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Tips to Reduce Swelling after a Facelift Surgery

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Facelift surgery in Sydney involves an incision around the ear and in the hairline, lifting the facial skin, removing excess wrinkles and repositioning the deep layers of the face to a youthful position. Like any other cosmetic surgery procedure, it’s common to experience swelling during a cosmetic surgery facelift recovery. 

In this article, Artiste Plastic Surgery shares tips in minimising swelling after a facelift:

1. Get enough rest during the recovery period.

The immediate downtime for a facelift is 10 days, and it is expected that you can take up to 3 weeks to recover. During this period, it’s essential to take the time to rest. Have someone assist you for the first 24-48 hours after surgery. 

Avoid any strenuous physical activity for between 2-6 weeks or as instructed by your surgeon. You may also be advised to use a flat pillow or no pillow to avoid flexing your neck.

2. Apply a cold compress instead of the heat pack.

During the first week after the procedure, you may experience some numbness or discomfort in your face. Apply a cold compress or ice pack instead of a heat pack, as you may not be able to determine the temperature of a heating pad. Wrap the compress or ice pack before putting it to treatment to avoid injury.

3. Maintain a healthy diet before and after the surgery.

Eating nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables will help you gain energy for the recovery process and maintain the surgery results. You will be advised to avoid chewing gum and hot and spicy foods for five days. You should also keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water to further help in the healing process. 

If you have any questions or concerns about facelift in Sydney, reach out to Artiste Plastic Surgery. Our Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Jack Zoumaras has a unique facelift technique to minimise bruising and swelling while achieving natural-looking results. Schedule a consultation today.

Disclaimer: At Artiste Plastic Surgery, our Plastic Surgeons led by Dr Jack Zoumaras have been trained to the highest possible degree. All surgery has risks and it is always advised to get a second opinion. Risks are very real and we cannot guarantee any result. Results are illustrated as a guide only. All risks are managed and any need for revision surgery or complications (1-5%) can be managed by our specialist plastic surgeons.

Any statements on how you will feel is based on Level V Evidence:

Level V:  How you will feel after plastic surgery varies between individuals, depending on psychological and physical factors. Our internal research is based on how patients in our practice feel after surgery.

The blogs are not a substitute for a medical consultation and do not form as part of the doctor to patient relationship.


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Artiste Plastic Surgery is an Award Winning Specialist Plastic Surgery practice led by internationally trained Dr. Jack Zoumaras, Plastic Surgeon and Peer Reviewed Face Surgeon

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