How well you recuperate from facelift has a lot to do with the choices you make after surgery. Certain things can derail your recovery and even jeopardize your body’s ability to heal. For a smooth and speedy recovery, Dr. Ary Krau recommends you avoid the following:
1. Advil, Ibuprofen and Other NSAID Medications
In the weeks leading up to and immediately following your facelift, you must avoid medications like Advil (ibuprofen), which can increase the chances of excessive bleeding and bruising. Dr. Krau can suggest safe alternatives, such as Tylenol, if you have pain. To be safe, make sure Dr. Krau has a complete list of your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements so he can give you more specific instructions.
Smoking can greatly impede your surgical recovery and increase the chances of serious complications. Nicotine constricts your blood vessels so the healing areas of your face do not get the oxygen and nutrients they need. Avoid smoking and other forms of nicotine for at least one month after surgery.
Your incision line must remain clean and dry as it heals. Applying makeup over it in the week or so following facelift can put you at risk of infection and other problems, which may compromise your surgical wound healing. Refrain from applying cosmetics during the initial recovery period and check with Dr. Krau about when you can resume using makeup.
4. Highly Processed Foods
Eating highly processed foods or foods that are high in salt can exacerbate swelling and impede your recovery. Avoid these types of foods and focus on consuming nutritious, whole foods to fuel your body as it recuperates from surgery. Fruits, vegetables, eggs, fish, chicken and whole grains are great choices. If you find it hard to chew comfortably during your initial recovery, eat soft foods like bananas, scrambled eggs, yogurt and steamed vegetables. And, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
5. Strenuous Activity
Pushing your body too hard, too fast can lead to complications like bleeding or swelling, which can cause setbacks to your recovery. For at least two weeks after surgery, try to rest and relax as much as possible. Avoid bending over or lifting anything heavier than 10 pounds. Take short, slow walks to promote circulation and prevent blood clots; you can slowly increase the distance as you start to feel more like yourself again. Dr. Krau will clear you to resume more strenuous activities when he feels you are ready. At that time, you can slowly ease your way back into your normal routine.
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