How Should You Sleep and Take Care of Your Skin After a Facelift?
- Asked by jlosc in Florida
- 3 years ago
What would you recommend for the best position to sleep in AFTER (post op) surgery? Also, what skin care regime would you recommend pre and post op?
Thanks to all you wonderful MD's who take the time to answer our questions.
Postoperative Facelift Care
Good postoperative care is generally a continuation of the good habits you started before surgery. We begin skin care well in advance of facelift surgery and continue it postoperatively. What this care is depends on how much damage is present. We usually use the Obagi® Nu-Derm System for severe damage or the Epionce® System for lesser changes. Both reduce the brown spots, remove the thickened outer dead cell layer and firm the skin.
You should also continue the other good lifestyle habits from before surgery, like use of good vitamins, good diet, not smoking and, after a few days, moderate exercise. As far as sleeping and other specific things you can do, you should keep your head elevated as much as possible. While sleeping, you should sleep on your back and use only a neck roll or a contour pillow, keeping your chin up and the front of your neck stretched. You can generally shower immediately after the surgery, but should be careful not to rub downward.
You should wash the incisions gently to remove any old blood or crusts. Until these incisions are well healed, we also recommend application of an antibiotic ointment several times a day. We give our patients a written instruction sheet that answers almost all these questions. I would ask your doctor for the same.
Treatment of the skin and incisions after surgery with Melarase creams Melarase AM and Melarase PM
Sleep with your head elevated above the level of the heart and make sure you do not damage the incision line during sleep. I recommend the Melarase AM and Melarase PM creams for healed incisions and face care after a facelift or surgery to improve results and the quality of the skin.
Facelift and Post-op Skin care - Toronto Plastic Surgeon's experience
Best position right after a facelift is head elevated 30 degrees, to allow some of the post-op swelling to go down and minimizing bruising. Head position should be straight and neck extended slightly. The facelift garment should help in keeping this position. Skin care should be the continuation of pre-op skin regime: in my clinic VISAGE in Toronto, all my patients go on OBAGI skin care or his ZO line, and some vitamin A, prescribed. This is continued over time. At some point, some mild form of Erbium resurfacing, or profraction, might be recommended. Best of luck! Dr. Marc DuPere
Skin Care before and After a Facelift.
Post op care for facelift
Immediately after facelift it is important to sleep with your head elevated to help prevent venous congestion in the operated tissues and to help prevent swelling. As the healing continues, you can start a skin care regimen. I agree that Retin-A is one of the best and easiest approaches to skin care. Good luck with your surgery.
Web reference: http://www.ShaferPlasticSurgery.com
Brief pre and post face lift care recommendations and sleeping positions
The use of Retin-A may seem old fashioned but it remains at the forefront of the most effective skin care regimens in minimizing and actually reversing the effects of aging. This in combination with avoidance of tobacco products and sun exposure with sunscreen/sunblock, and a well balanced diet and exercise regimen are the mainstays of skin care maintenance. Nutritional supplements as well as topical and oral antioxidants are probably next on the list.\
In the early postoperative period, the best position to sleep is on your back with the head of the bed elevated without a pillow. The pillow can kink your neck vessels and actually cause more swelling particulary when a dressing is in place. Your head should be elevated to the point that your neck or facial veins are not distended (approximately 30-45 degrees).
Facelift and Post-operative Skin Care?
Sleeping on your back with your head elevated at least 30 degrees for 3 weeks after surgery, with the face not turned, will help diminish swelling. There are numerous contoured pillows to help maintain this position.
Every patient is different and so is their ideal skin care regimen. It should be individualized to address the issues with their skin. Most would recommend sunscreen, limiting sun exposure, and Retin-A pre and post-op. Other beneficial products should be recommended by the plastic surgeon and his or her aesthetician only after an in person consultation and evaluation.
Robert Singer, MD FACS
La Jolla, California
Skin Care And Sleeping Position After Facelift
With any facial procedure, it is important to keep head elevated for at least two weeks post op to reduce swelling, so sleeping with the head elevated, such as in an easy chair or propped up in bed is the best way. This helps to alleviate swelling and heal better, reducing a patient’s down time.
As for skin care, the surgical site should remain undisturbed until your surgeon tells you otherwise. As far as products to use, consult with your surgeon on what they prefer for you to use until you can return to your normal daily regimen. “Dr. D”
Ring Shaped Neck Pillow for Comfort After your Facelift
There are already a lot of great answers to this question -- rest, elevation, ice to the operated upon areas, low salt diet, compression -- but, perhaps the most valuable recommendation I could add to the discussion would be the use of a ring shaped pillow. These U-shaped pillows or O-shaped pillows that are now widely available at a variety of home, bedding and specialty stores are great for providing support to the head and neck after facelift surgery. This unique shape cradles the head and allows the neck to rest, minimizing discomfort and preventing cramping. As far as skin care after surgery, we first implement lymphatic massage and lymphmed stimulation to minimize swelling, decrease bruising and hasten healing. There are a number of good skin care regimens -- Obagi, Vivite, SkinCeuticals, Retin-A -- that can be introduced after facelift surgery to maintain healthy looking skin.
Post op facelift care
After a facelift, it is important that the surgical site remains undisturbed. I recommend that my patients sleep on their back with their head elevated for a few weeks after surgery. This minimizes swelling and the tissues from being disturbed. Speak with your plastic surgeon to see which skin care protocol they recommend.
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