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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Please check with your plastic surgeon before applying frozen gel packs or peas. This can be very comforting or skin resurfacing procedures, but it may not be recommended for facelift incisions. The most important thing for you and your caretaker to have available is the contact information for your plastic surgeon's office close at hand. If you have questions, concerns or discomfort, your plastic surgeon wants to know. Although you will likely have very regular visits to the office post-operatively, a question may arise. WE WANT YOU TO CALL US IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS! Your calls are not a bother. We are in a partnership and we want to know you are okay.
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Has someone got to share post op experiences ? It would be helpful. Im getting mine done at Oakland Plastic Surgeon- Dr Joseph Togba.
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I had my facelift 14 months ago. i am very happy with the results. You have to be very patient, and note that the first 2 weeks will have ups and downs. I still 14 months later have a tight neck. rest a lot is my advice. Know that each day will slowly get better, and you will have beautiful results but you may feel as if you are looking as if you have a mask on your face from the numbness. I look at pictures 3 weeks post at a shower and while I remember thinking every one will know, looking back at the pictures you could not tell, except that you looked better. You will be great, but again rest a lot. you will have better results. Good luck and you will look great!
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Thanks for sharing the great tips. I have been preparing for my op next month. Even though I have already browsed so many sites relating to cosmetic surgery, I have not come across post op tips like these in any of them. I’ll be soon getting a rhinoplasty from a surgeon at Oakland. I'm going to carry all the above necessities and follow the directions posted by the readers. Thank you all. Feeling excited.:)
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Those paparazzi visor face shields! My mom got one so she can protect her skin and go out without everyone seing her face post op. It should be on the list!
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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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