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10 Supplies for your Facelift Recovery

  • 1 year ago

Here's a list of supplies you might find helpful while you're healing from your facelift.

If you have any to share, please add them in the comments section.

  1. Frozen gel packs or peas
  2. Your prescriptions, plus a pad of paper and pen to write down when you've last taken your meds
  3. Extra wound dressing, gauze and bandages
  4. Balms, ointments or creams for incisions
  5. Washcloths and towels
  6. Magazines, books, movies, or whatever will help pass the time while you're resting
  7. A recovery zone that includes a recliner or bed/sofa with lots of pillows to prop yourself upright
  8. Shirts, sweats, or sweaters that open in front
  9. Blankets
  10. Liquids and soft and low sodium foods

I hope this helps!

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Talk to doctor...after your scars are gone....look into scar gel. I have been using kelocote with success that I got off amazon. I would add Something for your lips as they get very dry and a phone with speaker as it will be hard to put it by your face.
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Some additional items my doc recommends (I am pre-op so can't add my own opinion yet): Arnica Montana and Bromelain to reduce bruising Extra Strength Tylenol Tylenol PM Colace stool softener Milk of Magnesia ...certainly check with your own doc about all of those beforehand! Also... Baby-size toothbrush Baby shampoo Cetaphil cleanser Flexible straws
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Hello, face-lift can be done in an outpatient surgical facility. Sometimes the procedure is done with sedation, which numbs only part of your body. In other cases, general anesthesia — which renders you unconscious. Thank you
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I just had a full face and necklift on September 5th. I have no bruising on my face but quite a bit on my neck. I took arnica for 5 days before surgery but I suspect it had a great deal to do with my surgeon's skill. I really don't like the ice packs provided...I preferred the small soft gel packs...so much kinder and softer. I found that even after 3-4 days, the ice packs were very comforting...took the itch/sting/pain down a notch. The first 3 days were hard and quite painful...more than I expected. I washed my hair (barely) on day 2 with Johnson's baby shampoo and I've just ignored my hair since then. I had it colored 2 days before surgery so I would be good for 4-5 weeks. This has been easier than I anticipated all in all. The pain was worse than I expected the first few days but then it got a lot better on day 4. I haven't worried about half the things I thought I would...it's been easier than I thought.
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Good for you ! Where did you have your surgery? You must be thrilled w no bruising did you have your upper eyes done?
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I didn't have my eyes done. I definitely would have had bruising if I had!! I had my surgery with Dr. Verret in Plano, Texas. I was just surprised that I had such little bruising. I'm only 4 days into recovery and I can't believe how well it's going!
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I am slowly gathering supplies and truly appreciate this list! I LOVE the looks of the ice2recover mask- and am thinking I should have at least 2???? Do most docs recommend Aquaphor? And then totally off topic- I am having upper and lower bleph and lower facelift- how long have those having this surgery had to wait to wash their hair? I KNOW that sounds silly, but that bothers me! And yesterday someone talked about constipation? I assume that is from the pain killers???? So many questions- sorry ya'll! I guess the more you learn here the more you want to know and ask! :-) Kathy
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Kathy, you sound very well prepared and excited.  What an experience , right?  I did have an upper bleph but it was more the lower facelift that I believe prevented me from washing my hair for a couple of days.  It was after the drains were out but yet before the stitches were removed that I could finally wash my hair.  You'll be fine there.  I can tell you from previous surgeries having an over the counter product on hand for constipation would be a smart thing.  Look, everyone's body reacts differently but the last thing you want to have after a facelift is the added difficulty of constipation.  So do yourself a favor and just have it on hand ... just in case!  There are lots of questions... but keep asking .  We're all here for you.   
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Thanks Again!!! You da best! Okay will have medication for constipation on hand! That is the last thing I am sure you would want to deal with. Ordered ice packs today, (ice2recover) and the got the Neutrogena eye make up remover like Westy said- little by little! :-) Kathy
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I did not have any eye work, but was told I could wash my hair after the bandages were removed the next day. I was instructed not to get soap on the incisions and it all worked out fine. Of course, one is not supposed to bend forward so rinsing from behind is necessary. It wasn't perfect, and it was hard to get the Bacitracin gunk out but it was certainly an improvement over the pre-washed state of things.
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Thank you! :-)
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Hi Kathy! I had a lower facelift and necklift in January 2013. They asked me to wait 48 hours before I washed my hair. My natural hair color is gray, and I was able to color it at home at 3 weeks. I will say that it was nerve wracking because I initially had some sores on my face after the facelift, and I was scared - but everything turned out fine. Yes, constipation is from the anesthesia and the pain meds. Do yourself a favor and start taking stool softeners right away.
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Leslie agree totally it was the same with me w hair wash and color even now at 3 and a half months leaning back at the salon sink when having hair washed. Just curious any changes to your face after 8 months that you an share? I feel like some of my jowls are starting to show up again .
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Hi Dsail... wondering how you were and saw your post out here.  You're feeling as if the results are not improving but declining?  Have you talked to your PS?  Also I know you had difficulty post op with swelling and tightness; better resolution to that now?  FG
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Hi I keep trying to load pix but it won't work. Yours look fabulous! I have still a lot of tightness around neck and lower chin. It seemed to get worse on vacation. I was in Nantucket and was so so careful with face and neck 60 plus at all times and a hat. I am going to ps Thursday and it is one of my questions. Also it seems as if at times the lines around my lips are back, and one side under my cheekbone is slightly dented in and there has been a very light bruise it seems forever. My husband thinks I am crazy but he did comment on the one side. So I am going to ask. Other times it looks great, and I will say the neck and chin are very tight no sags. The last thing is that I did ask him why I thought my jowls seem to be coming back some what and he just said that might happen somewhat so I was not happy with that answer so am going to ask again. It has been a whirlwind several months with my husbands 3 surgeries and my daughter having her first baby a month ago. She just moved to Darien also. So net net I am happy but want to know what if anything can be done. I am still very tight on my cheeks so not any room left to pull and I could not go through the fl again, not that that would be needed. If I can ever get my pix up you will see.
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Dsail... congrats on the new baby!  It's a wonderful thing to be a grandmother.  Me... I'm grandma three times over and loving it!  So I'll be interested to hear what your PS says re: the jowls coming back.  That doesn't sound right since I keep hearing that a FL will last 10 years if we take good care of our skin like you seem to be doing.  I know what you mean about this whole FL process...I'm good with my results, but honestly, this is it for me.  I don't think I could ever do it again.  When I'm retired what you see is what you will get! :)  Hopefully, your husband is well.  You've had a plateful for the last months post FL.  It was a lot to be handed at the same time.  Stay in touch.  :)
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I'm sorry your pics aren't uploading! If you're trying from a phone you might want to try from a laptop or desktop computer instead and see if that helps... Inbox me if you'd like more assistance.

