Preparation and Post-Op Care

Prior to your scheduled surgery, most surgeons will ask you to come to the office for a pre-op visit. At this visit you will review and sign a consent document for the procedure and you will be given written instructions as well as prescriptions for medications your surgeon has recommended for you. Most surgeons will ask you to stop taking certain medications for two weeks prior to your procedure. In general, all over-the-counter pain/fever reducers (except Tylenol) are off-limits for 2 weeks before and after facelift surgery, as are ginkgo biloba, St. John’s Wort, or high doses of fish oil, flax seed oil, or vitamin E.

After your facelift procedure, you surgeon will ask that you continue to refrain from any over-the-counter pain medications or heavy exertion for two weeks. Most patients are prescribed an antibiotic and pain medication. You will be instructed to sleep on your back for several days, and for the first few days after your surgery, it will be recommended that you use ice packs on your face to help reduce any swelling. You may also be asked to keep your incisions moist with an ointment until your stitches are removed.

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