A facelift is an excellent way to defy nature’s aging effects with a single procedure. However, for best results with minimal risk of complications, you must allow yourself time to rest and take care of yourself.
These recovery tips ensure you have a smooth recovery and enjoy your improved appearance for many years to come. In turn, you can maximize all the benefits of your facelift in Riverton, Utah.
Here are seven tips for optimal skin after your operation to get you started on a successful facelift recovery.
1. Get Plenty of Rest
Your body needs ample time to heal from facelift surgery, and so does your skin. You need at least seven to nine hours of quality sleep every night to allow optimal healing. Even once your initial swelling and bruising resolve and you start resuming your typical activities, don’t skimp on the slumber. We call it “beauty sleep” for a reason – when you’re catching ZZZs, your body’s healing process kicks into full gear. Make it a point to get high-quality sleep every night for healthy, beautiful skin.
2. Keep Skin Moisturized
After facelift surgery, you’ll probably have bandages on your face for at least 24 hours. Then, it will be time to clean and moisturize the treatment areas. Dr. Gale will give you detailed post-surgery instructions to follow for properly cleaning and keeping your skin from drying out. Moisturizing helps reduce scarring and unsightly facial folds. In the long term, keeping your skin moisturized will help your face keep a healthy glow.
3. Drink Plenty of Water
Hydration keeps your skin moist from the inside out. It allows your skin to breathe freely and retain a supple feel. Drinking plenty of water throughout your day is critical for your overall physical health. Most physicians and dietitians recommend drinking at least 65 ounces of water daily.
4. Eat Right
A healthy diet consisting of fresh produce, lean protein sources, and whole grains will support your skin health and healing. While it’s critical to be mindful of your nutrition after any surgery, whole foods rich in antioxidants can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. A good diet will keep your skin looking smooth and young for a long time.
5. Avoid Strenuous Activity for Two Weeks
Intense, challenging workouts and lifting heavy objects is a no-no for at least two weeks after your facelift. We encourage you to take gentle walks around your house, yard, or neighborhood to improve circulation and ensure you are healing correctly. However, keep an eye on your discomfort and swelling. Even if you think you feel well enough to jump back into your regular routine, don’t push it. Take it easy until Dr. Gale gives you the OK to let loose.
6. Keep Your Head Elevated
To reduce inflammation and swelling, keep your head elevated over your heart when you sleep and relax. Using extra pillows or keeping your recliner in an elevated position will help you achieve the optimal position when resting.
7. Keep in Touch
Don’t think your facelift journey is over once you head home to rest after surgery. In many ways, it’s only begun. You will need to return to our office for follow-up visits and get additional instructions if necessary. And remember, if you have any questions or concerns while you heal, we’re only a phone call away.