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Your Facelift Recovery

Young adult woman in black clothes dress portrait.If you have a facelift procedure scheduled, or if you are just considering it at this point, you should know that there will be some time needed for recovery afterward and there will be some side effects. One of the most common (albeit temporary) side effects of a facelift is swelling – read on for some information on dealing with this problem.

What Happens During a Facelift?

A facelift is performed with local anesthesia and a sedative, so that you will not feel any pain, but you will be relaxed and awake. It can take several hours – fat is trimmed or removed, the underlying muscles are tightened, and excess skin is trimmed and sutured back into place. Your head will be wrapped in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling.

You may be given prescription medication to control any discomfort, and your skin may be numb. This is normal and will go away after a few weeks. You should rest and relax for at least a week after the procedure, but you should be able to get up and move around within a day or two.

What Can You Do About Facelift Swelling?

Swelling after a facelift procedure is very common, but it can be uncomfortable, and it can also be discouraging when you are anxious to see the results of your surgery. The amount of swelling you have can depend on factors such as your overall health and the type of facelift performed. You should make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for recovery, and to reduce swelling try:

  • Avoiding excess sodium
  • Drinking lots of water
  • Applying cold compresses
  • Keeping your head elevated, including while sleeping
  • Avoiding bending over
  • Avoiding activity that may make you become overheated

Your skin may also feel dry after your facelift. You should use a moisturizer, and make sure to wear sunscreen when you go outside.

A facelift procedure will give you a youthful, rejuvenated, refreshed look, although you will need to take some time to recover. Contact the Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center in Chester, New Jersey, to discuss what a facelift can do for you. Call (908) 879-2222 for an appointment today!

Am I a Good Candidate for a Nose Job?

short hair asian woman model touch her nose and clean fresh skin.Rhinoplasty (a “nose job”) is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures available. Are you wondering if you might be a good candidate for this popular procedure?

Getting the Nose You’ve Always Wanted

Nose jobs are performed for many reasons: they can change the shape or the size of the nose, change the angle between the upper lip and the nose, narrow the nostrils, correct damage done after an injury or from a birth defect, or it can even be done to help correct breathing problems.

But in order for the procedure to be safe and successful, your doctor will want to make sure that you are a good candidate:

  • Your growth should be complete. Your facial bones should have stopped growing, which typically happens around the age of 16.
  • You should be healthy. You should have no underlying medical conditions that might affect your ability to undergo surgery. You should also be a nonsmoker, or if you are a smoker, you should be willing to quit weeks before the surgery to avoid complications.
  • You should have realistic expectations. Plastic surgery can do wonders – but the results of rhinoplasty can depend on different factors, such as the shape of your face and the structure of your cartilage and your nasal bones.
  • You should be ready to follow instructions. You’ll be given a list of things to do (and not to do) before and after the procedure to help ensure a successful surgery and a quick recovery, and you’ll have to be able to take time to relax and recover when it is done.

Of course, during your rhinoplasty consultation, your doctor will discuss all of this with you. You should be prepared to tell him or her what you would like to change about your nose and the results you would like to see – a special computer program, the Vectra 3 dimensional imaging computer, can show you what you would look like after your rhinoplasty.

Do you have questions about rhinoplasty and if it might be the procedure for you? Schedule a rhinoplasty consultation at the Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center in Chester, New Jersey. Call (908) 879-2222 for an appointment today!

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