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What to Expect After Facial Surgery: A Guide to Aftercare4 min read

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When it comes to combating the signs of aging in the face and neck, a facelift, or Rhytidectomy, can be of great benefit. Many people opt for this procedure to reduce wrinkles, jowls, and sagging skin to achieve a more youthful, natural appearance.

Before getting any procedure, it is essential not only to learn about the surgical procedure but also the protocol. It may take a few months before you begin to see the final results of a facelift, but the recovery process is much shorter.

Any facial surgery procedure, whether a facelift or a nose job, carries a certain amount of risk. Complications can occur during or after the surgery, ranging from minor to life-threatening. To minimize the risk of complications, it is essential to follow all of the post-operative instructions Dr. Chang gives. It is also crucial to take care of your surgical scars. By following these guidelines, you can help ensure a smooth recovery and reduce the chances of any complications.

How can you minimize your risk of developing a complication after surgery?

After surgery, taking care of your body and giving it the time and resources it needs to heal is vital. This includes following your doctor’s orders when it comes to post-operative care, as well as practicing good scar care. For facial surgeries, it is essential to avoid excessive sun exposure and to keep the surgical site clean and dry. You should also avoid rubbing or scratching the healing skin, as this can cause scars to form. Following these tips and being patient as your body heals, you can minimize your risk of developing a complication after surgery.


What is the best way to care for your surgical scars post-procedure?

After undergoing facial surgery, taking care of your surgical scars properly is important to ensure a quick and healthy recovery. Here are some tips for proper scar care: 

  • Keep the area clean and dry. Avoid getting the area wet, especially in the early stages of healing. Showers can be taken with a sprayer rather than getting the area directly wet. 
  • Apply a topical ointment or cream. There are many commercially available ointments and creams specifically formulated for scars. Be sure to follow the instructions on the product packaging. 
  • Use ice packs or cold compresses. Apply the packs or compresses as directed by your surgeon. Icing can help to reduce swelling and discomfort. 
  • Avoid sun exposure. The sun can cause scarring to become darker and more visible. Wear sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat when going outside. 
  • Follow up with your surgeon. Make sure to schedule follow-up appointments as directed by your surgeon. They will be able to monitor your progress and provide additional advice on scar care. Following these simple steps can help ensure a quick and healthy recovery from facial surgery.

What are the Benefits of Facial Surgery?

Facial surgery, also known as cosmetic surgery, is a procedure that is used to improve the appearance of the face. This type of surgery can be used to correct features that are perceived as undesirable, such as a crooked nose or overly large ears. In addition, facial surgery can be used to improve the appearance of scars or wrinkles. While the ultimate goal of facial surgery is to enhance self-confidence and self-esteem, several other benefits can be gained from the procedure. These benefits include:

  • A more youthful appearance
  • A more symmetrical face
  • Improved self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Improved quality of life

Ready to Start Your Journey with Aesthetica and Dr. Chang?

Facial surgery is a significant decision, and it should not be taken lightly. However, for those considering the procedure, it is important to understand the benefits associated with it. By understanding the positive impact that facial surgery can have on your life, you can make an informed decision about whether or not to proceed with the procedure.

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