Facelift 101: Understanding Recovery

After the age of 30, the production of elastin and collagen begins to decrease. These two elements are central to the elasticity of the skin, meaning the ability of the skin to bounce back. When we begin to get old, the skin starts to sag and become loose. This can severely impact one’s confidence and change the way they view themselves. Various products are available in the market that enables the stimulation of collagen and elastin. If there is significant sagging, it can only be dealt with by tightening the underlying tissues and muscles. Facelift Toronto is a cosmetic surgery, which does exactly that. It is a cohesive anti-ageing treatment that targets the whole face down to the neck. When planning to undergo any surgery, it is essential to prepare for recovery. For that, it is important to have an idea about what the recovery time looks like. We are here to tell you about it.

Immediately after the surgery

You will be moved into the recovery room, where you will be monitored. A nurse will take care of you, till you feel ready to go back home or to the hotel. If feeling up to it, you can return home the same day after the procedure. For that, you will have to be accompanied by an adult caregiver. They could be a family member, friend or private nurse. Before leaving the clinic, you will be given clear instructions that need to be followed during the recovery period. Following these instructions can make the recovery easier, and have a positive impact on the results. Along with the instructions, you will be given a prescription for antibiotics and painkillers to help you be comfortable during this time.

First Week after the surgery

The next day, the facelift bandages will be removed. There is a two-step process for removing the sutures. They are removed after 5 days and then after a week. The day after the surgery, you can take a bath, but it is recommended to wait 3 days before you can wash your hair. Even while taking a bath, you need to be gentle and do it safely. Taking a bath gently and safely will be explained to you before leaving the clinic. For sleeping, ensure that your head and shoulders are elevated at about 30 degrees angle. This will help to bring down the swelling. Swelling might shoot up in the first three days, but it will begin to subside. Ensure that you are taking proper rest and avoiding any strenuous activity. Also, avoid bending over and lifting as it can increase blood pressure.

After 2 weeks

By this time, the swelling would’ve mostly gone, and you can return to your routine and social activities. You might experience some numbness in the face but this will resolve within a couple of months.

After a month

You can begin slow workouts. This is the time you will start to see results. It takes about 6 months to see the final results.

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