Minimizing the After Effects of Facelift Surgery
By Dr. William Cohen on February 06, 2013
There are many products available that slow down the aging process or minimize the signs of aging. However, even with the use of these products, most of us will eventually notice our facial features change as the aging process takes effect. Aging can lead to loose skin, sagging jowls, wrinkles, and creases. When patients come to Dr. William C. Cohen’s Orange County plastic surgery practice with concerns about the signs of aging on their face, Dr. Cohen is likely to suggest facelift surgery. For his patients in Orange County, facelift surgery can reverse many of the signs of aging by tightening and lifting the facial skin. Our patients should understand that facelift side effects are a natural result of the surgical process. However, Dr. Cohen does give his patients post-op instructions and tips that will help minimize the side effects of facelift surgery.
Facelift Side Effects
When patients plan to undergo facelift surgery, they should have a clear understanding of the entire process, including the side effects that are the most common result of surgery. Some of the side effects that patients may experience after facelift surgery include:
- Negative reaction to the anesthesia used during surgery; it may cause temporary nausea or an allergic reaction
- Swelling and bruising along the face and neck
- Temporary nerve damage that can cause a tingling sensation or numbness
- Scarring at the incision site
Tips to Minimize the Effects of Facelift Surgery
Because a facelift is a serious surgical procedure, it is completely normal for patients to experience any of the above listed side effects. While it is unlikely that a patient will avoid these side effects, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the side effects of facelift surgery. Dr. Cohen may recommend the following tips or instructions to minimize these side effects:
- Negative reaction to anesthesia: The effects of anesthesia will be temporary, but if a patient has a severe reaction, Dr. Cohen may provide anti-nausea medication to help ease the side effects of anesthesia.
- Swelling and bruising: The best way to minimize swelling and bruising is to keep the face elevated during recovery, stay well hydrated, avoid foods high in salt content, and ice the affected areas as necessary.
- Nerve damage: Nerve damage should be temporary and correct itself over time. In the unlikely event that nerve damage is permanent, Dr. Cohen can perform corrective surgery.
- Scarring: Scarring is an unavoidable result of surgery. However, by caring for the incision site per Dr. Cohen’s instructions, patients can ensure the scar will heal and fade over time. In addition, Dr. Cohen will skillfully place the incision so that the scar is hidden behind the ears or in the hairline.
By following any post-op instructions and getting plenty of rest, patients can experience an uncomplicated facelift recovery.
Schedule an Appointment
If you think you would like to refresh your appearance with facelift surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. Cohen to learn more about the procedure. Dr. Cohen will give you a thorough overview of the surgical procedure, as well as information on what to expect during facelift recovery.
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