RHYTIDECTOMY (FACELIFT)

Post-Operative Instructions

1. After getting home, continue resting comfortably for the next 24 hours with your head elevated. Have someone assist you in getting up out, going to the restroom, etc. for the first day or two.

2. For the next 3-5 nights, sleep on your back with 3 to 4 pillows behind your head and back. This will help minimize the amount of facial edema (swelling) and ecchymosis (bruising) after surgery. This bruising & swelling usually subsides within 4-6 weeks after surgery.

3. To help minimize swelling and discomfort, you may apply ice cold compresses to the sides of your face during the next 24 hours after surgery.

4. If you experience pain, please take your prescribed pain medication as directed. This medication should be taken with food to prevent nausea. Tylenol (Acetaminophen) may be taken in the place of your prescription.

5. If you were discharged with an oral antibiotic it should be taken through its full cycle as directed.

6. If you were on the Vita Medica supplement plan you may resume after getting home. No other medication should be taken for the first 10 days after surgery. Avoid alcohol while taking any medications.

7. Call your doctors office immediately at 305-595-2969 if you experience any of the following symptoms: Temperature above 101.8°F, shakes and chills, severe unrelieved pain, or bright red blood from the incision sites, localized swelling with redness and warm to the touch, or sudden onset of significant swelling to the face or neck.

8. Drink plenty of fluids. It is easy to become dehydrated after surgery. Dehydration may cause nausea and dizziness.

9. You must keep all incision sites clean and dry for the first 24 hours after surgery. After 24 hours you are allowed shower, wash your face, and shampoo you hair with mild based soap/shampoo. To dry, gently pat with a soft clean towel.

10. You will have sutures in and around your scalp. Be very careful when combing our hair so that you do not pull on them. You are allowed to use a blow dryer on a LOW AND COOL SETTING ONLY after your first visit with your doctor. You are not allowed to perm or color your hair for approx. 4-6 weeks after surgery or otherwise instructed by your doctor.

11. Do not engage in any strenuous activities for the next 4-6 weeks after surgery. Avoid bending over or lifting heavy objects. Exertion that elevates blood pressure can cause bleeding. You may resume light exercise and or your normal activities after your first post operative visit with your doctor.

12. You can expect edema (swelling) as well as ecchymosis (bruising) around your face after surgery. The amount of edema and ecchymosis depends on the extent of surgery as well as the individual’s tendency to bruise.

13. Because NICOTINE is a vasoconstrictor, it is REQUIRED to ABSTAIN from SMOKING or any other form of nicotine 2 weeks before and after surgery to PREVENT unnecessary circulatory complications as well as poor healing results.

14. It is greatly suggested to use sunblock with a minimum of SPF 15 for the next 3 months to help protect your incision sites from burning. All fresh new scars are hypersensitive to sunlight, causing a tendency to burn.

Dr Neophytos Demetriades (DDS, MD, MSc)

American Medical Center, Nicosia

215, Spyrou Kyprianou Ave Strovolos,
P.O.Box 25610 Nicosia,
Cyprus

T.: +357 2270007484  |  M.: +357 99400200  |  Fax: +357 22 476797
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Results of Facial cosmetic surgery varies from person to person based on facial skeletal features and ethnic characteristics