It is important to understand that the recovery process following plastic surgery differs from patient to patient, and just as importantly, the type of facelift surgery you undergo.
It is important to also consider the physical and emotional issues that can occur during recovery. At Miami Plastic Surgery, our staff and doctors explain to our patients that it is important to not rush the facelift surgery recovery process, as allowing your body to properly heal will lead to more rewarding results.
Support from family after a facelift surgery
Dr. Michael Kelly encourages his patients to have assistance at home for 24-72 hours after a surgical procedure. This allows you to rest and recuperate, while someone else is responsible for preparing your food and keeping you comfortable during the immediate recovery time. Many patients also experience a level of depression after cosmetic surgery, partly because of the pain, swelling and bruising that is typical immediately after the procedure. It is important to have support during this time to help you focus on your recovery, so that you can enjoy the fruits of your efforts once your body has completely healed.
Follow Instructions after a facelift surgery
At Miami Plastic Surgery, Dr. Kelly provides his patients with complete post-operative instructions after facelift surgery, and these directions should be followed as closely as possible for best results. Instructions may include pain medication that can be taken as needed, the use of ice to control swelling and restrictions on your physical activity.
Be Realistic after your facelift surgery
The truth is that when you undergo facelift surgery, you are bound to look worse before you look better. Swelling and bruising is not uncommon after these procedures, which can make you feel uncomfortable about going out in public or heading back to your office. If possible, take a few weeks off work to allow your body time to fully recover. Don’t spend time worrying about what you look like right after surgery, since it will take time for your body to heal and experience the results of the procedure. Check incision sites regularly, and call Dr. Michael Kelly if you notice signs of infection or other symptoms that might indicate the area of the surgery is not healing properly.