Home Care Instructions
What Can I Expect After Surgery?
- Facial and neck swelling, and bruising are normally preset after facelifts, but the degree of each varies widely from patient to patient. Keep your head elevated, at least 30 degrees, to minimize swelling.
- Your face will usually feel “numb” and stiff for a while after surgery, but this will resolve with time. Slight discoloration of the skin is usually normal, particularly if the skin is soft. If the skin is purple, swollen, bruising, or fever should be brought to our attention immediately.
Pain Management After Surgery
- You will be prescribed medications based on your health history and current medications. Please take them as prescribed.
- DO NOT take any aspirin or medication containg aspirin, or anti-inflammatory medications such as Aleve or Advil for 7 days. Other routinely taken medications may be taken as necessary. If aspirin is prescribed by your physician, please discuss the circumstances with Dr. Sanovich. It may be desiable to continue the aspirin.
- Use a narcotic pain reliever as needed for the first couple of days.
Wound Care For The Surgical Site
- The wound dressing may be removed after 24 hours, which will be done in our office. You may shower once the dressing is removed, but do not get the incision sites wet. You may shower as long as the wounds stay dry. On the 7th day after surgery, you may get the area wet, but be careful to pat dry and not rub the wound.
- Keep a thin coating of Aquaphor on the incison site at all times, you will need to apply 3-5 times a day for the first week.
- Starting on the 7th day, clean the sutures only with a cotton swab and a solution of 1⁄2 white vinegar and 1⁄2 water. A small amount of watery drainage, bruising, and redness may be noted.
- Once the sutures and staples are removed (usually 2 weeks after surgery), incision care will be provided including recommendations for scar treatment and protective sun care.
Activity Level After Surgery
- Avoid any strenuous physical activity for 1 week.
- You may return to school or light duty work (non-physical labor) within a week of the surgery or as tolerated per your symptoms.
- Although you just had surgery, we recommend you do not stay in bed while awake, to minimize the chances of leg clots.
- Try to transfer to a chair instead and walk throughout the house. Try to be as active as possible.
- The swelling will worsen over the next 3-4 days after surgery and is expected. The swelling will begin to subside shortly thereafter.
What Follow-Up Care Will I Receive?
- You will have a follow up 1-3 days following the procedure so we may remove the bandages.
- You should have a scheduled follow-up appointment, which usually occurs 1 week following surgery. Typically, some of sutures will be removed at this appointment.
- You will then have a follow-up 2 weeks after procedure to have additional sutures/staples removed.
- You may also call at any time during your recovery if you have any questions or concerns.
When Should I Call My Doctor?
- If you have difficulty breathing.
- If you have increased swelling 2-3 days after surgery.
- If you have difficulty closing your eyes after surgery.
- If you are unable to urinate.
- If you have severe pain that is not relieved by medications.
- If you experience a rash, nausea, vomiting, severe headache, severe constipation, or other unexpected reactions.
- If you have an oral temperature over 100.5 degrees.
- If you have a question or concern that must be addressed prior to the follow-up visit.
Who Should I Call If I Have Questions?
Dallas Surgical Arts Phone Number 972-581-9996, Monday – Friday during business hours. After business hours, the office number will be able to get in contact with the doctor through a call service.