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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Can some of you kind people go to this review and comment and offer support. Her review is in Lower Face Lift and I worry she won't get a lot of engagement on her review because of this. This lady has been to hell and back and I'd like us to show her some love.

Thank you!!
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I have question about post surgical care. Being on my own I was told that I need someone the first 24-48 hours to care for me. It was suggested to possibly use a nursing service to take care of me or I know my PS has special agreements with local hotels for recovery patients. I just don't know how to handle this and really don't have anyone to ask. Has anyone done this and how did it go? What kind of cost are involved? Thank you so much
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I ABSOLUTELY recommend that you get a nursing service to care for you . if you are going through all the expense of this you need to do this. My PS insisted on it and so I stayed at a hotel and had 3 nurses for 48 hours even though my husband was with me. You will be in no shape to get up walk around put the compresses on that you will need to reduce swelling. you will need to rest. if you do not then you will pay for it in the end. this is major surgery and so since you are not in a hospital you need this help. I have had 5 surgeries and I can tell you from experience it is the way to go. If you want a good result you will do this. My other surgeries were breast ( and revision) and body lift lower and each time I had the nurses, except once and I will never do that again. the nurses charge in NYC about 75 per hour. In comparison to the cost of the surgery it is worth it. I am not trying to sound uncaring but if you have saved enough money for the face lift you need to lay out the other money. facelift besides my lower body lift was one the most major surgeries I have had. The results in my opinion are well worth it, but it takes a long time to resolve and you must be patient. That is what I have learned in the last 14 months. Good luck with it I know you will be happy you did it.
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Thank you so much. I remember when I had major surgery many years ago and I couldn't even get out of the bed afterwards when I was in hospital. Yes, I sometimes forget livin solo sometimes I do need to put big girl panties on and ask or hire someone to help. I appreciate everyone's suggestions and support.
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Go through your ps they should make all the arrangements for you. You then pay the nurses directly by check after their shift. Strongly recommend it. I have had nurses 4 times could not have done it without.
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Thanks so much for the helpful list!! I just bought a pile of high protein drinks thinking eating will not be comfortable for at least a week or two. I also bought cold sore ointment as I am prone to having one pop out when I am under stress -- with the work Dr Huntly is doing there will not be a square inch of my face not changed....
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For what purpose are you going to study this subject? I am in NYC.
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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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Thank you for excellent advice, Dr Law. The cold does help with swelling but it can interfere with blood flow for healing. In other words, do what you PS tells you to do!!!
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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 Dsail, your comments really help.
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any time. I just had revision eye lid surgery a week ago. removed scar tissue and more fat that grew post surgery. so far so good, but it will take 3 months to see results I am told.
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We need to stick together on this to keep making this world just a little bit more beautiful through surgery and our PS's.
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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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Very good advice!!! I saw that one PS told his pt no talking. Whew! That would be hard for very chatty me!
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You need to get an ice2recover cooling mask.
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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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Definitely get a baby size toothbrush unless you have a very big mouth, hehehe...I couldn't use my Sonicare brush because of the swelling and didn't know about the baby toothbrush. Finally thought of it on my own and it was a mouthsaver!
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Thanks I will add it to my list.
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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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