 14 days following surgery.
Your ear lobes and portions of your face that have been lifted and repositioned will be slightly numb for several weeks. Sensation will then return as healing progresses. Do not wear heavy or tight earrings for six weeks.
Any unexplained pain, facial swelling, bruising or fever should be reported to us immediately.
Apply Vaseline ointment to the incision lines several times daily in order to avoid crusting of the incisions and to accelerate the reduction of incision redness. Do not apply any other ointment or medication unless we prescribe it.
You may gently shampoo your hair 48 hours after surgery. Avoid any strong rubbing or combing trauma to the incisions in the hair and around the ear. Blow dry only on "cold" or "warm" setting for five days and postpone any permanent waves or hair coloring for three weeks following surgery.
You should avoid all sun exposure during the first three weeks because excessive exposure to sun (including sun tanning parlors) after surgery may result in prolonged facial swelling and injury to the skin. Therefore, you should always protect your skin with an SPF 25 or stronger sun-block in order to decrease the irritating effects of the sun on your skin.
Your urine may be blue-green for about 48 hours due to a dye used during surgery to mark your tissues. The dye will not cause any problems or affect you in any way.
It is very important that you follow all instructions given to you by our office and that we check your progress regularly following surgery.
Please report any of the following to our office:
· Excessive bleeding or drainage.
· Itching, redness or rash.
· Temperature above 101 degrees.
· Excessive, sudden swelling or discoloration.
· Excessive fatigue.Please call our office if you have any questions or problems.
. Any other unexpected symptoms or problems