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Yes I need to do this from a desktop vs an iPad I have all my post fl pix early on on the iPad so will try a email to my desktop.
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Thanks so much ! Yes I am looking for some normal days what ever those are! As you well know then there is always work :)
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I have the same situation with the slight dent and light but persistent bruise under under my cheekbone on the left side. What did your PS say?
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That is almost exactly what happened to me. Some jowls, an indentation near my chin, and an indentation under one cheekbone. It appeared during healing and now nine months later is still here. Plus my mouth still has sagging and lines. The doctor said he would fix it for the cost of the facility by adding fat and doing a mouth corner lip. I think some of the fat didn't take and that is why it looks this way. Plus FL apparently don't affect your mouth.
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Actually cold face gel pack from ice2recover was what i used that way i was able to rest and not hold anything on my face. help my swelling go down faster. Doctors should give this to patients

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Wish I would have known about this product...I was thinking someone should come up with something better than stinky peas...after all you spend all this money...holding the peas and gel paks was awkward...Thank you Thank you for sharing this ... My friend told me about some kind of computer that keeps your face cool. But for some reason I couldn't find it and my Dr. didn't know about such a thing... Thanks again
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My bruising is finally going, but it is still their and have to still use make up , I have managed to get hold of some Make up for Ever but as I am in uk They did not have concealer in stock, I did get High definition loose power, but if you are going to use that I would just like to say if you have photos taken with Flash , the results of the photos are not good as the powder shows up white and dusty ! as is designed for HD filming etc, But the foundtions are good... I have researched lots of make up artists and they are saying Pan stick foundations are the best as you can build it up and use as a concealer as well ! I also treated myself to new eye make up palette of Ben Nye Natural colour eye shawdows. it has 8 natural colours in Palette from whitish cream, creams brown and black has 8 natural colours in a pallatte £39.99 ,They are all Opaque which is better for anyone who is older as shiney ones can tend to age you ! Ben Nye Is make up for make up artists and this Palette has lots of good right ups on it as is very very cheap for amount of colours you get in it NO Brushes you have to buy separately :) , is not as good as Make up for ever but is much cheaper and better than the eye shadows bought in shops, you can mix them as you like, I am so happy I got some as where I have had eyes done I also had to change how I did my make up, and this pallet is reasonable priced! but can do so much with it,,,,lots of videos on utube how to put eye shadow and concealers any make up on, ( I have been taking pics on IPad to get better results as can adjust to what I see on that that they turn out really great :):) ..I have I found uTube also very helpful for any tips and anything i was unsure about And would advise anyone getting work done to have new make up in ready so you may practice concealing and eyes before going out in the puplic, ~I have only just got mine and wish I had got it all much earlier before Op and practiced putting all on and it would of given me something to do when i was getting bored home and alone :) There are cheaper foundations on market if i get time will try to post them for you,,,,,,that are much cheaper than make up for ever giving you a small Palette of all coulors to cover bad bruising scars etc P.s was sitting with group of people when out the other evening and they asked a lady if I was her daughter, she was 49 that day I am 50 in soon, I felt a bit awkward but very flattered, poor lady did not :( So guess must be looking a bit younger, or maybe guy was a bit drunk LOL ;)
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gosh Tiaratiara... how nice for you! lol  So you are looking good!  Glad you worked out the makeup.  Sounds like you had fun. :)
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