What is the Best Way to Reduce Swelling After Facelift Surgery?

By: Dr. Shoib Myint


Facelift surgery can help you restore your face’s youthful appearance. Oculo Facial Plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Shoib Myint and the team at Myint Oculo Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA and Las Vegas, NV can reduce the appearance of sagging skin and wrinkles around the face with facelift surgery. Dr. Myint can review your facial needs and identify a suitable treatment that works for you.

One thing you may notice about facelift surgery is that you will experience swelling in the face following the procedure. This condition is a normal effect of the surgery.

The swelling will appear for about a month following the procedure. The swelling can occur around the mouth, chin, and other areas where the facelift was performed.

You can reduce the intensity of the swelling following a facelift surgery by doing a few things to keep it under control. These ideas are helpful for finding a treatment that can work for you.

Ice is critical for the treatment area

Start by using ice on the treatment area to help fluids in the skin drain. Swelling will become less intensive when you have enough drainage.

Apply ice on the area for the first 2 – 3 days following the surgery. Be sure you use a gel pack or another well-insulated ice pack, as these items are easier to ap ply on your ice. The insulation is also necessary for protecting your skin, as directly applying ice onto the skin can be dangerous if not managed well.

Get enough rest

You’ll also need to rest following the surgery to allow the tissues to recover. You can rest for about 3 – 5 days after the procedure to let the skin heal. Excess stress right after the surgery can cause the swelling to become worse.

Avoid certain drugs

Our experts at Myint Oculo Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA and Las Vegas, NV recommend you avoid certain medications after the surgery. Aspirin and other NSAIDs are blood thinners that can prevent clotting and make it harder for the tissue to heal after the surgery. These medications can cause your swelling to become worse, so avoid them afterward.

Avoid UV light

Avoid excess exposure to ultraviolet light after the surgery. Excess exposure can cause permanent changes in your skin pigmentation. Be sure to also wear a hat if you’re going to be in the sun afterward, as the added shade can prevent UV light from getting in the way.

Consult us for further details about facelift surgery

A facelift can be one of the best treatments you could experience to help you look younger. You can visit us at Myint Oculo Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA or Las Vegas, NV for further information on what makes this process work. You can visit our Las Vegas location on Wigwam Parkway or our Beverly Hills location on North Rodeo Drive to learn more. You can also contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shoib Myint.

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