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Recovery After a Facial Rejuvenation Procedure
Considering a facial rejuvenation procedure? Read on to learn more about the types of procedures that can help with the appearance of the face. When signs of aging begin to appear, many people turn to facial rejuvenation procedures to improve the appearance and texture of the skin of the face and neck. Sagging jowl lines and flattened cheekbones may also be of concern and may benefit from various forms of treatment. If proper care is taken following the procedure, it can help ensure healing completes as intended and optimal results are achieved.
An overview of facial rejuvenation
There are many ways that trained professionals can remedy problem areas of the face and neck. Modern medical and plastic surgery advancements have made it possible to correct issues in much more natural-looking ways:
- Smoothing treatments such as chemical peels, dermal fillers, silicone injections, or deoxycholic acid
- Reshaping via chin lifts, neck lifts, or tightening of the jowls or cheek implants
- Fat-removal procedures beneath the chin, including liposuction or cool sculpting
- Repair from sun damage, accidents, scarring, or serious acne
- Eye-refreshing processes such as an eyelid lift or brow (forehead) lift
Getting the expected results
There are a few factors that can influence the outcome of any of these facial rejuvenation surgeries or treatments. Information regarding the course of action is key here. A patient should become as informed as possible about any proposed method as well as any viable alternatives. If opting for the surgical route, choosing a certified plastic surgeon with a track record of success is also a priority.
How to recover after the procedure
Of equal importance is following aftercare instructions upon returning home. Patients who fail to do this may experience less-than-satisfactory results. Healing takes time and results could come within a few days or it may take a couple of weeks, depending on what procedure was done. Pain may range from mild discomfort to that easily treated with over-the-counter painkillers. Some swelling and bruising may be possible and is likely not a cause for alarm.
If directed to apply ice to the area to reduce inflammation, it should be done gently. Bandages should be kept in place as instructed and the affected area should not be touched, picked at, or scratched.
Sticking to follow-ups
The patient should attend all prescribed follow-up visits to ensure healing is occurring as expected. In addition, the professional who performed the procedure should be made aware of any signs of infection, such as weeping, heat at the site, or fever.
Additional tips for facial rejuvenation aftercare
In addition to the recovery advice provided above, here are some additional tips for the aftercare process:
Avoid the use of makeup and beauty products for the first 72 hours
Makeup and other beauty products may irritate the skin and affect the results of the facial rejuvenation procedure. Additionally, they can increase swelling and pain during recovery. Consequently, it is important to avoid these products. After the initial discomfort following the facial rejuvenation procedure subsides, you can begin wearing makeup and other beauty products, which is usually after 72 hours.
Stay out of the sun and avoid exposure to heat
Healthy tissue can be sensitive and vulnerable after a facial rejuvenation procedure. The skin can be especially vulnerable to sun and intense heat (e.g., saunas, hot showers, etc.). Be sure to avoid any heat or sun exposure during recovery.
Keep the skin moisturized
Dry facial skin after a facial rejuvenation procedure is more vulnerable to irritation and damage than skin that is adequately moisturized. However, with that said, it is important to talk to your practitioner about which moisturizer is best to use as some may contain ingredients that can irritate the skin.
Avoid activities that may cause irritation
The facial rejuvenation professional may provide additional things to avoid that could cause irritation. This may include but not be limited to excessive sweating from physical exercise and smoking. The better the patient follows the aftercare plan, the quicker they can return to their normal routine.
Ready to get started?
The prospect of a more relaxed brow, a firmer chin, and smoother skin is tempting, and in most cases improvement is achievable. Facial rejuvenation can help restore a healthier glow and a more youthful appearance. Careful compliance by the patient during the recovery period can produce a more satisfactory result and encourage an increase in the patient's self-esteem. Contact us today to schedule your facial rejuvenation consultation.
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