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Facelift

(Rhytidectomy)

Procedure: Improving sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles, redraping skin. Most often done on men and women over 40.

Length: Several hours.

Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general.

In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient. Some patients may require short inpatient stay.

Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin; tight feeling, dry skin. For men, permanent need to shave behind ears, where beard-growing skin is repositioned.

Risks: Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling (usually temporary but may be permanent). Infection, bleeding. Poor healing; excessive scarring. Asymmetry or change in hairline.

Recovery: Back to work: 10 to 14 days. More strenuous activity: 2 weeks or more. Bruising: 2 to 3 weeks. Must limit exposure to sun for several months.

Duration of Results: Usually 5 to 10 years.

Discharge Instructions

DRESSING
Leave bandages in place intil your post-operative appointment.

BATHING
Sponge bath only.
Keep dressings dry.

CONTROLING SWELLING AND BLEEDING
Elevate area as much as possible for on (1) to two (2) days.
Keep chin elevated. Use a rolled towel behind your neck.
No ice. No heating pad. No hot curlers. (your cheeks will feel numb).

ACTIVITY
Avoid straining or lifting heavy objects for one (1) week.
No strenuous activity for two (2) weeks.

OTHER INSTRUCTIONS
Avoid aspirin or products that contain aspirin for at least one (1) week.
Avoid Motrin, ibuprofen and all anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) for at least one (1) week.
Continue taking your bold pressure medication, if prescribed.
Keep chin up. Use a rolled towel behind your neck. Do not use a pillow for one (1) week.
You may take over-the-counter Benadryl for itching.

Call the office at (269) 372-3000 if sudden or severe swelling of face, or pain occurs.